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Delaware alumna and WNBA standout Elena Delle Donne
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USA Women's National Team to Play Exhibition in First State in Sept. 11 with USA Basketball Showcase at the Bob Carpenter Center

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 08/07/2014
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The University of Delaware will once again host a high-level women’s basketball game at the Bob Carpenter Center as the 2014 USA Basketball Women’s National Team will compete in an exhibition game on Sept. 11.
 
The USA Basketball Showcase, a Red-White intrasquad game, will be held at 7 p.m. (EDT) and nationally televised on ESPN2.
 
Tickets for the USA Basketball Showcase go on sale this coming Monday, Aug. 11 at 8:30 a.m. (EDT) and can be purchased through the Bob Carpenter Center box office, by calling 302-831-2257 or online via ticketmaster.com.
 
“We are excited to welcome USA Basketball to the Bob Carpenter Center and the University of Delaware,” commented Eric Ziady, UD director of athletics. “Our fans will have the opportunity to watch many of the world’s top women’s basketball players compete for spots on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team. We look forward to hosting a first-class event and welcoming a big crowd to Delaware. Our thanks go out to the Delaware Sports Commission for helping bring this event to the state and to our campus.”
 
Delaware women’s basketball head coach Tina Martin, echoed Ziady’s remarks by stating, “We are thrilled to have USA Basketball here at the Bob. It’s going to be a great exhibition game and a terrific opportunity for our wonderful fans to experience Olympic basketball early on. I encourage everybody to come out and represent Delaware and support USA Basketball, it’s an exciting time for sure.”
 
Available members of the 2014-16 USA Basketball Women’s National Team, which includes those not competing in the WNBA Playoffs during the same timeframe, will begin training camp Sept. 8-10 at the U.S. Navy Academy in Annapolis, Md. prior to the exhibition contest at UD.
 
If not competing in the WNBA Playoffs with the Chicago Sky, Delaware alumna Elena Delle Donne ’13 could return to the Bob once again in her post-collegiate career, but this time as a member of USA Basketball. Earlier this year, Delle Donne and the Sky hosted a preseason WNBA contest against the Washington Dream.
 
“Delaware fans are truly some of the most avid women’s basketball fans in the country,” remarked Delle Donne. “Having the USA team come to town will be one of the biggest sporting events Delaware fans have ever witnessed at the Bob Carpenter Center. I can guarantee the building will be rocking with tons of spirit and support.
 
“Returning to Delaware and wearing USA across my chest will be such an exhilarating moment for me. It has always been a dream of mine to play on the USA team and to do it in front of fans that have been supporting me since the eighth grade is going to be so special to me. I hope it will be a special moment for the fans as well.”
 
The USA Basketball Showcase will continue with a Sept. 15 exhibition contest versus Canada at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn.

In addition to the domestic exhibition schedule, the USA squad will play four exhibition games in Europe against 2012 Olympic silver medalist France, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Australia, 2010 FIBA World Championship silver medalist Czech Republic and 2013 FIBA Asia bronze medalist China, prior to the start of the 2014 FIBA World Championship, hosted by Turkey Sept. 27 – Oct. 5.
 
“This is going to be an excellent kick-off to our training, especially the Red-White game hosted by Delaware,” said Geno Auriemma, 2013-16 USA National Team and University of Connecticut head coach. “The USA Basketball Women’s National Team pool is extremely deep and anyone not playing in the WNBA Finals will be fighting for a spot on the USA World Championship Team. That is going to make for an incredibly competitive game. Most of our players say that USA National Team practices are oftentimes more competitive than any game they play and this is going to be a great opportunity for our fans to see just how hard these ladies play every single day. Plus, there’s a lot at stake in terms of a roster spot, so even though it’s an intrasquad game, it’s going to be fun to watch.”
 
“USA Basketball is thrilled to partner with the University of Delaware and the Delaware Sports Commission for the Sept. 11 USA Women’s National Team’s Red-White exhibition game,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director.  “Fans will have the unique opportunity to see some of our nation’s top athletes as the USA National team is showcased to the public for the first time as it prepares for the FIBA World Championship.
 
“Over the past several years, Delaware has put its name on the women’s basketball map – thanks in part to USA National team member Elena Delle Donne – and we couldn’t be happier to be able to hold the 2014 USA National Team’s first exhibition game in Delaware.”
 
“It’s an incredible honor to have the USA Basketball Women’s National Team choose Delaware as a destination for their National Showcase,” said Matthew Robinson, chairman of the Delaware Sports Commission, which led the local effort to bring the Red vs. White game to the state. “This is exactly the kind of high-profile event we are constantly working to attract because it will benefit the state on so many levels. By bringing the game to Delaware, the DSC delivers business to our partners and to local merchants, and also gives the state national television exposure."
 
Robinson, also a professor of sport management in the UD Lerner College of Business and Economics, added, “Hosting the game demonstrates the role of the DSC in that we have brought an event to one of our partners, will create national exposure for the state through the ESPN broadcast, and provide a world class sporting event for the people of the state.”
 
The Delaware Sports Commission was launched in 2008 through collaboration between the Lerner College of Business and Economics and the Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Office. Since its creation, it has worked with the state’s tourism and sport industries to bid on attract and host events that have led to $14 million in economic impact. It has also created internship and graduate assistantship opportunities for UD undergraduate and graduate sport management students. The DSC executive director is UD graduate David Arthur.
 
“The slogan for the event is 'First Things First,' for the scrimmage is one of the first steps for Team USA in its quest for the World Championship and it is happening in the First State," said Robinson. "I heard Coach Auriemma say in an interview once that if you take care of today, tomorrow takes care of itself. USA Basketball emphasized they are not about getting ahead of themselves and that is what makes this game so important. It is just the first step in a journey and it is happening in Delaware.
 
“Bringing the event to UD and the state was a team effort," continued Robinson. "Hats off to Dave Arthur, (UD Senior Associate AD) Joe Shirley, and (former Bob Carpenter Center Director) Sue Groff for their efforts and we can’t thank USA Basketball enough for the opportunity for it further strengthens our relationship with the Olympic movement in the USA.”

The final 12-member 2014 USA World Championship Team will be selected from the 2014-16 USA National Team pool, which currently includes: Jayne Appel (San Antonio Stars), Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), DeWanna Bonner (Phoenix Mercury), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), Tina Charles (New York Liberty), Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky), Skylar Diggins (Tulsa Shock), Stefanie Dolson (Washington Mystics), Candice Dupree (Phoenix Mercury), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky), Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury), Lindsey Harding (Los Angeles Sparks), Briann January (Indiana Fever), Glory Johnson (Tulsa Shock), Jantel Lavender (Los Angeles Sparks), Kara Lawson (Washington Mystics), Kayla McBride (San Antonio Stars), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (University of Connecticut), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks), Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks), Cappie Pondexter (New York Liberty), Danielle Robinson (San Antonio Stars), Odyssey Sims (Tulsa Shock), Breanna Stewart (University of Connecticut), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury), Alyssa Thomas (Connecticut Sun), Courtney Vandersloot (Chicago Sky), Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx), Monica Wright (Minnesota Lynx) and Sophia Young (San Antonio Stars).

Auriemma will be assisted on the sideline by DePaul University head coach Doug Bruno, Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve and University of South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley.

The USA owns a record eight gold medals, one silver medal and two bronze medals in FIBA World Championship play, while compiling an all-time 97-21 record at the event. In 2010, the most recent World Championship, the U.S. finished with a perfect 9-0 record and the gold medal.

USA Basketball
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball, chaired by Jerry Colangelo, is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions, and for the development of youth basketball initiatives that address player development, coach education and safety.
 
During the 2009-12 quadrennial, 1,273 male and female players and 235 coaches participated in USA Basketball, including USA Basketball teams and trials, and USA Basketball 3x3 FIBA championships.
 
USA Basketball men’s and women’s teams between 2009-12 compiled an impressive 262-35 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions, the Pan American Games, the World University Games, the Nike Hoop Summit and in exhibition games.
 
USA teams are the current men’s and women’s champions in the Olympics; men’s and women’s FIBA World Championships (Basketball World Cup); men’s and women’s FIBA U19 and U17 World Championships; men’s and women’s U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships; the FIBA 3x3 Women’s World Championship; and the FIBA 3x3 Women’s U18 World Championship. USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA’s world-ranking categories, including combined, men’s, women’s, boys, and girls.
 
For further information about USA Basketball, go to the official Web site of USA Basketball at www.usab.com and connect with us on facebook.com/usabasketball, twitter.com/usabasketball, plus.google.com/+usabasketball, instagram.com/usabasketball and youtube.com/usab.

Portions of this release courtesy of USA Basketball.

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