HOOP DREAMS: Top Women’s College Teams and USA Basketball Host Free, Open-to-the-Public Practices in Minneapolis this Saturday
MINNEAPOLIS (March 31, 2022) – This Saturday, April 2, is the perfect day for local and visiting basketball fans to watch some of the country’s top players practice. Tourney Town presented by Capital One, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, will be the site for a fun, informal practice for USA National Team hopefuls. Then fans can head to the NCAA Women’s Final Four “Super Saturday Practice” at Target Center to see the two remaining teams in the tournament take the hardwood. Both are free and open to the public.
USA Women’s National Team Practice
Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
Place: Tourney Town – Capital One Center Court, Minneapolis Convention Center
NCAA Super Saturday Practice
Time: 1-3:15 p.m.
Place: Target Center
- National Finalists
- Semifinal Game 1 Winner: 1-1:50 p.m.
- Semifinal Game 2 Winner: 2:20-3:10 p.m.
First, the 2022 USA Women’s National Team, coached by Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve, will hold an open practice at the NCAA’s Tourney Town event, located inside the Minneapolis Convention Center, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The open practice closes out the team’s training camp that taking place March 29 through April 2 in Minneapolis, which is being used to evaluate athletes for future USA National Team competitions.
Participating in the training camp are the following Olympic gold medalists:
- Angel McCoughtry (Minnesota Lynx, Louisville)
- Kelsey Plum (Las Vegas Aces, Washington)
- Breanna Stewart (Seattle Storm, UConn)
- A’ja Wilson (Las Vegas Aces, South Carolina)
- Ariel Atkins (Washington Mystics, Texas)
- Allisha Gray (Dallas Wings, South Carolina)
- Chelsea Gray (Las Vegas Aces, Duke)
Also attending the camp are:
- Dearica Hamby (Las Vegas Aces, Wake Forest)
- Kelsey Mitchell (Indiana Fever, Ohio St.)
- Aerial Powers (Minnesota Lynx, Michigan St.)
- Azurá Stevens (Chicago Sky, Duke and UConn)
- Courtney Williams (Connecticut Sun, South Florida)
Next, the NCAA Women’s Final Four Super Saturday Practice, will feature the two winning teams from Friday night’s games. Practice will take place at Target Center from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. The event provides the opportunity to see the teams preparing in the venue and on the very court where they will compete the next day for the championship title. Included will be fan activities and promotions by NCAA corporate champions and partners, plus Target Center food and beverage concessions will also be available.
“Minneapolis is THE place to be for women’s basketball this weekend. Whether you’re a local sports and basketball fan, or you’re a visitor in town for the NCAA Women’s Final Four, these two open practices are a truly amazing and unique opportunities to watch our country’s top women’s basketball players and inspiring future generations of basketball players,” said Wendy Blackshaw, CEO and President, Minnesota Sports and Events. “The weather forecast for Saturday looks mild and the two venues are less than a mile apart – an easy walk or quick drive from one spot to the other to watch the nation’s best. And it’s all free and open to the public.”
- Caroline Williams (USA Basketball), firstname.lastname@example.org, 719-330-3310
- Kathy McCarthy (MNLOC), email@example.com, 612-508-9720
- Kevin Kurtt (MNLOC), firstname.lastname@example.org, 952-288-9319
About the Minnesota Local Organizing Committee and Minnesota Sports and Events
The Minnesota Local Organizing Committee of the 2022 NCAA Women’s Final Four was formed by Minnesota Sports and Events, an independent 501c6 organization designed to bring significant economic, reputational, and social impact to the region through the attraction, promotion, and execution of world-class events. Minnesota Sports and Events was established in 2020 through the efforts of regional leaders in sports, business and hospitality who recognized the need to create a permanent sports commission to come together to formalize efforts with one voice.