Wiggins, Appel Named To 2007 USA Basketball Pan American Games Team

July 12, 2007

STANFORD, Calif.- The Stanford women's basketball program will continue to be well-represented on the international stage, as junior guard Candice Wiggins (San Diego, Calif.) and freshman forward/center Jayne Appel (Pleasant Hill, Calif.) have been named to the 12-member 2007 USA Women's Pan American Games roster, following three days of training camp in Washington, D.C.

Wiggins and Appel were selected from a group of 15 finalists by the USA Basketball Women's Collegiate Committee, which is chaired by Sue Donohoe, the NCAA's vice president of Division 1 women's basketball.

The Pan American Games are scheduled for July 20-24 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil and will feature teams from seven different nations.

The USA Pan Am squad will continue training in Washington, D.C, through July 16 before departing for Brazil, where it will open play on Friday, July 20 vs. Columbia.

Wiggins, who last week helped the 2007 USA Women's U21 World Championship team capture gold at the 2007 FIBA U21 World Championship in Moscow, Russia, will once again get to showcase her talent in international play. Wiggins continued to cement her reputation as one of the nation's premier players during her junior season in 2006-07, earning Kodak/WBCA and Associated Press All-America honors for the third straight year.

Wiggins led the Cardinal in scoring (16.9 ppg) and three-pointers (82) in 29 games played and 28 starts. A 46-percent shooter from the field, Wiggins ranked second in assists (96) while snagging 4.1 rebounds per game. She scored in double-figures in 25 games and scored at least 20 points in eight games this year, including a season-best 30-point effort at Arizona State on Jan. 27 that resulted in her second Pac-10 Player of the Week honor.

A two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year, Wiggins enters her senior year with 1842 career points- a total that ranks fifth-best in school history and only 373 behind Kate Starbird's record of 2215. In addition, Wiggins needs to knock down only three more triples to become the school's all-time leader in that category.

No stranger to international competition, Appel won gold with the USA U18 National Team at the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Appel is coming off an impressive rookie campaign that resulted in being named the 2006-07 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. In 33 games off the bench, she averaged 13.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while leading the Cardinal in field goal percentage at a 53.8 clip. Appel scored in double-figures 22 times, notched five double-doubles and established the school's single-season record with 61 blocked shots.

Joining Wiggins and Appel on the squad are: Matee Ajavon (Rutgers / Newark, N.J.); Nicky Anosike (Tennessee / Staten Island, N.Y.); Marissa Coleman (Maryland / Cheltenham, Md.); Emily Fox (Minnesota / Highlands Ranch, Colo.); Alexis Hornbuckle (Tennessee / Charleston, W.Va.); Charde Houston (Connecticut / San Diego, Calif.), Tasha Humphrey (Georgia / Gainesville, Ga.); Erlana Larkins (North Carolina / Riviera Beach, Fla.); Angel McCoughtry (Louisville / Baltimore, Md.); and Mel Thomas (Connecticut / Cincinnati, Ohio).

The head coach of the USA Women's Pan American Games Team is Temple head coach Dawn Staley and she will be assisted by Kathy Delaney-Smith (Harvard) and Bill Gibbons (Holy Cross).

2007 Women's Pan American Games Schedule

Preliminary Round

  • Friday, July 20
    1:15 p.m. USA - Columbia
    3:30 p.m. Canada - Mexico
    7:45 p.m. Argentina - Cuba
    10:00 p.m. Brazil - Jamaica

  • Saturday, July 21
    1:15 p.m. Cuba - Columbia
    3:30 p.m. Mexico - Brazil
    7:45 p.m. USA - Argentina
    10:00 p.m. Jamaica - Canada

  • Sunday, July 22
    1:15 p.m. Columbia - Argentina
    3:30 p.m. Mexico - Jamaica
    7:45 p.m. Cuba - USA
    10:00 p.m. Brazil - Canada

    Semifinals
    The first place team from Groups A will play the second place team from Group B, and the first place team from Group B will play the second place team from Group A in the Medal Semifinals. The third place teams from Groups A and B will play the fourth place teams from the opposing group in the Classification Semifinals.

  • Monday, July 23
    1:15 p.m. A3 - B4 (Classification Semifinals)
    3:30 p.m. A1 - B2 (Medal Semifinals)
    7:45 p.m. B1 - A2 (Medal Semifinals)
    10:00 p.m. B3 - A4 (Classification Semifinals)

    Finals
    The Medal Semifinal winners will advance to play in the gold medal game, while the Medal Semifinal losers will meet in the bronze medal game. The Classification Semifinal winners will play for 5th and 6th places, and the Classification Semifinal losers will meet to play for 7th and 8th places.

  • Tuesday, July 24
    1:15 p.m. Bronze Medal Game: Medal Semifinal Losers
    3:30 p.m. Gold Medal Game: Medal Semifinal Winners
    7:45 p.m. 5th/6th Place Game: Classification Semifinal Winners
    10:00 p.m. 7th/8th Place Game: Classification Semifinal Losers

    ** - All Times Listed Are Rio de Janiero Local Time

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