Pac-10 Sends Three Athletes to Compete in Women's World University Games

June 22, 2009

  • USA Basketball Release

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-- Stanford's Kayla Pedersen and Jeanette Pohlen and California's Alexis Gray-Lawson were named to the roster for the 2009 Women's World University Games, USA Basketball announced today.

    The three Pac-10 athletes, part of a 12-member roster, will travel to Belgrade, Serbia, to compete for another golf medal July 1-11.

    'I think that the committee has done a tremendous job of selecting this team,' said USA and Arizona State University head coach Charli Turner Thorne. 'We have everything that we need to bring home a gold medal. Our perimeter and our post game are exceptional. I don't think we have any kinks in our armor. Now it's just a matter of becoming a team - really working with each other and learning our offenses and our defenses in a very short amount of time. I could not be more excited about the individuals I'm going to coach and the opportunity in front of us.'

    Turner Thorne returns to the USA sideline after assisting the USA women to a gold medal at the 2007 FIBA U21 World Championship. She will be assisted by Suzy Merchant of Michigan State University and Julie Rousseau of Pepperdine University.

    The U.S. squad will continue training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., through June 25, when the team departs for Belgrade, Serbia.

    The team members were selected by the USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team Committee, chaired by Sue Donohoe, the NCAA Vice President for Division I Women's Basketball, following four days of training for 15 finalists June 18-21.

    The World University Games is organized by the International University Sports Federation and held every other year. The women's basketball competition will take place July 1-11. Eligible athletes for the USA team must be currently enrolled in a college or university and have remaining NCAA athletic eligibility.

    For more information, visit USA Basketball's official website.

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