Tricia Liston and Haley Peters have accepted invitations for the 2013 USA Basketball World University Games Team trials, which will be held May 16-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.DURHAM, N.C.- Duke University rising seniors
The 2013 World University Games (WUGs) women’s basketball competition will be held July 8-15 in Kazan, Russia. Organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and held every other year, the WUGs is a multi-sport competition open to men and women who are between the ages of 17 and 24 (born 01/01/89 through 12/31/95). The USA Basketball women’s team will be comprised of U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled in college and have remaining eligibility.
Liston averaged 13.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steals this past season for the Blue Devils. A native of River Forest, Ill., Liston set a school record with 80 three-pointers made and ranked third nationally with a 46.5 three-point field goal percentage. The 6-1 guard posted a 93.1 free throw percentage, which is the best in ACC history, as she hit 81-of-87 free throws. Liston registered six games with 20 or more points and 13 contests with 17 or more points on the year. She earned Norfolk Regional All-Tournament Team, All-ACC Second Team, All-ACC Tournament Second Team and All-ACC Academic Team accolades on the year.
A product of Red Bank, N.J., Peters averaged 12.2 points, a team-high 7.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals on the season. The 6-3 forward led Duke with 13 games of 10 or more rebounds along with 10 double-doubles. Her 273 rebounds on the year ranked as tied for sixth-most in Blue Devil single-season history. She became just the fourth Duke player to hit over 50.0 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from downtown and 75.0 percent from the free throw line in a season. Peters was a second team All-ACC selection, All-ACC Academic Team and Capital One Academic All-District III selection on the year.
Accepting invitations to participate in the trials were: Danielle Ballard (Louisiana State University/ Memphis, Tenn.); Rachel Banham (University of Minnesota/Lakeville, Minn.); Crystal Bradford (Central Michigan University/Detroit, Mich.); Gennifer Brandon (University of California/Sylmar, Calif.); Cierra Burdick (University of Tennessee/Charlotte, N.C.); Hallie Christofferson (Iowa State University/Hamlin, Iowa); Aaryn Ellenberg (University of Oklahoma/Las Vegas, Nev.); Morgan Eye (University of Missouri/ Montrose, Mo.); ReShanda Gray (University of California/Los Angeles, Calif.); Sara Hammond (University of Louisville/Mt. Vernon, Ky.); Cassie Harberts (University of Southern California/San Clemente, Calif.); Isabelle Harrison (University of Tennessee/Nashville, Tenn.); Bria Hartley (University of Connecticut/North Babylon, N.Y.); Jordan Hooper (University of Nebraska/Alliance, Neb.); Brittany Hrynko (DePaul University/Philadelphia, Pa.); Briahanna Jackson (UCF/Tampa, Fla.); Betnijah Laney (Rutgers University/Clayton, Del.); Jasmine Lister (Vanderbilt University/Corona, Calif.); Tricia Liston (Duke University/River Forest, Ill.); Maggie Lucas (Penn State University/Narberth, Pa.); Tyaunna Marshall (Georgia Tech University/Upper Marlboro, Md.); Ariel Massengale (University of Tennessee/Bolingbrook, Ill.); Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (University of Connecticut/Anaheim Hills, Calif.); Amber Orrange (Stanford University/Houston, Texas); Haley Peters (Duke University/Red Bank, N.J.); Theresa Plaisance (Louisiana State University/New Orleans, La.); Shoni Schimmel (University of Louisville/Mission, Ore.); Meighan Simmons (University of Tennessee/Cibolo, Texas); Odyssey Sims (Baylor University/Irving, Texas); Bria Smith (University of Louisville/Massapequa, N.Y.); and DeNesha Stallworth (University of Kentucky/Richmond, Calif.).
The team will be coached by Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale along with assistant coaches Brian Giorgis (Marist College) and Coquese Washington (Penn State University). Additionally, Matt Corkery (American University), Bobbie Kelsey (University of Wisconsin) and Matilda Mossman (University of Tulsa) will serve as court coaches during the trials.
Current collegiate athletes invited to participate in the 2013 USA U19 World Championship Team trials are eligible and may be considered for the 2013 USA World University Games Team. Trials for both teams will take place in staggered sessions May 16-19.
The WUGs trials begin on May 16 with the first session at 6:30-8:15 p.m., followed by trials sessions on May 17 and 18 at 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. The 12-member roster is expected to be announced the morning of May 19. The team will regroup for training June 25-July 1 at the USOTC prior to traveling to Russia.