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Monday, September 19, 2011

Schedule of friendlies announced for U.S. national team

The U.S. national team, coached by UConn's Geno Auriemma, will play five exhibition games during its upcoming trip to Europe.

The U.S. will play in a tournament hosted by Pallacanestro Napoli from Sept. 30 - Oct. 1. Also in the tournament will be reigning Italian champion Famila Schio and 2011 EuroLeague Final Four squad Ros Casares of Valencia, Spain. Traveling to Valencia, Spain, the U.S. will take on Ros Casares, current champion of the Spanish league, on Oct. 5; then face 2011 Czech league champion ZVVZ-USK Prague in the Czech Republic on Oct. 8; and close out the tour in Hungary against Hungarian Cup and Hungarian Championship winners UNIQA-Euroleasing Sopron on Oct. 9.

Who will be at the training camp and playing in the games will be determined by the results of the WNBA playoffs. With the Connecticut Sun being eliminated by Atlanta in the Eastern Conference semifinals, former UConn stars Tina Charles, Asjha Jones and Renee Montgomery as well as Kara Lawson are expected to be at the training camp. Since Chicago and Los Angeles missed the WNBA playoffs, Sylvia Fowles and Courtney Vandersloot of the Sky and Candace Parker of Los Angeles are U.S. core players eligible to take part as is WNBA free agent Shameka Christon and Baylor rising junior center Brittney Griner.

New York and Indiana will play in an elimination game tonight followed by a decisive third game between Seattle and Phoenix so some players in the U.S. national team player pool will have their WNBA seasons end tonight.

Auriemma will be assisted by DePaul's Doug Bruno as well as former Los Angeles and Minnesota head coach Jen Gillom. Atlanta Dream head coach Marynell Meadors has also been invited back to assist Auriemma but if the Dream advance to the WNBA finals, she will be unable to take part in the training camp.

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