Virginia's Telisha Quarles Invited to USA Basketball National Team Trials
May 3, 2001
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – The USA Basketball Women’s Collegiate Committee announced today that the University of Virginia’s Telisha Quarles is one of thirty-six women’s collegiate basketball players that has accepted an invitation to the 2001 USA Basketball Women’s National Team Trials. A Committee, chaired by University of Texas Senior Associate Athletic Director for Men’s and Women’s Athletics Chris Plonsky, will select finalists for the 12-member 2001 USA Women’s World University Games Team following the four-day Trials which will be held May 18-21 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. The final 12-member team will be named during the August 6-14 training camp which will be held at the USOTC.
Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan will serve as the head coach of the 2001 U.S. squad. The 2001 USA Basketball Women’s National Team Trials will begin Friday, May 18 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. (all times MST). Sessions will follow from 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 5:00-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, from 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 4:30-7:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, and the Trials will conclude on Monday, May 21 with a session from 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Of the 36 athletes who have accepted invitations to the 2001 Trials, 12 have been involved with USA Basketball in the past, 19 recently completed their junior seasons at the NCAA Division I level, 13 were NCAA sophomores in 2000-01, two were freshmen this past season and two hail from the NJCAA Division I level. In addition to the 13 All-Americans on the list, three earned 2001 NCAA Tournament all-regional honors and 27 collected 2001 all-conference accolades.
The World University Games, held every two years and organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU), is a multi-sport competition open to men and women between the ages of 17 and 28 (born between January 1, 1973 and December 31, 1983), who are, or have been within the past year, a student at a college or university. This summer the World University Games will be held Aug. 22 – Sept. 1 in Beijing, China. The 2001 World University Games women’s basketball competition, currently featuring squads from 20 countries, has been divided into four preliminary round pools. The United States has been placed in Pool B and will face Canada, Ireland, Japan and South Africa in the preliminary round.