Brooke Smith Named to the USA Women's World University Games Squad
Aug. 1, 2005
Colorado Springs, Colo. - Stanford junior Brooke Smith earned a spot on the final 12-member 2005 USA Women's World University Games Team, as selected by USA Basketball earlier this morning. Smith and her teammates will compete in Izmir, Turkey, as the U.S. kicks off the World University Games with an opening round game versus the Czech Republic on Aug. 10.
Smith is not the only Cardinal to gain international experience this summer, however, as Stanford sophomore Candice Wiggins helped the U.S. U19 World Championship team to gold in Tunisia last weekend. Wiggins was named to the five-member All-U19 World Championship Team, after finishing the tournament averaging 15.8 points per game, while shooting 57.1 percent (44-77 FGs) from the field and 42.9 (18-42 3pt FGs) from three-point range.
'It's great (being named to the All-World Championship Team), but I feel like anyone on our team could have made it,' said Wiggins. 'We have such a great team, we have such depth on our team, it's great to be recognized but I realize we have great players and it could have been anyone and I think that's the best part of our team.'
The USA World University Games team will remain in Colorado Springs for training through Aug. 4, with two practices per day at the U.S. Olympic Training Center's Sports Center II and Colorado College's J. Juan Reid Gymnasium. The squad will departing for Turkey on Aug. 5, and will continue to train in Izmir prior to the U.S.'s first game against the Czech Republic.
'I have fallen in love with this team sooner than I thought I would,' said head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. 'On and off the court they are surprising me and amazing me. They've come together, they're unselfish, they're enthusiastic and motivated, they're disciplined. Everything a coach looks for in a team this group of young women are showing this early in the process. I think we're blessed with a lot of depth in all positions. Our challenge is to not rest on our level but take a step forward and be ready for whatever comes our way.'