SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Former Mustang Kristina Santiago will add some more stamps to her passport in the coming week. Santiago has joined with the USA All-Star team that will travel to China to compete in two tournaments from June 28-July 10th.
The trip will start with a three-game pre-Olympic event called the Four Nations Tournament, where the squad will compete against the Olympic teams from China, Russia and Australia. The women's team will then head to a second city in China to play a series of games against the Chinese national "B" team.
"We're so proud of Kristina's selection on an elite USA team," said Cal Poly head coach Faith Mimnaugh. "It will be an in incredible opportunity for her to experience top international talent and travel a road very few are selected to travel. I'm thrilled for her and can't wait to hear all about her adventures."
The team's roster consists of Katie Bussey (Montana State), Dawn Evans (James Madison/Connecticut Sun), Ashley Corrall (USC/Seattle Storm), Jence Rhoads (Vanderbilt/Iceland), Brittany Carter (Memphis/Connecticut Sun), Becky Burke (Louisville), Briana Gilbreath (USC/Washington Mystics), Amanda Johnson (Oregon), Kristina Santiago (Cal Poly), Cierra Bravard (Florida State/San Antonio Silver Stars), Becca Tobin (Arizona State/Romania) and Kali Bennett (Arizona State).
Following her trip to China, Santiago will travel to Bulgaria to play professionally for Dunav 8806 Ruse of the Bulgarian National Basketball League.
Dunav 8806 Ruse plays in the EuroCup and is the defending Bulgarian league champion.
Santiago will report to Dunav 8806 on September 15th.
Santiago concluded her Cal Poly career with her second Big West Conference Player of the Year award. She finished as the Mustangs' all-time leader in points (1,953), rebounds (850) and field goal percentage (.540).