May 24, 1999
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –Following six days of trials featuring 42 of the nation’s top athletes, USA Basketball announced today that Florida State’s Brooke Wyckoff, a 6-1 junior forward from West Chester, Ohio, is among the 12 players who have been selected to the 1999 USA Basketball World University Games Team.
The team will train at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs from June 14-23 and will then participate in a four-team tournament in Logrono, Spain, from June 25-27. The women’s World University Games basketball competition is slated to be played from July 5-11 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Wyckoff, who averaged a team-leading 13.7 points and 7.9 rebounds in her sophomore season at Florida State, is joined on the team by LaQuanda Barksdale (North Carolina), Rasheeda Clark (Pepperdine), Camille Cooper (Purdue), Helen Darling (Penn State), Katie Douglas (Purdue), Janae Hubbard (UCLA), Brandi McCain (Florida), Coco Miller (Georgia), Kelly Miller (Georgia), Ruth Riley (Notre Dame) and Ayana Walker (Louisiana Tech).
A third team All-ACC selection in 1998-99, Wyckoff ranked among the leaders in the conference in scoring (12th), rebounding (5th), blocks (2nd) and steals (2nd). Wyckoff, Douglas and Riley were all members of the 1998 USA Select Team that helped the United States to a 7-1 record against national teams from Puerto Rico, Poland and Spain last summer.
“When my name was announced, I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t believe that happened,'” Wyckoff said. “It was a really awesome feeling, one of the best ever. I think playing on the Select Team last year definitely helped me. I knew what to expect coming here and I had a year under my belt.”
The squad will be coached by Penn State University head coach Rene Portland. She will be assisted by Bonnie Henrickson from Virginia Tech and Britt King from Fresno State.
Defending World University Games gold medalists, the USA Women have earned a total of 10 medals in 12 appearances, including four golds, five silvers and one bronze medal, and have compiled an overall record of 64-12 since beginning World University Games play in 1973.