Giuliana Mendiola Invited To USA Basketball Women's National Team Trials

May 6, 2003

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Washington junior guard Giuliana Mendiola is one of 60 top collegiate athletes who have accepted invitations to compete in the USA Basketball Women's National Team Trials May 22-25, USA Basketball announced today. The invitations were issued by the USA Basketball Women's Collegiate Committee.

The USA Trials, which will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., will be used to select a pair of 12-member 2003 USA Basketball Teams, including the USA World Championship for Young Women and the USA Pan American Games squads. The USA Young Women's National Team will compete in the inaugural FIBA World Championship for Young Women in Sibenik, Croatia, July 25-Aug. 3. The 2003 Pan American Games are set to take place Aug. 2-9 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Mendiola, the 2003 Pac-10 Player of the Year, is one of four Pac-10 players to accept invitations to the trials. Joining her in Colorado Springs will be UCLA freshman Nikki Blue, Arizona freshman Shawntinice Polk and Stanford junior Nicole Powell. Mendiola also participated in the USA Basketball tryout for the USA Junior World Championhips team as a freshman.

Mendiola is one of six conference players of the year participating in the trials. Also included among the 60 invitees are 17 previous USA Basketball medalists, four others who have been named as a finalist to a USA Basketball squad and 10 more who have participated in USA Basketball Trials. Nineteen of the players were also listed as 2003 All-Americans by the Associated Press, U.S. Basketball Writers Association and Kodak/Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

Mendiola, a 2003 All-America honorable mention selection by the Associated Press and Kodak/WBCA, was Washington's leader in scoring (17.5), rebounding (6.5) and assists (5.4), Her junior campaign also included eight double-doubles and a school-record 43 points against UCLA on Feb. 1. She passed out a UW single-season record of 162 assists and tied the school record for assists in a game with 13 against Oregon State, on Jan. 25. Mendiola finished the year as the Pac-10's leader in assists (5.4) and three-point shooting percentage (.457). She also ranked among the league's top three players in scoring, field-goal percentage, free-throw percentage and assist-turnover ratio.

Serving as head coach for the 2003 USA Basketball World Championship for Young Women Team will be The Ohio State University's Jim Foster. Kathy Delaney-Smith of Harvard and Felisha Legette-Jack will assist Foster. The USA Pan American Games Team will be coached by Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan, with Kathi Bennett of Indiana and Trina Patterson of the University of Albany acting as assistants.

2003 USA Basketball Women's National Team Trials Schedule
Thursday - May 22
Session 1 - 6 p.m.
Session 5 - 5 p.m.

Friday - May 23
Session 2 - 9 a.m.
Session 3 - 5 p.m.

Saturday, May 24
Session 4 - 9 a.m.

Sunday, May 25
Session 6 - 8 a.m.

USA Teams will be announced following Session 6

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