The athletes will be training Sept. 8-10 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in defense of USA’s FIBA World Championship title. The final 12-member 2014 USA Basketball Women’s World Championship Team will be named prior to the start of the FIBA World Championship, which will be held Sept. 27-Oct. 5 in Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey.
Along with Robinson, the other athletes invited to fall training camp in hopes of being named to the 2014 USA World Championship Team include: Seimone Augustus, Sue Bird, DeWanna Bonner, Tamika Catchings, Tina Charles, Elena Delle Donne, Skylar Diggins, Stefanie Dolson, Candice Dupree, Sylvia Fowles, Brittney Griner, Briann January, Jantel Lavender, Kayla McBride, Angel McCoughtry, Maya Moore, Chiney Ogwumike, Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Candace Parker, Danielle Robinson, Odyssey Sims, Breanna Stewart, Diana Taurasi, Courtney Vandersloot, Lindsay Whalen and Monica Wright.
Robinson is no stranger to USA Basketball. The current San Antonio Silver Stars point guard helped the Women’s World University Games Team win the gold medal in 2009. She also was invited to participate in the 2011 USA National Team’s European Tour and participated in the 2013 USA National Team mini-camp in Las Vegas.
The USA will compete in a pair of exhibition contests during its domestic training. The first game is the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Showcase, a Red versus White intrasquad game scheduled for Sept. 11 (7 p.m. EDT) at the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Delaware.
Traveling up the coast to Bridgeport, Connecticut, the USA will train Sept. 14 alongside 2013 FIBA Americas Championship silver medalist Canada in Bridgeport, prior to the two teams squaring off in a Sept. 15 exhibition contest (7 p.m. EDT) at Webster Bank Arena.
ESPN2 will televise both USA Basketball Women’s National Team exhibition games, and both games will also available on WatchESPN.
Tickets for the USA Basketball Showcase can be purchased through the Bob Carpenter Center box office, by calling 302-831-2257 or online via ticketmaster.com; while tickets for the USA-Canada contest can be purchased through the box office at Webster Bank Arena, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or online via www.websterbankarena.com.
In addition to the domestic exhibition schedule, the USA squad will play four additional exhibition games in Europe against 2012 Olympic silver medalist France, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Australia, 2010 FIBA World Championship silver medalist Czech Republic and 2013 FIBA Asia bronze medalist China, prior to the start of the World Championship.
Finalists for the 2014 USA World Championship Team will compete in the 2014 France International Tournament in the Stade Pierre de Coubertin in Paris, Sept. 19-21. Opening against Australia on Sept. 19, the U.S. will face China on Sept. 20 and close the round-robin tournament against host France on Sept. 21.
From there, the Americans will head to Prague, Czech Republic, for an exhibition against Czech Republic on Sept. 23, before traveling to Istanbul for their final pre-World Championship preparations.
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