Four Pac-12 women's basketball players accept bids for USA Basketball trials
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Four Pac-12 women's basketball players have accepted invitations to participate in the 2013 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team trials, USA Basketball announced on Wednesday. California's Gennifer Brandon and Reshanda Gray, USC's Cassie Harberts and Stanford's Amber Orrange will participate in the trials, which will take place May 16-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The 2013 World University Games women's basketball competition will be held July 8-15 in Kazan, Russia. Organized by the International University Sports Federation and held every other year, the World University Games is a multi-sport competition open to men and women between the ages of 17 and 24. The USA Basketball women's team will be comprised of U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled in college and have remaining eligibility.
Brandon, a native of Sylmar, Calif., garnered All-Pac-12 and AP All-America honorable mention honors as a junior last season. She averaged 12.3 points and 11.1 rebounds per game for the Golden Bears, who claimed a share of the Conference regular season title and advanced to the Final Four, both program firsts. Brandon, who established a Pac-12 record for rebounds in a conference game (26), ranked 16th in the NCAA in rebounding. She broke her own single-season school rebounding record with 389 boards in 2012-13.
Gray, who hails from Los Angeles, Calif., was a significant contributor off the bench as a sophomore last season. She averaged 8.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per contest and played a key role in Cal's run to the Final Four. She scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds while shooting at a .667 clip in a 71-54 victory over Utah. Gray was an All-Pac-12 selection as a freshman in 2011-12.
Harberts, a San Clemente, Calif. product, averaged 18.0 points and 8.2 rebounds per game as a junior, both team highs. An All-Pac-12 performer last season, she was the Conference's third-leading scorer and ranked seventh in the league in rebounding. She closed the season with a strong showing at the Pac-12 Tournament in Seattle, where she averaged 20.0 points and 10.0 rebounds.
Orrange, a native of Houston, Texas, averaged 10.8 points and 4.08 assists per game as a sophomore in 2012. The latter ranked fourth in the Pac-12, and her 1.60 assist-to-turnover ratio ranked second. A 35-game starter for the Cardinal last season, Orrange scored in double figures 23 times and dished out at least five assists in 15 games. She scored a career-high 20 points and hit the game-winner in the Pac-12 Tournament title game against UCLA.
The 12-member roster is expected to be announced the morning of May 19, and all athletes will depart for home. The team will regroup for training June 25-July 1 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center prior to traveling to Russia.