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Florida State’s Tanae Davis-Cain and Britany Miller Under Consideration For 2007 USA Women’s U21 And Pan Am Games Teams

May 14, 2007

Florida State’s Tanae Davis-Cain and Britany Miller are among 45 of the nation’s elite athletes who have accepted invitations to the 2007 USA Basketball Women’s National Team Trials, slated to be held May 17-20 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo, for 2007 USA Women’s U21 and Pan Am Games Teams.  The list is highlighted by eight athletes who won a gold medal at the 2006 FIBA Americas U20 Championship and qualified the U.S. for the 2007 FIBA U21 World Championship. The invitations were issued by the USA Basketball Women’s Collegiate Committee, which is chaired by Sue Donohoe, the NCAA’s vice president of Division I women’s basketball. The Committee is expected to announce finalists for the 2007 USA U21 World Championship Team and the 2007 USA Pan American Games Team on May 20.

The eight returning players from last summer’s USA Basketball U20 National Team that qualified the USA for the 2007 U21 Worlds include: Jolene Anderson (Wisconsin / Port Wing, Wis.); DeWanna Bonner (Auburn / Fairfield, Ala.); Essence Carson (Rutgers / Paterson, N.J.); Erlana Larkins (North Carolina / Riviera Beach, Fla.); Marscilla Packer (Ohio State / Pickerington, Ohio); Courtney Paris (Oklahoma / Piedmont, Calif.); Kia Vaughn (Rutgers / Bronx, N.Y.); and Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton (Purdue / Naperville, Ill.).

In addition to Davis-Cain and Miller, also vying to represent the United States this summer at either the FIBA U21 World Championship or Pan American Games are: Jessica Adair (George Washington / Washington, D.C.); Demetress Adams (South Carolina / Bishopville, S.C.); Matee Ajavon (Rutgers / Newark, N.J.); Charel Allen (Notre Dame / Monessen, Pa.); Alex Anderson (Chattanooga / Stone Mountain, Ga.); Marissa Coleman (Maryland / Cheltenham, Md.); Krystal Ellis (Marquette / Racine, Wis.); Emily Fox (Minnesota / Highlands Ranch, Colo.); Mercedes Fox-Griffin (Oregon State  / La Jolla, Calif.); A’Quonesia Franklin (Texas A&M / Tyler, Texas); Megan Frazee (Liberty / Xenia, Ohio); Laura Harper (Maryland / Elkins Park, Pa.); Amber Holt (Middle Tennessee / Duluth, Ga.); Alexis Hornbuckle (Tennessee / Charleston, W.Va.); Charde Houston (Connecticut / San Diego, Calif.); Ashley Houts (Georgia / Trenton, Ga.); Tasha Humphrey (Georgia / Gainesville, Ga.); Briann January (Arizona State / Spokane, Wash.); T.J. Jordan (Old Dominion / Portsmouth, Va.); Crystal Kelly (Western Kentucky / Louisville, Ky.); Crystal Langhorne (Maryland / Willingboro, N.J.); Rashanda McCants (North Carolina / Asheville, N.C.); Angel McCoughtry (Louisville / Baltimore, Md.); Nicole Michael (Syracuse / Queens, N.Y.); Ashley Paris (Oklahoma / Piedmont, Calif.); Allie Quigley (DePaul / Joliet, Ill.); Angel Robinson (Georgia / Marietta, Ga.); Dominic Seals (South Plains / Dallas, Texas); Takia Starks (Texas A&M / Houston, Texas); Mel Thomas (Connecticut / Cincinnati, Ohio); Kirsten Thompson (Arizona State / Monroe, Wash.); Ashley Walker (California / Modesto, Calif.); Abby Waner (Duke / Highlands Ranch, Colo.); Candice Wiggins (Stanford / San Diego, Calif.); and Earnesia Williams (Texas / Sapulpa, Okla.).

Courtney Paris, a member of the 2007-08 USA Basketball Women’s Senior National Team, as well as January, Thompson and Waner will not attend Trials, and their waivers are under consideration by the Committee.

Franklin, Holt, Hornbuckle, Humphrey and Thomas, who are all over 21, are eligible only for the USA Pan American Games Team.

The USA will look to defend its world title in this age group, open to athletes 21-years-old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1986), at the 2007 FIBA U21 World Championship, held this year June 29-July 8 in Moscow, Russia. Duke University (N.C.) head coach Joanne McCallie returns as the USA‘s head coach after piloting the 2006 USA U20 National Team to a gold medal at the 2006 FIBA Americas U20 Championship. She will be assisted by collegiate head coaches Sam Dixon of Furman University (S.C.), an assistant to McCallie last summer, and Arizona State University’s Charli Turner Thorne. The USA U21 finalists, named following the USA Trials, will reconvene in Colorado Springs June 12 to begin training for the tournament, and the eventual 12-member team will be named prior to the squad departing for Europe on June 16. The United States was placed in Group B in the 12-nation tournament along with Australia, Brazil, Hungary, Japan and Spain. Group A includes Belgium, Canada, China, Mali, France and Russia.

The Pan American Games women’s basketball tournament will be held July 20-24 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and will feature eight national teams from FIBA Americas. Coaching the USA squad will be Temple University (Pa.) head coach Dawn Staley, a 2007-08 USA Basketball Women’s Senior National Team assistant coach. Assisting Staley will be collegiate head coaches Kathy Delaney-Smith of Harvard University (Mass.) and Bill Gibbons of College of the Holy Cross (Mass.). The USA Pan Ams finalists named following the USA Trials will reconvene on July 6 in Washington, D.C., and the eventual

12-member squad will be named prior to the team departing for Brazil on July 16.

Jacques Curtis of Shaw University (N.C.), Donnita Drain of Langston University (Okla.) and Narleski Wyrick of Southwestern Christian College (Texas) will serve as court coaches for the 2007 Women’s National and Junior National Team Trials.

Trials will feature an opening session on May 17, beginning at 6:30 p.m. (all times MDT); followed by two-a-days

May 18-19, with morning sessions tipping-off at 10:00 a.m. and evening sessions at 5:30 p.m.; and an 8:30 a.m. session on

May 20. USA Basketball is expected to announce finalists for each team following the morning session on May 20. The 2007 USA U19 National Team Trials will also take place May 17-20 at the USOTC, however, the U19 sessions will take place at different times during the weekend.

In all 23 of the 45 under consideration for a spot on one of the teams have been a member of a past USA Basketball squad. Eight athletes return from the 2006 USA U20 National Team that captured the gold medal in Mexico City, Mexico, including Jolene Anderson, Bonner, Carson, Larkins, Packer, Courtney Paris, Vaughn and Wisdom-Hylton. In 2005 Jolene Anderson, Carson, Coleman, Langhorne, Larkins, Courtney Paris, Waner and Wiggins captured the gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Championship. Prior to the U19 Worlds, that group, along with USA U19 National Team finalist Williams, won the 2005 International Sports Invitational gold medal. In 2004 Carson, Coleman, Harper, Houston, Larkins, Courtney Paris, Robinson, Waner and Wiggins started their age group off on the right foot by sweeping the competition at the 2004 FIBA Americas U18 Championship to collect the gold medal.

Getting their start in a USA Basketball uniform at the 2004 USA Youth Development Festival were Coleman,

McCants, Ashley Paris, Courtney Paris, Robinson, Thompson, Vaughn and Waner; while Ajavon, Carson, Harper, Hornbuckle, Houston, Humphrey, Langhorne, Packer, Thomas, Wiggins and Wisdom-Hylton all competed in the 2003 USA Youth Development Festival.

No fewer than 16 athletes earned 2007 All-America honors, including the lone underclassman on the 2007 Associated Press (A.P.) All-America first team and the A.P. National Player of the Year Courtney Paris. Langhorne, McCoughtry and Wiggins were named 2007 A.P. All-America second team, while Humphrey and Larkins were on the A.P. All-America third team. McCoughtry, Courtney Paris and Wiggins all three were Wade Trophy finalists and were joined on the Kodak/WBCA All-America squad by Langhorne. Earning 2007 Kodak/WBCA All-America honorable mention were Allen, Jolene Anderson, Carson, Humphrey, Kelly, Larkins, Vaughn and Wisdom-Hylton; while Ajavon, Carson, Coleman, Ellis, Franklin, Hornbuckle, Houston, Kelly, Quigley, Walker, Waner and Wisdom-Hylton were 2007 A.P. All-America honorable mentions. Seals, the 2007 State Farm/WBCA Junior College/Community College Player of the Year and a member of the 2007 Kodak/WBCA JC/CC All-America Team, also earned 2007 All-America second team honors from the NJCAA.

Seventeen athletes shone during tournament time. Ajavon and Vaughn were named 2007 All-Final Four; Ajavon was MOP of the Greensboro Regional; Larkins was MOP of the Dallas Regional; and Carson, Courtney Paris, Vaughn and Wisdom-Hylton earned 2007 NCAA All-Region honors. During conference tournaments, Ajavon (Big East Conference), Alex Anderson (Southern Conference), Jordan (Colonial Athletic Association), Courtney Paris (Big 12 Conference) and Wiggins (Pacific-10 Conference) earned conference tournament MVP awards. Joining them on conference all-tournament teams across the nation were: Carson (Big East), Coleman (Atlantic Coast Conference), Ellis (Big East), Frazee (Big South Conference), Holt (Sun Belt Conference), Hornbuckle (Southeastern Conference), Houston (Big East), Langhorne (ACC), Larkins (ACC), Vaughn (Big East), Waner (ACC) and Wisdom-Hylton (Big Ten Conference).

The 45 athletes under consideration for the two USA squads represent 32 schools from 11 NCAA Division I conferences and one junior college. Maryland, Georgia and Rutgers lead the universities with three representatives each. The Big East tops the list of conferences with 10 representatives, while the ACC and SEC are represented by eight and six athletes, respectively.

In all, 35 athletes were honored by their respective conference for their play throughout the 2006-07 season, highlighted by conference Player of the Year honorees Alex Anderson (SoCon), McCoughtry (Big East) and Courtney Paris (Big 12); Holt (Sunbelt) and Houts (SEC) were named Freshman/Newcomer of the Year in their leagues; while Carson (Big East), Courtney Paris (Big 12) and Wisdom-Hylton (Big Ten) collected conference Defensive Player of the Year accolades.


Pan American Games

The Pan American Games, held every four years in the year prior to the Olympics and organized by the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO), is a multi-sport competition open to men and women representing countries from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean.

This summer the Pan American Games will be held July 13-30, with the women’s basketball competition slated for July 20-24, in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.

Started in 1951 for men and 1955 for women, the Pan American Games are held every four years in the year preceding the Olympics. Only countries from FIBA Americas are eligible to compete. The USA women have won six of 12 gold medals and rolled up a 67-12 record. Competing against national teams from the Americas, the 2003 USA Pan Ams squad featured

12 collegians who banded together to come away with the silver medal.


USA Basketball Women’s Collegiate Committee

In addition to Donohoe, members of the USA Basketball Women‘s Collegiate Committee include: athlete representatives Beth Cunningham (Virginia Commonwealth University), a member of the 1999 USA Pan American Games Team, and 1996 Olympic gold medalist Carla McGhee (WNBA Director of Player Personnel); from the NAIA is Martha

Gore-Algernon (University of Mobile); NCAA appointees include Sherri Coale (University of Oklahoma), Jim Foster (Ohio State University), Trina Patterson (University at Albany) and Tara VanDerveer (Stanford University); Mary “Roonie” Scovel (Gulf Coast Community College) represents the NJCAA; and Wendy Larry (Old Dominion University) was appointed to the Committee by the WBCA.



2007 USA Basketball Women’s National Team Trials Schedule



Thursday, May 17

6:30-8:15 p.m.               Session I


Friday, May 18

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.    Session II

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.             Session III


Saturday, May 19

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.    Session IV

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.             Session V


Sunday, May 20

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.            Session VI

TBD                             Announcement of USA team finalists


NOTE: All USA Trials sessions will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center’s Sports Center II and are open to credentialed media only. All times listed are MDT.






Athletes and coaches will be available for interviews following each session. If you are unable to attend trials, but would like to schedule an interview, please contact Craig Miller, Caroline Williams or Jenny Maag in the USA Basketball Communications Department at 719-590-4800 or Williams at 719-330-3310.



NAME                                POS   HGT     WGT      DOB           YOG         SCHOOOL                               HOMETOWN

Jessica Adair                     C/F       6-4         220      12/19/86       2009          George Washington                Washington, DC

Demetress Adams              C         6-3         175      03/10/87       2009          South Carolina                          Bishopville, SC

Matee Ajavon                     G         5-8         150      05/07/86       2008          Rutgers                                      Newark, NJ

Charel Allen                         G         5-11       134      07/23/86       2008          Notre Dame                               Monessen, PA

Alex Anderson                  G/F       6-0         148      02/21/86       2008          Chattanooga                             Stone Mountain, GA

Jolene Anderson                G         5-8         165      07/22/86       2008          Wisconsin                                 Port Wing, WI

DeWanna Bonner               G         6-4         136      08/21/87       2009          Auburn                                      Fairfield, AL

Essence Carson                  G         6-0         155      07/28/86       2008          Rutgers                                      Paterson, NJ

Marissa Coleman              G/F       6-1         185      01/04/87       2009          Maryland                                   Cheltenham, MD

Tanae Davis-Cain               G         5-10       157      06/07/87       2009          Florida State                              Dawson, GA

Krystal Ellis                         G         5-9         150      06/06/87       2009          Marquette                                 Racine, WI

Emily Fox                              G         5-9         153      04/23/87       2009          Minnesota                                 Highlands Ranch, CO

Mercedes Fox-Griffin         G         5-5         140      02/07/87       2009          Oregon State                             La Jolla, CA

*A’Quonesia Franklin        G         5-3         153      09/29/85       2008          Texas A&M                              Tyler, TX

Megan Frazee                    G/F       6-3         180      03/29/87       2009          Liberty                                       Xenia, OH

Laura Harper                      F/C       6-4         180      04/11/86       2008          Maryland                                   Elkins Park, PA

*Amber Holt                        F         6-0         168      06/07/85       2008          Middle Tennessee                   Duluth, GA

*Alexis Hornbuckle            G         5-11       160      10/16/85       2008          Tennessee                                 Charleston, WV

Charde Houston                  F         6-0         187      04/10/86       2008          Connecticut                              San Diego, CA

Ashley Houts                      G         5-6         144      12/31/87       2010          Georgia                                      Trenton, GA

*Tasha Humphrey              F         6-3         205      12/29/85       2008          Georgia                                      Gainesville, GA

#Briann January                  G         5-8         150      01/11/87       2009          Arizona State                            Spokane, WA

T.J. Jordan                           G         5-7         145      03/16/86       2008          Old Dominion                           Portsmouth, VA

Crystal Kelly                        F         6-2         194      09/15/86       2008          Western Kentucky                  Louisville, KY

Crystal Langhorne            C/F       6-2         194      10/27/86       2008          Maryland                                   Willingboro, NJ

Erlana Larkins                    F/C       6-2         205      04/02/86       2008          North Carolina                          Riviera Beach, FL

Rashanda McCants            F         6-1         150      11/17/86       2009          North Carolina                          Asheville, NC

Angel McCoughtry            F         6-1         160      09/10/86       2009          Louisville                                   Baltimore, MD

Nicole Michael                  G/F       6-2         160      06/26/87       2010          Syracuse                                    Queens, NY

Britany Miller                      C         6-4         225      08/10/87       2009          Florida State                              Tallapoosa, GA

Marscilla Packer                  G         5-9         165      06/01/86       2008          Ohio State                                 Pickerington, OH

Ashley Paris                        F         6-2         185      09/21/87       2009          Oklahoma                                  Piedmont, CA

#Courtney Paris                  C         6-3         250      09/21/87       2009          Oklahoma                                  Piedmont, CA

Allie Quigley                       G         5-11       145      06/20/86       2009          DePaul                                       Joliet, IL

Angel Robinson                  F         6-5         188      04/20/87       2010          Georgia                                      Marietta, GA

Dominic Seals                      F         6-2         155      04/17/87       2009          South Plains                              Dallas, TX

Takia Starks                         G         5-8         144      01/16/87       2009          Texas A&M                              Houston, TX

*Mel Thomas                      G         5-9         160      08/26/85       2008          Connecticut                              Cincinnati, OH

#Kirsten Thompson           C         6-6         109      03/18/87       2009          Arizona State                            Monroe, WA

Kia Vaughn                          C         6-4         198      01/24/87       2009          Rutgers                                      Bronx, NY

Ashley Walker                    F         6-0         185      02/24/87       2009          California                                   Modesto, CA

#Abby Waner                     G         5-11       155      10/31/86       2009          Duke                                           Highlands Ranch, CO

Candice Wiggins                G         5-11       150      02/14/87       2008          Stanford                                     San Diego, CA

Earnesia Williams                F         6-0         170      04/26/87       2010          Texas                                          Sapulpa, OK

Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton   F         6-2         190      05/26/86       2008          Purdue                                       Naperville, IL


* Eligible for the USA Pan American Games Team only.

# Will not attend trials, waiver considered by the USA Basketball Women’s Collegiate Committee.

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