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Plaisance Makes Team USA U18 Team

Plaisance Makes Team USA U18 Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — After 16 finalists participated in six days of trials at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC), USA Basketball announced its final, 12-player 2010 USA Women’s U18 National Team roster that includes LSU Lady Tiger signee Theresa Plaisance.

Players must have been born on or before Jan. 1, 1992 to be eligible for the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, and the selections were made by the USA Junior National Team Committee, which is chaired by Sue Donohoe, the NCAA’s vice president for Division I women’s basketball. The team will now stay in Colorado Springs to train before competing in the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women.

Joining Plaisance on the roster are: Diamond DeShields (Norcross H.S./Norcross, Ga.); Stefanie Dolson (Minisink Valley H.S./Port Jervis, N.Y.); Reshanda Gray (Washington Prep H.S./Los Angeles, Calif.); Cassie Harberts (San Clemente H.S./San Clemente, Calif.); Bria Hartley (North Babylon H.S./North Babylon, N.Y.); Malina Howard (Twinsburg H.S./Twinsburg, Ohio); Alexis Jones (MacArthur H.S./Irving, Texas); Allyson Malott (Madison H.S./Middletown, Ohio); Kayla McBride (Villa Maria Academy/Erie, Pa.); Chiney Ogwumike (Cy-Fair H.S./Cypress, Texas); and Cassie Peoples (Cy-Fair H.S./Houston, Texas).

Plaisance, who will be a true freshman in the fall at LSU, led Vandebilt Catholic High School to its first-ever state championship in April. The Lady Terriers topped Jennings in the Class 4A title game and Plaisance scored a game-high 24 points with 11 rebounds and five blocked shots to earn most outstanding player honors.

Plaisance is a 2010 McDonald’s All-American and the Class 4A Player of the Year. She averaged 16 points and 10 boards per game as a senior. Plaisance played her freshman and sophomore seasons at Ursuline Academy of New Orleans before transferring to Vandebilt.

Plaisance, ranked the No. 8 post player in the nation and the No. 40 overall by ESPN, is the daughter of DoBee Plaisance, current women’s basketball head coach at Nicholls State.