Maryland senior center Lynetta Kizer was selected as one of 14 finalists for the U.S. World University Games women’s basketball team on Wednesday following three days of trails in Colorado Springs.
The All-Met from Woodbridge who played high school basketball at Potomac (Va.) was invited to trials following a junior season in which she was second on the Terrapins in scoring (13.2 points per game) and minutes played (24.8) and was first in rebounding (7.8) while starting all 32 games
“It’s a tremendous honor for Lynetta to be selected. It’s a great honor for her and the program,” Maryland Coach Brenda Frese said. “We’re just thrilled for her given the time and commitment she’s put in to be successful.”
The initial group comprised 35 invitees, including Georgetown junior guard Sugar Rodgers, who was not chosen as a finalist. The 14 remaining players are scheduled to go back to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs from July 31 to Aug. 8 for additional workouts before the roster is reduced to 12 for the World University Games in Shenzhen, China, Aug. 14-21.
“It was a kind of like a relief, just a sigh of relief,” Kizer said. “I was really excited to hear my name called with the caliber of girls that are out there.”
Kizer has had previous international experience as part of the U.S. under-18 national team in 2008 that went undefeated on the way to winning the gold medal at the FIBA U18 World Championships in Buenos Aires.
Kizer was a second-team all-ACC selection this past season, helping Maryland to fourth place in the conference. She was named ACC rookie of the year in 2009 and third-team all-conference as a sophomore.
Kizer is one of two finalists from the ACC selected to the U.S. World University Games team. Miami’s Shenise Johnson is the other. The Big East has five representatives, including three from Notre Dame, which beat Connecticut in this year’s nationals semifinals before losing to Texas A&M in the title game.