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Louisville star McCoughtry invited to play for USA Women's World Championship team

University of Louisville women's basketball All-American Angel McCoughtry will seek another gold medal this summer (Photo from UofL Athletics)

University of Louisville women’s basketball All-American Angel McCoughtry will seek another gold medal this summer (Photo from UofL Athletics)


University of Louisville women’s basketball All-American Angel McCoughtry has enjoyed a wealth of success during her tenure with USA Basketball, capturing four gold medals and she will get the chance to add to that record.

A three-time WNBA All-Star, McCoughtry was invited to the 2014 USA Women’s World Championship Team training camp from Sept. 8-10 in Annapolis, Md., the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee announced.

The final 12-member roster is scheduled to compete at the 2014 FIBA World Championships Sept. 27-Oct. 5 in Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey.

McCoughtry is averaging a combined 11.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.5 steals per game through 31 games with six USA Basketball teams. Since being promoted to the USA National Team in 2009, she has helped the U.S. compile a 17-0 record and earn gold medals at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2012 Olympic Games.

The Baltimore, Md., native set U.S. Olympic single-game records in 2012 for field goal percentage after going 8-for-8 against China, and for most field goals made with 10 versus Turkey.

McCoughtry (2005-09) finished her four-year career as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,779 points and is also tops in Louisville history in rebounds (1,261) and steals (481). She was a three-time WBCA All-American, averaging 20.0 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 3.5 steals per game in her career. She was named the 2007 Big East Player of the Year and capped her senior season in 2009 as the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and Raleigh Regional MVP, while guiding Louisville to its first national championship game.

The U.S. will compete in a pair of exhibition contests during its domestic training. The first game is the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Showcase, a Red versus White intra-squad game scheduled for Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center in Newark.

ESPN2 will televise both USA Basketball Women’s National Team exhibition games, and both games will also be available on WatchESPN.

Traveling up the coast to Bridgeport, Conn., the U.S. will train on Sept. 14 alongside 2013 FIBA Americas Championship silver medalist Canada prior to the two teams squaring off in a Sept. 15 exhibition contest at 7 p.m. at Webster Bank Arena.

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In addition to the domestic exhibition schedule, the squad will play four exhibition games in Europe against 2012 Olympic silver medalist France, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Australia, 2010 FIBA World Championship silver medalist Czech Republic and 2013 FIBA Asia bronze medalist China, prior to the start of the World Championship.

Finalists for the 2014 USA World Championship Team will compete in the 2014 France International Tournament in the Stade Pierre de Coubertin in Paris Sept. 19-21. Opening against Australia on Sept. 19, the U.S. will face China on Sept. 20, and close the round-robin tournament against host France on Sept. 21.

From UofL Athletics

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