ISTANBUL -- Opening tip is still two days off, but the 2014 FIBA World Basketball Championship for Women officially opened Thursday with a ceremony at the Zorlu Center Sky Lounge in downtown Istanbul.
Turkish Basketball Federation ("TBF") president Turgay Demirel, on behalf of the host nation, and former International Federation of Basketball ("FIBA") president Bob Elphinston declared the championship open before an audience comprised of Turkish dignitaries, FIBA officials and representatives of the 16 participating teams.
PRAHA, Czech Republic -- For perhaps the first time in this European training tour, Team USA looked like ... well, Team USA, as the United States quickly recovered from Sunday's narrow defeat by France to rout the Czech Republic, 76-41, in exhibition play at the Tipsport Arena here in Praha (formerly Prague), Czech Republic, on Tuesday night.
PARIS -- The U.S. Senior Women's National Basketball Team doesn't lose often. They're the easy bet to win, and typically in blowout fashion. In fact, this is a team so strong and with such a winning tradition, that the media all too often treats their victories as something less than newsworthy.
PARIS -- Hours after losing today's international tournament exhibition game to the French Women's National Team, 76-72, at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin in Paris, USA Basketball whittled its roster for the upcoming 2014 FIBA World Basketball Championship for Women to 13 finalists. With just one preparatory game ahead in Prague on Tuesday, Sept. 23, the U.S. has until Sept. 25 to cut its final roster to 12 players.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- USA Basketball manages to be the most dominant basketball program on the world scene despite having little time to evaluate talent, and less practice time to mold that talent into a functional unit on the court. Senior Women's National Team head coach Geno Auriemma’s goal over the last few weeks of training camp in Delaware and Connecticut was twofold: experiment with on-court player combinations, and figure out how to cut the team’s final roster to 12 before the FIBA Women's World Basketball Championship begins September 27 in Turkey.
CHICAGO -- Phoenix Mercury coach Sandy Brondello personally has little in common with uber-successful Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma other than both having had the privilege of coaching women's basketball great Diana Taurasi. The 2014 WNBA Coach of the Year, who just became the first former WNBA player to win a title as a WNBA head coach, doesn’t have an assistant coach tasked with keeping her away from the referees. And unlike Auriemma, Brondello's comments, delivered in a brisk and broad Aussie accent, tend to be somewhat understated.
CHICAGO -- One day before the WNBA Finals tip off in what could be a decisive Game Three in Chicago, it remains uncertain whether Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner will be medically cleared to play.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore highlights the 2014
All-WNBA First Team, the WNBA announced today. Moore was a unanimous First Team
selection by all 38 voters and finished as the leading vote-getter with 180
Moore, the 2014 WNBA Most Valuable Player presented by Samsung, set WNBA records
with 12 games of 30-plus points and four consecutive games of 30 or more points.
In addition, she posted a career-high 48 points versus the Atlanta Dream on July