USA basketball knows to come to Purdue when it needs players. Carsen Edwards represented Purdue two years ago at the U-19 World Cup. Caleb Swanigan did the same. Purdue was chosen to be Team USA at the World University Games in 2017. Now the women’s team joins the action as junior Karissa McLaughlin was selected as one of 36 players to try out for this year’s Pan Am Games team:
Purdue women’s basketball rising junior Karissa McLaughlin has been invited to take part in the 2019 U.S. Pan American Games Women’s Basketball Team trials, scheduled for May 16-20 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is 1-of-36 collegiate players to accept the invitation and aims to be one of the 12 student-athletes selected to compete in Lima, Peru in August.
McLaughlin is 1-of-12 second-year players nationally to accept the invitation to the team trials and 1-of-6 student-athletes from the Big Ten Conference. Student-athletes eligible for the team must be U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled as a full-time collegiate student with remaining eligibility for 2019-20. The team will be led by USA head coach Suzy Merchant of Michigan State with assistant coaches Felisha Legette-Jack (Buffalo) and Vic Schaefer (Mississippi State).
If she makes the team Karissa will be off to Lima in August for the Games.