Stanford To Host USA Senior Women's Basketball Team In Exhibition At Maples Pavilion Nov. 15
Sept. 5, 2007
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford women's basketball fans will have the opportunity to see their home team on the court with the USA's best players this fall, as the Cardinal women's basketball team takes on the 2007-08 USA Basketball Women's Senior National Team at Maples Pavilion Nov. 15 at a time to be announced. The contest will be the finale of Team USA's coast-to-coast, eight-game College Tour that begins Oct. 31.
The exhibition between Stanford and Team USA will, in a sense, be a familiar meeting for some of the Stanford squad. VanDerveer served as the head coach of the 1996 Olympic squad that featured a pair of Cardinal standouts in Jennifer Azzi and Katy Steding. Under VanDerveer's tutelage, the '96 USA team went an incredible 52-0 during its pre-Olympic schedule and topped off the year with an 8-0 showing and the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Current Cardinal players Candice Wiggins and Jayne Appel have also gained a substantial amount of international experience with the various youth USA basketball teams. Both players were key contributors to the USA's gold-medalist squad at the Pan-American Games in Brazil this past summer, while Wiggins was one of the leaders of the U.S. Under-21 team that captured the gold at the Under-21 World Championships in Russia in July.
The USA tips-off its 2007 College Tour on the East Coast with a Halloween game against the University of Maryland in College Park on Oct. 31, followed by the University of Connecticut in Storrs on Nov. 2. Heading south, the USA takes on defending NCAA champion University of Tennessee in Knoxville on Nov. 4 before the 2007 USA College Tour begins to move west for a Nov. 6 contest against Baylor University in Waco, Texas. On Nov. 8 the USA will meet Arizona State University in Tempe, then return to the Lone Star State for a Nov. 11 match-up against Texas A&M University in College Station. Continuing west to California for its final two games, Nov. 13 will see the USA pitted against the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and the USA concludes its tour on Nov. 15 at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif.
Tickets for the 2007 USA College Tour will be available through each host school's athletic department.
'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).
Donovan is being assisted by 2006 WNBA Coach of the Year Mike Thibault of the Connecticut Sun and collegiate head coaches Gail Goestenkors of the University of Texas and Temple University's (Pa.) Dawn Staley. During the USA's 2007 College Tour, Goestenkors and Staley will be coaching their respective teams and will not be on the USA's sidelines.