Maryland women to represent the US at World University Games

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The Maryland women’s basketball team will represent the U.S. at the World University Games next summer in Taiwan.

It’s just the second time that a women’s college team will play in the games as the American entry. UNC Charlotte participated in 2007. The Big 12 Conference fielded a team in 2003.

The Kansas men’s program did it in 2015 and Purdue will represent the U.S. in 2017.

The games are a multi-sport competition open to athletes between the ages of 17 and 24 who are enrolled in college or at most one year out of school. They will take place from Aug. 19-30 making it difficult for the U.S. to field a team of players from many different schools.

The American women have won nine golds, six silvers and one bronze medal. Maryland alum Brionna Jones helped the team win gold in 2015.