Mendiola to Tryout for Junior National Team

Washington point guard Giuliana Mendiola, who helped lead the Husky women's basketball team to the Elite Eight of the 2001 NCAA Tournament, travels to Colorado Springs this week to compete for a spot on the 2001 USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team. She joins a group of 31 of the nation's top players under the age of 19 at the trials that run from 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.

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.

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 `97 gold medal with an exciting 78-74 overtime victoryover 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 squadincluded All-Americans Tamika Catchings, Tamicha Jackson, Semeka Randall and NCAA scoring leader Jackie Stiles.

2001 USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team Trials Schedule

Friday, June 15
Session#1 / / 4:30-7:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 16 /
Session #2 / 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Session #3 / 3:00-5:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 17 /
Session #4 / 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Session #5 / 4:30-7:00 p.m.

Monday, June 18
Session #6 / 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Finalists will be announced following Session #6

Note: All Trials session times are MDT and will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, Sports Center II

2001 USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team Trials Roster

NAME = POS = HGT = WGT = DOB = YOG = SCHOOL / HOMETOWNMistie Bass = C = 6-3 = 190 = 12/02/83 = 2002 = Janesville Parker H.S. /Janesville, WIAshley Battle = G/F = 6-0 = 180 = 05/31/82 = 2004 = Connecticut /Pittsburgh, PAAlana Beard = G = 5-11 = 156 = 05/14/82 = 2004 = Duke / Shreveport, LATera Bjorklund = C = 6-5 = 180 = 06/29/82 = 2004 = Colorado / St. Peter, MNBetsy Boardman = F = 6-1 = 165 = 03/04/82 = 2004 = Arizona State /Portland, ORTeresa Borton = F = 6-3 = 171 = 12/31/82 = 2001 = West Valley H.S. (Notre Dame) / Yakima, WAShameka Christon = F = 6-1 = 175 = 02/15/82 = 2004 = Arkansas / HotSprings, ARMonique Currie = G/F = 6-0 = 170 = 02/25/83 = 2001 = The Bullis School (Duke) / Washington, DCShyra Ely = F = 6-2 = 160 = 08/09/83 = 2001 = Ben Davis H.S. (Tennessee) /Indianapolis, INVanessa Hayden = C = 6-4 = 210 = 06/05/82 = 2004 = Florida / Orlando, FLEafton Hill = F = 6-1 = 169 = 10/07/82 = 2004 = Wake Forest / Boone, NCSandora Irvin = F = 6-3 = 170 = 02/23/82 = 2001 = Ft. Lauderdale H.S. (TCU)/ Ft. Lauderdale, FLAmber Jacobs = G = 5-8 = 150 = 06/29/82 = 2004 = Boston College / Clarks Summit, PAVeronica Johns-Richardson G = 5-9 = 148 = 04/07/83 = 2001 = Troy H.S.(Colorado) / Fullerton, CAKelly Mazzante = G = 6-0 = 154 = 02/02/82 = 2004 = Penn State /Montoursville, PAGiuliana Mendiola = G = 5-10 = 170 = 01/09/82 = 2004 = Washington / LakeForest, CACorrie Mizusawa = G = 5-8 = 135 = 08/07/82 = 2004 = St. Mary's College /Lafayette, CAJessica Moore = F = 6-3 = 180 = 07/09/82 = 2004 = Connecticut / Palmer, AKLoree Moore = G = 5-9 = 155 = 03/21/83 = 2001 = Narbonne H.S. (Tennessee) /Harbor City, CAAmber Obaze = G = 5-9 = 156 = 06/25/82 = 2004 = Louisiana Tech / Dallas, TXUgo Oha = C = 6-4 = 170 = 07/18/82 = 2004 = George Washington / Houston, TXCappie Pondexter = G = 5-8 = 152 = 01/07/83 = 2001 = John Marshall H.S.(Rutgers) / Chicago, ILNicole Powell = F = 6-2 = 170 = 06/22/82 = 2004 = Stanford / Phoenix, AZStacy Stephens = F = 6-1 = 194 = 01/21/82 = 2004 = Texas / Winnsboro, TXMandisha Stevenson = F = 6-3 = 165 = 02/04/82 = 2002 = Gulf Coast C.C /Decatur, ALAnn Strother = G = 6-1 = 150 = 12/11/83 = 2002 = Highlands Ranch H.S. /Highlands Ranch, CODiana Taurasi = G = 6-0 = 170 = 06/11/82 = 2004 = Connecticut / Chino, CAT'Nae Thiel = F = 6-2 = 180 = 10/07/82 = 2001 = Weatherford H.S.(Stanford)/ Weatherford, TXWynter Whitley = F = 6-2 = 175 = 09/30/82 = 2001 = Holy Innocents'Episcopal (Duke) / Atlanta, GANicole Wolff = G = 6-0 = 150 = 03/07/84 = 2002 = Walpole H.S. / Walpole, MAShanna Zolman = G = 5-10 = 140 = 09/07/83 = 2002 = Wawasee H.S. / Syracuse, IN

NOTE: High school seniors have signed a national letter of intent to attendthe school indicated

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