May 8, 2013
WACO, Texas -Three Baylor Lady Bear basketball players were invited to attend USA Basketball team trials. Odyssey Sims, Alexis Prince and incoming freshman Ieshia Small received invitations, Sims and Small accepted bids but Prince had to decline for medical reasons.
"It is an honor to be invited to participate in these trials and the fact that three of our players received invitations from USA Basketball to participate in its various team trials speaks highly of our program and Baylor University," said Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey.
Prince, a guard who just completed her freshman season at Baylor, is no stranger to USA Basketball. The Orlando, Fla., native was one of 12 players that played on the 2012 USA Basketball Women's U18 National Team in Puerto Rico. The USA downed Brazil, 71-47, to claim the gold medal and tournament title for the seventh time. The Orlando, Fla., native averaged 10.6 points a contest and led the team in minutes played with 26.4 per outing and in steals with 15. She hauled down 5.6 rebounds a game while tallying 11 assists and three blocked shots and shot 49.0 percent (24-49) from the floor.
Prince and Small were both invited to participate in the 2013 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team trials. Small, a guard from Tallahassee, Fla., is one of 34 of the nation's top athletes, age 19-years-old or younger, who will participate in the team trials to select the 12-member USA squad. Trials will be held May 16-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. Invitations to the trials were issued by the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee.
The USA squad, which is on a quest to capture a fifth-consecutive gold medal at the U19 Worlds, will compete in the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, hosted by Lithuania from July 18-28 in Klaipeda and Panevė×ys. The team will regroup for training on July 1 at the USOTC prior to traveling to Europe for the competition.
Sims is among the 31 athletes who have accepted invitations to participate in the 2013 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team trials which will also take place May 16-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The 2013 World University Games (WUGs) women's basketball competition will be held July 8-15 in Kazan, Russia. Organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and held every other year, the WUGs is a multi-sport competition open to men and women who are between the ages of 17 and 24. The USA Basketball women's team will be comprised of U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled in college and have remaining eligibility.
Sims (Irving, Texas) will be vying for her second WUGs team after helping USA Basketball to a gold medal in the 2011 World University Games in China averaging 6.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.
Current collegiate athletes invited to participate in the 2013 USA U19 World Championship Team trials are eligible and may be considered for the 2013 USA World University Games Team. The 12-member roster is expected to be announced the morning of May 19, the team will regroup for training June 25-July 1 at the USOTC prior to traveling to Russia.
Sims, a consensus 2012-13 All-American as a junior, averaged 12.9 points, 5.8 assists, 2.8 steals and 2.5 rebounds a game while shooting 47.7 percent from the floor and 83.2 percent from the free throw line.
2013 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team Trials Schedule
Thursday, May 16
6:30 - 8:15 p.m. - Trials Session 1
Friday, May 17
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Trials Session 2
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Trials Session 3
Saturday, May 18
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Trials Session 4
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Trials Session 5
Sunday, May 19
8:30 a.m. - Announcement of team
All times listed Mountain Daylight Time
For more information regarding 2013 USA U19 World Championship Team trials, please visit: http://www.usabasketball.com/womens/u19/13_wu19_trials_invitees.html
For more information regarding 2013 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team trials, please visit: http://www.usabasketball.com/womens/worlduniversity/13_wwug_trials_invitees.html