The U.S. Women’s National Team, led by UConn coach Geno Auriemma, will conduct a mini-camp at the Cox Pavilion practice gym on the campus of UNLV Oct. 4-6, it was announced today by USA Basketball. The camp will be used to identify athletes for the 2013-16 USA National Team pool.
Training camp will begin at 10 a.m. (PDT) Oct. 4-5 and 9:30 a.m. (PDT) on Oct. 6. The athletes and court coaches who will be participating in the camp will be announced in the future.
“I’m really looking forward to kicking off the next four years with this training camp in Las Vegas,’’ Auriemma said. “It’s going to give me a great opportunity to see some of the younger guys and how they fit into my system, as well as working with our veterans again. It’s been just over a year, but I can’t wait to start the process of trying to figure out how we can mesh all of our talent together and get ready for next year’s World Championship.’’
The U.S. National Team, which is 80-1 in major international play since 1996, has won five straight Olympic gold medals, three of the last four FIBA World Championship gold medals and has been ranked No. 1 in the world since FIBA launched its points ranking system following the 2002 World Championship. The team will compete in the 2014 FIBA World Championship in Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey Sept. 27 – Oct. 5, and if the USA qualifies, the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Aug. 5 – 21 as well as additional USA training camps and exhibition games.
Members of the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee, which will select the USA National Team pool, include USA Basketball Women’s National Team Director Carol Callan; WNBA appointees Reneé Brown, WNBA Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations, Dan Hughes, San Antonio Silver Stars general manager/head coach and Chris Sienko, Connecticut Sun vice president and general manager; and three-time Olympic and two-time FIBA World Championship gold medalist Katie Smith, who competed in nearly 200 games for USA Basketball from 1993-2008 and serves as the athlete representative.