Anderson named to U19 squad

Big Ten freshman of the year makes 12-player USA Basketball roster

After helping the USA Basketball Women's U19 team win a gold medal at the International Sports Invitational in San Diego, University of Wisconsin guard Jolene Anderson has been named to the 12-player roster that will compete in the World Championships July 15-24 in Tunis, Tunisia.

Anderson, the Big Ten's freshman of the year last season, became one of 15 finalists for the roster after her performance at the May 19-22 USA Basketball Women's National Team Trials in Colorado Springs, Colo. The finalists took part in the four-country tournament in San Diego Thursday through Saturday, winning the gold medal with a 73-57 win over Russia on Saturday. The roster for the World Championships was announced Sunday.

In four games, Anderson played 33 minutes and contributed 11 points, seven steals, six assists and eight rebounds. After playing four minutes in the gold-medal game, she sustained a mouth injury and was not able to return to action, but she is expected to be ready to go when Team USA reconvenes in Colorado Springs June 28.

Team USA will train in the United States June 28 to July 6, then head to Budapest, Hungary to practice and play exhibition games July 9 and July 10 against Hungary's U19 team.

Anderson, a native of Port Wing, Wis., led the Badgers and ranked fourth in the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 17.8 points per game in her first UW campaign. She is the state of Wisconsin's all-time leading prep scorer for boys or girls with 2,881 points. Only one other Badger women's basketball player has ever made a final roster for a USA Basketball team: Barb Franke suited up for the Junior Select Team in 1992 and the Jones Cup Team in 1994.


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