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World Cup Goalie Thinking Hoops

July 16, 1999

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) _ A few things to know about Briana Scurry: She doesn’t feel overlooked or a victim of racism.

What’s more, soccer is not her best sport. And she’s thinking of playing in the WNBA.

The U.S. goalkeeper says she’s gotten all the attention she wants since her stellar performance helped send her country to the Women’s World Cup title.

She has heard complaints she did not get enough credit for her shutout last weekend in which her key save during penalty kicks helped the United States beat China.

``I know some people are saying the camera wasn’t on me enough during the game,″ she said in the NBC dressing room Thursday before her appearance on the ``Tonight″ show. ``But I watched a tape today, and I had the camera on me tons. Goalies never get too much notice on highly offensive teams.″

Scurry grew up the youngest of nine children in Dayton, Minn., 20 miles outside Minneapolis. She was the only black starter on the team and disagrees with those who contend she was overlooked because of her race.

And that includes her mother. Robbie Scurry on Wednesday said her daughter has been kept from the limelight because she is black.

``My mom is a little biased in that sense,″ said Scurry, who has signed an endorsement deal with Pepsi. ``She probably never thinks I get enough attention.″

The 27-year-old goalie also said she has an idea for her next career _ the WNBA.

Scurry was an all-state basketball player in high school but played soccer at the University of Massachusetts.

``I hope to change my focus in sports because basketball is the sport I love more than anything else,″ she said.

In any event, she will stay busy.

``The last week has been hectic but great,″ she said. ``Actually, I’m getting a lot of attention. Pepsi has all kinds of things planned for me. I’ve been on the ‘Today’ show, the ‘Tonight’ show, ‘Good Morning America,’ you name it.″

The team plans to visit the White House and President Clinton on Monday.

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