2007 FIBA AMERICAS
In the first step on its quest to win a fourth straight gold medal at the Olympics in Beijing next year, the United States Women's National Team is taking on the best of the rest in the Western Hemisphere in the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship for Women beginning Sept. 26 in Chile. The gold medalist will earn a guaranteed spot in the 2008 Summer Games.

PRELIMINARY STANDINGS
GROUP A
W-L
GROUP B
W-L
Brazil 3-0 USA 3-0
Argentina 2-1 Cuba 2-1
Chile 1-2 Canada 1-2
Mexico 0-3 Jamaica 0-3

U.S. TRAINING SCHEDULE
Sept. 7-12 Training in New York
Sept. 13-15 Training in Philadelphia
Sept. 16 USA 96, Australia 64
Trenton, N.J.
Recap | Boxscore
Sept. 19 USA 70, Australia 66,
Uncasville, Conn.
Recap | Boxscore | Photos
Oct. 31-
Nov. 15
College Training Tour

FIBA WORLD RANKINGS
The following is a list of the top-ranked teams in the FIBA World Rankings for women and the remaining FIBA Americas teams. Click here for a full explanation of the rankings.
Country
Pts.
1. United States 1110
2. Australia 899
3. Russia 818
4. Brazil 564
5. France 373
6. Spain 319
7. Korea 295.9
8. Cuba 284
9. Czech Republic 266
10. China 265
11. Canada 207
12. Argentina 167
26. Mexico 34.4
32. Chile 21.6
NR Jamaica 0

The United States won the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship with a 101-71 victory over Cuba to earn a ticket to the 2008 Summer Olympics.
(Rodolfo Paez/NBAE)
USA Mines Gold in Chile

The United States dominated from the get-go, jumping out to a 16-0 lead in the FIBA Americas final against Cuba, before going on to win 101-71. The victory clinched a spot for the U.S. women in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. | Boxscore | Player quotes
Cappie Pondexter's latest blog from Chile
9/29: USA 104, Argentina 53 | Boxscore | Quotes
9/28: USA 85, Canada 37 | Boxscore | Quotes | Teresa Weatherspoon's analysis
9/27: USA 115, Jamaica 47 | Boxscore | Photos | Quotes | Kym Hampton analysis
9/26: USA 85, Cuba 79 | Boxscore | Photos | Quotes | Kym Hampton analysis
FIBA Americas 2007 | USA Basketball home page

FINAL SCHEDULE
Sunday, September 30
Final Bronze-Medal Game:
Brazil 73, Argentina 41
Final Gold-Medal Game:
USA 101, Cuba 71
SEMIFINAL SCHEDULE
Saturday, September 29
Final USA 104, Argentina 53
Final Cuba 69, Brazil 67
PRELIMINARY ROUND SCHEDULE
Friday, September 28
Final Cuba 76, Jamaica 62
Final USA 85, Canada 37
Final Brazil 119, Mexico 44
Final Argentina 66, Chile 63
Thursday, September 27
Final USA 115, Jamaica 47
Final Brazil 104, Chile 60
Final Cuba 75, Canada 52
Final Argentina 90, Mexico 52
Wednesday, September 26
Final Canada 68, Jamaica 47
Final USA 85, Cuba 79
Final Brazil 72, Argentina 62
Final Chile 85, Mexico 54

NOTABLE PLAYERS ON NATIONAL TEAMS
United States
Seimone Augustus Minnesota Lynx
Seattle Storm
Rebekkah Brunson Sacramento Monarchs
Swin Cash Detroit Shock
Sacramento Monarchs
Washington Mystics
Courtney Paris University of Oklahoma
Candace Parker University of Tennessee
Cappie Pondexter Phoenix Mercury
Detroit Shock
Diana Taurasi Phoenix Mercury
Tina Thompson Houston Comets
Brazil
Claudia das Neves
Iziane Castro Marques Seattle Storm
Canada
Kim Smith Sacramento Monarchs
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Video

Sky vs. Shock

Odyssey Sims scores 24 points to lead the Shock to a win over the Sky, 79-69.

Lynx vs. Sun

Maya Moore scores 17 points to help the Lynx beat the Sun, 76-65.

Dream vs. Mystics

Ivory Latta scores 21 points and Kara Lawson adds14 as the surging Mystics beat the Dream, 77-67.

Liberty vs. Mercury

Diana Taurasi records 15 points and 10 assists, Britney Griner adds 18 points as the Mercury roll to their 15th straight win.

Taurasi's Double-double

Diana Taurasi records a double-double with 15 points and 10 assists to lead the Mercury over the Liberty.