UK Women's Basketball

UK's Stallworth, Cards' Hammond invited to World University Games tryouts

Center DeNesha Stallworth said she's "a good nervous" about Monday's game against Connecticut.
Center DeNesha Stallworth said she's "a good nervous" about Monday's game against Connecticut. AP

University of Kentucky forward DeNesha Stallworth is one of 31 players who have accepted invitations to try out for the United States' World University Games women's basketball team.

The tryouts are May 16-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Joining Stallworth at the tryouts will be three players from NCAA Tournament runner-up Louisville: Sophomore forward Sara Hammond of Rockcastle County, junior guard Shoni Schimmel and sophomore guard Bria Smith.

Stallworth, a 6-foot-3 forward from Richmond, Calif., was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection by the league coaches in her first season with the Wildcats in 2012-13. She played two seasons at California before transferring to UK.

Stallworth helped the Wildcats win a school-record 30 games in advancing to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. She ranked second on the team in scoring (12.5 points per game), rebounding (6.0 per game), blocks (52), field goal percentage (48.4) and field goals made (181). Her nine double-doubles were a team high. She will head into her senior season with 1,366 career points (438 at UK) and 663 career rebounds (209 at UK).

The World University Games women's basketball competition will be held July 8-15 in Kazan, Russia. Team USA will be comprised of U.S. citizens who are enrolled in college and have remaining eligibility.

The 12-member roster is expected to be announced the morning of May 19. The team will regroup for training June 25-July 1 before traveling to Russia.

Oklahoma's Sherri Coale is the team's head coach.


Danielle Ballard (LSU)

Rachel Banham (Minnesota)

Crystal Bradford (Central Michigan)

Gennifer Brandon (California)

Cierra Burdick (Tennessee)

Hallie Christofferson (Iowa State)

Aaryn Ellenberg (Oklahoma)

Morgan Eye (Missouri)

ReShanda Gray (California)

Sara Hammond (Louisville)

Cassie Harberts (Southern Cal)

Isabelle Harrison (Tennessee)

Bria Hartley (Connecticut)

Jordan Hooper (Nebraska)

Brittany Hrynko (DePaul)

Briahanna Jackson (UCF)

Betnijah Laney (Rutgers)

Jasmine Lister (Vanderbilt)

Tricia Liston (Duke)

Maggie Lucas (Penn State)

Tyaunna Marshall (Georgia Tech)

Ariel Massengale (Tennessee)

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Connecticut)

Amber Orrange (Stanford)

Haley Peters (Duke)

Theresa Plaisance (LSU)

Shoni Schimmel (Louisville)

Meighan Simmons (Tennessee)

Odyssey Sims (Baylor)

Bria Smith (Louisville)

DeNesha Stallworth (Kentucky)

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