COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After producing one of the greatest seasons in school history, rising Virginia Commonwealth University senior forward Courtney Hurt (pictured, right) has been invited to attend the 2011 USA World University Games Women's Basketball Team Trials.
Hurt is among nearly 30 players nationally vying for a spot on the 12-member 2011 World University Games Team. The trials will be held May 22-25 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The full trials roster is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
"I'm extremely happy for Courtney to receive this opportunity," said VCU Head Coach Beth Cunningham. "She had a phenomenal season last year and earned respect on a national level. She has worked very hard to get to this point in her basketball career and it's a well-deserved honor."
Eligible athletes for the USA team must be currently enrolled in a college or university and have remaining NCAA eligibility. The selected finalists will return to Colorado Springs on July 31 for training camp before departing for Shenzhen, China on Aug. 7. The World University Games will be held Aug. 14-21. The final roster will be announced by the end of training camp, which concludes Aug. 6.
A 2011 honorable mention Associated Press All-American, Hurt led the nation in rebounding (12.4 rpg) and double-doubles (25) while ranking second in the NCAA in scoring (23.2 ppg) last year. She set VCU's single-season marks in points (720), scoring average, rebounding (385), rebounding average, field goals (253), free throws (193) and double-doubles. The Naismith Trophy candidate also set the Colonial Athletic Association's double-doubles record and is one of 17 players in NCAA history to post 25 or more in one season. Hurt garnered first team All-CAA accolades to go along with first team All-State honors from both the Richmond Times Dispatch and the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID).
Hurt is the second VCU player to earn a USA Basketball invite as former Ram and current WNBA product Quanitra Hollingsworth received back-to-back invitations to the U-18 and U-19 squads following her freshman (2005-2006) and sophomore (2006-2007) campaigns.
Cunningham, who played in the World University Games while at Notre Dame in 1997 before earning a bronze medal in the 1999 Pan American Games, is currently serving a four-year term as a member of the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee. She previously served on the Women's Collegiate Committee as a player representative from 2005-2008.
James Madison's Dawn Evans (2009) was the last CAA player to participate in World University Games Team Trials. Old Dominion's Adrienne Goodson (1993) is the only player in league history to make the final World University Games 12-member roster.