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May 16, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sophomore forward Courtney Coleman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Hughes H.S.) travels to Colorado Springs, Colo., this weekend to attend the 2001 USA Basketball Women’s National Team Trials. The trials will be held Friday through Monday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

Coleman, 6-2, is one of the 38 top women’s collegiate players in the country invited to try out. From the pool, a core of finalists will be selected for the 12-member USA Women’s World University Games Team. The finalists will be named following the final training camp session Aug. 6-14.

Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan will lead the squad and will be assisted by Coach Lisa Bluder of Iowa and Coach Dee Stokes of East Carolina (N.C.). The World University Games will be held Aug. 22-Sept. 1 in Beijing, China.

A Second Team All-Big Ten choice, Coleman was a key component in Ohio State’s march to the 2001 WNIT Championship and first 20-win campaign in more than eight seasons at 22-11. She prevailed as the Buckeyes’ leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 14.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, and in Big Ten play was the No. 4 scorer (16.0 ppg) and No. 3 rebounder (8.2 rpg).

In addition to her conference honor, Coleman was named an all-tournament team member of both the WNIT and the Great Alaska Shootout. She also received The Most Improved Player and Top Rebounder awards at the Buckeyes’ postseason banquet.