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Big 12 Leads Nation with Invites to U19 World Trials
May 01, 2019

A nation-leading six current student-athletes and an incoming student-athlete from five Big 12 programs were invited take part in the 2019 USA U19 World Team trials.

Chrislyn Carr (Texas Tech), Aquira DeCosta (Baylor), Queen Egbo (Baylor), Ashley Joens (Iowa State), Taylor Robertson (Oklahoma), NaLyssa Smith (Baylor) and Celeste Taylor (Texas signee) were all extended invitations for the four-day camp at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Trials to select the 12-member team will be held May 16-19, followed by the training camp July 5-19 and the U19 World Cup competition taking place July 20-28 in Bangkok, Thailand. Players eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens, born on or after Jan. 1, 2000.

All 30 athletes invited also are eligible for the 2019 U.S. Pan American Games Women’s Basketball Team. Trials for that squad also take place May 16-20 at the USOTC in Colorado Springs.
Invitations were issued by the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee, chaired by George Washington University head coach Jennifer Rizzotti. Serving as head coach for the 2019 USA U19 World Cup Team is Jeff Walz (Louisville), and collegiate head coaches Natasha Adair (Delaware) and Cori Close (UCLA) are the USA’s assistant coaches.

In addition to Rizzotti, the USA Junior National Team includes 2008 Olympic gold medalist Kara Lawson as the athletic representative; and collegiate head coaches Karen Aston (Texas), Tonya Cardoza (Temple) and Wes Moore (North Carolina State) as the NCAA representatives.

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