Brown Added to WNBA Select Team
A ‘WNBA Select’ team of young WNBA stars - including Indiana Fever rookie guard Coretta Brown - will travel to Samara, Russia, to compete in the FIBA Women’s World Cup 2003 between October 14-19, the WNBA announced Sunday. The team is composed primarily of WNBA first- and second-year players who have already made a significant impact on their teams and the league.
Brown, who finished her first WNBA season after a standout college career at North Carolina, appeared in 30 games as a Fever rookie in 2003. She averaged 6.2 points, scoring 20 points or more three times. Her 26 points at Connecticut, June 26, was the most by a WNBA rookie during the 2003 season. She will be reunited with her former Tar Heels’ teammate Nikki Teasley, a second-year player with the Los Angeles Sparks who was named the MVP of the 2003 WNBA All-Star Game.
This is the first time FIBA has organized a Women’s World Cup, which is designed to bring together the world’s top women’s club teams. The October tournament will serve as a test competition for the event, which is expected to be conducted as a two-round tournament in the spring and fall of each year beginning in 2004.
“We are honored to have been invited by FIBA to participate in this historic tournament,” said WNBA President Val Ackerman. “The competition will be very strong, with WNBA players competing on the rosters of many of the participating teams, and the event will only highlight how global and far-reaching the women’s game has become.”
Other teams competing in the tournament include the Korea Basketball League Champion; Canberra Capitals from Australia; Russian team UMMC Ekaterinbourg; Sao Paulo FC from Brazil; USVO Valenciennes from France; Mambas de Mozambique; and the hometown team, Volgaburmash-SGAU Samara. Lauren Jackson and Kamila Vodichkova of the Seattle Storm; DeLisha Milton and Mwadi Mabika of the L.A. Sparks; Yolanda Griffith of the Sacramento Monarchs; Swin Cash of the Detroit Shock; Chamique Holdsclaw of the Washington Mystics; and Allison Feaster of the Charlotte Sting are among the WNBA players expected to play for the international teams.
The ‘WNBA Select’ team will be led by All-Stars Marie Ferdinand, Nikki Teasley, Adrian Williams and Cheryl Ford, who is also the 2003 WNBA Rookie of the Year, and Michelle Snow, the league’s Most Improved Player in 2003.
The ‘WNBA Select’ team will be led by Head Coach Michael Cooper and Assistant Coach Karleen Thompson, both of the two-time WNBA Champion L.A. Sparks. The team will practice at the New York Liberty practice facility in Tarrytown, New York, between October 8-11. Select games of the FIBA Women’s World Cup 2003 will be televised on NBA TV.
As the preeminent women’s sports league, the WNBA is the destination for the best women’s basketball players in the world. WNBA players, both American and international, are dominant forces in international basketball competitions, including the World Championships and Olympics. In 2003, 31 Olympians played in the WNBA. To follow all the action of the 2003 Women’s World Cup, tune-in to NBA TV or logon to WNBA.com.