USA Basketball announced today that 2005 USA U19 World Championship Team gold medalist Nicky Anosike from the University of Tennessee has been added to the list of athletes under consideration for the 2007 USA Women’s U21 World Championship Team and USA Pan American Games Team. Anosike, a rising senior, will join Lady Vol teammate Alexis Hornbuckle at the Trials. Hornbuckle is vying for a position on the 2007 USA Pan American Games Team.
Anosike and Hornbuckle are two of 45 elite athletes who have accepted invitations to the 2007 USA Basketball Women’s National Team Trials, slated to be held May 17-20 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. The invitations were issued by the USA Basketball Women’s Collegiate Committee, which is chaired by Sue Donohoe, the NCAA’s vice president of Division I women’s basketball. At these trials, the Committee is expected to announce finalists for the 2007 USA U21 World Championship Team and the 2007 USA Pan American Games Team on May 20. (Hornbuckle is over 21 and not eligible for the U21 team).
Anosike, a 6-4 post from Staten Island, N.Y., got her start in USA Basketball at the 2003 USA Youth Development Festival. In the summer of 2005, Anosike experienced a summer full of basketball which culminated with a gold medal as a member of the 8-0 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Championship Team. Despite not starting, the 6-4 post played in all eight games and was the team’s fourth leading scorer, averaging 11.4 ppg and was among the top rebounders grabbing 5.3 rpg. This past season, she helped to lead the Lady Vols to the 2007 NCAA Championship in Cleveland, Ohio, and was named to the All-Final Four Team. During the 2006-07 season, she averaged 7.5 ppg and 6.2 rpg while starting in 36 of 37 contests.
Hornbuckle, a 5-11 guard from Charleston, West Virginia, got her start in USA Basketball at the 2003 USA Youth Development Festival. This past season, she helped to lead the Lady Vols to the 2007 NCAA Championship in Cleveland, Ohio, and earned 2007 Kodak/WBCA All-America honorable mention honors. On the 2006-07 season, she averaged 10.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, dished a team-leading 146 assists and collected a team-leading 113 steals in 37 games.
The National Team Trials will feature an opening session on May 17, beginning at 6:30 p.m. (all times MDT); followed by two-a-days May 18-19, with morning sessions tipping-off at 10:00 a.m. and evening sessions at 5:30 p.m.; and an 8:30 a.m. session on May 20. USA Basketball is expected to announce finalists for each team following the morning session on May 20.
The USA will look to defend its world title at the 2007 U21 FIBA World Championships, open to athletes 21-years-old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1986). The World Championships will be held this year June 29-July 8 in Moscow, Russia. Duke University (N.C.) head coach Joanne McCallie returns as the USA’s head coach after piloting the 2006 USA U20 National Team to a gold medal at the 2006 FIBA Americas U20 Championship. She will be assisted by collegiate head coaches Sam Dixon of Furman University (S.C.), an assistant to McCallie last summer, and Arizona State University’s Charli Turner Thorne. The USA U21 finalists, named following the USA Trials, will reconvene in Colorado Springs June 12 to begin training for the tournament, and the eventual 12-member team will be named prior to the squad departing for Europe on June 16. The United States was placed in Group B in the 12-nation tournament along with Australia, Brazil, Hungary, Japan and Spain. Group A includes Belgium, Canada, China, Mali, France and Russia.
The Pan American Games women’s basketball tournament will be held July 20-24 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and will feature eight national teams from FIBA Americas. Coaching the USA squad will be Temple University (Pa.) head coach Dawn Staley, a 2007-08 USA Basketball Women’s Senior National Team assistant coach. Assisting Staley will be collegiate head coaches Kathy Delaney-Smith of Harvard University (Mass.) and Bill Gibbons of College of the Holy Cross (Mass.). The USA Pan Ams finalists named following the USA Trials will reconvene on July 6 in Washington, D.C., and the eventual 12-member squad will be named prior to the team departing for Brazil on July 16.
2007 USA Basketball Women’s National Team Trials Schedule:
Thursday, May 17th
Friday, May 18
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 19
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 20
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
TBD -- Announcement of USA team finalists
Story Courtesy: Lady Vols Sports Information