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Angelo Roncalli
05-09-2011, 08:20 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - (May 9, 2011 - www.GoZags.com <http://www.GoZags.com> ) Gonzaga University women's basketball junior Kayla Standish is one of 35 players who have accepted invitations to participate in the USA Women's World University Games Team Trials, which will take place May 22-25 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. Invitations to the trials were issued by the USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team Committee, chaired by Sue Donohoe, NCAA vice president for Division I women's basketball.

Standish becomes the second player in Bulldog history to accept an invitation and the third to be invited. Senior Courtney Vandersloot participated in the 2009 USA Women's World University Games Team Trials right after her sophomore season. Former Zag Heather Bowman also was invited to the 2009 trials but had to decline due to a shoulder injury.

Standish had a breakout season in 2010-11, averaging 17.1 points and a team-best 8.4 rebounds per game. The 6-3 forward from Ellensburg, Wash., also shot a team-high 56.0-percent (261-466) from the field and led the squad in blocks with 59. She registered 11 double-doubles and scored double-figure points in 31 of 36 games.

Standish also averaged an impressive 21.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and shot 61.7 percent from the floor during Gonzaga's inaugural run to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. She began the tournament with the school's first back-to-back 30-point performances; scoring 30 points against the University of Iowa and UCLA in the first and second rounds, respectively.

Also accepting invitations to the 2011 USA World University Games Team Trials are: Lasondra Barrett (Louisiana State/Jackson, Miss.); Alex Bentley (Penn State/Indianapolis, Ind.); Kelsey Bone (Texas A&M/Stafford, Texas); Cierra Bravard (Florida State/Sandusky, Ohio); Sydney Carter (Texas A&M/DeSoto, Texas); Brittany Chambers (Kansas State/Jordan, Minn.); Carolyn Davis (Kansas/Houston, Texas); Elena Delle Donne (Delaware/Wilmington, Del.); Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame/South Bend, Ind.); Jasmine Dixon (UCLA/Long Beach, Calif.); Jacki Gemelos (USC/Stockton, Calif.); Briana Gilbreath (USC/Katy, Texas); Keisha Hampton (DePaul/Philadelphia, Pa.); Natasha Howard (Florida State/Toledo, Ohio); Courtney Hurt (VCU/Conyers, Ga.); Shenise Johnson (Miami/Henrietta, N.Y.); Glory Johnson (Tennessee/Knoxville, Tenn.); Lynetta Kizer (Maryland/Woodbridge, Va.); Maggie Lucas (Penn State/Narberth, Pa.); A'dia Mathies (Kentucky/Louisville, Ky.); Lindsey Moore (Nebraska/ Covington, Wash.); Natalie Novosel (Notre Dame/Lexington, Ky.); Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford/Cypress, Texas); Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Stanford/Cypress, Texas); Devereaux Peters (Notre Dame/Chicago, Ill.); Jaime Printy (Iowa/Marion, Iowa); Monique Reid (Louisville/Louisville, Ky.); Sugar Rodgers (Georgetown/Suffolk, Va.); Shekinna Stricklen (Tennessee/Morrilton, Ark.); April Sykes (Rutgers/Starkville, Miss.); Tyra White (Texas A&M/Kansas City, Mo.); Davellyn Whyte (Arizona/Phoenix, Ariz.); Riquna Williams (Miami/Pahokee, Fla.); and Shawnice Wilson (Miami/Pittsburgh, Pa.).

"We truly are looking forward to an incredible group of talent at the World University Games Team Trials," said Donohoe. "Many of these players have been involved with USA Basketball in the past, and those that are new to the process have experience at some of the country's best programs. It will be a tough task for the committee to identify the 12-member team, and we look forward to seeing a lot of heart and hard work."

Iowa State University's Bill Fennelly has been tabbed head coach of the 2011 USA World University Games Team, while Suzie McConnell-Serio of Duquesne University and Terri Williams-Flournoy of Georgetown University will serve as assistant coaches. The trio will look to defend the USA's 2009 gold medal at the 2011 World University Games women's basketball competition August 14-21 in Shenzhen, China.

Additionally, Kenya Larkin-Landers (Trinity Valley Community College, Texas) and Mark Youngs (Davenport University, Mich.) have been selected court coaches and will assist during trials.

Following the selection of the team and/or finalists on May 25, the athletes will return home. Training will resume at the USOTC July 31-Aug. 8, prior to the team's departure for Shenzhen, China, and the 2011 World University Games.

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HillBillyZag
05-09-2011, 09:30 AM
Thanx Pontiff, what a great honor for a fine younng women and the University.

spudzag
05-09-2011, 01:50 PM
This will be great experience for Kayla. Her growth was phenominal last year and this can only help. Her senior year should really be outstanding.