ROCHESTER, Mich. - Oakland sophomore guard Taylor Jones has been selected to the U.S. Virgin Islands Women’s Basketball National Team which will compete at the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Centrobasket Championship, July 12 -16, in the Saint Thomas Virgin Islands.
"This is a great opportunity for Taylor to not only represent the U.S. Virgin Islands, but Oakland University as well,” said Oakland Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Jeff Tungate. “She is very deserving of this honor and I look forward to watching her compete on a national stage."
"We're really excited to have Taylor join the U.S. Virgin Islands Women's National Team," said Assistant Coach, Clint Williams. “I've followed Taylor very closely in her first two seasons at Oakland University so when her name came up as one of the potential players we'd like to have participate, it was a no brainer to me that we must reach out to have her join our team. I spoke to coach Tungate about the opportunity of her playing for us this summer and he was immediately on board.”
“My expectations for Taylor on this team is to quite frankly be herself and play the game like she is very capable of doing. She will be one of the players who we will expect to score the ball and put pressure on defenses by drawing fouls, getting to the free throw line and being an overall playmaker,” added Williams. “We're really excited to have her on the roster and help us reach our ultimate goal of winning this tournament and the gold medal".
Jones was named Horizon League Sixth Player of the Year coming off the bench this season to lead the team in scoring at 15.3 ppg which ranked seventh in the league. She scored over 20 points 10 times and reached double figures 20 times helping Oakland’s offense average 76.6 ppg which ranked 19th nationally.
Jones also helped Oakland to a 12-6 league record which marked the first time the Golden Grizzlies won 12 Horizon League games since joining the conference in the 2013-14 season. It also was the first time Oakland has won 12 conference games since going 14-4 in the Summit League in 2009-10.