The 2016 USA Basketball Showcase is giving sports fans three opportunities to watch four teams live—and their first stop is Newark, Delaware.
The USA Basketball Women’s National Team will host the world’s second-ranked team Australia, 2015 FIBA Americas Championship gold medalist Canada, and 2012 Olympic silver medalist France in Newark, Delaware at the Bob Carpenter Center on July 27. The first game between Australia and Canada tips off at 5 pm, followed by USA and France at 7:30 pm. The four teams will then move on to play games in Connecticut on July 29 and New York on July 31.
Tickets for the USA Basketball Showcase games have already gone on sale. For more information, visit usab.com/showcase.
The team will be led by USA and University of Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma who secured gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2010 and 2014 FIBA World Championships.
The 2016 team features tri-captains Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings, and Diana Taurasi, who are all three-time gold medalists. Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles have previously been two-time Olympic gold medalists, and Tina Charles, Angel McCoughtry, Maya Moore, and Lindsay Whalen are 2012 Olympic gold medalists. Elena Delle Donne, Brittney Griner, and Breanna Stewart will all be competing in their first Olympic games.
This game could be considered a homecoming for Elena Delle Donne who was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. just 26 years old and having only played 3 years of pro basketball, Delle Donne is already on par with the legends. She scores free throws at a rate of 94 percent. She was dubbed basketball’s best free-throw shooter by The Wall Street Journal in 2015. Now, she’ll be returning for an encore game at the University of Delaware, her alma mater.
The 2016 Olympic Games will be held August 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro. Twelve nations will be competing in the women’s basketball competition. The U.S. will play Senegal on August 7, the No. 4 team from the Olympic qualifier in Nantes, France, on August 8, Serbia on August 10, Canada on August 12, and finish with the No. 2 team from the Olympic qualifier on August 14.
The U.S. Olympic women’s basketball teams have earned seven gold medals, one silver medal, and one bronze medal in Olympic competition, and are 58-3 all-time. The USA National Team, since the launch of the 1995-96 USA Basketball Women’s National Team program, has won four FIBA World Championship gold medals, one FIBA World Championship bronze medal, and one FIBA Americas Championship gold medal. USA National Teams in exhibition contests have a 186-15 record for a .925 winning percentage since 1995.
Dates and Times of Showcase:
July 27, 2016
University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center
Australia-Canada: 5 p.m.
USA-France 7:30 p.m.