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    AUGUST 25, 2005
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Dupree Collins

Junior Candice Dupree 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.

The 2005 Games were held Aug. 10–19 in Imzir, Turkey.

The U.S. team finished first out of 20 teams, 7-0.

Dupree, who led the women’s basketball team 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.

She is one of the 30 candidates for the 2005–06 John R. Wooden Women’s Award and has been selected as a preseason candidate for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association State Farm Wade Trophy Division I Player of the Year award.

Senior Mardy Collins was selected to play on the USA Basketball U21 Team, which competed in the 2005 FIBA U21 World Championship Aug. 5–14 in Argentina. The team finished 7-1, fifth out of 11 teams.

Collins, a two-time All-District honoree, is a candidate for the 2006 John R. Wooden Award.

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