July 21, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s Brooke Wyckoff was one of only 12 of the country’s most elite collegiate women’s basketball players to be selected to the 1999 USA Basketball World University Games Team. An honor indeed and one the 6-1 junior took full advantage of. When notified of her selection, Wyckoff said it was the best feeling she’d ever had.
“It was a dream come true,” Wyckoff said. “I’d worked hard for this opportunity. It was an opportunity to represent my country and play against some of the best athletes in the world.”
The team trained at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs from June 14-23 and then participated in a four-team tournament in Logrono, Spain, from June 25-27.
“The practices were a chance to compete against top players and learn aspects of their games,” Wyckoff said. “I really benefited from experiencing different types of practices and learning from other coaches.” The women’s World University Games basketball competition was played from July 5-11 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Wyckoff was one of only three players to start every game for the U.S. team and played a key role in the squad earning the Silver Medal. As she has over the past two seasons at FSU, Wyckoff dominated the boards in the competition and led the United States in rebounding in three of six games. She was the squad’s leading rebounding at 7.0 rebounds per game and ranked among the leaders at 7.0 points per game.
Wyckoff helped the United States get off to a good start in the Games by nabbing a game-high seven rebounds and contributing 13 points in the opening 107-89 win over China. This was despite playing only 12 minutes because of foul trouble. After the U.S. cruised to a 140-32 second round win over South Africa, Wyckoff demonstrated her tenacity on the boards once again by grabbing a team-high eight rebounds against the Ukraine. She also contributed eight points to the cause, but the squad fell short in the game, 81-70.
Wyckoff saved perhaps her finest performance in the tournament for the semi-final game against Russia. She scored 12 points and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds in helping the United States to a hard fought 87-79 victory!
“I just got on a roll,” Wyckoff explained. “The defense opened up for me and things worked out.”
In the Gold Medal game, the United States was hampered by cold shooting in falling to the home team Spain, 57-48. Again plagued by foul trouble, Wyckoff still managed to pull down six rebounds in only 19 minutes of play and contributed a fine defensive effort.
Wyckoff demonstrated she could play amongst the world’s best women’s basketball players with her performance on the USA World University Game team. Not only was she a dominant force on the boards, but she showed her soft shooting touch, as well as playing stalward defense! Opponents learned of Wyckoff’s quick hands the hard way, as she had a steal in every game, including three snags against the Ukraine, and two against Lithuania in the quaterfinals.
Looking back on the experience, Wyckoff said, “It was an opportunity to come together with opponents and get to know them on a personal level. It was an opportunity to see different cultures. I made friends and had a good time.”
With yet another summer of USA Basketball experience under her belt, Wyckoff will return to Florida State for her junior year as a seasoned veteran. She, along with seven other returning letterwinners, will have the task of helping the Florida State program turn the corner. Judging by Wyckoff’s stellar performance on the World University Team, it looks as though she and the Seminoles will be ready for the challenge.
By Rick Coffin
FSU Sports Information
WYCKOFF AT THE WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES
1st Round Wyckoff's Stats Pts. Rebs. Steals United States 107, China 89 13 7 1 United States 140, S. Africa 32 5 8 1 Ukraine 81, United States 70 8 8 3
United States 82, Lithuania 67 2 6 2 United States 87, Russia 79 12 7 1 Spain 57, United States 48 2 6 1