July 26, 2007
DEKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois University women's basketball head coach Carol Owens, who is a member of the coaching staff of the 2007 USA Basketball U19 Women's World Championship Team, and Team USA begin competition in the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women today against Ivory Coast at 8:15 p.m. in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Team USA will be competing in Group B with Ivory Coast, China and Lithuania. Team USA will face China Friday, July 27 and Lithuania Saturday, July 28 with second round play beginning July 30. The Americans head into the championship after posting a 3-0 record in the U19 Exhibition Tournament held in the Canary Islands July 19-21, defeating Australia, Brazil and Spain.
This is the second-straight year that Owens is serving as an assistant coach for Team USA under head coach Doug Bruno. Bruno, who is the head women's basketball coach at DePaul, was also the head coach of the U18 Team. Last season, Owens helped lead the 2006 USA Basketball Women's U18 National Team to a perfect 4-0 record and the gold medal at the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
After two seasons at the helm of the Northern Illinois University women's basketball program, Owens has put together a 31-29 overall record. This season, Owens has led the Huskies to their most wins, 19, since the 2001-02 season. The Huskies won seven of their first 10 games in 2006-07 and took home the championship of the Mildred and Roger L. White Tournament, defeating Cincinnati and host Northwestern.
In April, another milestone was reached when the Chicago Sky selected Stephanie Raymond in the second round of the 2007 WNBA Draft. She is the first Huskie women's basketball player drafted by the WNBA and as the 20th overall selection, Raymond is the highest Huskie drafted by a professional franchise.
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