Alexis Hornbuckle Invited To Pan Am Games Trials

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University of Tennessee Lady Vol basketball rising senior Alexis Hornbuckle has been invited to try-out for the 2007 USA Pan American Games Team.

Hornbuckle is one of 45 elite athletes who have accepted invitations to the 2007 USA Basketball Women's National Team Trials, slated to be held May 17-20 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. The invitations were issued by the USA Basketball Women's Collegiate Committee, which is chaired by Sue Donohoe, the NCAA's vice president of Division I women's basketball. At these trials, the Committee is expected to announce finalists for the 2007 USA U21 World Championship Team and the 2007 USA Pan American Games Team on May 20. (Hornbuckle is over 21 and not eligible for the U21 team).

Hornbuckle, a 5-11 guard from Charleston, West Virginia, got her start in USA Basketball at the 2003 USA Youth Development Festival. This past season, she helped to lead the Lady Vols to the 2007 NCAA Championship in Cleveland, Ohio, and earned 2007 Kodak/WBCA All-America honorable mention honors. On the 2006-07 season, she averaged 10.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, dished a team-leading 146 assists and collected a team-leading 113 steals in 37 games.

The National Team Trials will feature an opening session on May 17, beginning at 6:30 p.m. (all times MDT); followed by two-a-days May 18-19, with morning sessions tipping-off at 10:00 a.m. and evening sessions at 5:30 p.m.; and an 8:30 a.m. session on May 20. USA Basketball is expected to announce finalists for each team following the morning session on May 20.

The Pan American Games women's basketball tournament will be held July 20-24 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and will feature eight national teams from FIBA Americas. Coaching the USA squad will be Temple University (Pa.) head coach Dawn Staley, a 2007-08 USA Basketball Women's Senior National Team assistant coach. Assisting Staley will be collegiate head coaches Kathy Delaney-Smith of Harvard University (Mass.) and Bill Gibbons of College of the Holy Cross (Mass.). The USA Pan Ams finalists named following the USA Trials will reconvene on July 6 in Washington, D.C., and the eventual 12-member squad will be named prior to the team departing for Brazil on July 16.

The Pan American Games, held every four years in the year prior to the Olympics and organized by the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO), is a multi-sport competition open to men and women representing countries from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean.

2007 USA Basketball Women's National Team Trials Schedule:

Thursday, May 17
6:30-8:15 p.m. Session I

Friday, May 18
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Session II
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Session III

Saturday, May 19
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Session IV
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Session V

Sunday, May 20
8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Session VI
TBD Announcement of USA team finalists

Story Courtesy: UT Lady Vols Sports Information

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