Monday, August 6, 2001

USA Basketball Women's World University GamesTeam To Tip-Off Training In Colorado Springs August 6-11

USA's Pre-World University Games Training to Include Round-Robin Tournament in China


. - The 2001 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team, a squad comprised of top college players including Vanderbilt's Chantelle Anderson and Ashley McElhiney, will begin training on Aug. 6 in Colorado Springs, Colo. for the 2001 World University Games that will be played Aug. 22 - Sept. 1 in Beijing, China. The six-day training camp will run through Aug. 11 and will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center's Sports Center I. Additionally, the U.S. squad is slated to compete in a four-team round-robin tournament in China Aug. 14-16 versus World University Games teams from Australia, Canada and China.

Vanderbilt senior forward, Zuzi Klimesova, will also compete in the World University Games with her native Czech Republic Team.

"I know that we're going to have to work very hard because our training period is very short," said USA Basketball Women's World University Games and University of Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan. "We're going to want to get in our basic offense and defense and just get our players up to the level that they're going to need to be. I know that everyone's been training really hard. I've stayed in touch with their coaches and I think they're going to come into camp in really good shape.

"I just can't wait to get started and to get over to China," added Ryan. "It'll be a lot of fun. The fact that we get to go over early will make it better for us to be able to adjust to China and the time and help us handle everything."

Featuring three players with prior USA Basketball team experience, the list of 11 finalists for the USA Women's World University Games Team includes: Chantelle Anderson (Vanderbilt / Vancouver, Wash.); Cori Enghusen (Stanford / Bothell, Wash.); Chrissy Floyd (Clemson / Laurens, S.C.); Caton Hill (Oklahoma / Ada, Okla.); Kara Lawson (Tennessee / Alexandria, Va.); Ashley McElhiney (Vanderbilt / Gleason, Tenn.); Carisse Moody (North Carolina State / Rocky Mount, N.C.); Jenny Roulier (Colorado / Englewood, Colo.); Ayana Walker (Louisiana Tech / Houston, Texas); Shaquala Williams (Oregon / Portland, Ore.); and Shereka Wright (Purdue / Copperas Cove, Texas).

Ryan will be assisted by University of Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder and East Carolina University (N.C.) head coach Dee Stokes.

Training camp opens Monday, Aug. 6 with a session from 5:00-7:00 p.m. (all times MDT). The U.S. will train twice a day on Aug. 7, 8 and 10, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m., and will conduct a single practice session on Aug. 9 from 11:00-1:00 p.m. The USA's Colorado Springs training concludes on Aug. 11 with an 8:00-10:00 a.m. practice. All of the Americans' training sessions will be held at Sports Center I and will be open to credentialed media only.

The USA team's preparation continues with a four-team round-robin tournament in Zhangjiagang, China, from Aug. 14-16. The American squad will face Australia on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 7:00 p.m.; Canada on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 7:00 p.m.; and will conclude pre-World University Games action against China on Thursday, Aug. 16 at 8:45 p.m.. All games times are local.

The 2001 World University Games is expected to feature 19 teams that have been divided into four preliminary round pools. The United States is in Pool B with Canada, Japan and South Africa. The U.S. squad opens competition on Aug. 22 facing South Africa at 11:00 a.m., then meets Canada on Aug. 23 at 8:30 a.m., and concludes preliminary play against Japan on Aug. 25 at 7:00 p.m. Tournament quarterfinals play gets underway Aug. 27, with semifinals being conducted Aug. 30 and the medal games being held Aug. 31. All times are local Beijing time which is 12 hours ahead of EDT.

The World University Games, held every two years and organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU), is a multi-sport competition open to men and women between the ages of 17 and 28 (born between Jan. 1, 1973 and Dec. 31, 1983) and who are, or have been within the past year, a student at a college or university. The USA Women have enjoyed outstanding success in the World University Games and have earned 11 medals in 12 appearances, including four golds, six silvers and one bronze medal, and have compiled an overall record of 68-14 (82.9 winning percentage) since beginning World University Games play in 1973. In the last competition, which was held in 1999 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, the U.S. finished with a 4-2 record and the silver medal. The USA Women last earned the World University Games gold in Sicily in 1997.

The USA Basketball Women's Collegiate Committee is chaired by University of Texas Senior Associate Athletics Director for Men's and Women's Athletics Chris Plonsky. In addition to Plonsky, the Committee is comprised of NAIA designee Stephanie Findley (head coach, Oklahoma Christian University); NCAA appointees Tom Collen (head coach, Colorado State University), Gail Goestenkors (head coach, Duke University, N.C.), Donna Noonan (Vice President, Women's Basketball Championship, NCAA) and Willette White (head coach, Northeastern University, Mass.); Representing the NJCAA is Mary Ellen Leicht (Assistant Executive Director, NJCAA); Muffet McGraw (head coach, Notre Dame University) was appointed by the WBCA and Teresa Edwards (2000, 1996, 1992, 1988 and 1984 Olympian, 1994, 1990 and 1986 World Championship Teams / Smyrna, Ga.) and Vickie Orr-Wiley (1992 Olympic bronze medalist, 1990 World Championship gold medalist / Birmingham, Ala.) are the athlete representatives.

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