Jolene Anderson, the Big Ten women's basketball freshman of year, will participate in the 2005 USA Basketball women's national team trials May 19-22 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Anderson, a 5-foot-8 guard, is one of 57 players invited to the tryout camp, and one of 13 who is eligible for either the USA World University Games team or the USA Basketball 19-under squad.
A native of Port Wing, Wis., Anderson scored 17.8 points per game in her inaugural campaign, the third highest total among freshmen nationwide. The Badgers' leading scorer, Anderson was also second at UW in rebounding (5.6 per game) and assists (3.4).
Anderson is just the sixth Badger invited to participate in the any USA Basketball trials. Robin Threatt was invited to the U.S. Olympic trials in 1992. Barb Franke was a Jones Cup team member in 1994, while LaTonya Sims tried out for that team in 1999, and Jessie Stomski attended Jones Cup tryouts in 2000. Franke also played for the USA Basketball Junior Select team in 1992. Tamara Moore was a finalist for the World University Games team in 2001.
Big Ten names Omole athlete of the week
Sophomore sprinter Demi Omole was named the Big Ten men's track and field athlete of the week.
Omole won three events at the Wisconsin Twilight last Saturday. He anchored the Badgers' 400-meter relay to a first-place finish, teaming with Brian Calhoun, Dan Goesch and Jvontai Hanserd for an NCAA Regional qualifying time of 40.15 seconds.
The Whitefish Bay, Wis., native then won the open 100 in a regional qualifying time of 10.39. Omole saved his best for last, winning the 200 in a personal best and regional qualifying time of 20.77, the fourth fastest 200 ever run by a UW athlete.
This is Omole's second athlete of the week honor this year. He shared an indoor track season honor with Michigan distance runner Nate Brannen in late January.