(News Release) -- Junior guard Shoni Schimmel was one of 12 members named to lead the 2013 USA Basketball Women’s World University Games team, which today was announced after three days of trials May 16-19 that included 33 of the nation’s top collegiate athletes at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. The USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee selected the team.
“This is a great opportunity for Shoni to play against some of the best competition in the world throughout the summer,” said Louisville head coach Jeff Walz. “It is an honor to have her represent USA Basketball, the University of Louisville, her family and her heritage on the world stage.”
Schimmel was named the Most Outstanding Player for the Oklahoma City Regional. She also earned WBCA All-Region honors and first team All-BIG EAST honors. She led the Cardinals in scoring and assists with 14.2 points and 3.6 assists per game. This will be her first time competing for USA Basketball.
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-July 1.
“Fun – that's the first word that comes to my mind. I think they will be a really interesting bunch to coach,” said Sherri Coale, USA and University of Oklahoma head coach. “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.
The USA has been placed in Group B for the 2013 World University Games and will open at 12:30 p.m. (EDT) on July 8 against Belarus, followed by Czech Republic at 12:30 p.m. (EDT) on July 9 and its final preliminary-round opponent, Brazil, at 4:30 a.m. (EDT) on July 10. Following the preliminary round, the first and second placed teams in each of the four pools will advance to the medal quarterfinals to compete for 1st-8th places, while the remaining teams will compete for 9th-24th places. The quarterfinals will be played on July 12, with the semifinals on July 13 and the gold medal game on July 15.
USA Basketball women's teams have participated in 16 prior World University Games and have collected a record eight gold medals, six silvers and one bronze medal. Since 1973, the first year the USA women competed in the WUGs, the United States has compiled a 95-15 record.
2013 USA Basketball Women’s World University Games Team Roster
Crystal Bradford Central Michigan University
Aaryn Ellenberg University of Oklahoma
ReShanda Gray University of California
Cassie Harberts University of Southern California
Bria Hartley University of Connecticut
Jordan Hooper University of Nebraska
Tricia Liston Duke University
Ariel Massengale University of Tennessee
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis University of Connecticut
Theresa Plaisance Louisiana State University
Shoni Schimmel University of Louisville
Odyssey Sims Baylor University
Head Coach: Sherri Coale, University of Oklahoma
Assistant Coach: Brian Giorgis, Maris College
Assistant Coach: Coquese Washington, Penn State University
Athletic Trainer: LouAnne Jefferson, Michigan State University