July 2, 2013
WACO, Texas - After six days of training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., senior guard Odyssey Sims and her World University Games teammates left for Russia on Monday, July 1.
Sims, competing in her second World University Games, is one of 12 athletes representing USA Basketball in the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia. The squad is coached by Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale and assisted by Brian Giorgis (Marist College) and Coquese Washington (Penn State).
The WUG team will practice from July 3-7 before beginning competition on Monday, July 8 when they will take on Mali. Action continues for the USA squad as it takes on the Czech Republic (Tuesday, July 9) and Brazil (Wednesday, July 10). Quarterfinal action begins on Friday, July 12 (11:30 p.m. CT) followed by semifinal (July 13) and finals action (July 15). ESPNU will carry the semifinals and finals live.
Including host Russia and the United States, 16 teams will compete in the 2013 World University Games women's basketball competition, including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Japan, Mongolia, Poland, Sweden, Taiwan and Ukraine.
The World University Games are held every other year and are organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The World University Games is a multi-sport competition open to men and women who are between the ages of 17 and 24 (born between January 1, 1989 and December 31, 1995), and are or have been within the past year, a student at a college or university.
USA Basketball women's teams have participated in 16 prior World University Games and collected a record eight golds, six silvers and one bronze medal. Further, since 1973, the first year the USA women competed in the WUGs, the United States has compiled a 95-15 record. Sims was a part of the 2011 World University Games squad, which posted a 6-0 slate en route to the gold medal. Sims averaged 6.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 18.2 minutes a game for the 2011 gold medal winning squad.