Kelly Selected to Junior National Team

July 28, 2008

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State women's basketball sophomore guard Kezia Kelly was named to New Zealand's junior national team, it was announced recently.

The Junior Tall Ferns, New Zealand's national under-19 team, will face off in a three-game qualifier against Australia later this summer, with the winner earning a berth to the Junior World Championships.

'I am really excited and honored for the opportunity to represent my country at the highest level,' Kelly said. 'It is a privilege to be selected to the team.'

Kelly, who also played for the Junior Tall Ferns in 2007, started 25 of the Cougars' 30 games as a true freshman this past season, earning a nod on the Pacific-10 Conference All-Freshmen Team.

'It is a great honor for Kezia to have this unique basketball opportunity,' WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. 'To represent her country and Washington State University at this elite level of international competition is a testament to the amount of time and effort she has put in to becoming a better player.'

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