It's not unusual for the Huskies' top players to spend their summer representing the United States in international play. So it's hardly surprising to see Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Bria Hartley accept invitations to take part in the 2013 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team.
Stefanie Dolson was expected to earn an invite but she's instead using the offseason to rest injuries that dogged her during UConn's title run last April.
All three players have national team experience, competing on the US National U19 squad in previous summers; in fact, Mosqueda-Lewis has three gold medals and Hartley has two.
This year's trials will take place from May 16-19 at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. More details via the Hartford Courant:
The 2013 World University Games (WUGs) women’s basketball competition will be held July 8-15 in Kazan, Russia. Organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and held every other year, the WUGs is a multi-sport competition open to men and women who are between the ages of 17 and 24 (born 01/01/89 through 12/31/95). The USA Basketball women’s team will be comprised of U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled in college and have remaining eligibility.
Current collegiate athletes invited to participate in the 2013 USA U19 World Championship Team trials are eligible and may be considered for the 2013 USA World University Games Team. Trials for both teams will take place in staggered sessions May 16-19.
The 12-member roster is expected to be announced the morning of May 19, and all athletes will depart for home. The team will regroup for training June 25-July 1 at the USOTC prior to traveling to Russia.
Three Huskies -- Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck -- were invited to tryout for the US U19 team during this same time frame in Colorado Springs. Per the rules described above, they can also be considered for the World University Games Team. Either way, the Huskies will be well represented in international competition this summer.