Kentucky's Linnae Harper was one of 12 women's basketball players chosen to represent the United States at the 2015 Pan American Games. Sunday's announcement came after three days of trials at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
"It was a great feeling," Harper said. "I was still nervous like it was any other trial, but it was a great feeling to get another chance to represent my country. I felt like I gave it my all. I played really well, but it was still going to be tough because everybody here is good."
Harper, who averaged 11.4 points and 7.1 rebounds as a sophomore at UK this past season, is one of seven players on the squad with previous Team USA experience. The others are North Carolina's Stephanie Mavunga, South Carolina's Tiffany Mitchell, Washington's Kelsey Plum, Notre Dame's Taya Reimer and Connecticut's Moriah Jefferson and Breanna Stewart.
Harper won a gold medal at the 2013 Women's U19 World Championships. She averaged 8.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.0 steals in the undefeated Americans' nine games.
Harper also won gold medals as a member of the 2012 USA U17 World Championship Team and the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship Team.
Representing the U.S. for the first time will be Arizona State's Sophie Brunner, South Carolina's Alaina Coates, Villlanova's Caroline Coyer, Maryland's Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Texas A&M's Courtney Williams.
Iowa Coach Lisa Bluder will lead the squad, along with assistant coaches Michelle Clark-Heard of Western Kentucky and Scott Rueck of Oregon State.
"I'm very excited," Bluder said. "I think we have a tremendous team. I think we have excellence at every position. And now, we are set on the gold."
The U.S. Pan American Women's Basketball Team players and coaches will return to Colorado on July 3 for the start of training camp and will depart for the competition in Toronto on July 8. The 2015 Pan American Games' women's basketball competition will take place July 16-20.
■ Kentucky's Alexis Jennings and incoming freshman Batouly Camara were also at the trials, but were not chosen for the 2015 USA Basketball Women's U19 World Championship Team.
Louisville's Mariya Moore, who was part of the U18 squad that won gold, was named to the team. The U19 team will be coached by South Carolina's Dawn Stayley and assisted by Louisville's Jeff Walz and Michigan's Kim Barnes Arico.
■ Former Owensboro Catholic star Rebecca Greenwell was named to the Americans' 2015 World University Games roster. She averaged 14.0 points and 5.5 rebounds as a freshman at Duke.
Greenwell won gold at the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championships and the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championships.
The U.S. roster also includes UCLA's Jordin Canada, Stanford's Erica McCall Baylor's Nina Davis, DePaul's Chanise Jenkins, Maryland's Brionna Jones, Michigan State's Aerial Powers, California's Courtney Range, Oregon State's Sydney Wiese, South Florida's Courtney Williams and Tennessee's Diamond DeShields and Mercedes Russell. The team's coach will be Northwestern's Joe McKeown, and he'll be assisted by Tennessee's Holly Warlick and Northern Iowa's Tanya Warren.
The event will be held July 4-13 in Gwangju, South Korea.