May 19, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma senior-to-be Aaryn Ellenberg earned one of 12 spots for the 2013 USA Basketball World University Games Team, the organization's selection committee announced Sunday.
Ellenberg was selected from 33 players invited to a three-day tryout at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
"We were able to put together a very diverse team and a very good shooting team," Jim Foster, head coach at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and chair of the USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team Committee, said. "They can really space the floor, spread the floor and will have the opportunity to play small at times, and I think will be able to take advantage of those attributes."
The 2013 World University Games women's basketball competition will be held July 8-15 in Kazan, Russia, and the team will regroup in Colorado Springs for training June 25 through July 1.
University of Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale is the head coach of the USA's World University Games entry.
"Fun -- that's the first word that comes to my mind. I think they will be a really interesting bunch to coach," Coale said. "They can do a lot of different things. There were a lot of shooters at the trials in general, and there are a lot of shooters on this team. A lot of versatility, post guys who can step out and score, and then we also have guys who can break you down off the dribble. Good pieces. Really good pieces and really good parts."
Assistant coaches for the USA Women's World University Games team are Brian Giorgis of Marist College and Coquese Washington of Penn State University.
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 women's team is comprised of U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled in college and have remaining eligibility.