ACC to be Represented on USA Teams

ACC to be Represented on USA Teams

May 24, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Duke’s Tricia Liston and Alexis Jones have been chosen to represent the United States on two USA Basketball Teams this summer. Liston was selected to the USA World University Games Team, while Jones was named to the USA U19 World Championship Team.

Liston, an All-ACC Second Team selection, averaged 13.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steals during the 2012-13 season for the Blue Devils. Liston set a school record with 80 three-pointers made and ranked third nationally with a 46.5 three-point field goal percentage. The 6-1 guard posted a 93.1 free throw percentage, which is the best in ACC history, as she hit 81-of-87 free throws.

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. Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale will lead the World University Games squad along with assistant coaches Brian Giorgis (Marist) and Coquese Washington (Penn State).

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 (born 01/01/89 through 12/31/95). The USA women’s team is comprised of U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled in college and have remaining eligibility.

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.

Jones, who is one of 12 student-athletes named to the roster, will compete on her third USA Basketball team as she also played on the 2011 U19 National Team and the 2010 U18 National Team, which both won the gold medal.

The Irving, Texas native is coming off a tremendous rookie season at Duke where she earned ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament Most Valuable Player honors and was named to the All-ACC Rookie Team. Jones took over the point guard slot late in the season after Chelsea Gray went down to injury and averaged 13.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.3 steals in the Blue Devils’ final 11 games.

Leading the U19 squad will be head coach Katie Meier of Miami (Fla.) along with assistant coaches Nikki Caldwell (LSU) and Kelly Graves (Gonzaga). The USA will regroup for training on July 1 at the USOTC prior to traveling to Europe for a July 11-14 Spain-hosted tournament in Lanzarote, Canary Islands. Featuring U19 squads from Australia, Canada and Spain, the tournament will be good test for the U.S. From there, the American women will travel to Lithuania in an attempt to defend gold.

The FIBA U19 Worlds will feature 16 teams with athletes 19-years-old or younger. While Lithuania earned an automatic berth to the tournament as host, the remaining 15 nations were determined by the five FIBA zone qualifiers in 2012.

Drawn into Group D, the U.S. will play its preliminary and second round games in Panevëþys, and opens against Lithuania on July 18, followed by China on July 19 and caps the preliminary round against Mali on July 20.

The top three finishing teams from each first-round group will advance to the second round, held July 22-24. The 12 nations qualifying for the second round will be divided into Groups E and F. Each team will play the three new teams in its new group, with all results of games played in the preliminary round carrying over to determine the second-round standings.

Teams finishing in first through fourth places in the second round will qualify for the quarterfinals, with the opportunity to advance to the semifinals and finals. The medal round will be played in Klaipeda, with the quarterfinals held on July 26, semifinals slated for July 27 and the gold medal game on July 28.