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Aug. 5, 1997

Thompson Selected to USA R. William Jones Cup Team

LUBBOCK, Texas - Lady Raider senior post Alicia Thompson will join 11 other collegiate athletes as a member of the USA R. William Jones Cup Team.

"I am excited not only for myself but also for all the girls that worked hard to get to this point. It's an honor and a privilege to represent the USA," Thompson said.

Thompson will be joined by teammates Jannon Roland of Purdue, Nadine Domond of Iowa, Tyish Hall of Duke, Monica Maxwell of Louisiana Tech, Kira Orr of Duke, Murriel Page of Florida, Katrina Price of Stephen F. Austin, Paige Sauer of Connecticut, Tangela Smith of Iowa, Michele VanGorp of Duke and Stephanie White of Purdue.

"This is the first year that I've been invited, and I'm just honored to be here and to be able to represent the country," Thompson said.

Last season Thompson led the Lady Raiders and the Big 12 Conference in points per game with 23.7 and rebounds per game with 9.6. She ended the season as the nation's sixth leading scorer. Thompson was named to the All-Big 12 first team and was a Kodak All-America Honorable Mention pick.

Duke University head coach Gail Goestenkors undertakes her first coaching assignment with USA Basketball as head mentor of the 1997 Jones Cup Team. She is joined on the sidelines by Purdue University head coach Carolyn Peck and University of Oregon head coach Jody Runge.

"I think we've got some great versatility with this team," said Goestenkors. "We can go real big inside and be very physical and very strong, we can also go small and athletic with different combinations. I feel good that depending on what our needs are and who we're playing we can take advantage of our strengths and be able to attack people in different ways."

The USA Jones Cup Team will train from August 6-12 at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., before traveling to Taipei, Taiwan, for the August 16-23 Jones Cup Competition. The 1997 Jones Cup features a round-robin competition in a field of eight teams including: China Cathay Life, Japan, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan Power, Thailand and the United States.

The USA is the defending Jones Cup champion after compiling an unblemished 9-0 mark and winning by an average margin of 33.0 points per game en route to the gold medal. Owning a stellar history in Jones Cup play, the U.S. has won eight gold, five silver and four bronze medals, and has compiled an impressive 58-12 overall record.

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