Senior guards Odyssey Sims (Baylor) and Aaryn Ellenberg (Oklahoma) will represent the USA at the World University Games competition July 8-15 in Kazan, Russia.
Both are among 12 players selected to the team after three days of trials May 16-19 that included 33 of the nation's top collegiate athletes at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. The USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team Committee selected the team.
Joining Sims and Ellenberg on the squad are: Crystal Bradford (Central Michigan), ReShanda Gray (California), Cassie Harberts (Southern California.), Bria Hartley (Connecticut), Jordan Hooper (Nebraska), Tricia Liston (Duke), Ariel Massengale (Tennessee), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Connecticut), Theresa Plaisance (LSU) and Shoni Schimmel (Louisville).
The team will regroup in Colorado Springs for training June 25-July 1.
Oklahoma's Sherri Coale is head coach for the USA Women's World University Games. She will be assisted by Brian Giorgis of Marist College and Coquese Washington of Penn State.
"Fun -- that's the first word that comes to my mind. I think they will be a really interesting bunch to coach," Coale said. "They can do a lot of different things. There were a lot of shooters at the trials in general, and there are a lot of shooters on this 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."
Sims helped USA Basketball to a gold medal in the 2011 World University Games in China averaging 6.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.