Dupree playing for U.S. at World University Games
After training with 16 finalists in Colorado Springs since July 28, junior Candice Dupree has earned a spot on the final 12-member 2005 USA Basketball women's team for the World University Games Team.
This is the first USA Basketball experience for Dupree, though she is following in head coach Dawn Staley's footsteps. Staley was a member of the World University Games Team before being selected to the Olympic Team in 1996.
Twenty-one teams will compete in the 2005 Games, set for Aug. 11-21 in Imzir, Turkey. The teams have been divided into four preliminary pools; the U.S. is in Pool B with China, Czech Republic, Poland and South Africa. The team opened the Games on Aug. 10 against the Czech Republic.
Dupree, who led Temple to its best season in program history, was named an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American and the Atlantic 10 Conference's Player of the Year after averaging 16.3 points per game and 9.1 rebounds per game in 2004-05. The 2005 A-10 Defensive Player of the Year, Dupree helped the Owls to a No. 15 ranking and the nation's best winning streak, which reached 25 games before ending in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The World University Games, held every two years and organized by the International University Sports Federation, are a multi-sport competition open to men and women between the ages of 17 and 28 who are, or have been within the past year, a student at a college or university.