Smith, Thorburn invited to tryouts


TORONTO -- Utah's Kim Smith and Shona Thorburn are among the 14 athletes invited to attend this spring's Senior Women's National Team training camp, Canada Basketball has announced.

Of the 14 invitees, seven were members of last year's Senior Women's National Team, while six were part of last summer's Development Women's National Team. The competition schedule for the team will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Senior Women's National Team training camp will take place from May 20-June 9 at Trinity Western University and will include the 14 pre-selected athletes as well as any players selected through "tryout by invitation" camp featuring selected athletes from the Eastern and Western Canada open tryouts.

For the third consecutive year, Oregon associate coach Allison McNeill will assume the head coaching duties for Team Canada. Last year, McNeill guided Canada to a bronze medal finish at the FIBA Americas Olympic Qualification Tournament and a fourth place result at the Pan American Games.

Smith, the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year for the past two seasons, was a Kodak honorable mention All-American for the second consecutive season. She was one of 35 candidates (only three sophomores) for the Wade Trophy, given to the nation's best player. She led Utah in scoring, rebounding, field goals made, field-goal percentage, 3-point field goals made and free throws made, and had eight double-doubles on the season. Smith currently has 1,020 points on her career, making her just the second sophomore and the 18th Utah player ever to score 1,000 or more points.

Thorburn was a second-team All-MWC pick for the second year in a row after leading the team in assists and blocks, and ranking second in scoring and rebounding, and third in three-point field goal percentage and steals. Thorburn, who reached double-digit scoring 20 times, was named to the all-tournament team at the MWC Tournament.

The team roster, listed below, also includes collegians from Nebraska, Illinois State and Oregon, while 6-foot-7 center Margaret DeCiman will attend Louisiana Tech next fall:

Name Univ./College Hometown
Chelsea Aubry Nebraska Kitchener, Ontario
Claudia Brassard SMU '99 Quebec City, Quebec
Kaela Chapdelaine Oregon Vancouver, B.C.
Dawn Cressman Vermont '03 Guelph, Ontario
Sarah Crooks U. of Saskatchewan Fife Lake, Sas.
Margaret DeCiman Seward County CC Regina, Sas.
Katie Donovan Illinois State Kingston, Ontario
Carolyn Ganes Oregon Saskatoon, Sas.
Isabelle Grenier Université Laval '03 Sainte-Foy, Quebec
Nikki Johnson Simon Fraser '98 Niagara Falls, Ont.
Teresa Kleindienst Simon Fraser '02 Mission, B.C.
Kim Smith Utah Mission, B.C.
Shona Thorburn Utah Hamilton, Ontario
Sheila Townsend U. of B.C. Maple Ridge, B.C.