Dickson's invite may be boost for TU women's basketball
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
"At first, [Coach Mossman] was like, 'Oh I have to show you something," explained University of Tulsa guard Shug Dickson. "And I was like, 'Oh what did I do?' I thought I was in trouble."
But the sophomore-to-be couldn't have been further from it. Dickson is one of 33 players invited to try out for USA's under-19 World Cup team.
"For Shug to be involved in that level of competition, it's really huge," said TU head women's basketball coach Matilda Mossman. "And not only is it good for her, but it's good for our program and where we are as far as respect in the basketball world."
And the Golden Hurricane could use that boost considering they lost 21 of 31 games this season. It also says a lot about the respect for Dickson too. Not only did she make the American Athletic Conference's "All-Freshmen" team, statistically Shug's best performances came against the league's toughest opponents.
"She had 20+ points against UCONN and she had 20+ points against Temple," Mossman recalled. "So I think cumulatively, it got her a lot of attention. Because we've always said being in UCONN's league gets us extra exposure."
"Yeah I felt good going into [their 3 games against UCONN]," Dickson admitted. "I got to play some of the top players around before. And I just feel good about it."
With that said, only 12 of those 33 invited players will make the team. And Shug is confident she can make the final cut.
"Oh I'm going in determined; ready to go," Dickson said emphatically with a smile.
"Because if I make this team, it's a big accomplishment for me. And it's good for the school."
The team's tryouts will be held May 18-21 at USA's official training facility in Colorado Springs.