Christon invited to training camp

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Former University of Arkansas women’s basketball player Shameka Christon accepted an invitation to attend the 2009 USA Basketball Women’s National Team fall training camp it was announced recently.

Christon, currently a member of the WNBA’s New York Liberty, joins 13 other players who were invited to the training camp as the national team begins preparations for the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

Christon will attend training camp from Sept. 30-Oct. 5 at American University in Washington, D.C.

Other players invited include: Jayne Appel (Stanford / Pleasant Hill, Calif.); Alana Beard (Washington Mystics); Swin Cash (Seattle Storm); Tina Charles (Connecticut / Jamaica, N.Y.); Candice Dupree (Chicago Sky); Lindsey Harding (Washington Mystics); Ebony Hoffman (Indiana Fever); Asjha Jones (Connecticut Sun); Crystal Langhorne (Washington Mystics); Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream); Maya Moore (Connecticut / Lawrenceville, Ga.); Lindsay Whalen (Connecticut Sun); and Candice Wiggins (Minnesota Lynx).

The squad also includes two-time Olympic gold medalists Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever) and Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury); as well as 2008 gold medalists Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky), Kara Lawson (Sacramento Monarchs), Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks) and Cappie Pondexter (Phoenix Mercury) who were named to the 2009-12 USA Basketball Women’s National Team on Aug. 17.

The 2004 SEC Player of the Year, Christon played for the Razorbacks from 2000-04 and finished her career averaging 15.9 points-per-game and 5.8 rebounds-per-game at Arkansas.

The current Arkansas Razorbacks begin fall drills in less than a month, with season tickets set to go on sale for the 2009-10 season soon.