Terp Women's Basketball Will host USA National Team For an Exhibition
Sept. 5, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland women's basketball fans will have one more thing to look forward to in 2007-08. In preparation for the upcoming season, the Terps will host the U.S. Women's National Team on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. General admission tickets for the game are on sale now at the Terrapin Ticket Office located at Comcast Center.
"Playing the U.S. National Team will be a real treat for all of us," said Maryland head coach Brenda Frese. "I know some of our players have looked at some of the USA Basketball players as role models while growing up. To step on the court and compete against them will be awesome. You can't ask for better a preseason preparation than going against one of the world's very best teams."
The USA tips off its 2007 College Tour in College Park, in what is the first of an eight-game schedule. The 12-member 2007 USA College Tour team will be comprised of members of the 2007-08 USA Basketball Women's Senior National Team, a 22-player player pool. The pool of players includes eight Olympic gold medalists, five World Championship gold medalists and all 12 members of the 2006 USA World Championship team.
Among the possible players who will play in College Park in a red, white and blue uniform are local fan favorites Alana Beard and DeLisha Milton-Jones from the WNBA's Washington Mystics, as well as, Olympic gold medalists Sheryl Swoopes, Katie Smith, Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Diana Taurasi and Tina Thompson. The 12-member team will be announced at a later date.
The US squad will continue its tour on Nov. 2 at Connecticut, Nov. 4 at Tennessee, Nov. 6 at Baylor, Nov. 8 at Arizona State, Nov. 11 at Texas A&M, before wrapping up in California for games against USC on Nov. 13 and Stanford on Nov. 15. The team will use the eight-game schedule to prepare for the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, slated for Sept. 25-29 in Valdivia, Chile. The winner will receive a berth into the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. The other teams competing at the Americas Championship are Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Jamaica and Mexico.
To purchase tickets for the exhibition game, call the ticket office at 1-800-IM-A-TERP or go online to purchase at www.umterps.com. Maryland tips off its regular season hosting Princeton on Friday, Nov. 9 in the first round of the Preseason WNIT. Season tickets are still on sale at the Terrapin Ticket Office. Single-game tickets will go on sale on Oct. 12.