MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – USA Basketball today announced that Lynx guard and Minnesota native Lindsay Whalen has been named to the 12-player 2010 USA Basketball Women’s World Championship Team. Whalen and 11 other international veterans will represent the U.S. at the 2010 FIBA World Championship that will be held Sept. 23 – Oct. 3 in Ostrava and Karlovy, Czech Republic. The USA opens World Championship play against Greece on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 6:00 p.m. (11:00 a.m. CDT). All of the USA’s games will air live on NBA TV and streamed on www.FIBATV.com.
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This year’s World Championship will be Whalen’s first tournament on the global stage with Team USA since 2003, when as a part of the 2003 USA FIBA World Championship For Young Women (U21) squad, she won Gold. Most recently, the Hutchinson, Minn. native was added in March of 2010 to the 2010-12 National Team Roster. Whalen participated in all four of Team USA’s exhibition games in preparation for the World Championship, averaging 9.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 14.5 minutes per game.
Joining Whalen on the 2010 World Championship squad are two-time Olympic gold medalists Sue Bird (Seattle Storm) Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever) and Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury); 2008 Olympic gold medalist Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky); 2004 Olympic gold medalist Swin Cash (Seattle Storm); as well as international newcomers Jayne Appel (San Antonio Silver Stars), Tina Charles (Connecticut Sun), Candice Dupree (Phoenix Mercury), Asjha Jones (Connecticut Sun), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream) and Maya Moore (University of Connecticut).
2010 FIBA World Championship – U.S. Schedule
Date Time Event Location Sept. 23 6:00 p.m. USA vs. Greece Ostrava, Czech Republic (live on NBA TV @ 11:00 a.m. CDT) Sept. 24 6:00 p.m. USA vs. Senegal Ostrava, Czech Republic (live on NBA TV @ 11:00 a.m. CDT) Sept. 25 3:15 p.m. USA vs. France Ostrava, Czech Republic (live on NBA TV @ 8:00 a.m. CDT) Sept. 27-29 TBD Second Round Ostrava, Czech Republic Oct. 1 TBD Quarterfinals Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic Oct. 2 TBD Semifinals Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic Oct. 3 TBD Finals Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
NOTE: All times listed are local. The Czech Republic is +7 hours from CDT.