US women’s national hoops team opens training camp

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) There was a sense of familiarity among the coaches and players as the U.S. women’s national team opened up training camp for the world championship Monday at the Naval Academy.

Geno Auriemma returns as coach of the squad, which will be trying for a second straight world title at the end of the month.

This marked the fourth time in the history of the U.S. women’s basketball program that a coach has served two terms in charge of a world championship team.

Auriemma, who will be the first to coach in two Olympics, potentially will have a lot of the same players back that helped the Americans win a fifth straight gold medal in 2012 at the London Games.