Two Tigers Earn Invitation For U20 Team

Colorado Springs, Colo.--Auburn women's basketball players DeWanna Bonner and KeKe Carrier will join 37 of the nation's top 20-and-under athletes in consideration for spots on the eventual 12-member 2006 USA U20 National Team that will look to defend the United States' title at the 2006 FIBA Americas U20 Championship.

The invitations were issued by the USA Basketball Women's Collegiate Committee, which is chaired by Sue Donohoe, the NCAA's vice president of Division I women's basketball.

Bonner and Carrier were both named to the SEC All-Freshman team in 2005-06 as the duo started for the Tigers as rookies. Bonner, a Fairfield, Ala., native, led the team in scoring with 13.5 points per game, making her the first freshman to lead the team in scoring since Becky Jackson did in the 1980-81 season. Carrier, a 6-7 center from Lake Charles, La., was third in scoring for Auburn with 9.1 points per game, 5.0 rebounds and 42 blocks on the year.

Trials for the USA U20 Championship Team are scheduled for May 18-21 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Finalists for the eventual 12-member team will be announced on May 21 and will reconvene in late July for training camp at a site to be determined prior to departing for the FIBA Americas U20 Championship.

Scheduled for Aug. 9-13 at a site TBD, the tournament will feature eight teams from North, South and Central Americas and the Caribbean. The top three finishing teams qualify for the 2007 FIBA U21 Women's World Championship that will be held July 27-Aug. 5 in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Carrier improved dramatically over the course of her freshman season for the Tigers.

The 37 athletes include Demetress Adams (South Carolina); Matee Ajavon (Rutgers); Jolene Anderson (Wisconsin); Morenike Atunrase (Texas A&M); DeWanna Bonner (Auburn); Sha Brooks (Florida); KeKe Carrier (Auburn); Essence Carson (Rutgers); Rosalyn Gold-Onwude (Stanford); Alexis Gray-Lawson (California); Devanei Hampton (California); Jillian Harmon (Stanford); Michelle Harrison (Mountain View High School); JJ Hones (Southridge High School); Danielle Hood (Hartford); Aarika Hughes (Southridge High School); Tye Jackson (Houston); Erlana Larkins (North Carolina); Victoria Lucas-Perry (Michigan State); Dionne Marsh (New Mexico); Renee Montgomery (Connecticut); Jené Morris (California); Jordan Murphree (Brock High School); Marscilla Packer (Ohio State); Ashley Paris (Oklahoma); Courtney Paris (Oklahoma), Allie Quigley (DePaul); Lindsay Schrader (Notre Dame); Megan Skouby (Iowa); Amanda Thompson (Whitney Young High School); Kia Vaughn (Rutgers); Ashley Walker (California); Marcedes Walker (Pittsburgh); Erica White (Louisiana State); Khadijah Whittington (North Carolina State); Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton (Purdue) and Tamera Young (James Madison).

Carrier, a finalist for the ‘05 U19 squad helped the American women to the gold medal at the 2005 International Sports Festival against top junior national teams from Australia, Russia and China.

Born on Jan. 7, 1986, Lucas-Perry lists as the oldest athlete, while Harrison, born on Dec. 11, 1987, is the youngest. White, a 5-5 guard, is the shortest in the group, and Carrier, a 6-7 center, is the tallest.

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