Kristen O'Neill Invited to USA Basketball Tryouts

May 8, 2002

Colorado Springs, Colo. - Washington freshman basketball player Kristen O'Neill (Edmonds, Wash. /Meadowdale) has been invited to tryout for a spot on the 2002 USA Basketball World Championship For Young Women Qualifying Team, USA Basketball announced today.

The invitations were issued by the USA Basketball Women's Collegiate Committee. The trials will be held May 17-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. On May 20 following the three-day tryout period, the Committee will announce finalists for the U.S. squad.

The eventual 12-member U.S. team, which will be comprised of U.S. citizens 20-years-old or younger (born on or after January 1, 1982), will compete in the Confederation of Pan American Basketball Associations (COPABA) World Championship For Young Women Qualifying Tournament. Hosted by Brazil in Ribeirao Preto July 17-21 and featuring eight teams from North, South and Central America as well as the Caribbean, the top three nations will qualify for the inaugural International Basketball Federation (FIBA) World Championship For Young Women which is scheduled to be played in Dubrovnik, Croatia in July 2003 (dates TBD).

O'Neill, a 6-foot-1 guard, started 24 of 31 games in her freshman season and averaged 6.1 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. She helped lead the Huskies to a second place finish in the Pacific-10 Conference and the third round of the WNIT. She earned Pac-10 All-Freshman honors following the 2002 season.

Five members of the bronze medal winning 2001 USA Basketball Women's Junior World Championship Team, as well as six collegiate All-Americans, are among 35 of the country,s top 20-and-unders who have accepted invitations to try out for the team.

USA team training will kick off on July 7 in Colorado Springs and run through July 11 (times TBD). Following the July 7-11 training camp, during which will time the final 12-member 2002 USA 20-and-under squad will be named, the U.S. is scheduled to continue its training July 12-20 in Brazil prior to the start of the 2002 COPABA Qualifying Tournament.

Included among the invitees are: Jacqueline Batteast (Notre Dame / South Bend, Ind.); Tera Bjorklund (Colorado / St. Peter, Minn.); Betsy Boardman (Arizona State / Portland, Ore.); Teresa Borton (Notre Dame / Yakima, Wash.); Kala Bowers (Texas / Woodward, Okla.); Kara Brown-Braxton (Georgia / Jackson, Mich.); Shameka Christon (Arkansas / Hot Springs, Ark.); Ebony Felder (Georgia / Jackson, Miss.); Cisti Greenwalt (Texas Tech / Clovis, N.M.); Vanessa Hayden (Florida / Orlando, Fla.); SeSe Helm (Kentucky / Bowling Green, Ky.); Doneeka Hodges (Louisiana State / New Orleans, La.); Ebony Hoffman (Southern California / Harbor City, Calif.); Sandora Irvin (Texas Christian / Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.); Dionnah Jackson (Oklahoma / St. Louis, Mo.); Amber Jacobs (Boston College / Clarks Summit, Pa.); Temeka Johnson (Louisiana State / New Orleans, La.); Laurie Koehn (Kansas State / Hesston, Kan.); Kelly Mazzante (Penn State / Montoursville, Pa.); Julie McBride (Syracuse / Mechanicville, N.Y.); Janel McCarville (Minnesota / Stevens Point, Wis.); Kristen O'Neill (Washington / Lynwood, Wash.); Amber Obaze (Louisiana Tech / Dallas, Texas ); Ugo Oha (George Washington / Houston, Texas ); Nicole Ohlde (Kansas State / Clay Center, Kan.); Jia Perkins (Texas Tech / Granbury, Texas ); Cappie Pondexter (Rutgers / Chicago, Ill.); Heather Schreiber (Texas / Windthorst, Texas ); Stacy Stephens (Texas / Winnsboro, Texas ); University of Connecticut freshman-to-be Ann Strother (Highlands Ranch H.S. / Highlands Ranch, Colo.); Kelley Suminski (Stanford / Chester, N.J.); Brandi Teamer (Virginia / Joliet, Ill.); Christi Thomas (Georgia / Buford, Ga.); Tanesheia Thompson (Gulf Coast Community College / Roanoke, Ala.); Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota / Hutchinson, Minn.) and Dee-Dee Wheeler (Arizona / Chicago, Ill.).

All told, there are 34 NCAA Division I players, including 20 rising juniors and 14 rising sophomores, one NJCAA athlete and one who has recently completed her prep career; 19 previous USA Basketball participants; six 2002 All-Americans; six 2002 conference Freshman of the Year honorees; one 2002 conference Player of the Year and a total of 25 who were listed among their 2002 all-conference or all-freshmen teams.

Texas Tech University head coach Marsha Sharp will direct the 2002 USA Basketball World Championship For Young Women Qualifying Team. Her assistants are collegiate head coaches Nikita Lowry of New Mexico State University and Lisa Stone of Drake University (Iowa).

2002 USA Basketball Women,s National Team Trials Schedule

Date * Time * Event
May 17 * 5:30 p.m. * Trials Session #1
May 18 * 9:00 a.m. * Trials Session #2
May 18 * 5:00 p.m. * Trials Session #3
May 19 * 9:00 a.m. * Trials Session #4
May 19 * 4:30 p.m. * Trials Session #5
May 20 * TBD a.m. * Announcement of Finalists

* All Trials Sessions, which run approximately two hours and are subject to change, will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center Sports Center II

2002 USA Basketball Women,s National Team Trials Roster

NAME # POS # HGT # WGT # DOB # YOG # SCHOOL / HOMETOWNJacqueline Batteast # F # 6-2 # 155 # 03/26/83 # 2005 # Notre Dame / South Bend, INTera Bjorklund # C # 6-5 # 185 # 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 # 180 # 12/31/82 # 2005 # Notre Dame / Yakima, WAKala Bowers # F # 6-2 # 163 # 06/03/83 # 2005 # Texas / Woodward, OKKara Brown-Braxton # C # 6-6 # 197 # 02/18/83 # 2004 # Georgia / Jackson, MIShameka Christon # F # 6-1 # 172 # 02/15/82 # 2004 # Arkansas / Hot Springs, AREbony Felder # F # 6-1 # 170 # 07/20/82 # 2005 # Georgia / Jackson, MICisti Greenwalt # C # 6-5 # 178 # 04/04/83 # 2005 # Texas Tech / Clovis, NMVanessa Hayden # C # 6-4 # 230 # 06/05/82 # 2004 # Florida / Orlando, FLSeSe Helm # F # 6-4 # 185 # 01/19/82 # 2004 # Kentucky / Bowling Green, KYDoneeka Hodges # G # 5-9 # 155 # 07/19/82 # 2004 # Louisiana State / New Orleans, LAEbony Hoffman # F # 6-2 # 200 # 08/27/82 # 2004 # Southern California / Harbor City, CASandora Irvin # F # 64 # 180 # 02/23/82 # 2005 # Texas Christian / Ft. Lauderdale, FL*Dionnah Jackson # G # 5-9 # 150 # 08/15/82 # 2005 # Oklahoma / St. Louis, MOAmber Jacobs # G # 5-8 # 150 # 06/29/82 # 2004 # Boston College / Clarks Summit, PATemeka Johnson # G # 5-3 # 135 # 09/06/82 # 2005 # Louisiana State / New Orleans, LALaurie Koehn # G # 5-8 # 145 # 05/13/82 # 2005 # Kansas State / Hesston, KSKelly Mazzante # G # 6-0 # 155 # 02/02/82 # 2004 # Penn State / Montoursville, PAJulie McBride # G # 5-4 # 130 # 09/24/82 # 2004 # Syracuse / Mechanicville, NYJanel McCarville # F/C # 6-2 # 170 # 11/03/82 # 2005 # Minnesota / Stevens Point, WIKristen O'Neill # G # 6-1 # 160 # 04/12/83 # 2005 # Washington / Lynwood, WAAmber Obaze # G # 5-9 # 156 # 06/25/82 # 2004 # Louisiana Tech / Dallas, TXUgo Oha # C # 6-4 # 180 # 07/18/82 # 2004 # George Washington / Houston, TXNicole Ohlde # C # 6-4 # 175 # 03/13/82 # 2004 # Kansas State / Clay Center, KSJia Perkins # G # 5-8 # 150 # 02/23/82 # 2004 # Texas Tech / Granbury, TXCappie Pondexter # G # 5-7 # 150 # 01/07/83 # 2004 # Rutgers / Chicago, ILHeather Schreiber # F # 6-2 # 165 # 01/07/83 # 2005 # Texas / Windthorst, TXStacy Stephens # F # 6-1 # 210 # 01/21/82 # 2004 # Texas / Winnsboro, TXAnn Strother # G # 6-1 # 150 # 12/11/83 # 2002 # Highlands Ranch (UConn) / Highlands Ranch, COKelley Suminski # G # 5-9 # 158 # 12/18/82 # 2005 # Stanford / Chester, NJBrandi Teamer # F # 6-0 # 190 # 01/06/82 # 2005 # Virginia / Joliet, ILChristi Thomas # C # 6-5 # 190 # 08/14/82 # 2004 # Georgia / Buford, GATanesheia Thompson # G # 5-6 # 124 # 01/30/83 # 2003 # Gulf Coast Community College / Roanoke, ALLindsay Whalen # G # 5-8 # 145 # 05/09/82 # 2004 # Minnesota / Hutchinson, MNDee-Dee Wheeler # G # 5-6 # 140 # 03/29/83 # 2005 # Arizona / Chicago, IL

2002 USA Basketball World Championship For Young Women Qualifying Team Staff
Head Coach: Marsha Sharp, Texas Tech University
Assistant Coach: Nikita Lowry, New Mexico State University
Assistant Coach: Lisa Stone, Drake University (Iowa)

* Applied for a medical waiver and will not attend Trials.

NOTE: Strother has signed a national letter of intent to attend the University of Connecticut.

QUICK FACTS:
2002 USA Basketball World Championship For Young Women Qualifying Team

Site: Ribeirao Preto, Brazil
Dates: July 17-21
USA Head Coach: Marsha Sharp (Texas Tech)
USA Assistant Coaches: Nikita Lowry (New Mexico State), Lisa Stone (Drake)
USA Team: 12 U.S. citizens age 20-years-old and younger
USA Team Trials: May 17-19, Colorado Springs, Colo.
USA Team Training: July 7-11, Colorado Springs, Colo.; July 12-16, TBD.

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