2016 USA Basketball Women’s National Team Headed To Los Angeles For Training, Clash Against USA Select Team
The 2016 USA Basketball Women’s National Team will kick off its summer training July 23 in Los Angeles, the city where in 1984 the USA claimed its first of a record seven overall Olympic gold medals, USA Basketball announced today. Further, the USA National Team will begin its 2016 USA Basketball Showcase presented by Verizon in an exhibition game July 25 against a USA Basketball Select Team.
The USA Select Team, which will be announced at a later date, is expected to be comprised of young USA National Team members and future USA National Team hopefuls.
Tickets for the USA Basketball Showcase exhibition game versus the USA Select Team go on sale June 29, while the remaining exhibition contests are on sale now. For ticket information for all USA Basketball exhibition games, visit USAB.COM/SHOWCASE.
“I cannot wait to get everyone together on July 23 to begin our preparations in going for a sixth-straight gold medal in Rio, and Los Angeles is the perfect place to get things rolling,” said USA and University of Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, who has directed the USA National Team to an overall 23-0 record and gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2010 and 2014 FIBA World Championships. “The game between the USA National Team and the USA Select Team, which will be made up of some of the best young WNBA players who are currently in our national team pool or who may someday be on the national team, will be a good start. From everyone at Nike and at USC, and the fact that Los Angeles is bidding for the 2024 Olympics, I know we’ll have tremendous support during our three days in LA. The fans who come out to see these two teams play will not be disappointed, and I’m really looking forward to it.”
The USA is scheduled to practice July 23 at 5:30 p.m. (PDT) at a site to be determined, hold a second practice July 24 at 12:30 p.m. (PDT) at the University of Southern California’s Galen Center before tipping-off July 25 at 7 p.m. (PDT) against the USA Select Team at the Galen Center.
From Los Angeles, the USA will host Australia, Canada and France in a previously announced, four-team, three-stop tournament July 27-31 in Newark, Delaware, Bridgeport, Connecticut and New York.
The USA National Team continues its exhibition schedule at the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center with a 5 p.m. (all times below listed are local, EDT) start on July 27 for Australia-Canada, followed by a 7:30 p.m. clash between the USA and France. The July 29 games feature a 4:30 p.m. start at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport between Australia and France, while the USA takes on Canada at 7 p.m. On the tournament’s final day at Madison Square Garden, Canada and France tip-off at 1:30 p.m., while the USA and Australia will begin play at 4 p.m.
From there, the U.S. team will travel to Houston for a final practice on Aug. 2, prior to traveling to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Five-time defending Olympic gold medalists, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team features three-time gold medalists and tri-captains Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever) and Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury); two-time Olympic gold medalists Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx) and Sylvia Fowles (Minnesota Lynx); and 2012 Olympic gold medalists Tina Charles (New York Liberty), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx) and Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx). Competing in their first Olympic Games will be Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky), Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury) and Breanna Stewart (University of Connecticut).
The United States (2014 FIBA World Championship gold medalist) was drawn into preliminary round group B along with Canada, Senegal (2015 FIBA Africa gold medalist), Serbia (2015 EuroBasket gold medalist) and China and Spain, two teams that earned their berths at the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
The U.S. will open play against Senegal on Aug. 7; followed by Spain on Aug. 8; Serbia on Aug. 10; Canada Aug. 12; and the USA concludes preliminary round play on Aug. 14 against China.
Auriemma will be assisted through the 2016 Olympic Games by DePaul University’s Doug Bruno, the Minnesota Lynx’ Cheryl Reeve and University of South Carolina’s Dawn Staley.
2016 Olympic Games
The 2016 Olympic Games will be held Aug. 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro. A total of 12 nations will compete in the Olympic women’s basketball competition. In addition to host Brazil and the USA, which earned its berth by virtue of winning gold at the 2014 FIBA World Championship, the gold-medal winning teams from each of FIBA’s five zones have qualified for Rio, including Australia (FIBA Oceania), Canada, Japan (FIBA Asia), Senegal (FIBA Africa) and Serbia (FIBA Europe).
The top-placing teams in each zone tournament -- not including the champions -- qualified for the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, and emerging from that tournament to compete in Rio were: Belarus, China, France, Spain and Turkey.
U.S. Olympic women’s basketball teams have earned a record seven gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal, and are 58-3 all-time in Olympic competition. The 2016 U.S. team will enter Rio riding a 41-game Olympic winning streak that dates back to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics bronze medal game.
Since the inception of the 1995-96 USA Basketball Women’s National Team program, the USA National Team, in addition to its record five-straight Olympic gold medals, has captured four FIBA World Championship gold medals, one FIBA World Championship bronze medal and one FIBA Americas Championship gold medal, while compiling a remarkable 86-1 record for a .989 winning percentage in those events. Further, USA National Teams in exhibition contests since 1995 boast of a 186-15 record (.925 winning percentage).