MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Central Michigan sophomore Crystal Bradford has been selected to the USA World University Games Team and will travel to Russia July 8-15 to represent USA Basketball, the organization announced Sunday.
Bradford joins four other first time members of USA Basketball and seven USA Gold Medalists as the team was selected after a three-day trial at U.S. Olympic Training Center this past weekend.
“I would definitely say it’s one of the biggest honors I’ve had,” Bradford said. “Going to represent my country is huge. We’re known for getting the gold, so I plan on helping my team and my country in getting the gold.”
“I felt I deserved a spot, but you know, you never know how things go. These three days I came in, I played hard. I tried to play together and stay vocal and bring energy, and I think I did all those things.”
University of Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale will coach the USA and Assistant coaches for the USA Women's World University Games team are Brian Giorgis of Marist College and Coquese Washington of Penn State University.
“Fun – that's the first word that comes to my mind,” Coale said in press release from USA Basketball. “I think they will be a really interesting bunch to coach. They can do a lot of different things. There were a lot of shooters at the trials in general, and a lot of shooters on the team. A lot of versatility, post guys who can step out and score, and then we also have guys who can break you down off the dribble. Good pieces. Really good pieces, and really good parts.”
The 2013 World University Games women's basketball competition will be held July 8-15 in Kazan, Russia, and the team will regroup in Colorado Springs for training June 25-July 1.
USA Basketball three-time gold medalists Ariel Massengale (University of Tennessee/ Bolingbrook, Ill.) and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (University of Connecticut/Anaheim Hills, Calif.) are joined by two-time gold medalists Bria Hartley (University of Connecticut/North Babylon, N.Y.); as well as 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship gold medalists, ReShanda Gray (University of California/Los Angeles, Calif.), Cassie Harberts (University of Southern California/San Clemente, Calif,) and Theresa Plaisance (Louisiana State University/New Orleans, La.).
Returning to her second USA Basketball World University Games team after helping the USA to gold in 2011 is Odyssey Sims (Baylor University/Irving, Texas); while representing the USA for the first time will be Bradford (Central Michigan University/Detroit, Mich.),Aaryn Ellenberg (University of Oklahoma/Las Vegas, Nev.), Jordan Hooper (University of Nebraska/Alliance, Neb.), Tricia Liston (Duke University/River Forest, Ill.) and Shoni Schimmel (University of Louisville/Mission, Ore.).