May 26, 2003
MANHATTAN, Kan. -
For the third summer in a row, members of the Kansas State women's basketball team will represent the United States in international competition. Senior-to-be Nicole Ohlde and junior-to-be Kendra Wecker were named to the 12-member 2003 USA Basketball World Championship For Young Women Team and junior-to-be Laurie Koehn was named to the 12-member 2003 USA Basketball Women's Pan America Games Team.
Ohlde and Wecker are among the nation's elite 20-and-unders on the world championship team and are the only representatives from the Big 12 Conference on the team. Texas' Heather Schreiber and Stacy Stephens were named two of six alternates for the team.
With being named to the team, Ohlde will be playing in her second international tournament, while Wecker will be playing in her first. Ohlde, along with Koehn, helped lead Team USA to the gold medal in the inaugural Confederation of Pan American Basketball Associations (COPABA) World Championship For Young Women Qualifying Tournament in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil last summer.
The USA Young Women National Team will train July 7-24 in Colorado Springs, New York and Boston, before competing in the inaugural FIBA World Championship For Young Women in Sibenik, Croatia, July 25-Aug. 3.
The U.S. squad returns to Colorado Springs July 7, where it will train at the USOTC through July 11. The team will then train at the New York Athletic Club (N.Y.) July 12-14, before traveling to Boston for the final stages of its FIBA World Championship For Young Women preparation.
While in Boston, the USA Young Women will be joined by the Australia and Brazil young women national teams, as well as the USA Pan American Games Team for a series of games. The games start July 15 with the USA Young Women facing Brazil at 1 p.m. ET at Northeastern University's Matthews Arena. The following afternoon the USA Young Women plays Australia at 1 p.m. in Matthews Arena. With the arrival of the USA Pan Am Games Team July 17, the two USA squads are slated to scrimmage July 18 at 1 p.m. at the Reebok Campus (Canton, Mass.). A pair of doubleheaders are slated for July 19-20 at 1 p.m. each day at Matthews Arena. On July 19, the USA Young Women plays Brazil in the first game, followed by the USA Pan Am squad against Australia at approximately 3 p.m., while the July 20 doubleheader will feature the USA Pan Am Games Team playing against Brazil, followed by the USA Young Women against Australia.
Koehn, who has won gold medals with the 2002 World Championship For Young Women Qualifying Team and the 2000 Women's Junior World Qualifying Team, joins 11 other players who have prior USA Basketball experience on the Pan American Games Team. The 5-foot-8 guard joins Texas' Jamie Cary as the only Big 12 representatives on the team. Longhorns Schreiber and Stephens are also alternates for the Pan American Team.
Traveling to Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, July 21, the U.S. will see its final test prior to the tipoff of the Pan Am Games, with a trio of exhibition contests against Cuba's Pan Am team. The USA and Cuba face each other three times between July 22-25. Following the USA's Cuban trip, the squad returns to the United States, where it will train July 26-29 at the University of South Florida before beginning Pan Am Games play Aug. 2 in Santo Domingo.
2003 USA Basketball World Championship For Young Women Team
Nicole Ohlde Kansas State/Clay Center, Kan.
Kendra Wecker Kansas State/Marysville, Kan.
Seimone Augustus LSU/Baton Rouge, La.
Alana Beard Duke/Shreveport, La.
Ebony Hoffman USC/Harbor City, Calif.
Kristen Mann UC Santa Barbara/Santa Ana, Calif.
Caity Matter Ohio State/Bluffton, Ohio
Shawntinice Polk Arizona/Hanford, Calif.
Cappie Pondexter Rutgers/Chicago, Ill.
Christi Thomas Georgia/Buford, Ga.
Lindsay Whalen Minnesota/Hutchinson, Minn.
Tanisha Wright Penn State/West Mifflin, Pa.
2003 USA Basketball Women's Pan Am Games Team
Laurie Koehn Kansas State/Moundridge, Kan.
Jenni Benningfield Vanderbilt/Nashville, Tenn.
Rebekkah Brunson Georgetown/Washington, D.C.
Jamie Carey Texas/Austin, Texas
Roneeka Hodges Louisiana State/Baton Rouge, La.
Janel McCarville Minnesota/Minneapolis, Minn.
Nicole Powell Stanford/Stanford, Calif.
Ann Strother UConn/Hartford, Conn.
Lindsay Taylor UC Santa Barbara/Santa Barbara, Calif.
Iciss Tillis Duke/Durham, N.C.
Barbara Turner UConn/Hartford, Conn.