Monday, October 5, 2009

McCoughtry Off To Russia for October Tournament

From USA Basketball via the Hartford Courant and John Altavilla:

"After training for six days in Washington, D.C., 2009-12 USA Basketball Women's National Team members and Olympic gold medalists Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky) and Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks) will lead a USA squad in Russia in the four-team 2009 Ekaterinburg International Invitational. Also selected to play in the Oct. 9-11 tournament were USA National Team hopefuls Swin Cash (Seattle Storm), a 2004 Olympic gold medalist; Tina Charles (University of Connecticut / Jamaica, N.Y.); Shameka Christon (New York Liberty); Candice Dupree (Chicago Sky); Lindsey Harding (Washington Mystics); Asjha Jones (Connecticut Sun); Crystal Langhorne (Washington Mystics); Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream); Renee Montgomery (Minnesota Lynx); and Candice Wiggins (Minnesota Lynx).

Other teams in the tournament will be MKB Euroleasing Sopron (Hungary), USK Praha (Czech Republic) and UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia). We'll get a real look at how well this new team plays.

Quoteth Geno Auriemma:

"Now we're going to find out if we can take that, transfer it over to game situations and see if I can identify those players who know how to win."

Hint: I think McCoughtry can win.


Anonymous said...

Asjha Jones...that is interesting. She has a Achilles tendon injury which keeps her out of the last month of the W season and then turns around and goes to Europe. Are they paid to do this??

pt said...

I think the only thing the players get is room and board, although someone can correct me.

The problem is that if you want to be on the USA Women's National Team, you have to show that you're willing to make the time commitment. Maybe Jones figured that she had better show up to camp regardless of if she needed more time to recover.