USA Basketball World University Games Team Selected
May 21, 2001
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 21, 2001) -- Following four days of trialsfeaturing 33 of the nation's top women's collegiate basketball players, 11have been named to the 2001 USA Basketball Women's World University GamesTeam, three were named as finalists for the 12th and final roster spot,while four others were selected as alternates, USA Basketball announcedtoday. Chaired by University of Texas Senior Associate Athletics Directorfor Men's and Women's Athletics Chris Plonsky, the Committee made theselections and will pare the list to the final 12-member team during theAugust 6-11 training camp which will be held at the U.S. Olympic TrainingCenter in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Committee's selection of the 2001U.S. squad is subject to approval by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
'We've got a very athletic team and we won't be the biggest team but we'llbe very athletic and we will be a team that can slash well,' said USA andUniversity of Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan. 'We've got some goodshooters on this team that can spread the floor a little bit for our sizeinside. We do have some size inside so hopefully we can spread the floorand get the ball inside to them.
'Winning the gold medal should be a pride thing,' added Ryan. 'I think Iunderstand that when you are coaching for the United States of America andplaying for the United States of America, there's only one goal and that'sbringing home the gold.'
Ryan will be assisted by University of Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder and EastCarolina University (N.C.) head coach Dee Stokes.
Named to the 2001 USA squad were: Chantelle Anderson (Vanderbilt /Vancouver, Wash.), Cori Enghusen (Stanford / Bothell, Wash.), ChrissyFloyd (Clemson / Laurens, S.C.), Caton Hill (Oklahoma / Ada, Okla.), KaraLawson (Tennessee / Alexandria, Va.), Ashley McElhiney (Vanderbilt /Gleason, Tenn.), Carisse Moody (North Carolina State / Rocky Mount, N.C.),Jenny Roulier (Colorado / Englewood, Colo.), Ayana Walker (Louisiana Tech /Houston, Texas), Shaquala Williams (Oregon / Portland, Ore.) and SherekaWright (Purdue / Copperas Cove, Texas).
The three who will vie for the 12th and final roster spot are: TamaraMoore (Wisconsin / Minneapolis, Minn.), Loree Payne (Washington / Havre,Mont.), and Lindsey Yamasaki (Stanford / Oregon City, Ore.), while the fouralternates, who will be called on if a team member is unable toparticipate, are: Danielle Crockrom (Baylor / Houston, Texas), SheliaLambert (Baylor / Seattle, Wash.), Mandy Nightingale (Colorado / Sapulpa,Okla.) and Aiysha Smith (Tyler J.C. / Detroit, Mich.).
Listed among the team members and finalists are eight with prior USABasketball experience, including four who have competed as members of USABasketball teams, five who received 2001 All-America mentions and 10 earnedall-conference honors following the 2000-01 season.
2001 Naismith Player of the Year finalist Anderson headlines the list offormer USA Basketball players. A member of the bronze medal winning 1998USA World Youth Games Team, in 2000 Anderson helped the USA R. WilliamJones Cup Team to a gold medal and returned a month later to competeagainst the 2000 USA Basketball Women's National Team as a member of the2000 USA Select Team. Lawson garnered USA Basketball experience on the1998 USA World Youth Games Team and Payne was a teammate of Anderson's onboth of the 2000 U.S. teams. Aiding the 1999 USA World University GamesTeam to a silver medal was Walker, while Roulier, Williams, Wright andYamasaki have all participated in prior USA Basketball Team Trials.
Highlighting the All-American list is Anderson, an Associated Press andWomen's Basketball Journal 2001 All-America second team selection, who wasalso named a 2001 Kodak/Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-Americahonorable mention. Earning 2001 AP All-America honorable mention wereLawson, Moore and Walker, while Floyd and Walker were tabbed Kodak/WBCAAll-America honorable mentions and Moore was also named to the 2001 Women'sBasketball Journal Defensive All-America first team.
Among all-conference honorees are conference Defensive Players of the YearMoore (Big 10 Conference) and Walker (Sun Belt Conference). In addition togarnering these awards, both were named to their respective all-conferencefirst teams, as were Anderson and Lawson in the Southeastern Conference.Listed among their respective all-conference second teams were Floyd(Atlantic Coast Conference [ACC]), Hill (Big 12 Conference) and Moody(ACC), while Roulier (Big 12) collected all-conference third team honors,Yamasaki was named All-Pacific 10 conference honorable mention and Wrightwas named to the Big 10All-Freshman Team.
Following the Aug. 6-11 training camp in Colorado Springs, the final12-member team will train Aug. 12-15 at a site yet to be determined. Thesquad will depart the United States on Aug. 16 for Beijing, China, andwill train in Beijing until the Aug. 22-31 competition begins.
The 2001 World University Games women's basketball competition currentlyincludes teams from 20 countries which have been placed into four pools forpreliminary round play. The United States, placed intoGroup B, will play Canada, Ireland, Japan and South Africa for the right toadvance to the medal rounds. Group A consists of host China, CzechRepublic, Kazakhstan, Taiwan and Peru, Group C includes South Korea, theNetherlands, Mexico, Russia and Sweden, while competing in Group D areBrazil, Lithuania, Nigeria, Portugal and Yugoslavia. The women'sbasketball schedule has not yet been announced, however games are currentlyslated to be played on August 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30 and 31.
The World University Games, held every two years and organized by theInternational University Sports Federation (FISU), is a multi-sportcompetition open to men and women between the ages of 17 and 28 (bornbetween January 1, 1973 and December 31, 1983), who are, or have beenwithin the past year, a student at a college or university. This summerthe World University Games will be held Aug. 22 - Sept. 1 in Beijing, China.
The USA women have enjoyed outstanding success in the World UniversityGames and have earned 11 medals in 12 appearances, including four golds,six silvers and one bronze medal, and have compiled an overall record of68-14 (.829) since beginning World University Games play in 1973. In thelast competition, which was held in 1999 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, theU.S. finished with a 4-2 record and the silver medal. The USA women lastearned the World University Games gold in Sicily in 1997.
The United States has been sending women's teams to the World UniversityGames since 1973, and since then the World University Games has served asan important developmental event for the U.S. Of the 64 all-time U.S.women's Olympic basketball team members, 34 have been members of USABasketball women's World University Games teams. Most notable among thelist of WUG alumni are Carol Blazejowski, Ruthie Bolton (Holifield), DeniseCurry, Anne Donovan, Kamie Ethridge, Pat Head (Summitt), Tara Heiss, LisaLeslie, Katrina McClain, Suzie McConnell (Serio), Ann Meyers (Drysdale),DeLisha Milton, Cindy Noble (Hauserman), Vickie Orr (Wiley), Katie Smith,Dawn Staley, Katy Steding, Kara Wolters and Lynette Woodard.
The USA Basketball Women's Collegiate Committee, in addition to Plonsky, iscomprised of NAIA designee Stephanie Findley (head coach, OklahomaChristian University), NCAA appointees Tom Collen (head coach, ColoradoState University), Gail Goestenkors (head coach, Duke University, N.C.),Donna Noonan (Vice President, Women's Basketball Championship, NCAA) andWillette White (head coach, Northeastern University, Mass.), representingthe NJCAA is Mary Ellen Leicht (Assistant Executive Director, NJCAA),Muffet McGraw (head coach, Notre Dame University, Ind.) was appointed bythe WBCA and Teresa Edwards (2000, 1996, 1992, 1988 and 1984 Olympian,1994, 1990 and 1986 World Championship teams / Smyrna, Ga.) and VickieOrr-Wiley (1992 Olympic bronze medalist, 1990 World Championship goldmedalist / Birmingham, Ala.) are the athlete representatives.
2001 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team
NAME = POS = HGT = WGT = DOB = YOG = SCHOOL / HOMETOWN
Chantelle Anderson = C = 6-6 = 185 = 01/22/81 = 2003 = Vanderbilt /Vancouver, WA
Cori Enghusen = C = 6-7 = 170 = 04/08/80 = 2002 = Stanford / Bothell, WA
Chrissy Floyd = G = 5-9 = 134 = 08/04/81 = 2003 = Clemson / Laurens, SC
Caton Hill = F = 6-1 = 185 = 01/11/81 = 2003 = Oklahoma / Ada, OK
Kara Lawson = G = 5-8 = 160 = 02/14/81 = 2003 = Tennessee / Alexandria, VA
Ashley McElhiney = G = 5-5 = 133 = 07/16/81 = 2003 = Vanderbilt / Gleason, TN
Carisse Moody = F = 6-1 = 180 = 09/15/81 = 2003 = North Carolina State /Rocky Mount, NC
Jenny Roulier = G = 5-9 = 150 = 10/16/79 = 2002 = Colorado / Englewood, CO
Ayana Walker = C = 6-2 = 148 = 0/910/79 = 2002 = Louisiana Tech / Houston, TX
Shaquala Williams = G = 5-6 = 135 = 04/14/80 = 2002 = Oregon / Portland, OR
Shereka Wright = F = 5-11 = 155 = 09/21/81 = 2004 = Purdue / Copperas Cove, TX
Finalists for the 12th Roster Position
Tamara Moore = G = 5-11 = 165 = 04/11/80 = 2002 = Wisconsin / Minneapolis, MN
Loree Payne = G/F = 6-0 = 165 = 07/30/81 = 2003 = Washington / Havre, MT
Lindsey Yamasaki = G/F = 6-1 = 160 = 06/02/80 = 2003 = Stanford / OregonCity, OR
Danielle Crockrom = F = 6-2 = 160 = 02/11/81 = 2002 = Baylor / Houston, TX
Shelia Lambert = G = 5-7 = 123 = 07/21/80 = 2002 = Baylor / Seattle, WA
Mandy Nightingale = G = 5-6 = 145 = 05/16/80 = 2002 = Colorado / Sapulpa, OK
Aiysha Smith = F = 6-2 = 165 = 07/18/80 = 2001 = Tyler J.C. / Detroit, MI
2001 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Debbie Ryan, University of Virginia
Assistant Coach: Lisa Bluder, University of Iowa
Assistant Coach: Dee Stokes, East Carolina University (N.C.)
LOREE PAYNE (University of Washington)
How do you feel about being named a finalist and having to come back andtryout for the last spot?
'It's great to be able to come back. It's disappointing not making theteam initially, but it's great to be able to come back and play an extracouple of days and just have them make a decision.'
What are you going to do between now and when you return to tryout?
'Coach Ryan told us what she expects at a three position and I'm just goingto go out and work on those things that aren't maybe my strengths and justplay my game.'
What are your thoughts on your performance at the Trials?
'The weekend was kind of up and down. I don't know, I just went out andplayed and I got named to come back so I'm excited.'