June 26, 2007
NORMAN, Okla - Oklahoma women's basketball alum Leah Rush (2004-07) has joined the U.S. William Jones Cup Team, which will compete July 11-17 in Taipei, Taiwan.
Rush, who was drafted in the third round of the 2007 WNBA Draft, is currently in Norman working OU basketball camps. Rush was waived by the Phoenix Mercury two days prior to the beginning of the WNBA season. She is expected to play overseas when the WNBA regular season concludes.
Rush will be joined by an all-star collegiate cast comprised of Rachel Allison and Jhasmin Player of Baylor, Heather Ezell of Iowa State, Briann January of Arizona State, Sarah-Jo Lawrence of George Washington, Jackie McFarland of Colorado, Angie Nelp of Colorado State, Kendra Reed of Southern Mississippi, Brittanie Taylor-James of North Carolina A&T, Katie Vieth of Kentucky and LaToya Micheaux of Texas A&M. Seven members of the 12-player roster participated in this year's NCAA Tournament.
Rush, who ranks 12th on OU's career scoring list with 1,427 points, was a two atime All-Big 12 second team performer.
Led by Texas A&M associate women's basketball head coach Vic Schaefer in association with Athletes In Action, the U.S. will be one of seven countries participating in the single-round robin tournament along with two teams representing Chinese Taipei, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Korea. This is the first year that the women's Jones Cup team will be sponsored by AIA which is an associate member of USA Basketball. The team will train in College Station from July 1-7 and will depart for Taiwan on July 8.
"I am very excited about the young people we have selected for our team," said Schaefer. "All of them come from great programs with well-coached teams. With their playing experience, they will be well-prepared for the competition we will face at the tournament."