Evidently, March Madness was not enough for Terri Williams-Flournoy.

The Georgetown women’s basketball head coach followed up a successful 2010-11 season and NCAA tournament run with an equally impressive summer. Williams-Flournoy was an assistant coach on the USA Women’s Basketball World University Games team, which won the gold medal last weekend in Shenzhen, China.

Team USA, which featured some of the best collegiate players and coaches from across the nation, rolled over its competition in nearly every round of the tournament. They ran through group play with ease, demolishing the United Kingdom, Slovakia and Brazil with an average margin of victory of 52 points.

The team’s hardest test came in the semifinal game against Australia. The Australian team — which has earned the gold medal once before and taken bronze twice — slowed down the high-powered American offense and kept the game close the whole way. Team USA held out for a 79-67 victory and advanced to the gold medal game, where they made quick work of Taiwan in a 101-66 win.

While much of the spotlight was directed on stars such as Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins, Stanford’s Ogwumike sisters and Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne, Williams-Flournoy’s contributions as an assistant coach were clearly visible on the court. Team USA forced 29 turnovers and held Finland to 10-of-60 shooting in a quarterfinal game, hallmarks of Williams-Flournoy’s intense defensive philosophy. No team broke the 70-point mark against the Americans in the entire tournament.

Williams-Flournoy’s experience with Team USA is good news for Georgetown fans, who already had plenty of reasons to be excited for the upcoming season. Junior guard Sugar Rodgers was recently named to the 2011-12 preseason “Wade Watch” list, composed of 25 players expected to be in the running for the NCAA Division I women’s basketball player of the year. Additionally, the Hoyas return all but one player from last year’s Sweet 16 squad.

Georgetown was already expected to be a major power in the Big East. With a gold medalist coach now in the mix, the year looks even brighter.

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