Christon Added To USA Women’s National Team Training Camp Roster

On the cusp of one of the best seasons of her professional career, New York Liberty All-Star Shameka Christon has been named one of the 14 athletes invited to attend the 2009 USA Basketball Women’s National Team’s fall training camp as the U.S. begins preparations for the 2010 FIBA World Championship, it was announced Tuesday by USA Basketball.

Christon and the 13 other athletes will join the previously announced eight members of the 2009-12 USA Basketball Women’s National Team at the squad’s fall training camp, scheduled for Sept. 30 – Oct. 5 at American University in Washington, D.C., in hopes of being added to the 2009-12 USA Basketball Women’s National Team roster. Invitations to attend the USA training camp were made by the five member USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee. The eventual 12-member team that will compete in the 2010 FIBA World Championship is expected to be selected from the 2009-12 USA National Team.

Christon finished the Liberty's 2009 campaign averaging a career-best and team-high 16.1 points per game, which ranked her as one of the WNBA's top 10 scorers. Through 32 games, with 31 starts, she also collected a career-high 4.9 rebounds per game. Christon shot .382-percent from the long range to qualify as one of the WNBA's top 20 three-point threats.

The summer was also highlighted by a career-high 32-point performance in the come from behind win over the Atlanta Dream on July 19 at Madison Square Garden. In that same game, she notched her 2,000th career point to become just the fourth Liberty player in franchise history to accomplish that feat and was the second fastest to do so. To conclude that historic week of play, the WNBA named Christon as an All-Star for the first time in her six-year career, and awarded her with the Eastern Conference Player of the Week title for the second time in her young career.

Also added to the USA training camp roster were: Jayne Appel (Stanford / Pleasant Hill, Calif.); Alana Beard (Washington Mystics); Swin Cash (Seattle Storm); Tina Charles (Connecticut / Jamaica, N.Y.); Candice Dupree (Chicago Sky); Lindsey Harding (Washington Mystics); Ebony Hoffman (Indiana Fever); Asjha Jones (Connecticut Sun); Crystal Langhorne (Washington Mystics); Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream); Maya Moore (Connecticut / Lawrenceville, Ga.); Lindsay Whalen (Connecticut Sun); and Candice Wiggins (Minnesota Lynx).

“I haven’t been as excited about anything I’ve done as I am excited about what I’m going to do in a couple of weeks,” said 2009-12 USA Basketball Women’s National Team and University of Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma. “I think the players who have been invited that have accepted an invitation and are going to be there gives us an opportunity to see the best players in the world compete against each other.”

Read the complete announcement, which includes complete schedules, ticket information and more.