TAIPEI – The Maryland women's basketball team received its pool placement this week for the World University Games in Taiwan in August.
The Terrapins were selected by the United States International University Sports Federation (US-IUSF) to represent the United States in the World University Games, which will be Aug. 19-30, 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan.
Maryland was selected to Pool C, along with the Czech Republic, Uganda and Poland. The other countries that qualified for the women's basketball competition are Chinese Taipei, Hungary, Sweden, China, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Portugal, Russia, Australia, Lithuania and Argentina.
The team draw for the 2017 Summer World University Games took place last week at the FISU Heads of Delegation meeting in Taipei. During the team draw, ping pong balls representing each competing nation were drawn to decide the pools for each of the seven team sports (men's and women's basketball, soccer, volleyball, water polo and men's baseball) in the Summer World University Games.
The World University Games will begin Aug. 19 with the opening ceremony and will conclude Aug. 30 with the closing ceremony. For more information or on how to join the Terps in Taipei, click here.
The World University Games are held every other year and are organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The event is a multi-sport competition open to men and women who are between the ages of 17 and 24, and are or have been within the past year, a student at a college or university.
This is just the second time a full team from a women's collegiate program has represented the U.S. at the World University Games. UNC Charlotte participated in 2007 and the Big 12 conference fielded a team in 2003.
On the men's side, Northern Iowa represented the U.S. in 2007, Kansas did in 2015 and Purdue will represent the USA in 2017.
A team from the United States has participated in 19 prior World University Games and collected a record nine golds, six silvers and one bronze medal. Since 1973, the first year the USA women competed in the WUGs, USA women's teams have compiled an overall record of 109-22.
Individually, four Terrapins have competed in the World University Games. Tara Heiss (1979), Lynetta Kizer (2011) and Brionna Jones (2015) all won gold and Katrina Colleton (1993) took home a bronze medal. Ten of head coach Brenda Frese's players have won gold representing the U.S.