Bonner To Represent USA in Russia

Colorado Springs, Colo.--Rising Auburn junior DeWanna Bonner has been named to the 2007 USA Basketball Under 21 World Championship Team, which will compete at the FIBA Women's Under 21 World Championship from June 29 through July 8 in Moscow, Russia.

Bonner, who was a standout performer on last year's American team, says, "It is a great honor to not only represent Auburn, but to be able to play for my country. It will be a great experience to be competing with some of the nation's best players and hopefully we will be able to defend the world title."

Bonner, a 6-4 guard/forward from Fairfield, Ala., High School, averaged 15.1 points and 8.1 rebounds, both team highs, as a sophomore for Auburn in 2006-2007.

Last summer in Mexico City, following an All-SEC Freshman season at Auburn, Bonner scored 14 points in the championship game as the United States defeated Brazil 96-54 to win the FIBA Americas U20 championship.

Dewanna Bonner goes to the basket for Coach Nell Fortner's Tigers.

The selections were made by a subcommittee of the USA Basketball Women's Collegiate Committee, which is chaired by Sue Donohoe, the NCAA's vice president of Division I women's basketball. Others on the team include: guard Jolene Anderson, Wisconsin; guard Essence Carson, Rutgers; forward/center Laura Harper, Maryland; guard Ashley Houts, Georgia; center/forward Crystal Langhorne, Maryland; guard Marscilla Packer, Ohio State; center Courtney Paris, Oklahoma; center Kia Vaughn, Rutgers; guard Abby Waner, Duke; guard Candice Wiggins, Stanford and forward Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton of Purdue.

Joanne McCallie of Duke, a former Auburn assistant coach under Joe Ciampi, was named head coach of the team. "They're all very talented and it's going to be fun to go from being individually elite to building an elite team," McCallie says.

"That's the process we're in right now. I think we've gotten better every day and I definitely have the confidence that every single one of these players will be able to help us in various ways. The excitement surrounding the team now is taking it to the next level as we work toward the U21 World Championship."


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