June 6, 2003
Seminole newcomer Roneeka Hodges, a 5-11 guard from New Orleans, La., who recently transferred to Florida State, has been named to the 2003 USA Women’s Pan American Games Team. Including five players possessing prior USA Basketball experience, the 12-member 2003 USA Basketball Women’s Pan America Games Team, as well as six alternates, were announced in late May by the USA Basketball Women’s Collegiate Committee following four days of trials featuring 58 of the nation’s top athletes.
The USA Women’s Pan Am Games Team members were selected by the USA Basketball Women’s Senior National Team Committee, chaired by University of Texas Senior Associate Athletics Director for Men’s and Women’s Athletics Chris Plonsky. The USA Pan American Games Team will be piloted by University of Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan, with collegiate head coaches Kathi Bennett of Indiana University and Trina Patterson of the University at Albany (N.Y.) acting as assistants.
Also selected for the 2003 USA Women’s Pan American Games basketball team were: Jenni Benningfield (Vanderbilt University / Nashville, Tenn.); Rebekkah Brunson (Georgetown University / Washington, D.C.); Jamie Carey (University of Texas / Austin, Texas); Laurie Koehn (Kansas State / Manhattan, Kan.); Janel McCarville (University of Minnesota / Minneapolis, MN); Loree Moore (University of Tennessee / Knoxville, Tenn.); Nicole Powell (Stanford University / Stanford, Calif.); Ann Strother (University of Connecticut / Hartford, Conn.); Lindsay Taylor (UC Santa Barbara / Santa Barbara, Calif.); Iciss Tillis (Duke University / Durham, N.C.); and Barbara Turner (University of Connecticut / Hartford, Conn.).
The USA Women’s Collegiate Committee also named six alternates who could be called upon to join the team in case of an injury before or during the USA’s training camp. Those six alternates are: Amber Jacobs (Boston College / Clarks Summit, Pa.); Temeka Johnson (Louisiana State / Kenner, La.); Amber Obaze (Louisiana Tech / Dallas, Texas); Heather Schreiber (Texas / Windthorst, Texas); Stacy Stephens (Texas / Winnsboro, Texas) and Ruby Vaden (Arkansas / Osceola, Ark.).
The U.S. Pan American squad will begin training in Boston, Mass., on July 17, where they will join the USA, Australia and Brazil young women national teams for a series of friendly games. The ‘friendlies’ get started on July 15 with the USA Young Women facing Brazil at 1:00 p.m. (all times EDT) at Northeastern University’s Matthews Arena. The following afternoon will see the USA Young Women and Australia competing at 1:00 p.m. at Matthews Arena, and on July 17 Australia and Brazil are scheduled to compete at 1:00 p.m. at Matthews Arena, followed by a USA Young Women National Team practice session. The two USA squads are slated to scrimmage on July 18 at 1:00 p.m. at the Reebok Campus (Canton, Mass.). July 19 – 20 will see a pair of double-headers beginning at 1:00 p.m. each day at Matthews Arena. On July 19 the USA Young Women will play Brazil in the first game, followed by the USA Pan Am squad versus Australia at approximately 3:00 p.m.; while the July 20 double-header will feature the USA Pan Am Games Team competing against Brazil, followed by the USA Young Women against Australia.
Traveling to Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, on July 21, the US will see its final test prior to the tip-off of the Pan Am Games, with a trio of exhibition contests against Cuba’s Pan Am team. The USA and Cuba will face each other three times between July 22-25. Following the USA’s Cuban trip, the squad will return to the United States, where it will train July 26-29 at the University of South Florida before beginning Pan Am Games play on Aug. 2 in Santo Domingo.