2013 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team Features

Kremlin Visit, Scrimmage Highlight Eventful Day For USA Women’s World University Games Team
The 2013 USA Women’s World University Games Team saw its first action against an international opponent on Friday in a scrimmage against the Russia World University Games Team after earlier in the day visiting the Kazan Kremlin, a cultural center of the 2013 World University Games’ host city. Story
Three-point threat, Jordan Hooper Ready to Embrace World University Games
For Jordan Hooper, the decision on where to attend college was never one that she stressed over. The more complicated issue always was which sport she would play. In high school, Hooper was a three-sport standout athlete. She was a three-time all-state volleyball selection, won the Nebraska Class B state long jump title in track and field as a senior and was a two-time Gatorade Nebraska Player of the Year in basketball. Story
Unselfish Leader, Shoni Schimmel Establishes Path to Stardom
Shoni Schimmel still smiles whenever someone approaches her with a compliment about the run that she and her Louisville teammates experienced during the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The magical journey, which began with a 74-49 first-round win over Middle Tennessee on March 24, ended 16 days later in the national championship game with an upsetting loss to Connecticut. Story
Coach’s Daughter, Theresa Plaisance’s Newfound Confidence Pays Off
After Theresa Plaisance was informed she’d earned a spot on the 2013 USA Women’s World University Games Team last month, she returned for five weeks to a place that always provides her comfort. Story
Cierra Burdick Returns To Summertime Roots
For Tennessee’s Cierra Burdick, the summer of 2012 wasn’t like most in her recent past. It was her first summer away from team basketball. In high school, Burdick’s summer seasons were spent on the AAU circuit, while 2009, 2010 and 2011 were associated with various USA Basketball teams. So, it makes one wonder: what was last summer like without team basketball? Story
Brittany Hrynko Steps Up To The Competition At USA Trials
On the morning of May 19, DePaul guard Brittany Hrynko will be one 33 players waiting with anticipation to hear, or not hear, her name called as a member of the 2013 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team. Story
Amber Orrange Hopes The Second Time Is The USA Charm
This weekend at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., 33 of the country's best collegiate athletes are battling for 12 roster spots on the 2013 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team, and among them is a 5'7" rising junior from Stanford University -- Amber Orrange (Houston, Texas). Story
Players Arrive, Gear Up For USA Women’s World University Games Team Trials
Thirty-three of the nation’s top collegians who are aiming to earn a spot on the 2013 USA Basketball Women’s World University Games Team roster arrived in Colorado Springs today to begin team trials. Story

2011 USA Basketball World University Games Team Features

2011 USA Athlete/Coach Blogs & Twitter
Odyssey Sims
Elena Della Donne

2011 USA Team Videos

  • Aug. 1: Practice Highlights
  • Aug. 4: Devereaux Peters interview
  • Aug. 6: Skylar Diggins: ESPNw Diary

2011 USA Team Photo Galleries

2011 USA Basketball World University Games Team Features
Road Warriors
Most people look at a cross-country flight as a long travel day. That doesn’t even come close to what the 2011 USA Basketball World University Games Teams did over almost a 30-hour span. Story
Elena Delle Donne Close To Home And Happy Again
The old cliché that you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone rang strikingly true for Elena Delle Donne, not once, but twice during her first year of college.It wasn’t until she left the two things she loved most that she realized how much a part of her they were and how much she needed them. Story

Jacki Gemelos' Long Journey Finally Coming Full Circle
Jacki Gemelos is a name that was on every team’s radar five years ago, being the No. 1 high school prospect in 2006. But after five knee surgeries and nearly four years of not playing, she is just now reaching her full potential, trying to make the most out of her final opportunities. Story

Odyssey's Journey
Odyssey Sims has had quite a basketball journey since picking up the ball for the first time at age five. She went from starting in AAU to a high school All-American and the Full Court Press 2011 National Freshman of the Year. Next up on her journey through the hoops world is a trip to China.. Story

Lynetta Kizer No Stranger To International Play
When Lynetta Kizer leaves with her USA teammates for Shenzhen, China, next week to compete in the 2011 World University Games, she will be one of five players on this year’s U.S. roster who knows what it feels like to win a gold medal. Kizer competed with USA Basketball in the 2008 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, averaging 8.6 ppg. and 4.0 rpg. for the 5-0 Americans, and admitted the thrill of winning gold was the most memorable moment of her life. Story

Skylar Diggins, Nneka Ogwumike Have Become USA ‘Franchise’ Players
The final roster for the 2011 USA Basketball Women’s World University Games team is chock full of talent, with multiple NCAA Final Fours and multiple All-America honors found up and down the list of 12 players who will represent their country Aug. 14-21 in Shenzhen, China, but the two with the most international experience, Skylar Diggins and Nnemkadi Ogwumike, will prove invaluable to the team's quest for gold. Story
Sibling Rivalry Fuels Natalie Novosel To Succeed
Natalie Novosel, an incoming senior at Notre Dame and member of the 2011 USA World University Games team, says it was always her choice whether or not she wanted to play basketball. Really, though, she had no choice. She was born to love and excel at the sport. Story
USA World University Games Team Finalists Return to Colorado Springs
More than two months have passed since the 14 finalists for the 2011 USA Women’s World University Games roster were announced, which seems like forever for a group of young athletes who are eager to take the next step in preparing for a gold medal.The time has finally come, though, as training camp began on Sunday. Story

Sister Act
As they are at Stanford, Nneka and her sister Chiney Ogwumike are on the floor together in this week's 2011 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team Trials at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., where 35 of the nation's top college athletes are vying for just 12 roster spots. Story
Keisha Hampton Hoping for a Spot
Keisha Hampton may not be among the two NCAA Champions on the floor in this evening's first trials session for the 2011 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team, or one of the two-time USA gold medal winners, but no matter, like all of the 35 participants in this year's trails, the 6-2 forward from DePaul has compiled her own long list of impressive accomplishments. Story