Prince Invited To USA Women’s AmeriCup Team Trials

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Oregon women’s basketball standout Sedona Prince has accepted an invitation to attend the upcoming 2021 USA Basketball Women’s AmeriCup Team trials.
 
Prince is one of 20 collegiate athletes to accept invitations to the trials, which are set for April 18-21 at the University of South Carolina. Invitations were issued by the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee and USA Women’s Senior National Team Committee.
 
“The AmeriCup is a national level competition with some of the best players in the Americas,” said Jennifer Rizzotti, chair of the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee. “We need to bring the best players available and that’s who our committee has worked to identify. Because we are unable to bring WNBA players, we will rely on the best returning college players.
 
“Obviously, this is a very talented group with good junior national team level USA Basketball experience, but they will learn quickly the difference when playing against pros. So, we’ll need to find the 12 players who are up to the challenge of helping us in our dual goal of claiming gold and advancing to the 2022 World Cup qualifying tournament.”
 
A native of Liberty Hill, Texas, Prince already has a history of success when wearing the red, white and blue. Prince won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, and she was a bronze medalist at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and the 2016 FIBA U17 World Cup.
 
Prince averaged 10.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while shooting 54.5 percent from the floor for Oregon in 2020-21, her first active season as a collegiate after missing 2018-19 due to injury and sitting out 2019-20 because of NCAA transfer rules.
 
The 6-foot-7 center helped lead Oregon to its fourth straight Sweet Sixteen appearance in the NCAA Tournament, matching her career-high with 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting in the Ducks’ second-round win over No. 10 ranked Georgia.
 
USA National Team head coach Dawn Staley (South Carolina) will serve as head coach of the USA AmeriCup Team, and will be assisted by University of Arizona head coach Adia Barnes and Rizzotti, 2021 USA National Team assistant coach.
 
Ten nations from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean will take part in the 2021 AmeriCup, held June 11-19 in Puerto Rico. The top four finishing teams will advance to compete in one of four 2022 FIBA World Cup Qualifying Tournaments in hopes of earning one of the 12 spots in the 2022 FIBA World Cup field.
 
The USA Basketball Women’s Junior and Senior National Team Committees, due to the nature of the event, combined efforts to identify the coaching staff and athletes for the 2021 USA AmeriCup Team.
 

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