Two Incoming Freshmen Invited to USA U18 Women's National Team Trials

June 1, 2006

Colorado Springs, Colo. - Two of Stanford's incoming freshmen have invited to Colorado Springs and are under consideration for spots on the eventual 12-member 2006 USA U18 National Team that will look to defend the United States' title at the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Jayne Appel and Melanie Murphy are among 34 of the nation's top 18-and-unders (born on or after Jan. 1, 1988) who were invited to the trials by the USA Basketball Women's Collegiate Committee, which is chaired by Sue Donohoe, the NCAA's vice president of Division I women's basketball.

USA Basketball will conduct trials for the USA U18 Women's Team June 16-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. Finalists for the USA U18 National Team will remain in Colorado Springs, and the official 12-member squad will be announced prior to the start of the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women.

The 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship For Women is being hosted by USA Basketball at the USOTC from June 28-July 2. The top four finishing teams will earn qualifying berths for the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship, slated to be held July 7-22 Bratislava, Slovakia. Teams in addition to the United States that will participate in the U18 tournament include Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Paraguay and Puerto Rico.

DePaul University (Ill.) head coach Doug Bruno has been named to lead the USA's 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship For Women Team, while Northern Illinois University head coach Carol Owens and University of Hartford head coach Jennifer Rizzotti will serve as assistant coaches.

Among the 34 under consideration for a final roster spot, 13 collected USA Basketball experience when they participated in the 2005 Youth Development Festival. Appel ranked second among all-time Festival participants for blocked shots with 13 and helped the White Team to a silver medal.

Overall, 22 of the trials participants were honored as All-Americans, including Appel who was a first-team 2006 Parade Magazine All-America, a 2006 WBCA High School All-American and a second-team 2006 USA Today All-USA and 2006 Street & Smith's All-America. Appel was also a 2006 McDonald's High School All-American and the 2006 Gatorade Circle of Champions Girls Basketball State Player of the Year for California.

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