ISTANBUL -- When U.S. point guard Sue Bird (Seattle Storm) says that Australia has “an identity within themselves and they really play to it,” she was speaking not just as a four-time veteran of the World Championship, but as someone who has played with and against Australian players throughout her professional career in the WNBA and abroad. That identity -- of fierce, physical play mixed with tactical savvy and timely threes -- was on display last night as the Opals went toe-to-toe United States in the Women’s World Championship semi-finals at Fenerbahce Arena in Istanbul, Turkey.
ISTANBUL -- The United States had played Angola just once previously in official competition, a 90-38 win at the 2012 Olympics in London. Two years later, on Tuesday night at the 2014 FIBA World Basketballworld Championship for Women at Abdi Ipekci Arena in Istanbul, Turkey, Angola was just as overmatched by the U.S. talent and experience as the Americans closed out preliminary round play 3-0, romping to a 119-44 win and breaking the previous team record of 70 for margin of victory.
ANKARA, Turkey -- The United States defeated Serbia, 94-74, on Sunday, on the second day of the 2014 FIBA World Basketball Championship for Women at Abdi Ipekci Arena in Istanbul, Turkey. With the win, Team USA booked its place in the quarterfinal round, as even if Angola (0-2) were able to pull off the upset when preliminary-round play resumes on Tuesday, the United States holds the head-to-head tie-breaker over both Serbia and China.
Brittney Griner may have been late to the Team USA party, but on Saturday's opening day of the 2014 FIBA World Basketball Championship for Women at Abdi Ipekci Arena in Istanbul, Turkey, she finally arrived on the world basketball scene in her first major international competition. It was quite a debut!
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.