Courtney Vandersloot to train with U.S. team
The former Kentwood High School and Gonzaga guard will try out with 21 other players for a potential spot on the U.S. Olympic team.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Gonzaga point guard Courtney Vandersloot accepted an invitation to be part of USA Basketball's 22-member training camp in Las Vegas, Nev., May 10-12.
Baylor center Brittney Griner, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, was another late addition on Tuesday.
The squad, including the 12 who won the 2010 FIBA World Championship in October, is gathering for the first time this year. Players are vying for a position on the 2012 Olympic Games roster.
WNBA All-Stars Sue Bird and Swin Cash of the Storm will join Vandersloot in Vegas.
"It'll be interesting to see how bad some of these guys want to make the Olympic team," Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma, the USA team coach, said in a released statement. "How much they hustle, fight for rebounds, I'm really looking forward to that.
"Then you add in the two new kids, Griner and Vandersloot. I'm anxious to see how they interact with some of the veterans. Certainly they're a couple of great players, but I'm excited to see them go up against our national team and try to earn their spot in our pool."
Vandersloot, a former Kentwood High School star, finished her college career at Gonzaga this year and was selected third in the WNBA draft, by Chicago.
The only player — male or female — to amass more than 2,000 points and 1,000 assists in college career, Vandersloot will accept the Nancy Lieberman Award as the nation's top point guard Wednesday in Detroit.
WSU sweeps BYU
PULLMAN — Good pitching carried Washington State to a nonleague doubleheader sweep of BYU in Pullman, 3-0 and 4-3.
Bret DeRooy and Richie Ochoa combined on a four-hit shutout in the opener. WSU snapped a scoreless tie with three runs in the bottom of the eighth, when Taylor Ard's RBI double was followed by two bases-loaded walks by BYU pitchers.
In the second game, WSU (17-19) took a shutout into the ninth before reliever Paris Shewey allowed three runs. But with runners on first and third and no outs, Shewey struck out the final three BYU batters.
Washington and Gonzaga were rained out for a second consecutive day in Spokane. The games will not be made up. The Huskies play a three-game series at Washington State Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Sports-information services and other sources were used in this report.
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