Five Bruins Invited To USA Basketball National Team Trials

May 10, 2005

Four current UCLA players and one future Bruin have been invited by the USA Basketball Women's Collegiate Committee to the 2005 USA Basketball Women's National Team Trials. Guards Nikki Blue, Lisa Willis and Noelle Quinn will be vying for 12 spots on the World University Games team. Incoming freshman Ashlee Trebilcock is eligible for selection for the 12-member USA U19 World Championship Team, and freshman forward Lindsey Pluimer is under consideration for either the World University Games or the U19World Championship teams.

With these five attending, UCLA has more players at the Trials than any other university.

The 2005 USA Basketball Women's National Team Trials are set to take place May 19-22 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Finalists for both the USA U19 and World University Games squads will be announced following the May 22 session. All Trials sessions will be held in Sports Center II.

Of the expected 57 Trials participants, of which 37 boast of prior USA Basketball experience, 33 are only eligible, because of age, for selection to the USA World University Games Team; 13 trials participants who were born on or after Jan. 1, 1986 (19-years-old or younger) and have completed at least one year of college eligibility are eligible for selection to either the USA U19 or the USA World University Games teams; while the remaining 11 invitees who graduate from high school in 2005 and are born on or after Jan. 1, 1986, are eligible for only the USA U19 World Championship Team.

Trials invitees eligible for only the World University Games Team include: Seimone Augustus (LSU / Baton Rouge, La.); Alison Bales (Duke / Dayton, Ohio); Kim Beck (George Washington / Fairburn, Ga.); Nikki Blue (UCLA / Bakersfield, Calif.); Lindsay Bowen (Michigan State / Dansville, Mich.); Jazz Covington (Louisville / Adel, Ga.); Monique Currie (Duke / Washington, D.C.); Jessica Davenport (Ohio State / Columbus, Ohio); Dee Davis (Vanderbilt / Cincinnati, Ohio); Candice Dupree (Temple / Tampa, Fla.); Megan Duffy (Notre Dame / Dayton, Ohio); Sylvia Fowles (LSU / Miami, Fla.); Erin Grant (Texas Tech / Arlington, Texas); Tiffany Green (Old Dominion / Cheaspeake, Va.); Kiera Hardy (Nebraska / Kansas City, Mo.); Brandie Hoskins (Ohio State / Dayton, Ohio); Tiffany Jackson (Texas / Dallas, Texas); Helen Johnson (Gulf Coast C.C. / Milwaukee, Wis.); Ivory Latta (North Carolina / McConnells, S.C.); Camille Little (North Carolina / Winston-Salem, N.C.); Shaquina Mosley (Central Arizona College / Lancaster, Calif.); Eshaya Murphy (USC / Van Nuys, Calif.): Shawntinice Polk (Arizona / Hanford, Calif.); Cappie Pondexter (Rutgers / Chicago, Ill.); Armintie Price (Mississippi / Blue Mountain, Miss.); Noelle Quinn (UCLA / Los Angeles, Calif.): Leah Rush (Oklahoma / Amarillo, Texas); Liz Shimek (Michigan State / Empire, Mich.); Brooke Smith (Stanford / San Anselmo, Calif.); Wanisha Smith (Duke / Upper Marlboro, Md.); Tiffany Stansbury (North Carolina State / Philadelphia, Pa.); Emily Westerberg (Arizona State / Greenacres, Wash.); and Lisa Willis (UCLA / Long Beach, Calif.).

Accepting invites to the 2005 Trials and eligible for selection for either USA team are: Jolene Anderson (Wisconsin / Port Wing, WI); Nicky Anosike (Tennessee / Staten Island, N.Y.); Essence Carson (Rutgers / Paterson, N.J.); Quianna Chaney (LSU / Baton Rouge, La.); Crystal Langhorne (Maryland / Willingboro, N.J.); Erlana Larkins (North Carolina / Riviera Beach, Fla.); Camille LeNoir (USC / Los Angeles, Calif.); Samantha Mahoney (Kentucky / West Bloomfield, Mich.); Lindsey Pluimer (UCLA / San Clemente, Calif.); Erica White (LSU / Jacksonville, Fla.); Khadijah Whittington (North Carolina State / Roanoke, Va.); Candice Wiggins (Stanford / Poway, Calif.); and Sharnee' Zoll (Virginia / Philadelphia, Pa.).

Eligible for selection for only the USA U19 World Championship Team are: Erika Arriaran (Norco High School / Norco, Calif); Keshonda Carrier (LaGrange High School / Lake Charles, La.); Marissa Coleman (St. Johns College High School / Cheltenham, Md.); Renee Montgomery (South Charleston High School / St. Albans, W.V.); Ashley Paris (Piedmont High School / Piedmont, Calif.); Courtney Paris (Piedmont High School / Piedmont, Calif.); Kristi Toliver (Harrison High School / Harrison, Va.); Ashlee Trebilcock (Hart High School / Santa Clarita, Calif.); Abby Waner (Thunder Ridge High School / Highlands Ranch, Colo.); Earnesia Williams (Sapulpa High School / Sapulpa, Okla.); and Christina Wirth (Seton Catholic High School / Mesa, Ariz.).

Featuring 12 teams, the 2005 FIBA Women's U19 World Championship is scheduled to run July 15-24 in Hammamet and Tunis, Tunisia. To be eligible for the 2005 team, an athlete must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1986 (19-years-old or younger).

The World University Games, held every two years and organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU), is a multi-sport competition open to men and women between the ages of 17 and 28 (born between January 1, 1977 and December 31, 1987), who are, or have been within the past year, a student at a college or university. The 2005 World University Games will be held Aug. 11-21 in Imzir, Turkey. A total of 21 teams will compete in the 2005 Women's World University Games. The teams have been divided into four preliminary pools, three pools consisting of five teams and one pool consisting of six teams. The U.S. is in Pool B with China, Czech Republic, Poland, and South Africa.

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