Jayne Appel And Candice Wiggins Named To USA Basketball Training Camp Roster
Sept. 22, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Current Stanford women's basketball star Jayne Appel and alumna Candice Wiggins have accepted invitations to attend the 2009 USA Basketball Women's National Team's training camp, USA Basketball announced Tuesday. The training camp will run from Sept. 30-Oct. 5 at American University in Washington, D.C. as the U.S. begins preparations for the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
Appel and Wiggins are among 14 athletes who will join the eight players already selected to the 2009-12 USA Basketball Women's National Team back on Aug. 17.
Joining Appel and Wiggins among the group of 14 are: Alana Beard (Washington Mystics), Swin Cash (Seattle Storm), Tina Charles (Connecticut), Shameka Christon (New York Liberty), Candice Dupree (Chicago Sky), Lindsey Harding (Washington Mystics), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Maya Moore (Connecticut) and Lindsay Whalen (Connecticut Sun).
Already named to the team on Aug. 17 were: Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky), Kara Lawson (Sacramento Monarchs), Candice Parker (Los Angeles Sparks), Cappie Pondexter (Phoenix Mercury) and Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury).
Appel has previously been a part of two gold medal-winning USA Basketball teams, capturing titles with the USA Basketball Pan-American Games Team in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2007 and with the U18 National Team at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs in 2006. Most recently, the Pleasant Hill native was selected as a finalist for the USA Basketball World University Games Team this past summer, but had to withdraw due to injury.
In the collegiate ranks, the senior center was named a State Farm Coaches' All-American as well as Pac-10 Player of the Year following a banner year in 2008-09. Appel ranked second in the Pac-10 with 16.1 points and 9.2 rebounds per game and a 60.2 percent shooting rate from the floor. She helped lead Stanford to its second consecutive Final Four thanks in part to a school-record 46-point performance in the Cardinal's 74-53 victory over Iowa State in the Berkeley Regional Final.
Entering 2009-10, Appel currently ranks seventh on Stanford's all-time scoring list with 1,635 points and is third with 942 career rebounds. She enters the season with a very favorable chance of becoming just Stanford's third 2,000-point, 1,000-rebound performer, following Nicole Powell (2,062 / 1,143) and Val Whiting (2,077 / 1,134).
Wiggins, Stanford's all-time leading scorer with 2,629 points as well as 19.2 points per game in her career, returns to training camp with the USA Basketball Women's National Team after having previously seen action with the senior team at the Good Luck Beijing Tournament in April 2008. The two-year WNBA veteran with the Minnesota Lynx has enjoyed continued success at the pro level since leaving The Farm, earning WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year honors following her rookie campaign in 2008 and averaging 14.3 points and 2.78 assists per game over her young pro career.
The San Diego native, who was named USA Basketball's Female Athlete of the Year in 2007, has earned gold medals with various USA Basketball national teams, beginning in 2004 when she helped lead the U18 squad to the FIBA Americas U18 Championship title. From there, Wiggins was part of gold medal-winning USA Basketball teams at the 2005 FIBA U19 Championship, 2005 International Sports Invitational, 2007 FIBA U21 World Championship and the 2007 Pan-American Games. She also earned a silver medal with the senior national team at the Good Luck Beijing Tournament last year.
In addition to her stint with the senior team at that tournament, Wiggins was also an alternate for the USA Basketball Women's National Team that participated in the FIBA Americas Championship in Sept. 2007.
'I haven't been as excited about anything I've done as I am excited about what I'm going to do in a couple of weeks,' said 2009-12 USA Basketball Women's National Team and University of Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma. 'I think the players who have been invited that have accepted an invitation and are going to be there gives us an opportunity to see the best players in the world compete against each other. Not necessarily just to impress me or to try to make the team, but more importantly, the fact that they're going to be there, that they want to be there, shows that they have a tremendous love for USA Basketball and how much it means for them to be on this team. In those five days that we're together, they're going to get to know me, I'm going to get to know them. This actually starts the process of putting the team together.'
Appel, Augustus, Lawson and Whalen are injured, however, they are expected to attend the training camp. Players involved in the WNBA Finals will not attend training camp.
The USA's training camp will be highlighted by the 2009 USA Basketball Women's National Team Fall Showcase at 12:00 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, Oct. 4. The USA Fall Showcase will include team drills, an intrasquad scrimmage, a question and answer session with Auriemma and a post-practice autograph session with selected players.
Tickets for the USA Basketball Women's National Team 2009 Fall Showcase are $5.00 and available by calling 202-885-TIXX or online at www.AUeagles.com. Children six and under will be admitted free of charge.
'The fans coming to the USA Fall Showcase can expect to see some of the best players in the world, playing the game hopefully the way it's always been meant to be played,' said Auriemma. 'I think anyone who comes out there will be amazed at the intensity level that these women play at, the skill level that they have. I would say that if anyone has not seen these players play, they're going to be amazed at the level of competition that's going to be at the USA Basketball Fall Showcase.'
The U.S. will hold practices at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) at Bender Arena on Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 2 and 5, and will practice at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) on Oct. 3 at a site TBD. USA team practices are open to credentialed personnel only.
Following the six-day domestic training camp, selected players will travel to Ekaterinburg, Russia, where the USA will compete in the 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational. In addition to the Russian professional team UMMC Ekaterinburg, also competing in the tournament will be Euroleague professional teams MKB Euroleasing Sopron from Hungary and USK Praha from the Czech Republic.
Auriemma will be assisted through the 2010 FIBA World Championship by DePaul University head coach Doug Bruno and Minnesota Lynx head coach Jennifer Gillom.
As was the case over the last quadrennium, the USA team will be fluid and athletes will be added progressively to the 2009-12 USA National Team. It is expected that the official 12-member 2010 USA World Championship and 2012 U.S. Olympic teams, should the USA qualify for the Olympics, will be comprised of players from the 2009-12 USA National Team.
In the past dozen years, the highly successful USA Basketball Women's National Team program, ranked No. 1 in the world by FIBA, has posted a 63-1 slate in major international competitions, winning four consecutive Olympic gold medals (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008), two FIBA World Championship golds (1998, 2002), one FIBA World Championship bronze medal (2006) and one FIBA Americas Championship gold medal (2007).
The USA Basketball Women's National Team will compete in the 2010 FIBA World Championship (Sept. 23 - Oct. 3 in the Czech Republic); if necessary the 2011 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament (dates and site TBD); and if the USA qualifies, the 2012 Summer Olympic Games (July 26-Aug. 12 in London, England), as well as additional USA training camps and exhibition games.
The U.S. will first look to capture the title at the 16th FIBA World Championship, with an automatic berth to the 2012 Olympic Games being awarded to the gold medalist. Should the U.S. not finish with the gold medal in `10, it would have two additional chances to qualify for the Olympics: the 2011 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament and 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament (dates and site TBD).
The USA Basketball Women's National Team Player Selection Committee is comprised of WNBA representatives Reneé Brown, Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations; Dan Hughes, head coach and General Manager of the San Antonio Silver Stars; and Chief Operating Officer/General Manager of the Indiana Fever Kelly Krauskopf; athlete representative and five-time Olympian Teresa Edwards; and USA Basketball Women's National Team Director Carol Callan.