Gray-Lawson, Clarendon Make First Cut at Team USA Trials

May 18, 2009


Following three days of trials at the U.S. Olympic training center in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball today announced 14 finalists for the 2009 USA Women's World University Games Team and 14 finalists for the Under-19 teams. California Golden Bears guard Alexis Gray-Lawson and incoming freshman Layshia Calrendon were among the finalists, with Gray-Lawson looking to earn a spot on the World University Games team and Clarendon the Under-19 team.

For the World University Games Team, the finalists were selected by the USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team Committee, chaired by Sue Donohoe, the NCAA Vice President for Division I Women's Basketball. The selected finalists will return to Colorado Springs on June 18 for training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and train through June 25, when the team is expected to depart for the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia. The 12-member roster will be announced prior to the team's departure.

The World University Games is organized by the International University Sports Federation and held every other year. The women's basketball competition will take place July 1-11. Eligible athletes for the USA team must be currently enrolled in a college or university and have remaining NCAA athletic eligibility.

The 2009 USA World University Games Team finalists roster includes four two-time USA gold medalists in Jayne Appel (Stanford / Kansas City, Mo.),Jantel Lavender (Ohio State / Cleveland, Ohio),Maya Moore (Connecticut / Lawrenceville, Ga.) and Kayla Pedersen (Stanford / Fountain Hills, Ariz.); as well as USA gold medalists Tina Charles (Connecticut / Jamaica, N.Y.),Tiffany Hayes (Connecticut / Lakeland, Fla.) and Ashley Houts (Georgia / Trenton, Ga.). Rounding out the finalists roster are Alexis Gray-Lawson (California / Oakland, Calif.); Whitney Hand (Oklahoma / Fort Worth, Texas);Danielle McCray (Kansas / Olathe, Kan.);Jacinta Monroe (Florida State / Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.); Ta'Shia Phillips (Xavier / Indianapolis, Ind.);Jeanette Pohlen (Stanford / Brea, Calif.); and Danielle Robinson (Oklahoma / San Jose, Calif.). Guard Natasha Vital had also participated in the trials, but was not among the 14 finalists.

For the Under-19 team, The finalists will return to Colorado Springs on July 9 to begin training for the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship, which will be held July 23-Aug. 2 in Bangkok, Thailand. The eventual 12-member team will be finalized prior to the team's departure for Thailand. The athlete selections were made by the USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team Committee, chaired by NCAA representative Sue Donohoe (Vice President for Division I Women's Basketball).

Included among the finalists are returning USA Basketball gold medalists Kelsey Bone (Dulles H.S. /Stafford, Texas);Sarah Boothe (Stanford / Gurnee, Ill.);Skylar Diggins (Washington H.S. / South Bend, Ind.);Kelly Faris (Heritage Christian H.S. /Plainfield, Ind.);Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Stanford / Cypress, Texas) andSamantha Prahalis(Ohio State / Dix Hills, N.Y.), who helped the U.S. secure its berth to the '09 U19Worlds by claiming gold at the 2008 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Also included on the list of finalists are:LaSondra Barrett (Louisiana State / Jackson, Miss.);Layshia Clarendon (Cajon H.S. / San Bernadino, Calif.);Shenise Johnson (Miami, Fla. / Henrietta, N.Y.);C'eira Ricketts (Arkansas / Louisville, Ky.);Chay Shegog (North Carolina / Stafford, Va.);Taber Spani (Metro Academy / Lee's Summit, Mo.);Destiny Williams (Benton Harbor H.S. / Benton Harbor, Mich.); and Shawnice Wilson (Pittsburgh / Pittsburgh, Pa.).

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