Four International Veterans Added To USA Women’s National Team Pool
— USA’s Pre-World Championship Training To Tip-Off In Nation’s Capital Sept. 4 —
Aug. 18, 2010 • Colorado Springs, Colo.
Four international veterans were today added to the 2009-12 USA Basketball Women’s National Team, from which the 2010 USA World Championship and 2012 U.S. Olympic teams will be selected. Added to the USA National Team roster were Jayne Appel (San Antonio Silver Stars), Rebekkah Brunson (Minnesota Lynx), Ebony Hoffman (Indiana Fever) and Kia Vaughn (New York Liberty), all of whom have aided USA Basketball teams to gold medals during their careers. Player selections were made by the five-member USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee.
Selected members of the USA National Team will assemble on Sept. 4 in Washington, D.C., to tip-off its final training prior to departing for Europe to compete in the 2010 FIBA World Championship. While in the nation’s capital the team will practice daily Sept. 4-7 at 10:00 a.m. (all times EDT). On Sept. 4-5, the squad will train at The Flint School in Oakton, Va., and on Sept. 6-7 the USA will practice at American University’s Bender Arena in Washington, D.C.
“Certainly one of the positions that we are trying to shore up is in the post,” said 2009-12 USA Basketball Women’s National Team and University of Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma. “With Candace Parker not being available because of her operation, these four additions give us a lot of options to choose from. I’m anxious to see how they fit in. And depending on who’s available because of the playoffs, I think it’s important to have as many options as possible.
“I’m really looking forward to that first week in September in D.C., and even more so the following few weeks as the playoffs wind down and we’re able to add more and more players. Speaking for all the coaches, we’re anxious to get our whole team together. And even then it might not happen until the start of competition, but at least we’re getting close.”
Moving up the coast to Hartford, Conn., the team will train Sept. 9 at 10:00 a.m. at the XL Center before taking on defending world champion Australia in an exhibition game on Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. The U.S. will practice at 10:00 a.m. on Sept. 11 at the XL Center and will cap its domestic training with a friendly against Spain, the No. 5-ranked women’s program in the world, at 1:00 p.m. on Sept. 12.