Wearing USA on jersey is amazing

Courtesy USA Basketball

Tricia Liston, No. 13, and her USA teammates are working hard to develop some chemistry before heading to Russia.

Just the fact that I was asked to try out for the USA Basketball team was a great honor, but actually making the team was amazing. Being given this opportunity to play for my country and travel to Russia wearing the three letters, USA, across my chest is something I am very proud to represent.

I am beyond excited to go to Russia and play with a very talented group of women from many universities. It is a little different playing with a variety of players for the first time, but I am excited to see the chemistry and dynamic that we will build throughout this next week before we head to Russia.

We had our first day of two-a-day practices Wednesday in Colorado Springs, and it was really intense. We have one week to grow together and prepare for the University Games. Everyone knows what is at stake, and they are willing to practice with intensity and compete in every drill.

It is really fun to be a part of something much larger than ourselves -- our country. Playing for Team USA will allow me to meet and build new relationships, which is one of the things I am most excited about. I look forward to finally being able to compete against other countries and represent the USA in the best way I can.

A shout-out to my Duke teammates and coaching staff as I miss you all!

Go Duke and go Team USA!

Duke senior Tricia Liston will be playing for the USA Basketball World University Games team that will travel to Kazan, Russia from July 8-15. It is Liston's first experience playing for a USA Basketball team, following a standout junior year in which she made a school-record 80 3-pointers and ranked third nationally in 3-point field goal percentage [46.5 percent].