Maryland center Alicia DeVaughn invited to U.S. trials


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Maryland center Alicia DeVaughn has been invited to try out for the U.S. World University Games team this weekend in Colorado Springs, the school announced in a press release. DeVaughn is one of 33 players competing for 12 spots, announced Sunday morning. The 2013 World University Games will be held July 8-15 in Kazan, Russia.

DeVaughn, a 6-foot-4 rising senior from Florida, started all 34 games for an otherwise injury-plagued Maryland team this past winter, notching 12 double-doubles and averaging 8.4 points per game, fourth among regulars. DeVaughn, who was named to the 2011-12 all-ACC defensive team, also swatted a team-high 30 shots and has now played in 102 straight games. Maryland finished the season at 26-8, reaching the Sweet 16.

Team USA will compete in Group B at the 2013 WUGs with preliminary-round games scheduled against Belarus, Czech Republic and Brazil. The top two teams from each pool advances to the medal-round quarterfinals to compete for first through eighth place. The gold medal game (the United States has won WUG eight titles) takes place on July 15. In 2011, the USA went 6-0 and won the gold, paced by seven points per game from former Maryland center Lynetta Kizer.

>> Former Terps forward Tianna Hawkins met the unforgiving Seattle media corps this week. Selected sixth overall by the Storm in this year’s WNBA draft, Hawkins scored eight points in 23 minutes in last Sunday’s preseason win over the Los Angeles Sparks. Seattle hosts the Tulsa Shock in more preseason action Friday night, and begins its season on May 26 against the Sparks.

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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