DURHAM, N.C. – With her WNBA season coming to a close earlier this week, former Duke standout Elizabeth Williams has been added to the USA Basketball next training camp, which will take place Sept. 7-12 as the squad prepares for the 2018 World Cup.
The United States recently completed a three-day camp in Columbia, S.C., and will next train Sept. 7 at the New York Knicks practice facility in Tarrytown, N.Y., before taking on Canada in an exhibition contest Sept. 8 at 7 p.m., in Bridgeport, Conn.
Two-time defending World Cup gold medalists, the USA is preparing for the 2018 FIBA World Cup, which will be held Sept. 22-30 in Tenerife, Spain.
Williams, a 2015 Duke graduate, is coming off helping lead her Dream squad to the WNBA semifinals, before falling in game five to the Washington Mystics on Tuesday. The 6-3 center averaged 9.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.4 assists in 2018. She ranked fourth in the WNBA in blocks per game and already ranked 28th in WNBA history with 224 swats in just three seasons.
Other finalists attending the camp will be Tina Charles (New York Liberty), Nneka Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks), Odyssey Sims (Los Angeles Sparks), Layshia Clarendon (Connecticut Sun), Napheesa Collier (University of Connecticut), Diamond DeShields (Chicago Sky), Stefanie Dolson (Chicago Sky), Allisha Gray (Dallas Wings), Sabrina Ionescu (University of Oregon), Kelsey Mitchell (Indiana Fever), Tiffany Mitchell (Indiana Fever), Kelsey Plum (Las Vegas Aces), Morgan Tuck (Connecticut Sun) and A'ja Wilson (Las Vegas Aces).
"We're excited about the 14 that made it past the Columbia round and that we'll add in Elizabeth Williams to the mix in New York," said USA and University of South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley. "But, each round what we're looking forward to is continuing to bond, to execute what we want to do on both sides of the ball and to keep getting better every day. Every day. We have an Olympian, World Cup gold medalists, WNBA All-Stars, and we've got some players who haven't played at the USA National Team level. So, I'm looking forward to continuing to mesh everybody that we have on the roster as we move forward in this process of getting ready for the World Cup."
The team will face Japan in its final domestic exhibition game on Sept. 10 (7 p.m. EDT) at the Charles E. Smith Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After a day off, the team will have one final practice on Sept. 12 (10 a.m. EDT) at the Smith Center before departing for Europe.