DEAR DIARY: COURTNEY HURT'S JOURNEY TO USA BASKETBALL TEAM TRIALS

After leading the country in rebounding and double-doubles while ranking second in the NCAA in scoring in 2010-11, VCU forward Courtney Hurt quietly made a name for herself on the national scene.  On the heels of her breakout junior campaign, Hurt was invited to attend the 2011 USA World University Games Women's Basketball Team Trials (May 22-24) at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.  Hurt is among nearly 30 players nationally vying for a spot on the 12-member World University Games Team.

Here's an inside look at Courtney's journey as she keeps a daily diary during her time in Colorado Springs.


Day 3 – May 24
It's the last day of USA Trials and man am I happy!  My body has been through a lot these last couple of days and we have all been really pushing it. The first session was primarily all scrimmaging but this time we setup a tournament involving the U-19 invitees as well.  My group actually made it to the championship game but lost by a good margin.  This session was also our first three-hour session and it felt like we were in there forever.  I was definitely hungry afterward and ready to lay down in my bed.  Glory Johnson (Tennessee) and I were knocked out and ready to head to our second session of the day. I would say this was the probably one of my better sessions.  Like we did earlier, we scrimmaged but this time the teams were bigger and we played for 12 minutes instead of eight.  After the second session me and a bunch of the other invitees ran straight to the dining hall and got a great steak dinner… I was satisfied to say the least.  Tomorrow morning we will know the finalists that will be representing our nation.  

All in all, this has been a once in a lifetime experience for me. There are roughly 1,200 Division I female basketball players in the country and I was one of the 35 picked to come out here and compete for a spot on the USA World University roster.  Again, thanks for all the love and support...... GO RAMS!


Day 2 – May 23
Hey everybody!  It is now Day 2 of USA Trials and man am I tired.  We basically did our normal routine of drills, position work and shooting.  After that, we all separated into teams and scrimmaged again. You could tell that everybody was a little fatigued and sore but we had to push through it and keep fighting. The competition is so physical and faster than what I am accustomed to [at VCU], and competing against the best players in the country is an experience of its own.  I am looking forward to the last day of camp and I'm going to leave it all out on the court!


Day 1 – May 22
The first day of trials was busy to say the least. I woke up at 5:40 a.m. and got a ride to the Richmond airport.  I landed in Chicago around 9 a.m. and caught up with Elena Delle Donne (Delaware), another CAA invitee, and waited for my second flight to Colorado Springs where the USA Olympic Center is located.  After registration and getting my physical, my roommate Glory Johnson (Tennessee) and I went to our dorms and were KNOCKED OUT.  

The first session of trails was kind of hard because you have to get used to the different climate, and breathing is harder over here.  We did a variety of drills and position work before we separated into teams.  My team was stacked!  It consisted of Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Elena Delle Donne, Nneka Ogwumike (Stanford), Natasha Howard (Florida State), A'dia Mathies (Kentucky), Cierra Bravard (Florida State) and Riquna Williams (Miami – Fla.).  We scrimmaged for eight minutes and played a total of three games.  

Today was great but now it's time to eat and rest up for tomorrow.  Thanks for all the love and support and I will keep everybody posted :)

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