MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University women’s basketball junior guard Tynice Martin
is one of 40 players invited to the 2017 USA Basketball U23 National Team Trials, which will take place July 31-Aug. 4 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee issued the invitations.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Tynice,” coach Mike Carey said. “She has been a very productive and a hardworking player here at West Virginia the last two seasons and I am confident she’ll represent our University with great pride at the USA Basketball team trials. I am very proud of her and wish her the best of luck.”
Martin was a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection as a sophomore in 2016-17. She scored 82 points in the Big 12 Championship, third-most all-time, and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Martin tallied three 30-point games this season, including a Big 12 Championship final game-record 32 points in WVU’s 77-66 victory over Baylor (March 6) to claim the tournament crown. Martin became the 34th Mountaineer overall and the third-quickest to reach the 1,000-point milestone with her 26 points in the NCAA Tournament First Round victory over Elon (March 17).
Martin finished second in the Big 12 with 18.6 points per game, fifth in treys made (2.2), fifth in steals (1.8 spg), sixth in free throw percentage (81.8%), 11th in field goal percentage (36.5%) and led the conference in minutes played (35.6 mpg). Nationally, Martin was 11th in minutes played (1,246), 20th in final points (651), 32nd in field goals made (227) and 40th in points per game (18.6 ppg).
She became the first Mountaineer sophomore in program history to earn All-America Honorable Mention accolades from the Associated Press and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).
Martin is the second Mountaineer to be invited to the USA Basketball Team Trials in the last two years. Bria Holmes was invited to the USA Basketball Women’s Pan American and World University Games Team Trials in 2015.
The 12-member team that will represent the USA in an inaugural U23 Four Nations Tournament for college-aged women this summer in Tokyo, Japan, is expected to be announced on Aug. 4. Players selected to the team will continue training at the USOTC through Aug. 7 before departing for Tokyo. Athletes eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens who are 23 years old or younger and currently are freshmen, sophomores or juniors in college.
Leading the 2017 USA Basketball Women’s U23 National Team will be Jeff Walz of Louisville as head coach, with Courtney Banghart of Princeton and Michelle Clark-Heard of Western Kentucky as assistant coaches.
Additionally, Geno Auriemma, 2009-16 USA Basketball Women’s National Team head coach and head coach at Connecticut, will serve as the lead clinician during training camp, guiding all of the sessions except the team practices and games.
During training camp, athletes will take part in sessions dedicated to skill development and to understanding the culture of success that is an important aspect of playing for the USA Basketball Women’s National Team. Additionally, the participants will be divided into four teams that will compete in a round-robin tournament that results in semifinals and gold and bronze medal games.