The USA Women’s National Basketball Team, coached by Geno Auriemma, will play a September 15 exhibition game at Bridgeport’s Webster Bank Arena against Canada.
The announcement will be made at a press conference Monday at the arena. Auriemma is expected to attend.
Canada features UConn freshman guard Kia Nurse. Nurse is expected to the be national team’s point guard.
The game would be played after the United States holds its final domestic training camp at the Naval Academy from Sept. 7-10 and will likely be held in conjunction with at least one other game or scrimmage, which is likely to be held at the University of Delaware. The World Championship starts Sept. 27 in Turkey.
Auriemma said Monday he expects at least 20 of the 33 players currently in the national playing pool to be invited to the training camp. The WNBA will be in the final phase of its post season meaning some players may not be able to participate.
The player pool is filled with many past and current UConn players: Sue Bird, Tina Charles, Stefanie Dolson, Maya Moore, Breanna Stewart and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Diana Taurasi. Alyssa Thomas of the Connecticut Sun also is on the roster.
In addition, another source confirmed Monday the UConn women and the Naismith Hall of Fame are working at putting a non-conference game, mostly likely against a west coast team like UCLA, USC or Gonzaga, into the Mohegan Sun Arena in December 2014.
“There are a number of possible opponents,” said the source. “It will be sorted out over the next few weeks. But the chances of it happening are very good.”