Brandon, Gray Accept Invitations To USA Basketball Trials
May 8, 2013
BERKELEY - California forwards Gennifer Brandon and Reshanda Gray have accepted invitations for the 2013 USA Basketball World University Games Team trials, which will be held May 16-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee announced Wednesday.
The 2013 World University Games (WUGs) women's basketball competition will be held July 8-15 in Kazan, Russia. Organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and held every other year, the WUGs is a multi-sport competition open to men and women who are between the ages of 17 and 24 (born 01/01/89 through 12/31/95). The USA Basketball women's team will be comprised of U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled in college and have remaining eligibility.
The WUGs trials begin on May 16 with the first session at 6:30-8:15 p.m., followed by trials sessions on May 17 and 18 at 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. The 12-member roster is expected to be announced the morning of May 19. The team will regroup for training June 25-July 1 at the USOTC prior to traveling to Russia.
Brandon, a rising senior from Sylmar, Calif., had an All-American season for the Bears, averaging 12.3 points and 11.1 rebounds en route to AP All-America honorable mention honors. The Ann Meyers Drysdale Award candidate and WBCA All-Region selection solidified herself not only as one of the top post players but as one of the top players overall in the country with her dominating efforts throughout the season that included a 23-point, 26-rebound effort against USC - a mark that ranked second in the NCAA this season for rebounds in a single game and broke a 19-year old Pac-12 record for rebounds in a conference game. Despite a season average of just 28 minutes played per game, Brandon ranked No. 16 in the NCAA with her 11.1 rebounds per game and was one of just 16 players in the country to average at least 12 points and 11 rebounds a game. She set a California single-season rebounding record of 389, the second consecutive year that Brandon set the program mark.
Gray, a rising junior from Los Angeles, Calif., averaged 8.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in less than 20 minutes of action. An All-Pac-12 selection as a freshman, the 6'3 forward impressed the national pundits with her defense and strong offensive play that was especially evident in the NCAA Tournament. In her lone start of the season against Utah, Gray put up 19 points and eight rebounds on 6-of-9 shooting. She finished fourth in the Pac-12 with her .510 field goal percentage.
Accepting invitations to participate in the trials were: Danielle Ballard (Louisiana State University/ Memphis, Tenn.); Rachel Banham (University of Minnesota/Lakeville, Minn.); Crystal Bradford (Central Michigan University/Detroit, Mich.); Gennifer Brandon (University of California/Sylmar, Calif.); Cierra Burdick (University of Tennessee/Charlotte, N.C.); Hallie Christofferson (Iowa State University/Hamlin, Iowa); Aaryn Ellenberg (University of Oklahoma/Las Vegas, Nev.); Morgan Eye (University of Missouri/ Montrose, Mo.); Reshanda Gray (University of California/Los Angeles, Calif.); Sara Hammond (University of Louisville/Mt. Vernon, Ky.); Cassie Harberts (University of Southern California/San Clemente, Calif.); Isabelle Harrison (University of Tennessee/Nashville, Tenn.); Bria Hartley (University of Connecticut/North Babylon, N.Y.); Jordan Hooper (University of Nebraska/Alliance, Neb.); Brittany Hrynko (DePaul University/Philadelphia, Pa.); Briahanna Jackson (UCF/Tampa, Fla.); Betnijah Laney (Rutgers University/Clayton, Del.); Jasmine Lister (Vanderbilt University/Corona, Calif.); Tricia Liston (Duke University/River Forest, Ill.); Maggie Lucas (Penn State University/Narberth, Pa.); Tyaunna Marshall (Georgia Tech University/Upper Marlboro, Md.); Ariel Massengale (University of Tennessee/Bolingbrook, Ill.); Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (University of Connecticut/Anaheim Hills, Calif.); Amber Orrange (Stanford University/Houston, Texas); Haley Peters (Duke University/Red Bank, N.J.); Theresa Plaisance (Louisiana State University/New Orleans, La.); Shoni Schimmel (University of Louisville/Mission, Ore.); Meighan Simmons (University of Tennessee/Cibolo, Texas); Odyssey Sims (Baylor University/Irving, Texas); Bria Smith (University of Louisville/Massapequa, N.Y.); and DeNesha Stallworth (University of Kentucky/Richmond, Calif.).
The team will be coached by Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale along with assistant coaches Brian Giorgis (Marist College) and Coquese Washington (Penn State University). Additionally, Matt Corkery (American University), Bobbie Kelsey (University of Wisconsin) and Matilda Mossman (University of Tulsa) will serve as court coaches during the trials.