Six Olympic Gold Medalists Among 11-Member Team Set To Participate In WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun Game

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ( July 1, 2010) Ė Including six Olympic gold medalists, the official roster for the 2010 USA Basketball Womenís National Team that will compete in the WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun Game, was announced today by USA Basketball and the WNBA. WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun will be televised by ESPN at 3:30 p.m. (all times EDT) and the coverage will be presented by adidas. In addition to the game, the U.S. will conduct a training camp July 7-11 with all available members from the USA National Team pool participating.

Named to compete in the game for USA Basketball were: Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Swin Cash (Seattle Storm), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), Tina Charles (Connecticut Sun), Candice Dupree (Phoenix Mercury), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Renee Montgomery (Connecticut Sun), Maya Moore (University of Connecticut), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury) and Cappie Pondexter (New York Liberty) . ďThis training camp is the first and only opportunity that Iím going to have the chance to be with the majority of the players that were in the last Olympics that were a part of our core group,Ē said USA and University of Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, who will guide the USA National Team through 2012. ďSo whatever amount of time we have, itís going to be used in the best way that we can. Weíll get a chance to see how they interact with each other. Theyíll get a feel for me, and Iíll get a feel for them and weíll play the game and go from there.

ďIím looking forward to having an opportunity to coach them and to get a feel for them in game situations,Ē Auriemma continued. ďSo, Iím really excited. Some of them I havenít seen play yet, and I really havenít had a chance to see some of the guys that I had coached before. I havenít had a chance to be around them since they graduated, so all-in-all I think the Stars at the Sun game will be great opportunity for me, and itís a great opportunity for them as well.Ē

Bird was the top vote getter in the online fan balloting and was joined on the list of fansí top 10 favorites by Cash, Catchings, Parker and Taurasi.

Additional USA National Team members confirmed to attend the July training camp are: Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Shameka Christon (Chicago Sky), Lindsey Harding (Washington Mystics), Asjha Jones (Connecticut Sun), Kara Lawson (Connecticut Sun) and Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx).

USA National Team hopefuls Jayne Appel (Stanford University), who attended the teamís first two training camps, but was injured and unable to participate, Ebony Hoffman (Indiana Fever) and Kia Vaughn (New York Liberty) will practice alongside USA National Team members in the hopes of being added to the squad at a later date. Alana Beard (Washington Mystics), Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks) and Candice Wiggins (Minnesota Lynx) are injured and unable to participate in the training camp.

Available USA team members will begin practice at 5:00 p.m. on July 8 at Connecticut College, with media availability to precede practice from 4:30-5:00 p.m. On July 9 the team will open its practice, held at the Mohegan Sun Arena, to the public at 2:45 p.m. U.S. players who do not have to immediately return to their WNBA teams following the July 10 game, will remain in Connecticut to scrimmage the Australia National Team on July 11 at 11:00 a.m. at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The USA versus Australia scrimmage is not open to the public.

As the head coach at the University of Connecticut, Auiremma has led the Huskies to seven NCAA championships, including the 2009 and 2010 titles. In his first stint as head of the national team Auriemma led the U.S. to a 3-0 slate against a trio of Europeís top professional teams at the 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg Invitational.

This marks the second time a USA National Team will go against a team comprised of WNBA standouts. Prior to the 2004 Olympic Games the U.S. faced a team comprised of WNBA players in an exhibition game at Radio City Music Hall. In an exciting send-off for the U.S. team that eventually captured gold in Athens, the USA was led in the 74-58 victory by Lisa Leslieís 15 points.

Auriemma will be assisted through the 2010 FIBA World Championship by DePaul University head coach Doug Bruno, Los Angeles Sparks head coach Jennifer Gillom and Atlanta Dream head coach Marynell Meadors. In the past dozen years, the highly successful USA Basketball Womenís National Team program, ranked No. 1 in the world by FIBA, has posted a 63-1 slate in major international competitions, winning four consecutive Olympic gold medals (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008), two FIBA World Championship golds (1998, 2002), one FIBA World Championship bronze medal (2006) and one FIBA Americas Championship gold medal (2007).