LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The New York Liberty won the "test of wills" with the Los Angeles Sparks Wednesday, holding them off for the 66-64 win.
Tina Charles had 31 points and 15 rebounds for the Liberty, while Cappie Pondexter added 16 points. Nneka Ogwumike was the high scorer for the Sparks, with 23 points. Jantel Lavender had 16 and Kristi Toliver, 13. Los Angeles All-Star forward Candace Parker sat out with a left knee strain, and is day to day.
ANKARA, Turkey -- As the 2014 FIBA World Basketball Championship for Women reaches its halfway point, four teams -- Australia, Spain, Turkey and the United States -- have swept their way into Friday's quarterfinals with perfect, 3-0 preliminary-round records. Four more -- Angola, Japan, Korea and Mozambique -- having lost all of their preliminary-round games, have been eliminated.
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!
ANKARA, Turkey -- There was a time in international competition when a game against one of the teams from Africa was the next best thing to a bye. Contests with most of the Asian competitors were likely to be only slightly more challenging for teams from the Americas, Europe and Oceania (read, Australia).
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 -- 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.