2014 USA Basketball Women’s National Team To Face Canada In Exhibition At Webster Bank Arena In Bridgeport, Connecticut

Bridgeport, Connecticut • June 30, 2014

Prior to heading to Turkey for the 2014 FIBA World Championship, the USA Basketball Women’s National Team will close out its domestic training with an exhibition game against the Canadian Women’s National Basketball Team at 7 p.m. (EDT) on Sept. 15 at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Tickets for the USA-Canada contest go on sale on July 14 at 10 a.m. (EDT) and can be purchased through the box office at Webster Bank Arena, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or online via www.websterbankarena.com.

The USA squad will begin its training Sept. 8-10 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, while the remainder of its pre-FIBA World Championship training schedule is to be announced.

“I can’t wait to get this team together in the fall and I am thrilled to be able to finish our training in the United States right here in Bridgeport,” said Geno Auriemma, 2013-16 USA National Team and University of Connecticut head coach. “I know the fans will enjoy this opportunity to see the USA Basketball Women's National Team. I’m also excited about having the opportunity to play Canada. I know they will be working just as hard as we are to prepare for the FIBA World Championship and anytime you have the chance to go up against an international opponent, it only makes you better. Winning the gold medal isn’t going to be easy, and our domestic training will be critical in our preparations.”

“USA Basketball is excited to partner with Bridgeport in hosting the USA Women’s National Team exhibition game versus Canada on September 15,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director. “The state of Connecticut has a strong women’s basketball fan base and we can’t think of a better place for the USA National Team to close out its domestic training schedule than in Bridgeport. Fans will be treated to quite a show as the 2014 USA Basketball Women's National Team will include some of the top talent this country has to offer.”

“We are thrilled to host the USA Basketball Women’s National Team for their game against the 2014 Canadian Women’s National Basketball Team,” Webster Bank Arena President Howard Saffan said.  “It is a perfect match to have the country’s best women’s basketball players compete at Webster Bank Arena, Connecticut’s premiere sports and entertainment venue.  Connecticut basketball fans have a passion for their sport unlike anyone else and to have the chance to welcome this elite team comprised of multiple gold medal winners and NCAA national champions is extremely exciting for the local community.” 

The final 12-member 2014 USA World Championship Team will be selected from the 2014-16 USA National Team pool, which currently includes: Jayne Appel (San Antonio Stars), Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), DeWanna Bonner (Phoenix Mercury), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), Tina Charles (New York Liberty), Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky), Skylar Diggins (Tulsa Shock), Stefanie Dolson (Washington Mystics), Candice Dupree (Phoenix Mercury), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky), Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury), Lindsey Harding (Los Angeles Sparks), Briann January (Indiana Fever), Glory Johnson (Tulsa Shock), Jantel Lavender (Los Angeles Sparks), Kara Lawson (Washington Mystics), Kayla McBride (San Antonio Stars), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (University of Connecticut), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks), Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks), Cappie Pondexter (New York Liberty), Danielle Robinson (San Antonio Stars), Odyssey Sims (Tulsa Shock), Breanna Stewart (University of Connecticut), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury), Alyssa Thomas (Connecticut Sun), Courtney Vandersloot (Chicago Sky), Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx), Monica Wright (Minnesota Lynx) and Sophia Young (San Antonio Stars).

The USA and Canada will use the game as part of their respective preparations for the 2014 FIBA World Championship, which will be held Sept. 27-Oct. 5 in Istanbul, Turkey. The last time the two national teams met in exhibition play was in a three-game series Aug. 22-26, 2000, which the U.S. swept. The most recent game in official competition was a 91-48 USA victory over Canada at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The U.S. qualified for the 2014 Worlds by virtue of winning the 2012 Olympic gold medal, while Canada earned its berth after claiming the silver medal at the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship.

The USA owns a record eight gold medals, one silver medal and two bronze medals in FIBA World Championship play, while compiling an all-time 97-21 record at the event. In 2010, the most recent World Championship, the U.S. finished with a perfect 9-0 record and the gold medal.  

Auriemma will be assisted on the sideline by DePaul University head coach Doug Bruno, Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve and University of South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley.

FIBA World Championship
The FIBA World Championship has been contested essentially every four years since 1953, and the United States captured the first two gold medals before the beginning of the Soviet domination of women’s basketball was kicked-off at the 1959 World Championship. The former USSR put together a string of five straight golds (1959, 1964, 1967, 1971, 1975), before the United States reclaimed gold in 1979. The Soviet Union in 1983 earned its final FIBA World Championship crown as the USA went on to capture five of the next six World Championships (1986, 1990, 1998, 2002, 2010). The only other nations to break into the gold medal column at this event are Australia in 2006, and Brazil, which defeated the USA in the 1994 semifinals and went on to take first that year.

The 2014 FIBA World Championship will feature: Turkey, the host country, which also claimed bronze in the FIBA Europe Championship; the United States, which earned its berth by virtue of claiming the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games; Angola (gold medalist) and Mozambique (silver medalist) from FIBA Africa; Cuba (gold medalist), Canada (silver medalist) and Brazil (bronze medalist) from FIBA Americas; Spain (gold medalist), France (silver medalist), Serbia (fourth place), Belarus (fifth place) and Czech Republic (sixth place) from FIBA Europe; Australia (gold medalist) from FIBA Oceania; Japan (gold medalist), South Korea (silver medalist) and China (bronze medalist) from FIBA Asia.

The 17th FIBA World Championship format will feature a round-robin competition in preliminary round play with four groups comprised of four teams each. The top two teams from each preliminary group advance to the Oct. 3 quarterfinals, with the winners competing in the Oct. 4 medal semifinals and the gold medal game will be contested Oct. 5.

USA Basketball
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball, chaired by Jerry Colangelo, is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions.

During the 2009-12 quadrennium, 1,273 male and female players and 235 coaches participated in USA Basketball, including USA Basketball teams and trials, and USA Basketball 3x3 FIBA championships.

USA Basketball men’s and women’s teams between 2009-12 compiled an impressive 262-35 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions, the Pan American Games, the World University Games, the Nike Hoop Summit and in exhibition games.

USA teams are the current men’s and women’s champions in the Olympics; men’s and women’s FIBA World Championships (Basketball World Cup); men’s and women’s FIBA U19 and U17 World Championships; men’s and women’s U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships; the FIBA 3x3 Women’s World Championship; and the FIBA 3x3 Women’s U18 World Championship. USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA’s world-ranking categories, including combined, men’s, women’s, boys and girls.

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