COLORADO SPRING, CO (September 1, 2018)—Las Vegas’ A’ja Wilson and Kelsey Plum are making their way to Columbia, South Carolina next week to take part in training camp with the USA Basketball Women’s National Team in preparation for the 2018 FIBA World Cup, which will be held September 22-30 in Tenerife, Spain.
Two-time defending World Cup gold medalists, the USA has completed three training camps over the past year, and the South Carolina camp marks the tip-off of the team’s final preparations for the 2018 FIBA World Cup.
Following two days of practice (September 3-5), the USA squad will compete in a Red-White intrasquad exhibition contest at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia on September 5 at 4 pm PT.
Traveling up the coast to Bridgeport, Connecticut, the USA continues its exhibition schedule with a 4 pm game against Canada on September 8 at Webster Bank Arena, and closes out its domestic tour against Japan at 4 pm on September 10 at George Washington University’s Charles E. Smith Center in Washington, DC.
Prior to arriving in Tenerife, Canary Islands, for the World Cup, the USA will play in a four-team, international tournament in Antibes, France, September 15-17, against Canada, France and Senegal.
Of the 18 athletes expected to participate in the training camp in hopes of being named to the 2018 USA World Cup Team, 13 are members of the USA National Team pool, while six are athletes who possess prior USA Basketball experience, and are expected to contend for future USA National Team rosters.
The roster is headlined by a trio of World Cup gold medalists in Tina Charles (New York Liberty), Nneka Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks) and Odyssey Sims (Los Angeles Sparks). Wilson is joined by two former University of South Carolina All-Americans in Allisha Gray (Dallas Wings) and Tiffany Mitchell (Indiana Fever), as well as current member of the Gamecocks Tyasha Harris.
Other athletes who have confirmed their participation in the USA training camp are Layshia Clarendon (Connecticut Sun), Napheesa Collier (UConn), Diamond DeShields (Chicago Sky), Stefanie Dolson (Chicago Sky), Ruthy Hebard (Oregon), Sabrina Ionescu (Oregon), Kelsey Mitchell (Indiana Fever), Arike Ogunbowale (Notre Dame), Jessica Shepard (Notre Dame), and Morgan Tuck (Connecticut Sun).
For more on the 2018 USA Basketball Women’s National Team, please visit usab.com.