Five Stanford Players Named Finalists For USA Basketball National Teams
May 17, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - All five Stanford women's basketball players invited to the USA Basketball trials camps this weekend were named finalists for their respective teams, USA Basketball announced Sunday. Freshmen Sarah Boothe and Nnemkadi Ogwumike were among the 14 finalists named for the USA Women's U19 World Championship Team, while junior Jayne Appel and sophomores Kayla Pedersen and Jeanette Pohlen were among the 14 finalists named for the 2009 USA Women's World University Games Team.
Appel, Pedersen and Pohlen will return to Colorado Springs, Colo. on June 18 for training camp, set to last until the team's departure on June 25 for the 2009 World University Games. The 12-woman roster will be named prior to the team's departure for the Games, which are set to take place from July 1-11 in Belgrade, Serbia.
Boothe and Ogwumike, meanwhile, will return to Colorado Springs for training camp on July 9, where the final 12-woman roster for the U19 World Championship will be determined prior to the team's departure. The 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship is set to take place from July 23-Aug. 2 in Bangkok, Thailand.
For Appel and Pedersen, the chance to make the World University Games team represents an opportunity to earn a third gold medal in international competition. Appel, a State Farm Coaches' All-American and the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2008-09, earned golds with the USA Basketball U18 World Championship Team over the summer of 2006, then nabbed her second as part of the USA Basketball Pan-Am Games Team the following summer. Pedersen, a third-team All-Pac-10 selection this past collegiate season, won her golds as part of the same U18 team in 2006 and as part of the U19 World Championship Team in the summer of 2007.
Pohlen, meanwhile, advances to training camp with a chance to earn a spot on a USA Basketball squad for the first time. This past collegiate season she was named to the All-Pac-10 Second Team.
Stanford's two freshmen, Boothe and Ogwumike, earn the chance to continue their roads to a second gold medal with USA Basketball. Ogwumike, a Pac-10 All-Freshman Team pick, and Boothe, who appeared in all 38 games for Stanford last season, were both part of the USA Basketball U18 World Championship Team last summer that captured the gold in Buenos Aires, Argentina.