Boardman, Mendiola, Powell Set For Junior National Team Trials
June 11, 2001
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Three Pac-10 women's basketball players -- Arizona State's
Betsy Boardman, Washington's Giuliana Mendiola and Stanford's Nicole Powell -- are among 31 of the nation's top 19-and-Unders who have been invited to this weekend's USA Junior Trials, slated for June 15-18.
Following the four-day Trials, which will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in
Colorado Springs, Colo., the USA Basketball Women's Collegiate Committee will select finalists for the 12-member 2001 USA Women's Junior World Championship Team.
Boardman, a Pac-10 All-Freshman selection in 2001, paced the Pac-10 Co-Champion Sun Devils
in steals (68) and her 36 treys ranked second on the squad. Mendiola garnered Pac-10
All-Freshman and All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention accolades in `00-01. She paced the NCAA Elite Eight Huskies in assists (3.94) and finished second on the team in rebounding (6.3). Powell, the 2001 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, also received All-Pac-10 honors. She became the first freshman to lead the Conference in rebounding (8.5), paced Stanford and finished 10th in the league in scoring (14.1) and paced the Pac-10 Co-Champion Cardinal in assists (4.73).
The 2001 USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team Trials begin Friday, June 15 from
4:30-7:00 p.m. (all times MDT). Sessions will follow from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 3:00-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 4:30-7:00 p.m on Sunday, June 17, and the Trials will conclude on Monday, June 18 with a session from 8:00-10:00 a.m. Finalists for the 2001 USA Junior squad will be announced following the June 18 session.
Included among the invitees are:
Mistie Bass (Janesville Parker H.S. /Janesville, Wis.), Ashley Battle (Connecticut /
Pittsburgh, Pa.), Alana Beard (Duke /Sherveport, La.), Tera Bjorklund (Colorado / St. Peter, Minn.), Betsy Boardman (Arizona State / Portland, Ore.), Teresa Borton (West Valley H.S. / Yakima, Wash.), Shameka Christon (Arkansas / Hot Springs, Ark.), Currie, Shyra Ely (Ben Davis H.S./ Indianapolis, Ind.), Vanessa Hayden (Florida / Orlando, Fla.), Eafton Hill (Wake Forest / Boone, N.C.), Irvin, Amber Jacobs (Boston College / Clarks Summit, Pa.), Veronica Johns-Richardson (Troy H.S. / Fullerton, Calif.), Kelly Mazzante (Penn State / Montoursville, Pa.), Giuliana Mendiola (Washington / Lake Forest, Calif.), Corrie Mizusawa (St. Mary's College / Lafayette, Calif.), Jessica Moore (Connecticut / Palmer, Ark.), Loree Moore (Narbonne H.S. / Harbor City, Calif.), Amber Obaze (Louisiana Tech / Dallas, Texas), Ugo Oha (George Washington / Houston, Texas), Cappie Pondexter (John Marshall H.S./ Chicago, Ill.), Nicole Powell (Stanford / Phoenix, Ariz.), Stacy Stephens (Texas / Winnsboro, Texas), Mandisha Stevenson (Gulf Coast C.C. / Decatur, Ala.), Ann Strother (Highlands Ranch H.S. / Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Diana Taurasi (Connecticut / Chino, Calif., T'Nae Thiel (Weatherford H.S. /Weatherford, Texas), Wynter Whitley (Holy Innocents' Episcopal / Atlanta, Ga.), Nicole Wolff (Walpole H.S. / Walpole, Mass.) and Shanna Zolman (Wawasee H.S. / Syracuse, Ind.).
Among the invitees are six who helped the United States earn its 2001 Junior World
Championship berth and nine others who participated in the 2000 USA Junior National
Team Trials. Thirteen of the 17 college freshmen earned all-conference accolades, while eight of the nine high school seniors, as well as all four high school juniors, listed as All-Americans, while the lone junior college participant was selected a 2001 NJCAA All-America honorable mention.
In all, listed among the invitees are 17 who recently completed their first year of NCAA
eligibility, one who was an NJCAA freshman this past year, nine high school seniors, and four high school juniors. There are 15 different NCAA schools and nine conferences represented, with Connecticut and the Big East boasting the most athletes with three and four, respectively. On the high school level, there is representation from nine states, with three hailing from California and two from Indiana.
2000 USA Basketball Development Coach of the Year and University of Connecticut head coach
Geno Auriemma will direct the 2001 USA Basketball Women's Junior World Championship
Team, and will be assisted by University of Oklahoma's Sherri Coale and Northeastern University's (Mass.) Willette White.
Held every four years since 1985, the U.S. is the defending FIBA Junior World Champions
having won its first gold medal in four tries at the event in Natal, Brazil, at the 1997 Junior Worlds. Featuring 12 teams, the 2001 FIBA Women's Junior World Championship is scheduled to be contested July 14-22 in Brno, Czech Republic.
The 12 teams have been placed into two groups for preliminary round robin play. The United
States will compete in Pool B and opens preliminary play against Lithuania on July 14.
The U.S. will then play China on July 15, Brazil on July 16, Mali on July 18 and will conclude preliminary round play against Russia on July 19. Preliminary Pool A consists of Australia, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Japan and Poland. The top two teams from each group will advance to the medal semifinals, with the winners of the medal semifinal games competing for the gold medal. The remainder of the field will compete for 5th - 12th place.
Owning an 18-9 overall record (66.7 winning percentage) at the competition, after finishing
no better than fifth in the first three Junior Worlds, the USA captured the 1997 gold
medal with an exciting 78-74 overtime victory over 1993 Junior World Champion Australia.
Of the 48 USA Junior World Championship alumni, five have gone on to compete in the Olympics,
including Lisa Leslie, Rebecca Lobo, Vicki Orr (Wiley), Katie Smith and Dawn Staley.
Members of the 1997 USA junior squad included All-Americans Tamika Catchings, Tamicha Jackson, Semeka Randall and NCAA scoring leader Jackie Stiles.