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2016 USA Basketball Women’s National Team to host Australia, Canada, France in four-team exhibition tournament

Published on June 9, 2016


2016 U.S. Olympic Team. Image: USA Basketball.

2016 U.S. Olympic Team. Image: USA Basketball.

The USA Basketball Women’s National Team will host Australia, Canada and France in a four-team, three-stop tournament July 27-31 in Newark, Delaware, Bridgeport, Connecticut and New York. The event is sponsored by Verizon.

USA Basketball Pre-Olympic Schedule

July 24-26  USA Basketball Training TBA
July 27 5 pm
7:30 pm
Australia – Canada
USA – France
Bob Carpenter Center, University of Delaware
July 28 12 pm USA Practice TBD
July 29 4:30 pm
7 pm
Australia – France
USA – Canada
Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, Connecticut
July 30 11 am USA Practice NY Liberty Practice Facility, Tarrytown, New York
July 31 1:30 pm
4 pm
Canada – France
USA – Australia
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Aug. 2 TBD USA Practice TBD, Houston, Texas
The 2016 Olympic Games will be held Aug. 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro.


4 Lindsay Whalen G 5-9 Minnesota Lynx
5 Seimone Augustus G/F 6-0 Minnesota Lynx
6 Sue Bird G 5-9 Seattle Storm
7 Maya Moore F 6-0 Minnesota Lynx
8 Angel McCoughtry G/F 6-1 Atlanta Dream
9 Breanna Stewart F/C 6-4 Seattle Storm
10 Tamika Catchings F 6-1 Indiana Fever
11 Elena Delle Donne G/F 6-5 Chicago Sky
12 Diana Taurasi G 6-0 Phoenix Mercury
13 Sylvia Fowles C 6-6 Minnesota Lynx
14 Tina Charles C 6-4 New York Liberty
15 Brittney Griner C 6-8 Phoenix Mercury

Head Coach: Geno Auriemma
Assistants: Doug Bruno, Cheryl Reeve and Dawn Staley


4 Isabelle Yacoubou C 6-5 Schio (Italy)
5 Endy Miyem C 6-2 Koursk (Russa)
7 Sandrine Gruda C 6-5 Ekaterinbourg (Russia)
9 Céline Dumerc G 5-7 Bourges
10 Sarah Michel F 5-11 Lattes Montpellier
11 Valériane Ayayi F 6-0 Lattes Montpellier
12 Gaëlle Skrela F 5-10 Lattes Montpellier
16 Héléna Ciak C 6-6 Bourges
17 Marine Johannes F 5-10 Mondeville
18 Marielle Amant C 6-3 Villeneuve d’Ascq
19 Olivia Epoupa G 5-5 Toulouse
21 Laëtitia Kamba C 6-2 Villeneuve d’Ascq

Head Coach: Valérie Garnier
Assistants : Grégory Halin and Olivier Lafargue


9 Natalie Burton C 6-5 Perth Lynx
8 Elizabeth Cambage C 6-8 Shanghai Baoshan Dahua
12 Katie-Rae Ebzery G 5-10 Dynamo Moscow
15 Cayla George CF 6-4 UNIQA Sopron
11 Laura Hodges F 6-3 Bourges
10 Rachel Jarry F 6-1 Lattes Montpellier
4 Tessa Lavey G 5-8 Perth Lynx
5 Leilani Mitchell G  5-5  Adelaide Lightning
13 Erin Phillips G 5-8 Dallas Wings
6 Stephanie Talbot  G 6-1  Canberra Capitals
7 Penny Taylor F 6-1 Phoenix Mercury
14 Marianna Tolo C 6-5 Canberra Capitals

Head Coach: Brendan Joyce


11 Natalie Achonwa 6-3 F Indiana Fever (WNBA)
9 Miranda Ayim 6-3 F Bsket Landes (France)
10 Nirra Fields 5-7 G UCLA/Phoenix Mercury (WNBA)
Kim Gaucher 6-1 G Mondeville (France)
Miah-Marie Langlois 5-8 G Enisey Krasnoyarski (Russia)
12 Lizanne Murphy 6-1 F Angers (France)
5 Kia Nurse 6-0 G University of Connecticut (NCAA)
14 Katherine Plouffe 6-3 F Nantes Reze (France)
15 Michelle Plouffe 6-3 F Mondeville (France)
7 Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe 6-2 F Bendigo Spirit (Australia)
Tamara Tatham 6-1 F Dynamo-Guvd Novosibirsk (Russia)
6 Shona Thorburn 5-9 G Nantes Reze (France)

Head Coach: Lisa Thomaidis
Assistant Coaches: Steve Baur, Shawnee Harle and Bev Smith
From USA Basketball:

Featuring the world’s second-ranked team Australia, 2015 FIBA Americas Championship gold medalist Canada and 2012 Olympic silver medalist France, the USA Basketball Showcase tips-off at the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center with a 5 p.m. (all times 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 United States Olympic Team processing and a final practice on Aug. 2, prior to traveling to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Tickets for the USA Basketball Showcase exhibition games will go on sale to the general public starting June 13. For ticket information visit USAB.COM/SHOWCASE.

“This tournament with Australia, Canada and France, three of the top teams in the world, is an incredible opportunity for our team to prepare for Rio,” 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. “I think each of these games will be competitive and be a really, really good preview of what you’ll see in August at the Olympics. Two years ago we were able to play games at Delaware and Bridgeport, and the fan support at both of those games was tremendous. Then when you add Madison Square Garden into the mix, what better way to give our team a final send-off before Rio? I’m excited about getting our team together, we haven’t had a chance to practice yet with just these 12 players, but they’ve all played together and I think they will show the fans something special in each of these three games.”

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 are Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky), Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury) and Breanna Stewart (University of Connecticut).

Olympic Schedule


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