Davis to Try Out For USA World University Games Team

May 9, 2011


Kansas sophomore forward Carolyn Davis has accepted an invitation to attend the 2011 USA Basketball Women’s World University Games Team Trials. She will join34 of the nation’s top collegiate players at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 22-25. Invitations to the trials were issued by the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee, chaired by Sue Donohoe, NCAA vice president for Division I women’s basketball.

An All-Big 12 First Team selection, Davis led the Jayhawks averaging 19.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game in 2010-11. The standout sophomore also compiled a total of nine double-doubles during the season, giving her 15 for her career. Davis had five games in which she scored 30 or more points, including her final game of the season in which she netted a career-high 38 against Duquesne in the second round of the WNIT.

“I feel honored to be categorized as one of the best players in the country,” said Davis. “To possibly represent my country at the World University Games would be a huge accomplishment for me.”

She is the second Jayhawk in the last three years to earn an invitation to the tryouts. Former Jayhawk Danielle McCray (2006-09) was a member of the 2009 USA World University Games team that took gold in Belgrade, Serbia.

“We truly are looking forward to an incredible group of talent at the World University Games Team Trials,” said Donohoe. “Many of these players have been involved with USA Basketball in the past, and those that are new to the process have experience at some of the country’s best programs. It will be a tough task for the committee to identify the 12-member team, and we look forward to seeing a lot of heart and hard work.”

Iowa State University’s Bill Fennelly has been tabbed head coach of the 2011 USA World University Games Team, while Suzie McConnell-Serio of Duquesne University and Terri Williams-Flournoy of Georgetown University will serve as assistant coaches.The trio will look to defend the USA’s 2009 gold medal at the 2011 World University Games women’s basketball competition August 14-21 in Shenzhen, China.

Additionally, Kenya Larkin-Landers (Trinity Valley Community College, Texas) and Mark Youngs (Davenport University, Mich.) have been selected court coaches and will assist during trials.

Following the selection of the team and/or finalists on May 25, the athletes will return home. Training will resume at the USOTC July 31-Aug. 8, prior to the team’s departure for Shenzhen, China, and the 2011 World University Games.

The World University Games are a multi-sport competition organized every other year by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The U.S. women’s basketball team will be comprised of U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled in college and have remaining eligibility.

USA Basketball women’s teams have participated in 15 prior World University Games and collected a record seven gold medals, six silvers and one bronze medal. Since 1973, the first year the USA women competed in the WUGs, the United States has compiled an 89-15 overall record. In 2009, led by 2010 FIBA World Champion Tina Charles, the USA posted a 7-0 slate en route to the gold medal.

2011 USA Basketball Women’s World University Games Team Training Schedule

Date Event Site

May 22-25 USA World University Games Team Trials U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colo.

July 31-Aug. 8 USA World University Games Team Training U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Aug. 14-21 2011 World University Games Shenzhen, China

*Collegiate athletes invited to participate in the 2011 USA U19 World Championship Team Trials may also be considered for the 2011 USA World University Games Team. Trials for both teams will take place in staggered sessions May 22-25 at the USOTC.

2011 USA Basketball Women’s World University Games Team Trials Roster


Lasondra Barrett F 6-2 161 03/16/90 2012 Louisiana State Jackson, MS

Alex Bentley G 5-7 152 10/27/90 2013 Penn State Indianapolis, IN

Kelsey Bone C 6-5 220 12/31/91 2014 Texas A&M Stafford, TX

Cierra Bravard F 6-4 220 09/14/89 2012 Florida State Sandusky, OH

Sydney Carter G 5-6 135 11/18/90 2012 Texas A&M DeSoto, TX

Brittany Chambers G 5-8 155 04/03/91 2013 Kansas State Jordan, MN

Carolyn Davis F 6-3 180 04/27/91 2013 Kansas Houston, TX

Elena Delle Donne G/F 6-5 195 09/05/89 2013* Delaware Wilmington, DE

Skylar Diggins G 5-10 145 08/02/90 2013 Notre Dame South Bend, IN

Jasmine Dixon F 6-0 186 04/19/90 2013* UCLA Long Beach, CA

Jacki Gemelos G 6-0 165 11/22/88 2012* USC Stockton, CA

Briana Gilbreath G 6-1 150 08/16/90 2012 USC Katy, TX

Keisha Hampton F 6-2 170 02/22/90 2012 DePaul Philadelphia, PA

Natasha Howard F 6-3 165 09/29/91 2014 Florida State Toledo, OH

Courtney Hurt F 6-1 — 03/05/90 2012 VCU Conyers, GA

Shenise Johnson F 5-11 164 12/08/90 2012 Miami Henrietta, NY

Glory Johnson F 6-3 170 07/27/90 2011 Tennessee Knoxville, TN

Lynetta Kizer C 6-4 215 04/04/90 2012 Maryland Woodbridge, VA

Maggie Lucas G 5-9 153 11/29/91 2014 Penn State Narberth, PA

A’dia Mathies G 5-9 155 03/01/91 2013 Kentucky Louisville, KY

Lindsey Moore G 5-10 145 06/03/91 2013 Nebraska Covington, WA

Natalie Novosel G 5-11 165 11/22/89 2012 Notre Dame Lexington, KY

Chiney Ogwumike F 6-3 174 03/21/92 2014 Stanford Cypress, TX

Nneka Ogwumike F 6-2 188 07/02/90 2012 Stanford Cypress, TX

Devereaux Peters F 6-2 164 10/08/89 2011# Notre Dame Chicago, IL

Jaime Printy G 5-11 152 08/15/90 2013 Iowa Marion, IA

Monique Reid F 6-1 177 03/26/90 2012 Louisville Louisville, KY

Sugar Rodgers G 5-11 158 12/08/89 2013 Georgetown Suffolk, VA

Kayla Standish F 6-2 180 11/19/89 2012 Gonzaga Ellensburg, WA

Shekinna Stricklen G/F 6-2 172 07/30/90 2012 Tennessee Morrilton, AR

April Sykes G/F 6-1 187 07/30/90 2012 Rutgers Starkville, MS

Tyra White G 6-0 160 03/23/89 2012 Texas A&M Kansas City, MO

Davellyn Whyte G 5-5 158 05/14/91 2013 Arizona Phoenix, Ariz.

Riquna Williams G 5-7 158 05/28/90 2012 Miami Pahokee, FL

Shawnice Wilson C 6-6 235 08/08/90 2013* Miami Pittsburgh, PA

Head Coach: Bill Fennelly, Iowa State University

Assistant Coach: Suzie McConnell-Serio, Duquesne University

Assistant Coach: Terri Williams-Flournoy, Georgetown University

Court Coach: Kenya Larkin-Landers, Trinity Valley Community College

Court Coach: Mark Youngs, Davenport University