USA Women to Face China and Japan on May

Looking to build chemistry in time for the 2012 London Olympics, the USA women’s basketball team will collide with Asian powerhouses China and Japan as part of their three-day training camp on May in Seattle.

The USA women’s basketball team is looking to shore up their familiarity since most of their players have conflicting schedules, making scheduling training camp together a difficult task for head coach Geno Auriemma.

Now that the entire 11-player squad can play and train together, Auriemma is hoping that their game against China on May 12 and Japan on May 12 will show him the things that they still need to work on before going into the final stretch of their preparation for the London Games.

“I'm looking forward to it because it'll be the first time that the entire team will be together,” Auriemma said. “It's been kind of difficult with everybody's schedules to have many training camps. So, I'm really looking forward to it from that standpoint.”

USA has already named an 11-player squad headlined by UConn alums Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Swin Cash, Maya Moore, and Tina Charles along with WNBA stars Candace Parker, Tamika Catchings, Seimone Augustus, Lindsay Whalen, Sylvia Fowles, and Angel McCoughtry.

The 12th member of the squad will be named soon, although it is expected that the spot will be given to Baylor Lady Bears superstar Brittney Griner, who just helped Baylor capture the national title this year.

The USA women’s squad will also train in Washington DC in July before flying to Manchester to face Great Britain and to Istanbul for a tournament.


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