US to train for 3 days in Seattle

US to train for 3 days in Seattle

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BEIJING - AUGUST 11: Sue Bird #6 of the United States looks on prior to playing against China in a women's basketball preliminary game on Day 3 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the Wukesong Indoor Stadium on August 11, 2008 in Beijing, China.

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on April 12, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 12 at 7:29 PM

 

The U.S. women's basketball team will play China in an exhibition game on May 12 as part of a three-day training camp in Seattle.

The Americans, who will also scrimmage Japan on May 13, have already announced 11 members of their Olympic roster which will compete in London this summer. That squad includes Seattle Storm star Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Swin Cash, Maya Moore and Tina Charles.

Joining the five UConn alums on the team is two-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings. Also returning for a second straight Olympics are Candace Parker, Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles. Lindsay Whalen and Angel McCoughtry will be at their first Olympics and trying to help the U.S. win a fifth straight gold medal.

"I'm looking forward to it because it'll be the first time that the entire team will be together," U.S. national team coach Geno Auriemma said. "It's been kind of difficult with everybody's schedules to have many training camps. So, I'm really looking forward to it from that standpoint."

The U.S. will train in July for a few days in Washington D.C. before heading overseas to play an exhibition game against Britain. The Americans will then play in a tournament in Istanbul. The Olympics begin July 27.

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