ASU Women's Basketball to Host USA National Team on November 8
Sept. 5, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona State women's basketball team is one of eight college squads that the 2007-08 USA Women's Senior National Team will be playing on its 2007 College Tour, according to an announcement made by USA Basketball on Wednesday. The 12-member USA squad will visit Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe on Nov. 8 to take on the Sun Devils at 6:30 p.m. in an exhibition game.
'This is going to be a special opportunity for everyone involved with ASU women's basketball,' offered ASU head coach Charli Turner Thorne. 'I'd like thank USA Basketball for selecting our program as one of the eight squads it will be competing against during its 2007 College Tour. For our players, this is going to be a chance to share the court with the best players in women's basketball. From a coaching standpoint I can't think of a better way to help us prepare for the nation's best than to compete against the world's best. I'm excited that our fans will have the opportunity to attend this game in person at Wells Fargo Arena. It promises to be a very exciting event.'
In addition to ASU, the USA squad will also be facing Maryland (Oct. 31), Connecticut (Nov. 2), Tennessee (Nov. 4), Baylor (Nov. 6), Texas A&M (Nov. 11), Southern California (Nov. 13) and Stanford (Nov. 15).
'This is a great tour that USA Basketball has put together,' said USA and Seattle Storm head coach Anne Donovan, a three-time U.S. Olympic Team member and assistant coach to the 2004 U.S. Olympic gold medal winning squad. 'We're going to be playing against some of the top programs in the country and it's going to be a great opportunity for us to work on team chemistry, cohesiveness, and overall competitiveness. I think the most important thing is that this will be a rare chance for fans to see the USA Basketball Women's National Team up close and in person. It'll be an exciting time for some of our players who will be playing on their respective collegiate courts in front of their college fans for the first time in several years. I'm really excited about this tour and I know the fans at all these schools will come out to support both teams. They will definitely enjoy watching the games.'
The 12-member 2007 USA Basketball Women's College Tour Team will be comprised of members of the 2007-08 USA Basketball Women's Senior National Team. The 2007-08 USA squad lists a total of 22 players on its roster, including eight Olympic gold medalists, five World Championship gold medalists and all 12 members of the 2006 USA World Championship Team.
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Sheryl Swoopes (Houston Comets) and two-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Smith (Detroit Shock) were joined on the 2004 Athens Olympic gold medal podium by Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Swin Cash (Detroit Shock), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury) and Tina Thompson (Houston Comets); while DeLisha Milton-Jones (Washington Mystics) is a 2000 Olympic gold medalist. Additionally, Bird (2002), Catchings (2002), Taj McWilliams-Franklin (Los Angeles Sparks / 1998), Milton-Jones (1998, 2002), Smith (1998, 2002) and Swoopes (2002) all won golds at FIBA World Championships; and Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Alana Beard (Washington Mystics), Bird, Cash, Catchings, Cheryl Ford (Detroit Shock), Candace Parker (University of Tennessee), Smith, Michelle Snow (Houston Comets), Swoopes, Taurasi and Thompson were all on the 2006 USA World Championship Team.
In addition to the previously named Olympians and World Championship participants, members of the 2007-08 USA Senior National Team include: Jessica Davenport (New York Liberty), Katie Douglas (Connecticut Sun), Sylvia Fowles (Louisiana State University), Lindsey Harding (Minnesota Lynx), Deanna Nolan (Detroit Shock), Courtney Paris (University of Oklahoma), Cappie Pondexter (Phoenix Mercury), and Lindsay Whalen (Connecticut Sun).
Tickets for ASU's contest against the USA National Team will go on sale Monday, October 1 and can be purchased by contacting the Sun Devil ticket office at 480-727-0000.
The 2007-08 Sun Devils will return 11 players, including three starters - guards Briann January, Jill Noe and Reagan Pariseau - and several other significant contributors last season's Elite Eight squad, which set single-season school records for most overall wins (31), most Pac-10 wins (16) and most road wins (10). In addition to regaining the services of All-Pac-10 Freshman guard Dymond Simon, who missed the last 16 games of last season with a knee injury, the Sun Devils will also receive a boost from the addition of junior posts Sybil Dosty (transfer from the University of Tennessee) and Lauren Lacey (transfer from the University of Minnesota), who both sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules, and from talented incoming freshmen Rebecca Tobin (Glendale Cactus) and Stephanie Wilber (Auburn Riverside, Auburn, Wash.).
Three days after their contest against the USA National Team, the Sun Devils will officially open the 2007-08 season when they take on North Carolina (Sun., Nov. 11, 12:30 p.m. MT) in the State Farm Tip-Off Classic in Chapel Hill, N.C. The game will be televised live by ESPN.