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Stanford senior McPhee earns spot on USA U23 hoops team

 

Stanford senior Brittany McPhee was named to the USA Basketball U23 National Team that will compete in the inaugural Four Nations Tournament Aug. 12-15 at Katayanagi Arena in Tokyo, Japan.

McPhee made the 12-member squad from a pool of 37 hopefuls following a week of camp at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.


Brittany McPhee
The team will continue training at the USOTC through Aug. 7 before departing for Tokyo for its games against Australia, Canada and Japan.

Athletes eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens who are 23 years old or younger and were freshmen, sophomores or juniors during the 2016-17 collegiate season.

McPhee had a breakout junior year for the Cardinal in 2016-17 and was named All-Pac-12 following a season in which she started 37 games and averaged 13.3 points and 4.9 rebounds.

The versatile guard led Stanford in scoring in the NCAA tournament at 16.8 points per game and made 44.4 percent of her 3-pointers in the Cardinal's Final Four run.

The Pac-12's second-most improved scorer year-over-year, McPhee upped her scoring over her sophomore season by 6.8 points per game. Twenty-five of her 35 career games scoring in double figures came this past season as did seven of her nine career 20-point efforts.

McPhee was named to the Lexington Region All-Tournament team after some superb postseason performances. She scored 16 of her game-high 21 in the first half of a second-round win over Kansas State and also had seven rebounds, five assists and a career-high five made 3-pointers.

In Stanford's massive comeback against Notre Dame in the Elite Eight, McPhee scored 19 of her game-high 27 in the second half to go along with five rebounds, four assists, two blocks and another five made 3-pointers.

A human biology major with a 3.73 GPA, McPhee was honored by the NCAA as this year's women's basketball Elite 90 award winner, given to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 90 championships.

McPhee will be the third current member of the Stanford roster to play internationally this summer.

Junior Alanna Smith won silver with Australia's senior national team at the FIBA Asia Cup in Bangalore, India and averaged 10.8 points on 58.3 percent shooting and 5.3 rebounds.

Incoming freshman Alyssa Jerome averaged 7.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists when she captained Canada to a bronze medal at the FIBA U19 World Cup in Udine and Cividale del Friuli, Italy.

— Stanford Athletics

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