Team USA is on a mission for a seventh consecutive gold medal, this time in Tokyo, Japan in the 2020 Summer Olympics, and have called upon four top-10 teams at the NCAA college level for aid in getting there.
This game is one of a four-game tour that Team USA will partake as a part of their training camp. Other stops on the tour include: USA vs. Stanford (preseason ranked No. 3) on Nov. 2; USA vs. Oregon State (preseason ranked No. 6) on Nov. 4; USA vs. Texas A&M (preseason ranked No. 4); and then finishing up with the Ducks (preseason ranked No. 1) on Nov. 9 (Also of note, this is an Oregon football BYE week).
“Historically speaking, it has been great for our program to have a college tour,” said USA National Team Coach Dawn Stanley. “All our past USA teams that had a college tour went on to win Olympic gold medals. So, if we can pull back into some historical times in which we had the opportunity to showcase our national team in this light, women’s college basketball is at an all-time high as far as exposure. This will increase the exposure to women’s basketball. And I’m excited. Again, it’s prep time. It’s more prep time. The more time we have, the better we will perform in Tokyo.”
“Our team is incredibly excited at the chance to play against the United States Women’s National Team here at Matthew Knight Arena,” Oregon Coach Kelly Graves said. “Not only will our players have the opportunity to play against the highest level of competition, but our fans will watch the best players in the world right here at home while also getting a first look at our 2019-20 Oregon Ducks squad. This is such a special opportunity for our program, and we can’t wait to see everyone there on Nov. 9.”
Why this matters:
This is a huge opportunity for the Ducks. Not only do you get to face the best players in the country, but you also get the learning experience of what it takes to play at that level. It’s an opportunity to game prep at a completely different capacity. To face professionals who have been changing the game for years now. To see how a team operates at that elite level.
It’s a chance to showcase women’s basketball at any level.
If you ever had the dream of seeing Sabrina Ionescu vs. Sue Bird, it is about to become a reality.
Oregon women’s basketball season ticket holders can secure their season ticket locations for this game online now through Oct. 16, and the public on-sale for this game will begin at 9 a.m. PT on Monday, Oct. 21.