Stanford's Ogwumike sisters closer to making World University Games


If they didn't already have plans for the summer,

Stanford women's basketball sisters Nnemkadi and Chiney Ogwumike may have now after being among the 14 players named to compete for 12 spots on the 2011 USA Basketball World University Games Team.

The 2011 World University Games basketball tournament is set to take place from August 14-21 in Shenzhen, China. The USA team will be coached by Iowa State's Bill Fennelly.

The Ogwumikes were among 35 players competing at the USA Basketball World University Games Team camp from Sunday to Wednesday. The 14 finalists will return to the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in late July to resume training from July 31-August 8, at which point the final roster will be trimmed to 12 players for the World University Games.

Joining the Ogwumikes on the list of finalists still in the hunt for one of the final 12 spots on the 2011 USA World University Games Team are Elena Delle Donne (Delaware); Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame); Jacki Gemelos (USC); Keisha Hampton (DePaul); Glory Johnson (Tennessee); Shenise Johnson (Miami), Lynetta Kizer (Maryland); Natalie Novosel (Notre Dame), Devereaux Peters (Notre Dame), Odyssey Sims (Baylor), Shekinna Stricklen (Tennessee) and April Sykes (Rutgers).

The Ogwumike sisters have represented USA Basketball on multiple occasions in their international careers.

Nnemkadi, fresh off of her second straight State Farm Coaches' All-America Team selection as a junior in 2010-11, has most recently a part of the USA Basketball Select Team that was picked to scrimmage with the USA Basketball Senior National Team ahead of the FIBA World Championships in April 2010. Prior to that, she captured gold medals with U.S. squads at the FIBA U19 World Championship Team in 2009 and with the U18 National Team at the FIBA Americas Championship in 2008.

Chiney, meanwhile, won her first gold medal with USA Basketball as part of the U18 National Team in 2010. The reigning Pac-10 Freshman of the Year helped lead the squad to the gold medal at the FIBA Americas Championship in Colorado Springs.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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