August 9, 2013

@EWUWBB’s Ojeda Named To Puerto Rican National Team

Ojeda will join Puerto Rico for two tournaments this summer and fall 

Former Eastern Washington Women's Basketball player Carrie Ojeda has been selected to the Puerto Rican National Team in advance of two tournaments in the coming months.

"I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to represent my native country," Ojeda said. "It's very exciting to get to play for Puerto Rico while continuing my basketball career."

Ojeda, a four-year letter winner who played for the Eagles from 2009-2013, will join her fellow compatriots for a four-game exhibition tournament in Brazil from Aug. 16-18. Puerto Rico will square off against the host nation as well as Canada and China.

The team will then return to Puerto Rico to prepare for the highly-competitive FIBA Americas Championship, held in Xalapa, Veracruz. This tournament will feature 10 squads that will be vying for three spots to the 2014 FIBA World Cup for Women that will take place in Turkey in September of 2014.

"We are excited for the opportunity Carrie has to see the world and represent Eastern and our program on an international level," head coach Wendy Schuller said. "Carrie will be solid on both ends of the floor for Puerto Rico, and they will love her just like we did.

Ojeda earned All-Big Sky Honorable Mention honors as a senior in 2012-13, averaging 10.5 points and 7.4 rebounds. She led the Eagles in scoring six times in her final season, reaching double figures in 16 games and hitting for 20 or more points on three occasions. She played in 120 games during her four-year career and leaves EWU with career averages of 6.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game.

"She is the second EWU alum in the last year to play for a national team," Schuller continued. "It's exciting to know that we are preparing players to play on that sort of a stage."

Julie Page (2004-06) represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics, becoming the first Eastern player to represent her country at the Olympic Games.

Fans can stay up-to-date with Ojeda's experience through her blog by visiting GoEags.com. The blog will begin prior to Puerto Rico's first game in August.

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