University of Tennessee junior basketball player Loree Moore has been selected as part of the United States Pan American Games women's basketball team as announced by USA Basketball.
The team will begin training in Boston, Mass., on July 17 with the Games scheduled to open in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on Aug. 2.
This week's selection marks the third time during the 5'9" guard's career that she has been tabbed to play for her country. She picked up a gold medal on the 2000 U.S. FIBA Junior World Championship team and played for the bronze medal-winning U.S. FIBA Junior National squad in 2001.
Moore, a Lakewood, Calif., native, joins an impressive list of women's basketball superstars selected to Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan's Pan Am squad. She finds herself alongside former teammates, Nicole Powell of Stanford and Ann Strother of Connecticut, from the bronze-winning junior national team.
Other high-profile players such as Duke's Iciss Tillis and Jamie Carey of Texas will join Moore as well. Vanderbilt's Jenni Benningfield, Georgetown's Rebekkah Brunson, Cal-Santa Barbara's Lindsay Taylor, Minnesota's Janel McCarville, Laurie Koehn of Kansas State, Barbara Turner of Connecticut and Roneeka Hodges (who is transferring from LSU) round out the all-star squad list.
This past season, while finishing first on the team in steals (97) and second in assists (145), Moore helped the Lady Vols garner a 33-5 overall record, the Southeastern Conference regular season title and an appearance in the NCAA Championship game.
She was consistently among the SEC's league leaders in several categories during the year, eventually finishing the season fifth in steals (2.55 spg), eighth in assist/turnover ratio (1.50) and tenth in assists (3.79 apg).
She led UT in field goal percentage (22-of-33/.667) and steals (13), while finishing fourth in scoring (9.2 ppg) during Tennessee's NCAA Tournament run.
After two seasons in Knoxville, Moore has helped the Lady Vols to a 62-10 record, two SEC regular-season titles and two NCAA Final Fours, while moving herself up the UT record books. The junior heads into the 2003-04 season fifth in all-time assist average (3.86 apg), 19th in career steals (177) and 20th in career assists (278).