Women's Basketball
    1998 USA World Women's Championship Team Named

    March 23, 1998

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Featuring five members of the gold medal winning 1996 U.S. Olympic Team, the official 12-member 1998 USA Basketball Women's World Championship Team was announced today by USA Basketball. While five members of the 98 USA World Championship Team were named to the squad last September, seven other elite players were selected to complete the squad by the USA Basketball Women's Senior National Team Committee following the March 18-23 training camp at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    USC, with Tina Thompson and Lisa Leslie, and Tennessee, with Nikki McCray and Chamique Holdsclaw, are the only two universities with two players on the squad.

    Including four members of the gold medal winning 1996 USA Women's Olympic Team, the final seven players named to the USA World Championship Team include: 1996 Olympian Jennifer Azzi (San Jose Lasers / Oak Ridge, Tenn.); 1997 USA World Championship Qualifying Team member Edna Campbell (Colorado Xplosion / Pittsburgh, Pa.); 1996 Olympian Lisa Leslie (Los Angeles Sparks / Hawthorne, Calif.); 1996 Olympian Nikki McCray (Washington Mystics / Collierville, Tenn.); 1997 USA World Championship Qualifying Team member DeLisha Milton (Portland Power / Riceboro, Ga.); 1996 Olympian Dawn Staley (Philadelphia Rage / Philadelphia, Pa.) and the 1998 ABL Most Valuable Player, Natalie Williams (Portland Power / Taylorsville, Utah).

    Previously named as members of the 1998 USA Women's World Championship Team following trials last September were: 1996 Olympian Ruthie Bolton (Sacramento Monarchs / McClain, Ms.); University of Tennessee junior Chamique Holdsclaw (Astoria, N.Y.); Katie Smith (Logan, Ohio), a member of the 97 and 98 ABL champion Columbus Quest; Tina Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif.), a member of the 1997 WNBA champion Houston Comets, and 1994 World Championship team member and current ABL New England Blizzard team member Kara Wolters (Holliston, Mass.).

    This team has a very good combination of speed, quickness, size and versatility. We have players who can play several different positions which will serve us well when we go up against international competition. It's just a matter of time for this team to come together and jell to be the best team it can possibly be. This team has a tremendous amount of talent. In the next two months we have a lot of work to do, but we'll get it done and be ready to compete for a World Championship,