- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

The U.S. women’s national basketball team will host a four-team, three-city tournament before heading to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics.

The Americans will face France, Canada and Australia, playing games in Delaware, Connecticut and New York.

The tournament tips off on July 27 at the University of Delaware, followed by games on July 29 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The exhibition series will finish up on July 29 at Madison Square Garden.

After the series, the U.S. will head to Houston for processing before traveling to Rio.

The Americans will be trying for their sixth consecutive gold medal in the Olympics.

“This tournament with Australia, Canada and France, three of the top teams in the world, is an incredible opportunity for our team to prepare for Rio,” U.S. coach Geno Auriemma said. “I think each of these games will be competitive and be a really, really good preview of what you’ll see in August at the Olympics.”

While the U.S., Canada and Australia already have qualified for the Rio Games, France still has to earn a spot. The silver medalists from the 2012 Olympics are hosting the last-chance qualifier tournament starting on June 13. The top five teams from that tournament will earn Olympic bids.

The U.S. will open play at the Olympics against Senegal on Aug. 7, followed by the No. 4 team from the Olympic qualifier on Aug. 8, Serbia on Aug. 10 and Canada on Aug. 12. The Americans conclude preliminary round play on Aug. 14 against the No. 2 team from the Olympic qualifier.

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