Jayne Appel, Danielle Robinson and Sophia Young to Attend USA Women's National Team Mini-Camp
Silver Stars Head Coach Dan Hughes to Serve on Selection Committee
Sept. 26, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Basketball today announced that Silver Stars players Jayne Appel, Danielle Robinson and Sophia Young are among 33 athletes who have accepted an invitation to attend the 2013 USA Women’s National Team mini-camp Oct. 4-6 at the Cox Pavilion practice gym at the UNLV campus in Las Vegas. The camp will be used to identify players for the USA National Team pool, from which the 2014 USA World Championship Team will be selected. Invitations to attend the training camp were issued by the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee.
Highlighting the returning veterans are three-time Olympic gold medalists Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever) and Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury); two-time Olympic gold medalists Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky) and Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks); 2012 Olympic gold medalists Tina Charles (Connecticut Sun), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx) and Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx); and Cappie Pondexter (New York Liberty), a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team. Further, Appel and Candice Dupree (Phoenix Mercury), both of whom aided the USA to a gold medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championship, are set to attend camp.
Also accepting invitations were: DeWanna Bonner (Phoenix Mercury), Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky), Skylar Diggins (Tulsa Shock), Stefanie Dolson (University of Connecticut), Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury), Lindsey Harding (Los Angeles Sparks), Bria Hartley (University of Connecticut), Briann January (Indiana Fever), Glory Johnson (Tulsa Shock), Jantel Lavender (Los Angeles Sparks), Kayla McBride (University of Notre Dame), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (University of Connecticut), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks), Odyssey Sims (Baylor University), Breanna Stewart (University of Connecticut), Alyssa Thomas (University of Maryland), Courtney Vandersloot (Chicago Sky) and Monica Wright (Minnesota Lynx).
The training camp marks the beginning of a new quadrennium for the USA Basketball Women’s National Team, which over the next four years will compete in the 2014 FIBA World Championship (Sept. 27 - Oct. 5 in Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey), and if the USA qualifies, the 2016 Summer Olympic Games (Aug. 5 - 21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), as well as additional USA training camps and exhibition games.
Additionally, Silver Stars Head Coach and General Manager Dan Hughes will serve on the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee, along with National Team Director Carol Callan; WNBA appointees Reneé Brown, WNBA Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations, Chris Sienko, Connecticut Sun Vice President and General Manager; and three-time Olympic and two-time FIBA World Championship gold medalist Katie Smith, who played in nearly 200 games for USA Basketball from 1993-2008, and serves as the athlete representative.
2013 USA Basketball Women’s National Team Mini-Camp Schedule
Oct. 4 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Cox Pavilion, UNLV, Las Vegas Practice
Oct. 5 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Cox Pavilion, UNLV, Las Vegas Practice
Oct. 6 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Cox Pavilion, UNLV, Las Vegas Practice
All times listed are local, Pacific Daylight Time