Sept. 13, 2012
Rice sophomore Reem Moussa has been called upon to represent her native Egypt in the FIBA Africa Under-18 Championships in Dakar, Sengal. The AfroBasket U18 competition runs from September 20-29.
"It's my home country, I've lived there almost my whole life, representing my country is all I've dreamt of since I was little," said Moussa. "Even when I was a gymnast, I've always wanted to represent Egypt."
Moussa is participating in the U18 AfroBasket for the second time. As a 16-year old, she competed with Egypt's U18 team that won the competition and advanced to the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championships in Chile.
Egypt looks to qualify for the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women, held in Lithuania, after appearing for the first time in 2011, with Moussa on the squad. The two finalists in the tournament qualify for next summer in Lithuania.
As the only American collegian on the squad, Moussa is expected to see a large amount of playing time.
Moussa scored 20 points for the Owls as a freshman in 2011-12. Having started school early, she is a year younger than the typical college sophomore and remains eligible for the U18 competition.
"I'm going to represent Egypt, but at the same time, I'm also representing Rice every time I play," said Moussa.
Moussa leaves to meet with her Egyptian teammates on Friday, Sept. 14. The FIBA Africa U18 Championship begins September 20.