NEW YORK -- An All-Star team of WNBA players will square off against the 2004 USA Basketball Women's Senior National Team on Aug. 5 at New York's historic Radio City Music Hall.
The matchup will serve as a final send-off before the U.S. women go for the gold at the Olympic Games in Athens. ESPN will televise the event, which begins at 7 p.m. ET.
Detroit Shock coach Bill Laimbeer and his assistants will serve as coaching staff for the WNBA All-Star Team. Starters for the WNBA team will be chosen by a 51-member media panel (three local media members from each of the WNBA's 13 markets, together with 12 national media members) and will be announced on-air at halftime of ESPN2's coverage of the Detroit-Houston game July 15.
WNBA head coaches will select the first five reserves, who will be announced on-air at halftime of ESPN2's coverage of the Minnesota-Connecticut game July 22. The final reserve will be selected by WNBA fans via on-line balloting on WNBA.com and will be announced on-air at halftime of the Los Angeles-Sacramento game July 29 (ESPN2).
Tickets for the game go on sale through the league and Ticketmaster outlets at 10 a.m. ET June 17.
The USA Basketball Women's Senior National Team Committee has named 11 players to the U.S. roster, with one spot left to fill. The current roster includes Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Swin Cash (Detroit Shock), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), Shannon Johnson (San Antonio Silver Stars), Lisa Leslie (Los Angeles Sparks), DeLisha Milton-Jones (Los Angeles Sparks), Katie Smith (Minnesota Lynx), Dawn Staley (Charlotte Sting), Sheryl Swoopes (Houston), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury) and Tina Thompson (Houston Comets).
The head coach of the U.S. team is Houston Comets coach Van Chancellor. He will be joined on the sidelines by Seattle Storm coach Anne Donovan, Duke coach Gail Goestenkors and Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer.
The U.S. women capped a successful spring training schedule with an unblemished 13-0 record in their early preparations for Athens. Featuring three separate training sessions, the USA's competition ranged from national and professional club teams to the 2004 WBCA All-Star Team, with games played in six international arenas and four domestic cities.