Stanford's Pedersen, Pohlen Named To USA Basketball World University Games Team
June 22, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford women's basketball will be well-represented at the 2009 World University Games as USA Basketball on Monday announced its 12-member roster for the tournament. Forward Kayla Pedersen and guard Jeanette Pohlen each earned a spot on the roster, with Pedersen joining her third USA Basketball squad in four years and Pohlen making her first USA Basketball roster.
The Cardinal representatives, who helped Stanford to a second consecutive Final Four in 2009, will continue training camp with the team through June 25, when the squad will depart for Belgrade, Serbia to play in the 2009 World University Games from July 1-11.
As a sophomore in 2008-09, Pedersen was named to the All-Pac-10 Third Team after ranking second among Stanford players with 10.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Settling into a new role as the team's '3,' Pedersen hit 34 three-pointers and shot 43.3 percent from the field as she quickly became an outside shooting threat for the Cardinal.
Pedersen previously brought home gold medals in international competition with the 2006 U18 World Championship team, as well as the U19 World Championship team the following year.
Pohlen concluded a breakout sophomore year in 2008-09 by leading the Pac-10 with 83 three-pointers and pacing the Cardinal with 3.84 assists per game in addition to scoring 10.7 points per contest. Those figures helped land Pohlen a spot on the All-Pac-10 Second Team.
The roster spot is the first in Pohlen's USA Basketball career, as the Brea native had previously been part of the trials two summers ago for the U19 World Championship Team, but did not make the final roster.
Stanford teammate Jayne Appel was invited to the training camp as a finalist in mid-May, but had to withdraw before training camp started due to knee surgery in early June.