Nicole Powell Named To USA Basketball Women's Junior World Championship Team
June 19, 2001
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Stanford University freshman Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) has been named to the 20001 USA Basketball Women's Junior World Championship Team that will compete in the FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Junior World Championship next month in the Czech Republic.
The selection of 12 of the nation's top 19-and-under standouts were made following four days of trials (June 15-18) at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The USA Basketball Women's Collegiate Committee also named six alternates who would be called upon to join the team in case of an injury during the team's June 25-July 9 training camp.
'I was real anxious and I'm so happy,' Powell said. 'I thought it was close and I heard her call (Cappie) Poindexter and I said 'please say my name' and she did. I was so excited.'
Powell is coming off one of the finest freshman campaigns in Stanford women's basketball history. She was a Women's Basketball Coaches Association/Kodak Honorable Mention All-American as well as a Freshman All-American, the 2000-01 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and a First Team All-Conference selection.
The 6-foot-2 guard led Stanford to a 19-11 record, Pacific-10 Conference title and second round appearance in the NCAA Tournament. She became the fourth Cardinal to earn Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors, and second in a row (Jamie Carey, 1999-2000), and was Stanford's Kodak/WBCA First All-District 8 selection since Kristin Folkl and Olympia Scott both received the honor in 1997-98. Despite moving from forward to point guard in mid-season because of an injury, she averaged team-highs of 14.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists. Powell also became the first Stanford player, and first freshman, to ever win the Pac-10 rebounding title. In Pac-10 play, she averaged a near double-double of 14.9 points and 9.3 rebounds in 35.5 minutes. She also recorded just the third triple-double in Stanford history and seventh in Pac-10 history at Washington State (2/22).
This will also be Powell's second straight summer of international competition. Last July, Powell was starter on the U.S. Junior National Team that won the gold medal at the COPABA Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament in Argentina. Powell averaged 8.2 points and a team-high 6.4 rebounds in the tournament, as the U.S. went 5-0 with an average margin of victory of 50.6 points.
'I think (playing on the World Championship Qualifying Team last summer) helped a lot,' Powell said. 'I think coming in here I kind of knew what to expect so I wasn't as anxious. Some of the other girls had asked me what to expect. I wasn't so much in awe of this place and the other athletes that were here.'
The 2001 USA Junior National Team will tune-up for junior world championship competition by hosting the USA Basketball International Invitational from July 4-8 in Washington, D.C. The four-team tournament also includes junior national squads from Brazil, China and Japan.
The squad will then head to the Czech Republic to defend its FIBA Junior World Championship title on July 14-22. The 12-teams have been placed into two pools, with the U.S. being paired with Lithuania, China, Brazil, Mali and Russia. Pool play will be held from July 14-19, with the semifinals on July 21 and finals on July 22.
2001 USA Basketball Women's Junior World Championship Team
Name Pos. Ht. DOB School (Hometown)
Alana Beard G 5-11 5/14/82 Duke (Shreveport, LA)
Tera Bjorklund C 6-5 6/29/82 Colorado (St. Peter, MN)
Shameka Christon F 6-1 2/15/82 Arkansas (Hot Springs, AR)
Monique Currie G/F 6-0 2/25/83 The Bullis School (Washington, D.C.)
Jessica Moore F 6-3 7/9/82 Connecticut (Palmer, AK)
Loree Moore G 5-9 3/21/83 Narbonne HS (Harbor City, CA)
Cappie Poindexter G 5-8 1/7/83 John Marshall HS (Chicago, IL)
Nicole Powell F 6-2 6/22/82 Stanford (Phoenix, AZ)
Stacy Stephens F 6-1 1/21/82 Texas (Winnsboro, TX)
Ann Strother G 6-1 12/11/83 Highlands Ranch HS (Highlands Ranch, CO)
Diana Taurasi G 6-0 6/11/82 Connecticut (Chino, CA)
Wynter Whitley F 6-2 3/29/82 Holy Innocents' Episcopal (Atlanta, GA)