Incoming Stanford Women's Basketball Standouts Nneka Ogwumike and Sarah Boothe Named To USA Basketball U18 National Team

June 12, 2008

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford women's basketball added to its ranks of players participating with USA Basketball on the international stage Thursday, as incoming first-year players Nneka Ogwumike (Cypress, Texas) and Sarah Boothe (Gurnee, Ill.) were named to the USA Basketball U18 National Team that will participate in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship For Women.

Ogwumike's selection continues an honors-laden year for the 6-2 forward, as she collected the 2008 Gatorade National Girls' Basketball Player of the Year award in March. The 2007 Ms. Basketball Texas and state Gatorade Player of the Year, Ogwumike was selected to participate in this season's McDonald's All-American and WBCA All-America games following this past prep season.

Boothe, a 6-5 post from Warren Township High School, averaged 20.5 points and 11.2 rebounds on the way to earning Ms. Basketball Illinois honors in March. Her 126 blocks also helped pace her Blue Devils team to a 28-3 mark on the season, and she closed her prep career with 2,038 career points.

Both student-athletes will join the Cardinal for the 2008-09 season, in which Stanford will look to repeat its trip to the Final Four and return to the national title game.

Sarah Boothe (25), along with Nneka Ogwumike, was named to the USA Basketball U18 National Team Thursday (Photo: Steven Maikoski, USA Basketball)

Following three days of trials at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., that featured 35 of the nation's best 18-year-old and younger players, USA Basketball today announced the official 12-member roster for the 2008 USA Basketball Women's U18 National Team. Eleven of the team members boast of prior USA Basketball experience, while one is a red, white and blue rookie. The selections were made by the USA Basketball Women's Collegiate Committee, chaired by Sue Donahoe, the NCAA's vice president of Division I women's basketball.

The 12 members, born on or after Jan. 1, 1990, include: Kelsey Bone (Dulles H.S. / Stafford, Texas); Sarah Boothe (Warren Township H.S. / Gurnee, Ill.); Alyssia Brewer (Sapulpa H.S. / Sapulpa, Okla.); Ashley Corral (Prairie H.S. / Vancouver, Wash.); Skylar Diggins (Washington H.S. / South Bend, Ind.); Kelly Faris (Heritage Christian / Plainfield, Ind.); Lynetta Kizer (Potomac H.S. / Woodbridge, Va.); Nneka Ogwumike (Cy-Fair H.S. / Cypress, Texas); Samantha Prahalis (Commack H.S. / Dix Hills, N.Y.); Nikki Speed (Marlborough H.S. / Pasadena, Calif.); SheKinna Stricklen (Morrilton H.S. / Morrilton, Ark.); and Joslyn Tinkle (Big Sky H.S. / Missoula, Mont.).

'I think trials went really well and that this was a great group. Everyone was very coachable and there was a lot of energy - more than I expected from this age group. I am really excited about the 12 who will be joining us in July,' said USA U18 National Team and Northern Illinois University head coach Carol Owens. 'There is always a level of anticipation for coaches when you hear the roster for the first time. I think the committee did a great job selecting the right kids, the right fit and a balanced group that I think will work well together. I can't wait to get them in practice.

'I think one of our strengths has to be our defense. When you are playing teams from other countries, everyone can score. We have to be able to defend and create scoring opportunities for ourselves. We have to rebound too. I think this team has the capability of scoring but we have to be able to do other things. We have to be a hard working team.'

The USA Women's U18 National Team will train at the USOTC in Colorado Springs from July 10-16 and in Washington, D.C., July 17-20 before departing for the 2008 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women. The 2008 FIBA Americas zone qualifier will be contested July 23-27 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with the top four finishing teams earning a berth to the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship.

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