TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Rising redshirt senior women’s basketball forward Kiah Gillespie has received an invitation to try out for the 2019 U.S. Pan American Games Women’s Basketball Team. The team trials are held May 16-20 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Gillespie is one of 39 athletes vying for a spot on the U.S. Pan American Games Women’s Basketball Team. Of the 39 trying out, 12 will be selected to the team. The team members will return to Colorado Springs for training camp July 23-Aug. 5 before competing in the women’s basketball tournament at the 2019 Pan American Games from Aug. 6-10 in Lima, Peru.
Gillespie is trying to become the second Seminole to participate in the Pan American Games. Florida State Alumna Roneeka Hodges played in the 2003 games.
In the 2018-19 season, Gillespie made a name for herself by establishing WBCA Honorable Mention All-America honors. The Meriden, Conn., native and 2015 McDonald’s All-American averaged 16.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and made 53 3-point field goals in her redshirt junior campaign.
Gillespie, in what was her first playing season at Florida State, became the first Seminole ever to lead the team in scoring, rebounding and 3-point field goals made. She was also named to both the Coaches’ and the Blue Ribbon Panel All-ACC First Teams.
This past season, she recorded Top-10 single season marks in points (7th – 533), field goals made (9th – 212), rebounds (3rd – 307) and double-doubles (2nd – 13) at FSU.
Gillespie is one of 13 athletes on the tryout roster with experience in previous USA Basketball Trials, participating in the U17 trials in 2014.
Athletes eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens who currently are enrolled as a full-time collegiate student with remaining eligibility for the 2019-20 school year.
Beginning in 1955 for women’s basketball, the Pan American Games are held every four years in the year preceding the Olympics. It is a multi-sport competition open to men and women representing countries from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean.
Per USA Basketball, expected players participating are: Bella Alarie (Princeton/Bethesda, Md.), Janelle Bailey (North Carolina/Charlotte, N.C.), Brittany Brewer (Texas Tech/Abilene, Texas), Chennedy Carter (Texas A&M/Mansfield, Texas), Te’a Cooper (TBD/Powder Springs, Ga.), Kathleen Doyle (Iowa/Lagrange Park, Ill.), Chelsea Dungee (Arkansas/Sapulpa, Okla.), Dana Evans (Louisville/Gary, Ind.), Kiah Gillespie (Florida State/Meriden, Conn.), Vivian Gray (Oklahoma State/Argyle, Texas), Tyasha Harris (South Carolina/Noblesville, Ind.), Ruthy Hebard (Oregon/Fairbanks, Alaska), Becca Hittner (Drake/Urbandale, Iowa), Joyner Holmes (Texas/Cedar Hill, Texas), Stephanie Jones (Maryland/Havre de Grace, Md.), Aari McDonald (Arizona/Fresno, Calif.), Karissa McLaughlin (Purdue/Fort Wayne, Ind.), Amber Melgoza (Washington/Santa Barbara, Calif.), Ayana Mitchell (Louisiana State/Conyers, Ga.), Beatrice Mompremier (Miami/Miami, Fla.), Nancy Mulkey (Rice/Cypress, Texas), Erica Ogwumike (Rice/Cypress, Texas), Michaela Onyenwere (UCLA/Aurora, Colo.), Eleah Parker (Pennsylvania/Charlotte, N.C.), Jaelynn Penn (Indiana/Louisville, Ky.), Destiny Pitts (Minnesota/Detroit, Mich.), Mikayla Pivec (Oregon State/Lynwood, Wash.), Lindsey Pulliam (Northwestern/Silver Spring, Md.), Kristin Scott (Iowa State/Kasson, Minn.), Destiny Slocum (Oregon State/Meridian, Idaho), Amber Smith (Missouri/Shreveport, La.), Sug Sutton (Texas/St. Louis, Mo.), Kobi Thornton (Clemson/Shellman, Ga.), Kiana Williams (Stanford/San Antonio, Texas), Peyton Williams (Kansas State/Topeka, Kan.) and Kay Kay Wright (UCF/Orlando, Fla.).