Nicole Powell Invited To The USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team Trials

May 18, 2001

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Stanford University freshman Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) has accepted an invitation to participate in the USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team Trials on June 15-18 in Colorado Springs.

Following the four-day trials, the USA Basketball Women's Collegiate Committee will select finalists for the 12-member 2001 USA Women's Junior World Championship Team. The team will then compete in the 2001 FIBA Women's Junior World Championships on July 14-22 in Brno, Czech Republic. The 12-team field has been divided into two groups, with Pool B consisting of the United States, Lithuania, China, Brazil, Mali and Russia.

Powell, who was a WBCA/Kodak Honorable Mention All-American as well as the 2000-01 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and a First Team All-Conference selection, also participated in the 2000 USA Junior National Team Trials. Powell then was a starter on the U.S. team that qualified for the Junior World Championship by winning five games at the COPABA Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament by an average of 50.6 points.Powell averaged 8.2 points and a team-high 6.4 rebounds in the tournament.

The 6-foot-2 guard/forward was one of the top college freshmen in the nation last season as she led Stanford to a 19-11 record and Pacific-10 Conference title. She became the fourth Cardinal to earn Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors, and second in a row (Jamie Carey, 1999-2000), and was Stanford's Kodak/WBCA First All-District 8 selection since Kristin Folkl and Olympia Scott both received the honor in 1997-98. Despite moving from forward to point guard in mid-season because of an injury, she averaged team-highs of 14.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists. Powell also became the first Stanford player, and first freshman, to ever win the Pac-10 rebounding title. In Pac-10 play, she averaged a near double-double of 14.9 points and 9.3 rebounds in 35.5 minutes. She also recorded just the third triple-double in Stanford history and seventh in Pac-10 history at Washington State (2/22).

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