Jacki Gemelos Makes World University Games Team|
Aug. 3, 2011
USC women's basketball star Jacki Gemelos has punched her ticket to a summer trip to China, thanks to a strong performance at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. After completing her first full season of action at USC this past season -- having been sidelined by recurring knee injuries for her first three and a half seasons at USC -- Gemelos has earned herself a spot on the USA roster for the upcoming World University Games.
USC's third leading scorer in 2010-11, Gemelos was an All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention recipient and was soon after invited into the fold at USA Basketball. She participated in trials in May 2011, and her stellar play secured her as one of 14 finalists for the USA's 2011 World University Games team roster. This week, the final count was trimmed to 12, with Gemelos in the mix for a trip with Team USA to Shenzen, China, for the 2011 World University Games, which run August 14-21.
After three days of practices with 14 USA team finalists at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., the official 12-member 2011 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team was announced Wednesday morning by USA Basketball. The U.S. squad that will look to defend the USA's gold medal at the 2011 World University Games, Aug. 14-21 in Shenzhen, China, features talented international veterans and some of the nation's top collegians.
Named to the 2011 USA World University Games Team were Elena Delle Donne(Delaware/Wilmington, Del.); Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame/South Bend, Ind.); Jacki Gemelos(USC/Stockton, Calif.); Keisha Hampton(DePaul/Philadelphia, Pa.); Glory Johnson(Tennessee/Knoxville, Tenn.); Lynetta Kizer(Maryland/Woodbridge, Va.); Natalie Novosel (Notre Dame/Lexington, Ky.); Chiney Ogwumike(Stanford/Cypress, Texas); Nnemkadi Ogwumike(Stanford/Cypress, Texas); Devereaux Peters (Notre Dame/Chicago, Ill.); Odyssey Sims (Baylor/Irving, Texas) and Shekinna Stricklen (Tennessee/Morrilton, Ark.).
The USA team will remain at the USOTC to train through Aug. 7, before traveling to Shenzhen for its final World University Games preparations. The U.S. opens play on Aug. 14 against Brazil, will face Slovakia on Aug. 15 and caps preliminary round action against Great Britain on Aug. 16. Quarterfinals are slated for Aug. 18, medal semifinals will be played Aug. 19 and the finals will be held Aug. 21.
For more information and to track Team USA in China, visit www.usabasketball.com.