MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Tara Berger '19 of the Wesleyan University women's basketball team has been selected to represent the USA at the World Maccabiah Games in Israel in July, 2017.
"Tara works so hard that any success that comes her way is well-deserved," said Wesleyan women's basketball head coach Kate Mullen. "I understand that the competition was steep and I'm not surprised that Tara responded to the challenge and brought her all-out hustle. She's an incredible teammate with a very high level of basketball ability, and I couldn't be prouder of her efforts."
Berger is one of 12 athletes selected, seven of which come from Division I schools. The team consists of Berger, Jennifer Berkowitz from Yale University, Allison Chernow from Emory University, Drew Edelman from the University of California Santa Barbara, Paige Fecske from Pepperdine University, Hannah Fox from Amherst College, Hayley Isenberg from Harvard University, Leah Purvis from Miami University of Ohio, Lauren Rothfeld from Salisbury University, Maria Shtikel from Seattle University, Allison Silfen from Bowdoin College and Emily Surloff from Columbia University.
The Maccabiah Games are the world's third largest international sporting event, and attracts elite Jewish athletes from around the world. The 2017 Maccabiah Games will be comprised of 9,000 athletes from 80 countries. The Games provide Jewish athletes the opportunity to come to Israel and compete at an elite level, while also building connections with their teammates, competitors and the people of Israel.
In her first season with the Cardinals, Berger started 11 games as a freshman and played in all 22 contests. She averaged 6.4 points per game and ranked third on the team in rebounding, averaging 5.0 boards per game. In just her fifth game of her collegiate career, Berger scored 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting, while also grabbing eight rebounds to help Wesleyan cruise past Anna Maria, 76-51.
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