Kea, USA ready to begin gold medal chase

Vanderbilt freshman Paris Kea.

Aug. 5, 2014

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Vanderbilt freshman Paris Kea and her teammates on the USA women's U18 national team have put in the work. Now, they are hoping to reap the rewards.

After weeks and weeks of intense practices and workouts, the USA U18 women will open their schedule against Mexico at 7 p.m (central) on Aug. 6 in Sports Center I at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Kea, the former standout at Page High in Greensboro, N.C, said she is looking forward to getting into action: "After going a week of two-a-day practices and now getting a chance to scrimmage and play against other teams, we are excited," she said. "We are having fun."

Kea was a three-time AP All-State First Team selection in high school, and averaged 24.2 points and 7.1 rebounds as a senior. She and her USA teammates are hoping to help the USA squad secure its seventh straight gold medal in FIBA Americas U18 Championship play.

USA head coach Dawn Staley (the head coach at South Carolina) said she is looking forward to seeing how her team responds to the gold-medal chase.

"I think we are getting excited," Staley said about the upcoming tournament.

"We have beat each other up in the morning practice and then depending on who we scrimmaged, either we were getting beat up, or we had some pretty good competition in some of the other national teams. I think we want to play for a stake, for a gold medal. That's why we are here, so we are getting a little bit antsy about playing the real competition."

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