May 10, 2012
Training Camp Schedule | 2012 London Olympic Schedule
CHICAGO – DePaul head women’s basketball coach Doug Bruno will put on his assistant coach hat for the weekend when he travels to Seattle, Wash. for events with the USA Women’s National Team. The National Team is practicing, playing two games and making an appearance at Niketown, May 11-13 in the Seattle area.
The upcoming training weekend marks the first time the team has been together since the roster was finalized on April 23. On May 11, the team will gather at the Connolly Center on the campus of Seattle University for practice.
Saturday is a full day for the National Team and the coaching staff, who will make an appearance at Niketown in Seattle from 2-3 p.m. (PT), before a 7:30 p.m. exhibition game with China at KeyArena.
KeyArena is also home to the WNBA’s Seattle Storm, where former Blue Demons Allie Quigley and Keisha Hampton are on the roster.
Quigley, who finished out the 2011 WNBA season with the Storm, is in her sixth season in the WNBA after being drafted by the Seattle in 2008.
“Along with being in Seattle for the USA National Team training camp, I am also really looking forward to watching Allie and the Seattle Storm play,” Bruno said of his former standout whose team faces the Los Angeles Sparks on May. 13
Bruno is hoping to catch the end of Sunday’s game as the National Team is scheduled to play a scrimmage with Japan at 10 a.m. at the Royal Brougham Pavilion on the campus of Seattle-Pacific University.
USA Women’s Basketball National Team:
The U.S. women’s team (finalized on April 23): Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Swin Cash (Chicago Sky), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), Tina Charles (Connecticut Sun), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky), Asjha Jones (Connecticut Sun), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx), Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury) and Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx).
The U.S. will look to capture its fifth straight and seventh overall gold medal and extend its 33-game Olympic winning streak at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. The United States, which earned the silver medal at the inaugural Olympic women’s basketball tournament in 1976, earned its first gold at the ’84 Games in Los Angeles and captured its most recent gold with an unblemished 8-0 record in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The United States (FIBA World Championship gold medalist) was placed in Group A, along with Angola (FIBA Africa gold medalist), China (FIBA Asia gold medalist) and three teams that will earn their Olympic berths at the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, June 25-July 1 in Ankara, Turkey. The top five finishing teams from the Olympic qualifier will earn a berth to London, with the first, second and fourth best teams to be included in Group A. Group play begins on July 28; those times will be announced at a later date.
The top four teams from each preliminary round group will advance to the Aug. 7 quarterfinals, with the winners playing in the semifinals on Aug. 9 and the medal games on Aug. 11.