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Feenstra to Play for Team USA

October 12, 2007
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Katie Feenstra has already donned red, white and blue uniforms for Liberty and the Detroit Shock. Now, she will be able to wear those colors for Team USA.

Katie Feenstra has already donned red, white and blue uniforms for Liberty and the Detroit Shock. Now, she will be able to wear those colors for Team USA.

Fresh off an appearance in the 2007 WNBA Finals as a member of the Detroit Shock, 2005 Liberty graduate Katie Feenstra will now get a chance to represent Team USA. She is part of an 11-member USA Basketball Women's Select Team, which will compete in the FIBA World League Tournament in Ekaterinburg, Russia, Oct. 22-27.

The USA Select Team, coached by Anne Donovan of the Seattle Storm and Mike Thibault of the Connecticut Sun, will compete against seven professional club teams from around the world, including squads from Australia, China, Cuba, Hungary, Lithuania and Russia.
The squad includes seven players who recently returned from the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, in Valdivia, Chile. The USA team won the tournament's gold medal and qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in the process.

Feenstra will be teamed with three familiar faces, Detroit Shock teammate Katie Smith, as well as Cappie Pondexter and Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury. The Mercury won their first-ever WNBA crown on Sept. 16, by edging the Shock in the fifth and deciding game and denying the Shock a second-consecutive league title.

For Feenstra, a 6-8 center, the WNBA Finals capped her third season in the league and her first year with Detroit. She started three of the five WNBA Finals games and averaged 7.0 ppg and 3.6 rpg in the series. Feenstra, who played her first two WNBA campaigns in San Antonio, made her WNBA playoff debut this past season.

Feenstra and the USA Select Team will open Pool B competition Oct. 22 at 3:30 a.m. Eastern, with a contest against the Canberra Capitals from Australia. The American squad will then square off with TEO Vilnius from Lithuania, the following day at 1 a.m. Eastern. The team's third and final preliminary-round contest will be a match-up with CSKA Moscow, Oct. 24 at 6 a.m. Eastern. After an off day, the FIBA World League Tournament will wrap up with semifinals on Oct. 26 and finals on Oct. 27.