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DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University women’s basketball fifth year senior Sofia Roma is among 26 players that have been called into training by the Basketball Federation of Puerto Rico (PBPUR) to compete for positions as the country prepares for international events this summer.

Roma will kick off training Thursday, June 14 at the University of Puerto Rico on the Bayamón Campus.

"We are very enthusiastic about the group of players that we have been able to gather for these commitments,” said Puerto Rico National Team coach Gerardo Batista. “In the Pre-selection we have experienced athletes and other very talented young people. In addition, we have invited prospects of the National Program to continue their development work for the future.”

A native of Richmond Hill, N.Y., Roma was limited to only 12 games last season with the Blue Devils due to injuries. She saw action in 54 contests at Wagner before transferring to Durham two seasons ago. The 6-2 post player last competed with Puerto Rico in 2015 at the Pan Am Games as she competed in four contests.

"We have the biggest challenge in the history of women's basketball in our country. A summer full of important tournaments for our program. The Central American and Caribbean Games, the Centrobasket tournament and, for the first time, the opportunity to compete in a World Cup. We are ready to take on this great challenge with great respect, "added Batista.

The Central American and Caribbean Games will be played in the month of July in Barranquilla, as well as one of the three tickets to Americup 2019 awarded by the Centrobasket that will be held in a venue to be announced. The World Cup event, on the other hand, will take place in September in Tenerife, Spain.


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