WACO (May 8, 2013) -- Three Baylor Lady Bear basketball players were invited to attend USA Basketball team trials. Odyssey Sims, Alexis Prince and incoming freshman Ieshia Small received invitations, Sims and Small accepted bids but Prince had to decline for medical reasons.
“It is an honor to be invited to participate in these trials and the fact that three of our players received invitations from USA Basketball to participate in its various team trials speaks highly of our program and Baylor University,” said Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey.
Prince, a guard who just completed her freshman season at Baylor, is no stranger to USA Basketball. The Orlando, Fla., native was one of 12 players that played on the 2012 USA Basketball Women's U18 National Team in Puerto Rico. The USA downed Brazil, 71-47, to claim the gold medal and tournament title for the seventh time. The Orlando, Fla., native averaged 10.6 points a contest and led the team in minutes played with 26.4 per outing and in steals with 15. She hauled down 5.6 rebounds a game while tallying 11 assists and three blocked shots and shot 49.0 percent (24-49) from the floor.
Prince and Small were both invited to participate in the 2013 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team trials. Small, a guard from Tallahassee, Fla., is one of 34 of the nation’s top athletes, age 19-years-old or younger, who will participate in the team trials to select the 12-member USA squad. Trials will be held May 16-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. Invitations to the trials were issued by the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee.
The USA squad, which is on a quest to capture a fifth-consecutive gold medal at the U19 Worlds, will compete in the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, hosted by Lithuania from July 18-28 in Klaipeda and Panevėžys. The team will regroup for training on July 1 at the USOTC prior to traveling to Europe for the competition.