Overbeck named to USA Basketball Women's U19 team

May 21, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Vanderbilt rising sophomore Kayla Overbeck has been named to the 2017 USA Basketball Women's U19 World Cup Team.

Overbeck, a 6-1 forward from Newbury Park, Calif., and her teammates will look to capture America's seventh straight FIBA U19 World Cup gold medal when they travel to Italy for the international hoops competition July 22-30.

Overbeck, who earned Southeastern Conference All-Freshman recognition in late February, was both relieved and excited when she learned of her selection to the U19 national team.

"I was nervous sitting in the chair, but at the end of the day I felt like I had played the best basketball I could to make the team," Overbeck said. "It's really exciting, because it is what I dreamed about when I was a kid. To be able to reach it is like a dream come true."

Vanderbilt head coach Stephanie White was delighted to get the news that Overbeck would be joining the USA Basketball U19 squad.

"We are so proud of KO. She continues to improve every day, she works her tail off and she deserves this. We are happy for her and know she will represent Team USA and our Vanderbilt community well," White said.

Overbeck enters international competition off a huge freshman campaign. Her 7.2 rebounds per game ranked second among Commodores and paced all SEC freshmen. She also averaged 9.4 points, leading the Commodores with a .518 field goal percentage.

Overbeck and her U19 teammates will return to Colorado Springs July 7 to begin training camp before departing for Italy on July 15. The U.S. squad will then compete July 17-19 in a four-team exhibition tournament against host Italy, Latvia and Spain before tipping off 2017 U19 World Cup play July 22 against Mali.

Overbeck stressed effort, communication, leadership and rebounding during the recent U19 tryouts when 32 of the nation's top young players gathered in Colorado.

"I might not be the tallest person, I might not be the most physical person, might not be the best, but at the end of the day if I can do the things I control, like communicating when I'm on the court, hustle plays and sprinting, I focused on that, because that's what I can do. So, hopefully when I was playing, I hope they saw that too," Overbeck said.

Joining Overbeck on the USA U19 World Cup Team are Bella Alarie (Princeton/Bethesda, Md.); Jeannie Boehm (Harvard/Winnetka, Ill.); Chennedy Carter (Timberview H.S./Arlington, Texas); Crystal Dangerfield (Connecticut/Murfreesboro, Tenn.); Tyasha Harris (South Carolina/Noblesville, Ind.); Ruthy Hebard (Oregon/Fairbanks, Alaska); Joyner Holmes (Texas/Cedar Hill, Texas); Reili Richardson (Arizona State/Brea, Calif.); Alecia Sutton (Texas/St. Louis, Mo.); Megan Walker (Monacan H.S./Chesterfield, Va.); and Christyn Williams (Central Arkansas Christian School/Little Rock, Ark.).


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