Maryland Selected to Represent USA Team at 2017 Summer Universiade
SEATTLE – The Big Ten champion Maryland women’s basketball team will represent the United States at the 2017 World University Games next summer in Taipei, Taiwan, the University of Maryland and United State International Sports Federation (USI-USF) announced Thursday.
The Terrapins were selected to represent the United States in the World University Games, which will be Aug. 19-30, 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan.
“We are thrilled to represent our country at the World University Games,” head coach Brenda Frese said. “Our players are extremely excited. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our program. What an incredible opportunity for our institution to represent our country in games against the best competition in the world.”
The World University Games are held every other year and are organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The event is a multi-sport competition open to men and women who are between the ages of 17 and 24, and are or have been within the past year, a student at a college or university.
This is just the second time a full team from a women’s collegiate program has represented the U.S. at the World University Games. UNC Charlotte participated in 2007 and the Big 12 conference fielded a team in 2003.
On the men’s side, Northern Iowa represented the U.S. in 2007, Kansas did in 2015 and Purdue will represent the USA in 2017.
A team from the United States has participated in 19 prior World University Games and collected a record nine golds, six silvers and one bronze medal. Since 1973, the first year the USA women competed in the WUGs, USA women’s teams have compiled an overall record of 109-22.
Individually, four Terrapins have competed in the World University Games. Tara Heiss (1979), Lynetta Kizer (2011) and Brionna Jones (2015) all won gold and Katrina Colleton (1993) took home a bronze medal. Ten of Frese’s players have won gold representing the U.S.
For more on the World University Games, please visit wugusa.com.