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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

UConn's Jefferson, Stewart to try out for World University Games and Pan Am Games teams

UConn All-Americans Moriah Jefferson and Breanna Stewart will be teaming up again, this time at the trials to pick to United States team competing in the World University Games and Pan Am Games.

Jefferson and Stewart, who have led UConn to three straight national titles, are no strangers to USA Basketball.

Jefferson was a member of the U.S. team which won the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championships and the following year played for the gold-medal winning team at the FIBA U19 World Championship for Women.

Stewart, who is currently in Las Vegas for the three-day national team training camp, has won a gold medal competing for the U.S. every year since 2009 as she has starred for USA Basketball at the U16, U17, U18, U19 levels in addition to her experience last summer at the FIBA World Championship for Women.

Former Hillhouse High star Bria Holmes, a rising senior guard at West Virginia, is also among the 54 players looking to be named to the 12-member Pan Am Games and World University Games teams.

The training camp will run from May 14-17 in Colorado Springs.

The World University Games will be held from July 3-12 in South Korea while the Pan Am Games run from July 16-20 in Toronto.

At least one UConn player should be at the Pan Am Games as Kia Nurse figures to be suiting up for host Canada.

The Canadian national team announced that Nurse is one of 22 players invited to the first phase of training. There will be a two-week training camp starting on Sunday in Edmonton, The team will head to Europe to play six international friendlies.

It begins with three games in La Rioja, Spain as Canada plays Poland on May 28, Great Britain on May 29 and Spain on May 30. There will be a rematch in Poland on June 3 in Lille, France which is also the site of games against Italy and France on June 4 and 5.

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