Five BIG EAST Representatives Win Gold at World University Games




SHENZHEN, China - Five BIG EAST representatives helped the 2011 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team (6-0) to the gold medal with a 101-66 victory over Taiwan (5-1) on Sunday night in Shenzhen, China. Three of the BIG EAST participants were Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins (South Bend, Ind.), Natalie Novosel (Lexington, Ky.) and Devereaux Peters (Chicago, Ill.). DePaul's Keisha Hampton (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Georgetown's head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy rounded out the group. In all, four players scored in double digits for the United States during the title game, including Diggins, who netted 19 points and dished out six of the USA's WUG record-tying 27 assists. USA Basketball has claimed gold at the last four WUGs in which it has entered a team (2001, 2005, 2009 and 2011). Further, the U.S., which has competed in a total of 16 World University Games, now owns a record eight golds, six silvers and one bronze medal and boasts a 95-15 all-time win-loss record in WUG play. Taiwan's silver marks its first women's basketball medal ever at the World University Games, while Australia (2011 bronze medal winner) previously claimed gold once and bronze twice.