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Monday, June 30, 2014

It's official: U.S./Canada to play exhibition game in Bridgeport


UConn fans who want to get a glimpse of UConn incoming freshman Kia Nurse will get their opportunity on Sept. 15 when Nurse and Canada plays the U.S. team coached by UConn's Geno Auriemma in an exhibition game at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.

Canada qualified for the FIBA World Championships by finishing second at the FIBA Americas Championship for Women in September. Nurse scored in double figures in three straight games and she ended up as Canada's third leading scorer averaging 10 points, 2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in the six games.
The game will come after the U.S. holds a training camp in Annapolis, Maryland while Canada just completed the first of three scheduled training camps which ended with Canada sweeping a three-game series against Brazil.

The U.S. training has gravitated towards the Washington, D.C. area when it is on the East Coast but there is a history of training camps and exhibition games being held in the state of Connecticut.

In April of 2010 the U.S. national team spent a week training at either Gampel Pavilion or at the University of Hartford and in July of that year Mohegan Sun hosted an exhibition between the U.S. and Australia.
Former UConn stars Sue Bird, Tina Charles, Maya Moore and Diana Taurasi are expected to be on the U.S. team playing in the FIBA World Championship for women while current Huskies Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart and former UConn standout Stefanie Dolson are also in the player pool.

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