{{ article.title }}

Pepperdine Signee Invited to USA U18 Women's National Team Trials

June 1, 2006

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Basketball will conduct trials for the USA U18 Women's Team June 16-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. Finalists for the USA U18 National Team will remain in Colorado Springs, and the official 12-member squad will be announced prior to the start of the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women.

The 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship For Women is being hosted by USA Basketball at the USOTC from June 28-July 2. The top four finishing teams will earn qualifying berths for the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship, slated to be held July 7-22 Bratislava, Slovakia. Teams in addition to the United States that will participate in the U18 tournament include Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Paraguay and Puerto Rico. The event, which will be held at the USOTC Sports Center I, is free and open to the public.

Accepting invitations to participate in the USA U18 Trials were: Jayne Appel (Carondelet H.S./Pleasant Hill, Calif.); Victoria Baugh (Sacramento H.S./Sacramento, Calif.); Jessica Breland (Bertie H.S./Kelford, N.C.); Kelley Cain (St. Pius X H.S./Atlanta, Ga.); Charles; Joy Cheek (South Mecklenburg H.S./Charlotte, N.C.); Elena Delle Donne (Ursuline Academy/Wilmington, Del.); Nikitta Gartrell (Benjamin E. Mays H.S./Lithia Springs, Ga.); Stefanie Gilbreath (Cinco Ranch H.S./Katy, Texas); Allison Hightower (Juan Seguin H.S./Arlington, Texas); Quanitra Hollingsworth (Virginia Commonwealth University/Chesapeake, Va.); Alison Jackson (Fenwick H.S./Chicago, Ill.); Amy Jaeschke (New Trier H.S./Wilmette, Ill.); Brittany Johnson (East Richland H.S./Olney, Ill.); Jantel Lavender (Cleveland Central Catholic H.S./Cleveland, Ohio); Italee Lucas (Centennial H.S./Las Vegas, N.V.); Christy Marshall (A.E. Beach H.S./Savannah, Ga.); Andrea Mingo (Marist H.S./Atlanta, Ga.); Maya Moore (Collins Hill H.S./Suwanne, Ga.); Melanie Murphy (Midwood H.S./Brooklyn, N.Y.); Kayla Pedersen (Red Mountain H.S./Fountain Hills, Ariz.); Kristen Phillips (High Point Central H.S./Greensboro, N.C.); Porsha Phillips (Redan H.S./Stone Mountain, Ga.); Epiphanny Prince (Murry Bergtraum H.S./New York, N.Y.); Brittainey Raven (North Crowley H.S./Fort Worth, Texas); Danielle Robinson (Archbishop Mitty H.S./San Jose, Calif.); Khadijah Rushdan (St. Elizabeth H.S./Wilmington, Del.); Sydney Smallbone (St. Joseph's H.S./Granger, Ind.); Jasmine Stone (Martin Luther King H.S./Detroit, Mich.); Brittany Thomas (Bolingbrook H.S./Bolingbrook, Ill.); Jasmine Thomas (Oakton H.S./Fairfax, Va.); La'Teena Wickett (Castlemont H.S./Oakland, Calif.); Danielle Wilson (St. John the Baptist H.S./Bay Shore, N.Y.); and Monica Wright (Forest Park H.S./Woodbridge, Va.).

DePaul University (Ill.) head coach Doug Bruno has been named to lead the USA's 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship For Women Team, while Northern Illinois University head coach Carol Owens and University of Hartford head coach Jennifer Rizzotti will serve as assistant coaches.

Among the 34 under consideration for a final roster spot, 13 collected USA Basketball experience when they participated in the 2005 Youth Development Festival. Capturing gold as members of the 5-0 USA Blue Team were Marshall and Wickett, who ranked second among 2005 participants for free throw percentage after shooting 88.9 percent from the line and tied for second for defensive rebounds per game with 5.4. Silver medalists and USA White Team members included: Appel, who ranked second among all-time Festival participants for blocked shots with 13; Gartrell, who ranked fourth among 2005 participants for 3-point field goals made per game at 0.8; Hightower; Kristen Phillips; Stone, who ranked first among 2005 participants for offensive rebounds per game with 5.2 and tied for second for rebounds per game with 8.8; Wilson; and Wright, who established an all-time Festival record for steals with 23 and tied the all-time, single-game record for steals with eight. Capturing bronze as members of the USA Red Team were: Charles, who established five all-time Festival records and three all-time single-game Festival records; Cheek; Porsha Phillips, who ranked third among 2005 participants for blocked shots with 1.4 bpg.; and Raven, who tied the all-time Festival single-game record for steals with eight.

The 34 Trials hopefuls include one rising college sophomore and 33 high school athletes, 16 from the class of 2006, 16 who are members of the class of 2007 and one athlete from the class of 2008.

Overall, 22 of the trials participants were honored as All-Americans. Charles, the 2006 USA Today, Parade Magazine, Gatorade, SI.com and State Farm/WBCA High School Player of the Year, was also named to the USA Today All-USA first team along with Moore and Wright. Appel, Prince and Raven were second team members, and Delle Donne and Porsha Phillips were named to the third team.

Included on the 2006 Parade Magazine All-America teams were 20 Trials participants; including first team selections Appel, Breland, Charles, Delle Donne, Moore, Prince and Raven; second team selections Cheek, Hightower, Lucas and Wright; third team selections Lavender, Pedersen, Porsha Phillips and Jasmine Thomas; and fourth team selections Gibreath, Marshall, Rushdan, Stone and Wilson.

2006 Street & Smith's All-America first team selections included Charles, Prince and Moore; second-team selections were Appel and Raven; third team members were Delle Donne, Porsha Phillips and Breland; the fourth team included Stone, Wilson and Wright; the fifth team named Cheek and Jasmine Thomas; and the sixth team included Hightower, Lucas and Wickett.

Eight Trials participants were honored as 2006 WBCA High School All-Americans, including Appel, Breland, Charles, Hightower, Porsha Phillips, Prince, Raven and Wright, while four were selected as honorable mentions, including Cheek, Gartrell, Marshall and Wickett.

In Addition, Appel, Breland, Charles, Cheek, Hightower, Porsha Phillips, Prince, Raven, Wilson and Wright were selected as 2006 McDonald's High School All-Americans.

Finally, the 2005-06 Gatorade Circle of Champions Girls Basketball State Players of the Year listed eight Trials representatives, including Appel (California), Breland (North Carolina), Charles (New York), Delle Donne (Delaware), Moore (Georgia), Pedersen (Arizona), Raven (Texas) and Wright (Virginia).

Of the 16 players slated to finish their high school careers in 2005-06, all have signed with prominent NCAA Division I institutions. Appel and Murphy have both signed with Stanford University (Calif.), Breland is headed to the University of North Carolina, Charles and Kristin Phillips to the University of Connecticut, Cheek signed with Duke University (N.C), Gartrell inked with North Carolina State University, Hightower and Porsha Phillips signed with Louisiana State University, Marshall was inked by the University of Georgia, Prince by Rutgers University (N.J.), Raven is headed to the University of Texas, Stone signed with Temple University (Pa.), Wickett is headed to Pepperdine University (Calif.), Wilson inked with Baylor University (Texas) and Wright signed with the University of Virginia. Having graduated high school in 2005, Hollingsworth now plays for and attends Virginia Commonwealth University.

The 34 athletes hail from 13 states, with Georgia (six), California, New York and Illinois (four each) ringing in with the most representatives per state.

Born on Jan. 11, 1988, Prince lists as the oldest athlete, while Jasmine Thomas, born on Sept. 30, 1989, is the youngest. Robinson, a 5-7 guard, is the shortest in the group, while four athletes stand above the others at 6-5, including Cain, Hollingsworth, Jaeschke and Kristen Phillips.

FIBA Americas U18 Championship For Women

Originally known as the FIBA Americas Junior World Championship Qualifier, the tournament has been held every four years since 1988. FIBA recently changed its calendar, and the event will now be conducted every other year. USA women's teams boast of a remarkable 24-2 overall record at this event and have won gold in 1988, 2000 and 2004, while capturing silver medals in 1992 and 1996.

Some of the top players who have represented the United States in the past U18 tournaments include Alana Beard (2000); Tamika Catchings (1996); Marissa Coleman (2004); Stacey Ford (1998); Sonja Henning (1988); Niesa Johnson (1992); Rebecca Lobo (1992); Candace Parker (2004); Courtney Paris (2004); Cappie Pondexter (2000); Nicole Powell (2000); Lynn Pride (1996); Diana Taurasi (2000); Candice Wiggins (2004), and Tiffany Woosley (1992).

(Story taken from http://www.usabasketball.com/women/2006/06_wu18_trials_invitees.html)