Langhorne Named MVP
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland's Crystal Langhorne was named Most Valuable Player of the 2005 U19 FIBA World Championship in Tunis, Tunisia, as she helped the USA win the gold medal on Sunday, July 24, with a 97-76 win over Serbia and Montenegro.
It is the second gold medal of the summer for Langhorne (Willingboro, N.J./Willingboro), teammate Marissa Coleman (Cheltenham, Md./St. John's College [D.C.]), who will be a freshman at Maryland in the fall, and the United States. The Americans won the gold medal at the International Sports Invitational in San Diego in June.
"This means a lot (winning the MVP award), I feel honored. There were so many great players in this tournament and on our team, to be named MVP is overwhelming," said team tri-captain Langhorne in a USA Basketball press release.
The 2005 ACC Rookie of the Year, Langhorne started all eight games of the tournament and led the team in scoring with 16.6 points per game and was second in rebounding with 6.4 rebounds. Making her debut on the U19 World Championship game, she also shot a team-best .775 from the field (55-71).
A two-time Gatorade Player of the Year for the District of Columbia and a high school All-American, Coleman average 8.1 ppg and 4.4 rpg, playing in every game of the championship. In her second summer with the U19 squad, she was instrumental in helping the USA qualify for this summer's U19 FIBA World Championship.
In the gold medal game, Langhorne was 7-for-7 from the field for 14 points, while adding three rebounds. She had dominated the Chinese in Americans' win over the China (99-68), netting 23 points on 9-for-10 shooting to put the U.S. in the gold medal game.
Coleman added eight points in the team's gold-medal victory, while adding three rebounds and two steals.
Formerly known as the FIBA Women's Junior World Championship and held every four years since 1985, the USA's capturing of gold in 2005 marks just the second time the American women have claimed gold in the six U19 World Championships. The U.S. now boasts of a 32-10 overall record and has captured two gold (2005, 1997) and one bronze medal (2001).
-- Courtesy University of Maryland