A USA Women’s All-Star Basketball team is leaving for China to participate in an important international basketball tournament. The “Four Nations” tournament features the Chinese National “B” team, the Australia Rising Opals and the National team of Hungary in addition to the USA. The team, organized and coached by NetScouts Basketball, will play a round-robin format in three cities for a total of nine games. The team will play six games in Jiangxi Province then play three games in Changshu, in Jiangsu Province. From there the team will head to Beijing to play two games against the China U19 National team. The team will return to the United States on July 1st.
The NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars are comprised of Chelsea Hopkins 5’8, PG (San Diego State/Las Vegas, NV), Taleya Mayberry 5’8, PG (Tulsa/ Tulsa, OK), China Crosby 5’5, PG (Virginia/The Bronx, NY), Alexis Gray-Lawson 5’8, G (California, Phoenix (WNBA), Israel/Oakland, CA), Tahnee Robinson 5’10, G (Nevada, Israel, Bulgaria/Fort Washakie, WY), Aulani Sinclair 6’1, F (Indiana/Eminence, IN), Sarah Eichler 5’11, F (Green Bay/Grafton, WI), Chelsea Poppens 6’2, F (Iowa State/Aplington, IA), Aishah Sutherland 6’2, F (Kansas, Italy/Perris, CA), Jessica Lawson 6’3, F/C (South Florida, Israel/Edgewood, FL), Talia Caldwell 6’3, C (California, Los Angeles, CA) and Nikki Greene 6’4, C (Penn State, Diboll, TX)
Hopkins (13.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg,6.8 apg) was an Honorable Mention All-America and the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year. She led the nation with four triple-doubles this season and ranked seventh in the country in assists.
Mayberry averaged 18.7 points per game and finished the season with 616 points, second on the all-time season scoring list at Tulsa.
Crosby adds depth to the point guard spot and averaged 6.0 ppg, 4.4 apg, 3.0 rpg and 1.6 spg for Virginia this season.
Gray-Lawson averaged 17.8 ppg in her senior season at Cal and finished her career in 2008-09 with the most made three-pointers in Cal history. She was drafted by the Washington Mystics of the WNBA and played two seasons for the Phoenix Mercury. She spent the last two seasons in Israel ranking among the league scoring leaders.
Robinson was among the nation’s scoring leaders with 22.1 ppg at Nevada in her senior year. She was drafted by the Phoenix Mercury and averaged 16.5 ppg in Bulgaria this season.
Sinclair was the leading scorer for Indiana this year (15.5 ppg) and shot 38.5 per cent on three-pointers. She was an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection, won the State Farm 3-point Shooting Contest at the Final Four and finished her career as the top all-time 3-point shooter at Indiana.
Eichler helped Green Bay to a 29-3 record and an NCAA bid. She was the second leading scorer at 11.8 ppg and shot 40.7 per cent on 3-pointers.
Poppens was the second leading scorer (13.4 ppg) and leading rebounder (9.7 rpg) for a 24-9 Iowa State team that lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament. She was recently released by the Seattle Storm (WNBA).
Sutherland averaged 13.9 ppg and 8.9 rebounds in her senior season at Kansas. After being released by the Atlanta Dream (WNBA) she played effectively in Italy.
Lawson averaged a double-double (14.5 ppg, 10.5 rpg) in her senior year at South Florida. She was the leading rebounder Israel this year (13.6 rpg) while scoring 14.9 ppg.
Caldwell was a four-year starter at California, helping the Bears to the Final Four in 2012-13. She averaged 9.1 ppg and 7.5 rpg this year.
Greene helped Penn State to a 26-6 record and to the second round of the NCAA tournament. She averaged 9.2 ppg and 8.5 rpg and was recently released by the Phoenix Mercury (WNBA).
NetScouts Basketball organizes and coaches All-Star Men’s and Women’s teams which represent the USA in international basketball competition. This enables highly successful players who have recently completed their eligibility to represent their country, get an experience playing international basketball and provide an amazing cultural experience.
Media inquiries can be directed to Carl Berman at (541) 359-9653. Information on NetScouts Basketball can be obtained at www.netscoutsbasketball.com. Detailed articles on the “Four Nations” tournament will be found on the NetScouts Basketball Blog. Email [email protected] to get on the mailing list for tour related articles, information and photos.