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Frazee Invited to USA Basketball Women's National Team Trials
The trials, which will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, will feature 45 collegiate women's basketball players, who have been invited by the USA Women's Basketball Collegiate Committee, chaired by Sue Donohoe. The event will be used to select the finalists for the 2007 USA U21 World Championship Team and the 2007 USA Pan American Games Team.
"We are excited that Megan has received an invitation to compete for a position on the USA Basketball Junior National Team," remarked Liberty head coach Carey Green. "It would be a tremendous honor for her to have the opportunity to wear the red, white and blue uniform and play with our country's elite against the best in the world."
Joanne P. McCallie, the new head women's basketball coach at Duke, will coach the U.S. squad in the 12-nation FIBA U21 World Championship, June 29-July 8. The United States, which won the event's inaugural competition in 2003, will be paired in Group B with Australia, Brazil, Hungary, Japan and Spain for competition. McCallie coached the 2006 USA U20 National Team to a gold medal at last summer's 2006 FIBA Americas U20 Championship. Eight players from that victorious team will be present at the trials.
The Pan American Games women's basketball tournament is scheduled for July 20-24 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and will feature eight national teams. Temple head coach Dawn Staley will guide the U.S. delegation. The United States has captured six gold medals in the history of the Pan American Games and earned the silver medal in 2003.
The 45 invitees to the trials represent 32 schools from 11 NCAA Division I conferences and one junior college. Maryland, Georgia and Rutgers lead the universities with three representatives apiece.
Frazee (Xenia, Ohio) is the lone Big South Conference player invited to the trials. The conference's second-leading scorer at 17.2 ppg, the sophomore ranked in the top five of seven different conference statistical categories, this past season. She finished as the Big South leader in rebounding (8.5 rpg), free throw percentage (.772) and three-point field goal percentage (.410). The sophomore also posted a conference-best 13 double-doubles, highlighted by a 37-point, 15-rebound outburst during Liberty's 75-71 win at Virginia on Nov. 20.
Frazee garnered a number of awards and recognitions, as a result of her performance both on the court and in the classroom, during the 2006-07 season. She earned inclusion on both the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID) and Richmond Times-Dispatch first-team all-state rosters. Frazee was named an All-Big South first-team selection and was included on the Big South All-Tournament team. Four times during the season, the sophomore took home Big South Player of the Week honors. Also a standout in the classroom, Frazee was one of seven sophomores in the nation to earn ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District first-team distinction. She was additionally a member of the Big South All-Academic team.
"Megan is very deserving of this opportunity and would be an excellent representative of our country because she embodies all the qualities of a USA Basketball player," Green stated. "We wish Megan the best as she represents God, her country, Liberty University, her team and her family."
The trials will open Thursday evening at 8:30 p.m. Eastern. Two-a-day practices will be held on Friday and Saturday, at Noon and 7:30 p.m. Eastern. The finalists for the two teams will be announced following Sunday's morning practice.