Westerberg Invited to USA Basketball National Team Trials
May 11, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. -
Sophomore Emily Westerberg has been invited to the 2005 USA Basketball Women's National Team Trials this month at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
A 2005 first-team All-Pac-10 selection, Westerberg will miss the workouts on May 19-22 due to off-season thumb surgery but has applied for a medical waiver to advance into the pool of finalists. Invitations to the Trials were issued by the USA Basketball Women's Collegiate Committee, chaired by Sue Donohoe, NCAA Vice President for Division I women's basketball.
Westerberg led the Sun Devils and ranked 10th in the Pac-10 in scoring at 11.3 points per game in helping ASU to its first NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance in 22 years. She finished 26th in the nation in free throw percentage at 84.9 percent and became just the second sophomore in school history to earn first-team all-conference accolades.
Following the four-day trials, the collegiate committee will announce finalists for the 12-member 2005 USA Women's U19 World Championship Team (formerly known as the Junior World Championship Team) and the 12-member USA World University Games Team. Because of age, Westerberg is eligible for selection to the World University Games 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.).
2005 World University GamesKathy Delaney-Smith of Harvard University has been named head coach of the 2005 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team, and Pokey Chatman from Louisiana State University and Cathy Inglese of Boston College have been named as assistant coaches.
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.
The USA women have enjoyed outstanding success in the World University Games and have earned 12 medals in 13 appearances, including five golds, six silvers and one bronze medal, and have compiled an overall record of 75-15 (.833 winning percentage) since beginning World University Games play in 1973. USA Basketball last sent a squad to the 2001 World University Games, where the U.S. ran off to a 7-1 record and clinched the gold medal in Beijing, China. USA Basketball did not send a team to the last World University Games in 2003.
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a non-profit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the United States by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international basketball competitions, as well as for some national competitions.
Serving since January 2001 as USA Basketball's Executive Director is Jim Tooley. Tooley, who has been with USA Basketball since 1993, is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organization's day-to-day operations and business operations.
USA Basketball is an organization made up of associations. Current USA Basketball active members include the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU); Continental Basketball Association (CBA); National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC); National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA); National Basketball Association (NBA); National Basketball Development League (NBDL); National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA); National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS); National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA); National Pro-Am City League Association (NPACLA); National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA); United States Armed Forces; USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF); Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA); and the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). These 15 member organizations have representation on USA Basketball's Board of Directors and various committees, and ultimately determine how USA Basketball operates.
During the 2001-2004 quadrennium, over 950 men and women participated in USA Basketball, including the now annual USA Basketball men's and women's Youth Development Festivals, USA Basketball Trials, and USA Basketball teams. Competing in 20 major international events between 2001-2004, the USA won medals an astounding 17 times, including gold or top finishes 12 times, silver once and bronze medals four times, and USA Basketball teams compiled a 163-22 win-loss record for an 88.1 winning percentage during the 2001-2004 quadrennium.
The competitions in which USA teams regularly compete include the Olympics, World Championships, Pan American Games, World University Games, World Championship for Young Men/Women, Junior World Championships, Hoop Summit and Youth Development Festivals.
USA Basketball also sanctions U.S. basketball team tours of foreign countries and foreign basketball team tours of the U.S., as well as oversees the certification of FIBA and USA Basketball officials and the assignment of those officials to international competitions.