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July 31, 1997

Thompson to Attend Women's National Team Trials

37 of Nation's Best Aim for Place on USA World University Games, Jones Cup Teams

LUBBOCK, Texas - Alicia Thompson will be one of 37 of the nation's best players to complete for positions on the 1997 USA World University Games and R. William Jones Cup teams during USA Basketball's 1997 Women's National Team Trials this weekend in the Cadet Gym on the campus of the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Thompson, an All-America candidate, led the Big 12 Conference in points and rebounds per game last season. She started in all 29 games for the Lady Raiders and contributed 23.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. Thompson ended the season as the sixth-leading scorer in the nation.

The trials, consisting of six practice sessions, tip off at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 1, and continue until Monday, Aug. 4. Both the women's World University Games and Jones Cup teams will be announced Monday afternoon and the USA Basketball Women's Select Team Committee will select 12 players for each team.

The World University Games squad will compete Aug. 20-29 in Trapani, Italy. Held every two years for current university student-athletes or recent graduates, the United States at the World University Games has won three gold medals, five silver medals and one bronze medal in 10 competitions. Vanderbilt University's Jim Foster will serve as head coach for the 1997 USA Women's World University Games Team and Ed Baldwin of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and Deb Patterson of Kansas State will be Foster's assistants.

The Jones Cup team will compete Aug. 16-23 in Taipei, Taiwan. In 16 years of participation, the USA has won eight gold medals, two silver medals and four bronze medals. Directing the 1997 USA Jones Cup Team is Duke's Gail Goestenkors, while Carolyn Peck of Purdue and Judy Runge of Oregon are serving as assistants.

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