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Women's Basketball Recruit Selected to USA Basketball Junior National Team Trials
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 17, 2001
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May 17, 2001

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - University of Arizona women's basketball recruit Shawntinice Polk is among 30 players that have accepted invitations to the 2001 USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team Trials.

Polk, a 6-foot-4 center from Hanford, Calif., will join the Wildcats as a freshman for the 2001-02 season. A product of Hanford High School, Polk is coming off a senior year that saw her average 16.1 points, 13.1 rebounds and 4.1 blocked shots per game while leading Hanford to its first-ever CIF Division II state championship. She was a first team USA Today All-American and was one of only 20 players chosen to play in the Phoenix/WBCA High School All-America Game in April.

USA Basketball announced Thursday that 30 of the top players aged 19-and-younger (born on or after January 1, 1982) have accepted invitations to the trials, which will be held June 15-18 in Colorado Springs. The invitations were issued by the USA Basketball Women's Collegiate Committee, chaired by University of Texas Senior Associate Athletics Director Chris Plonsky. Following the four-day Trials, which will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, the Committee will select finalists for the 12-member 2001 USA Women's Junior World Championship Team.

Players selected to participate inclide: Mistie Bass (Janesville Parker H.S./Janesville, Wis.), Ashley Battle (Connecticut/Pittsburgh, Pa.), Alana Beard (Duke/Shreveport, La.), Tera Bjorklund (Colorado/St. Peter, Minn.), Betsy Boardman (Arizona State/Portland, Ore.), Teresa Borton (West Valley H.S./Yakima, Wash.), Shameka Christon (Arkansas/Hot Springs, Ark.), Shyra Ely (Ben Davis H.S./Indianapolis, Ind.), Vanessa Hayden (Florida/Orlando, Fla.), Eafton Hill (Wake Forest/Boone, N.C.), Amber Jacobs (Boston College/Clarks Summit, Pa.), Veronica Johns-Richardson (Troy H.S./Fullerton, Calif.), Kelly Mazzante (Penn State/Montoursville, Pa.), Giuliana Mendiola (Washington/Lake Forest, Calif.), Corrie Mizusawa (St. Mary's College/Lafayette, Calif.), Jessica Moore (Connecticut/Palmer, Ark.), Loree Moore (Narbonne H.S./Harbor City, Calif.), Amber Obaze (Louisiana Tech/Dallas, Texas), Ugo Oha (George Washington/Houston, Texas), Shawntinice Polk (Hanford H.S./Hanford, Calif.), Cappie Pondexter (John Marshall H.S./Chicago, Ill.), Nicole Powell (Stanford/Phoenix, Ariz.), Stacy Stephens (Texas/Winnsboro, Texas), Mandisha Stevenson (Gulf Coast C.C./Decatur, Ala.), Ann Strother (Highlands Ranch H.S./Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Diana Taurasi (Connecticut/Chino, Calif.), T'Nae Thiel (Weatherford H.S./Weatherford, Texas), Wynter Whitley (Holy Innocents' Episcopal/Atlanta, Ga.), Nicole Wolff (Walpole H.S./Walpole, Mass.) and Shanna Zolman (Wawasee H.S./Syracuse, Ind.).

The 2001 USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team Trials begin Friday, June 15 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. (all times MDT). Sessions will follow from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 3:00-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 4:30-7:00 p.m on Sunday, June 17, and the Trials will conclude on Monday, June 18 with a session from 8:00-10:00 a.m. Finalists for the 2001 USA Junior squad will be announced following the June 18 session.