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Former Spartan Tori Jankoska to Play in World University Games

July 11, 2017

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Former Michigan State women's basketball All-American Tori Jankoska will play for Team USA in the World University games next month in Taiwan.

Jankoska and former Terrapin Malina Howard join the Maryland women's basketball team to complete the U.S. roster. The Terrapins were selected by the United States International University Sports Federation (US-IUSF) to represent the United States in the World University Games, which will be Aug. 19-30, 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan.

Jankoska, a Freeland, Michigan, native played four seasons at Michigan State, earning All-Big Ten honors in all four years, including first-team honors in 2017. For her career, she averaged 16.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game while shooting 35.4 percent from outside the arc.

"I'm extremely excited about joining Coach (Brenda) Frese and the Maryland team for the World University Games," Jankoska said. "They have had a tremendous program throughout the years. It's an amazing opportunity to see the world, play the game I love and represent the United States."

The World University Games are held every other year and are organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). In 2015, former Spartan All-American Aerial Powers helped the U.S. capture gold against Canada in South Korea. Powers led the U.S. in scoring averaging 18.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. MSU head coach Suzy Merchant was an assistant coach for the USA Basketball team that captured gold in Belgrade, Serbia in 2009.

Jankoska became the MSU career scoring leader and the first Spartan women's basketball player to eclipse the 2,000-point mark, ending her career with 2,212 points. She also broke the Michigan State single-season scoring record with 746 points last season, which ranked second in the Big Ten. Jankoska also became Michigan State's all-time leader in 3-pointers made with 320 and free throws made with 478. She was also second in career assists with 489.

She was drafted ninth overall by the Chicago Sky. Jankoska will join Maryland in College Park early next month for practice before they depart for Taiwan Aug. 13.

After the World University Games, Jankoska will remain overseas, playing for Basket Gdynia in Gdynia, Poland. The Spartans' all-time leading scorer will head to Poland in September to begin her overseas professional career. She follows recent MSU players Jasmine Hines, Becca Mills and Annalise Pickrel, who all found success overseas.

The U.S. squad will open the World University Games run Monday, Aug. 21 vs. Uganda, then will play two more pool play games, followed by medal rounds. They were selected to Pool C, along with the Czech Republic, Uganda and Poland. The other countries that qualified for the women's basketball competition are Chinese Taipei, Hungary, Sweden, China, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Portugal, Russia, Australia, Lithuania and Argentina.

After playing Uganda at 12:30 a.m. ET on Aug. 21, the U.S. will take on Poland at 12:30 a.m. ET on Aug. 22, then the Czech Republic at 8 a.m. ET on Aug. 23. The quarterfinals and semifinals will be Aug. 25 and 26, then the medal round games will be played Aug. 28.

For more information on the U.S. in the World University Games click here. Information on streaming will be announced on a later date.



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