Trio Of Stanford Stars Named To USA Basketball 2009 Women's World University Games Team Trials Roster
May 6, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford women's basketball trio of center Jayne Appel, forward Kayla Pedersen and guard Jeanette Pohlen have accepted invitations from USA Basketball to participate in team trials for the 2009 World University Games.
The team trials, in which 29 of the nation's top college women's basketball players will contend for a total of 12 roster spots, are set to take place May 14-17 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The finalists selected from the trials will return to Colorado Springs on June 18 for training camp.
The 2009 World University Games will be held July 1-11 in Belgrade, Serbia. Eligible USA Basketball athletes must currently be enrolled in a college or university and have remaining NCAA athletic eligibility.
Appel and Pedersen comprise one-half of the four two-time USA Basketball gold medalists at next week's trials, joining Connecticut's Maya Moore and Ohio State's Jantel Lavender. The Stanford duo played together on the gold medal-winning USA U18 National Team in 2006, then Appel won her second gold with the Pan-American Games Team in the summer of 2007 while that same summer Pedersen captured her second gold with the USA FIBA U19 World Championship squad.
Pohlen, meanwhile, will head to the trials with a chance to earn a spot on her first USA Basketball national team.
Appel, a 2009 State Farm Coaches' All-American and the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year, led Stanford to its eighth Final Four appearance in 2008-09 as one of the nation's top post players, averaging 16.1 points and 9.2 rebounds per game and shooting 60.2 percent from the field. She posted 15 double-doubles and 31 double-digit scoring efforts on the year, highlighted by a Stanford school-record 46 points in the team's 74-53 regional final victory over Iowa State on March 30.
On top of that, Appel also became Stanford's all-time leading shot-blocker, ending the year with 215 blocks, and worked her way into the top 10 of Stanford's career scoring and rebounding lists.
As a sophomore in 2008-09, Pedersen managed to adjust to a new role in the Stanford offense and still be a viable force for the Cardinal. Moving from the four to the three, Pedersen shot more consistently from the outside, averaging 10.8 points a game, and continued her solid play on the boards, grabbing 7.8 rebounds a game.
Pohlen established herself as the workhorse of the Cardinal lineup, starting all 38 games in 2008-09 and leading the team by playing 31.9 minutes a game. The sophomore guard also took over the point full-time halfway through the season, and led the Cardinal with 146 assists while serving a dual role as the team's leading sniper, hitting 83 triples and averaging 10.7 points a game.
The USA Basketball World University Games Team will be led by Arizona State head coach Charli Turner-Thorne, with Michigan State's Suzy Merchant and Pepperdine's Julie Rousseau serving as assistant coaches.