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Feenstra's USA Basketball Select Team Nabs Runner-Up Honors

October 28, 2007  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The USA Basketball Women's Select Team, including Katie Feenstra (#13). (Photo courtesy USA Basketball)

The USA Basketball Women's Select Team, including Katie Feenstra (#13). (Photo courtesy USA Basketball)

As Liberty University celebrated its annual Homecoming Weekend, 2005 Liberty alumna Katie Feenstra and the USA Basketball Women's Select Team were busy claiming second place at the FIBA World League Tournament in Ekaterinburg, Russia. The USA squad was edged, 75-65, by CSKA Moscow in Saturday's title tilt.

Feenstra made a successful debut with Team USA, averaging 6.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest, helping her team win three of its five contests against some of the world's top professional squads. She also shot a team-best .545 (12-of-22) for the tournament.

"It was a great honor to actually put on the jersey and step out on the court," remarked Feenstra. "It was fun playing with everyone and getting to know everyone. You play against them in the league, but actually playing on the same team with them is a lot of fun.

"I thought that the competition in this tournament was awesome," the 6-8 center continued. "We really came a long way from day one of practice to this [championship] game."

The USA opened the tournament in fine fashion on Oct. 22, routing Australian entry, the Canberra Capitals, 93-49. Feenstra provided six points, eight boards and a pair of steals in her first game in a USA uniform.

The following day, Feenstra's squad was unable to overcome a 13-point deficit and dropped a tight, 79-76 contest to Lithuanian club TEO Vilnius. The Liberty product contributed four points and five caroms in the setback.

Faced with a must-win situation, the USA squad came through on Oct. 24 in its final round-robin game, defeating CSKA Moscow, 81-72, to advance to the semifinals. Feenstra played her best game of the week, tallying 10 points and nine rebounds in 19 minutes of work and earning the praise of USA head coach Anne Donovan.

"Whether it was Seimone [Augustus] playing brilliantly in the fourth quarter, Katie Feenstra coming in and getting defensive stops for us or Janel McCarville in the back court, there were a lot of heroes in this game who are not your typical USA Basketball National Team stars," noted Donovan.

Team USA's reward for defeating CSKA Moscow was a semifinal contest against host team UMMC Ekaterinburg. Feenstra posted nine points and five boards, helping the USA run out to a 60-38 halftime lead on its way to a 97-79 triumph.

CSKA Moscow then got the better of the squads' rematch on Saturday, running out to an early lead and hanging on for a 10-point triumph and the tournament championship. Feenstra finished with three markers for Team USA.