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Just the Facts: 2018 FIBA World Cup for Women

  • Date:
    Dec 5, 2017

OFFICIAL EVENT TITLE: 2018 FIBA World Cup for Women
OFFICIAL TEAM NAME: 2018 USA Basketball Women’s World Cup Team
EVENT SITE: Tenerife, Spain
EVENT VENUE: Tenerife Sports Pavilion Santiago Martin in San Cristobal de La Laguna (5,100) and Palacio Municipal de Deportes “Quico Cabrera” in Santa Cruz (3,600)
DATE OF DRAW: Feb. 6, 2018 @ Tenerife, Spain
COMPETITION DATES: Sept. 22-30, 2018

Held every four years, the FIBA World Cup has been contested 17 times since 1953.

The 18th FIBA World Cup format will feature a round-robin competition in preliminary round play with four groups comprised of four teams each. Following the preliminary round, the first-place team in each group will advance directly to the quarterfinals, while the second- and third-place teams in each group will compete in quarterfinal play-in games. Quarterfinals winners will advance to the semifinals, and the gold medal game will be played on Sept. 30.

ELIGIBILITY: Athletes eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens.

Automatically qualified for two of the 16 World Cup slots are host Spain and the USA as defending Olympic champion. Qualified from the FIBA Africa zone are Nigeria and Senegal; Australia, China, Japan and South Korea qualified out of FIBA Asia/Oceania; Argentina, Canada and Puerto Rico qualified out of the FIBA AmeriCup; while Belgium, France, Greece, Latvia and Turkey qualified out of FIBA Europe.

PRELIMINARY ROUND GROUPS: Four groups of four teams each, TBD.
EVENT HISTORY: USA Basketball women’s teams have participated in 16 prior World Cups since 1953. Since then, the USA women have compiled an impressive 103-21 slate and captured a record nine gold medals, one silver medal and two bronze medals in World Cup play. In 2014, the U.S. defended its title after rolling through its competition by an average margin of victory of 28.8 points a game.

The USA Basketball all-time roster of World Cup athletes is a who’s who of the game, and includes multiple gold medalists Jennifer Azzi (1990, *1994, 1998); Sue Bird (2002, *2006, 2010, 2014); Tamika Catchings (2002, *2006, 2010); Tina Charles (2010, 2014); Cynthia Cooper (1986, 1990); Teresa Edwards (1986, 1990, *1994); Jennifer Gillom (1986, 2002); Lisa Leslie (*1994, 1998, 2002); Katrina McClain (1986, 1990, *1994); Angel McCoughtry (2010, 2014); DeLisha Milton-Jones (1998, 2002, *2006); Maya Moore (2010, 2014); Katie Smith (1998, 2002, *2006); Dawn Staley (*1994, 1998, 2002); Diana Taurasi (*2006, 2010, 2014); Katherine Washington (1953, 1957); Linsday Whalen (2010, 2014); and Natalie Williams (1998, 2002).

*Bronze medal


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