2016 USA Basketball Women's National Team To Host
Australia, Canada, France In Four-Team Exhibition Tournament
Games to be played at Webster Bank Arena on July 29th
Bridgeport, Conn. (June 9, 2016) – Fans will have an opportunity to watch the 2016 USA Basketball Women's National Team live in action this summer during the 2016 USA Basketball Showcase presented by Verizon. Featuring the world's second-ranked team Australia, 2015 FIBA Americas Championship gold medalist Canada and 2012 Olympic silver medalist France, the second leg of USA Basketball Showcase tips-off at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport on July 29th.
Game 1 between Australia and France will start at 4:30 p.m. Game 2 at 7 p.m. will feature USA and Canada.
"This tournament with Australia, Canada and France, three of the top teams in the world, is an incredible opportunity for our team to prepare for Rio," said USA and University of Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, who has directed the USA National Team to an overall 23-0 record and gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2010 and 2014 FIBA World Championships. "I think each of these games will be competitive and be a really, really good preview of what you’ll see in August at the Olympics. Two years ago we were able to play games at Delaware and Bridgeport, and the fan support at both of those games was tremendous."
Tickets for the USA Basketball Showcase exhibition games will go on sale to the general public starting June 13 at 10 a.m. Prices start at $15 and will be available online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800.745.3000 or at the Webster Bank Arena Click It or Ticket Box Office. For discounted group tickets, please call 203.345.2300, Ext 7.
"Webster Bank Arena is honored to welcome the 2016 USA Basketball Showcase presented by Verizon," said Webster Bank Arena President Michael Picker. "The opportunity to host many of the best women’s basketball players in the world is a thrill for the City of Bridgeport and our fans. Webster Bank Arena has a long history of support for women’s basketball. We welcome all of the participants and are especially excited to see Geno Auriemma and our UCONN alumni friends."
Five-time defending Olympic gold medalists, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team features three-time gold medalists and tri-captains Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever) and Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury); two-time Olympic gold medalists Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx) and Sylvia Fowles (Minnesota Lynx); and 2012 Olympic gold medalists Tina Charles (New York Liberty), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx) and Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx). Competing in their first Olympic Games are Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky), Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury) and Breanna Stewart (University of Connecticut).