Kosiorek invited to basketball trials

The word "overachiever" seems custom-made for Rosemary Kosiorek.

A 5-foot, 5-inch two-time All-Metro selection from Mercy High School, she wasn't even supposed to get a Division I scholarship to play basketball, and all she did was rewrite the West Virginia women's basketball record book.


Kosiorek has been invited along with 55 other women to try out for the U.S. Olympic basketball team in Colorado Springs, Colo., in late May.

"I wasn't even expected to play college basketball, so to have something like this happen, it's the ultimate feeling," Kosiorek said by phone last night from her campus apartment in Morgantown, W.Va.


Also on the list of invitees are Maryland's Malissa Boles, a second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection this season, and Vicky Bullett, the Terps' all-time leading scorer, and a reserve on the 1988 gold-medal winning American Olympic team.

The invitation roster is dotted with stars such as Virginia's Dawn Staley, two-time national Player of the Year; Val Whiting, who led Stanford to a national championship last week; and former greats Cheryl Miller, Nancy Lieberman-Cline and Teresa Edwards, widely acclaimed as the world's best women's player.

Two of the invitees, Edwards and Lynette Woodard, have been named to two American Olympic teams, and eight members of the 1988 Olympic team have been invited.

In addition, 51 of the 56 invitees have international playing experience, including 11 of the 12 participants on the 1990 squad that won the gold medal in the world championships and the Goodwill Games.

Kosiorek is aware that the competition will be keen for the 12 slots, to be determined two weeks after the trials.

"Every player has been a great player, either in college or even professionally, so just to get invited is an honor," Kosiorek said. "The girls that have been on the international teams have a better chance than I."

Kosiorek brings more than a few skills to the trials.

She is West Virginia's all-time leader in points, steals and assists, and was named a Kodak All-American, as well as Atlantic 10 Player of the Year this season.


"I'm looking forward to getting out there and seeing what happens. No matter what, this is a pretty big honor," Kosiorek said.