Lalum and Payne Invited to USA Basketball Trials
May 7, 2001
Washington women's basketball players Andrea Lalum (Bozeman, Mont.) and Loree Payne (Havre, Mont.) have been invited to participate in USA Basketball try-outs this summer. The pair will compete for spots on the 12-member 2001 USA Women's World University Games Team. The four-day Trials are set for May 18-21 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo.
For Payne, who was the Huskies' second-leading scorer this season, it will be her second stint at the USA Basketball trials. Last summer she tried out for and won a spot on the Jones Cup team that won a gold medal on its tour of Taiwan. For Lalum, who led Washington in field goal percentage as a freshman, it will be her first time visiting the Olympic Training Center. Both women helped lead Washington to a share of the 2001 Pac-10 Championship and a berth in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
Payne and Lalum join 36 of the top women's collegiate basketball players in the nation, including 13 who earned All-America accolades in 2001, at the 2001 USA Basketball Women's National Team Trials. Included in the list are five other Pac-10 Conference players: Cori Enghusen (Stanford), Michelle Greco (UCLA), Felicia Ragland (Oregon State), Shaquala Williams (Oregon) and Lindsey Yamasaki (Stanford).
The 2001 USA Basketball Women's National Team Trials will begin Friday, May18 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. (all times MST). Sessions will follow from 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 5:00-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, from 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 4:30-7:00 p.m on Sunday, May 20, and the Trials will conclude on Monday, May 21 with a session from 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Of the 36 athletes who have accepted invitations to the 2001 Trials, 12 have been involved with USA Basketball in the past, 19 recently completed their junior seasons at the NCAA Division I level, 13 were NCAA sophomores in 2000-01, two were freshmen this past season and two hail from the NJCAA Division I level. In addition to the 13 All-Americans on the list, three earned 2001 NCAA Tournament all-regional honors and 27 collected 2001 all-conference accolades.
Naismith Player of the Year finalist Chantelle Anderson (Vanderbilt/Vancouver, Wash.) headlines the list of former USA Basketball players. A member of the bronze medal winning 1998 USA World Youth Games Team, in 2000 Anderson helped the USA R. William Jones Cup Team to a gold medal and returned a month later to compete against the 2000 USA Basketball Women's National Team as a member of the 2000 USA Select Team. Tennessee's Kara Lawson garnered USA Basketball experience on the 1998 USA World Youth Games Team and Payne was a teammate of Anderson's on both of the 2000 U.S. teams.
Anderson helped propel Vanderbilt University (Tenn.) to the 2001 NCAA Midwest Regional finals and earned All-Regional honors in the process. In the West Region, Oklahoma's Caton Hill and Lalum faced off against each other in the regional finals and while Washington advanced to the Elite Eight, both played well enough to be named to the All-West Region Team.
Among all-conference honorees are Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year Andrea Gardner (Howard), Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year Felicia Ragland (Oregon State), Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year Sheila Lambert (Baylor), and conference Defensive Players of the Year Moore (Big 10 Conference) and Ayana Walker (Louisiana Tech/Sun Belt Conference). In addition to garnering these awards, all five were named to their respective all-conference first teams, as were Anderson (Southeastern Conference [SEC]), Danielle Crockrom (Big 12), Michelle Greco (Pac-10), Lawson (SEC), Lindsey Meder (Big 10), Natalie Powers (Sun Belt) and Jessie Stomski (Big 10). Listed among their respective all-conference second teams were Coretta Brown (Atlantic Coast Conference [ACC]), La'Neishea Caufield (Big 12), Courtney Coleman (Big 10), Chrissy Floyd (ACC), Teresa Geter (SEC) Hill (Big 12) and Carisse Moody (ACC), while Niesha Butler (ACC), Mandy Nightingale (Big 12), Jenny Roulier (Big 12), April Traylor (ACC) and Deedee Warley (ACC) collected all-conference third team honors and Lindsey Yamasaki was named All-Pac-10 honorable mention. The two freshmen also secured all-conference awards as Lalum was named All-Pac-10 honorable mention and Shereka Wright was named to the Big 10 All-Freshman Team.
All told, there are 26 NCAA schools represented, with eight ringing in with two athletes apiece (Baylor, Colorado, Louisiana Tech, Oklahoma, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Washington and Wisconsin), and seven conferences, with the ACC, Big 12 and Pac-10 leading the way with seven athletes represented apiece. Additionally, two junior colleges are represented among the 36 athletes invited to the 2001 USA Basketball Women's National Team Trials.
University of Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan will serve as head coach of the 2001 U.S. squad and she will be assisted by University of Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder and East Carolina University (N.C.) head coach Dee Stokes. The final 12-member team will be named during the August 6-14 training camp which will be held at the USOTC.
The World University Games, held every two years and organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU), is a multi-sport competition open to men and women between the ages of 17 and 28 (born between January 1, 1973 and December 31, 1983), who are, or have been within the past year, a student at a college or university. This summer the World University Games will be held Aug. 22 - Sept. 1 in Beijing, China.
The 2001 World University Games women's basketball competition, currently featuring squads from 20 countries, has been divided into four preliminary round pools. The United States has been placed in Pool B and will face Canada, Ireland, Japan and South Africa in the preliminary round.
The USA women have enjoyed outstanding success in the World University Games and have earned 11 medals in 12 appearances, including four golds, six silvers and one bronze medal, and have compiled an overall record of 68-14 (.829) since beginning World University Games play in 1973. In the last competition, which was held in 1999 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, the U.S. finished with a 4-2 record and the silver medal. The USA women last earned the World University Games gold in Sicily in 1997.
The United States has been sending women's teams to the World University Games since 1973, and since then the World University Games has served as an important developmental event for the U.S. Of the 64 all-time U.S. women's Olympic basketball team members, 34 have been members of USA Basketball women's World University Games teams. Most notable among the list of WUG alumni are Carol Blazejowski, Ruthie Bolton (Holifield), Denise Curry, Anne Donovan, Kamie Ethridge, Pat Head (Summitt), Tara Heiss, Lisa Leslie, Katrina McClain, Suzie McConnell (Serio), Ann Meyers (Drysdale), DeLisha Milton, Cindy Noble (Hauserman), Vickie Orr (Wiley), Katie Smith, Dawn Staley, Katy Steding, Kara Wolters and Lynette Woodard.
The USA Basketball Women's Collegiate Committee, in addition to Plonsky, is comprised of NAIA designee Stephanie Findley (head coach, Oklahoma Christian University), NCAA appointees Tom Collen (head coach, Colorado State University), Gail Goestenkors (head coach, Duke University, N.C.), Donna Noonan (Vice President, Women's Basketball Championship, NCAA) and Willette White (head coach, Northeastern University, Mass.), representing the NJCAA is Mary Ellen Leicht (Assistant Executive Director, NJCAA), Muffet McGraw (head coach, Notre Dame University, Ind.) was appointed by the WBCA and Teresa Edwards (2000, 1996, 1992, 1988 and 1984 Olympian, 1994, 1990 and 1986 World Championship teams / Smyrna, Ga.) and Vickie Orr-Wiley (1992 Olympic bronze medalist, 1990 World Championship gold medalist / Birmingham, Ala.) are the athlete representatives.
2001 USA Basketball Women's National Team Trials
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2001 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Coaching Staff