May 6, 2003
University of Arizona women's basketball player Shawntinice Polk has been invited to the USA Basketball Women's National Team Trials, USA Basketball announced on Tuesday. Polk is one of 60 invitees to the Trials, which will be held May 22-25 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The USA Trials will be used to select a pair of 12-member 2003 USA Basketball Teams, including the USA World Championship for Young Women and USA Pan American Games squads. The USA Young Women's National Team, which will be comprised of athletes 21 years old and younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1982), will compete in the inaugural FIBA World Championship for Young Women in Sibenik, Croatia, July 25-Aug. 3. The 2003 Pan American Games action is set to take place Aug. 2-9 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Ohio State University's Jim Foster will serve as head coach for the 2003 USA Basketball World Championship for Young Women Team, and collegiate head coaches, Kathy Delaney-Smith of Harvard University and Felisha Legette-Jack of Hofstra University will assist Foster. The USA Pan American Games Team will be piloted by University of Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan, with collegiate head coaches Kathi Bennett of Indiana University and Trina Patterson of the University at Albany acting as assistants.
Polk is the second Wildcat in as many years to be invited to USA Basketball Trials. During the summer of 2002, guard Dee-Dee Wheeler was invited to the trials for the USA Young Women's National Team, but an ankle injury suffered the day before her departure kept her from competing for a spot on the team.
Polk is joined on this year's invitee list by fellow Pac-10 players Nikki Blue (UCLA), Ebony Hoffman (USC), Giuliana Mendiola (Washington) and Nicole Powell (Stanford).
For more details and a complete listing of invitees, go to www.usabasketball.com or click here.