Following four days of trials held from May 16-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball announced the 12-member team who will represent the United States in its attempt to capture its fifth-straight gold medal at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship to be held July 18-28 in Klaipeda and Panevėžys, Lithuania.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Thirteen prior USA Basketball international gold medalists will compete against 21 more of the nation's top female athletes aged 19-years-old or younger for the right to represent the United States in the 2013 FIBA U19 Women's World Basketball Championships, USA Basketball announced Tuesday.
USA Basketball has invited 33 of the nation's top freshmen and sophomores to participate in the U16 National Team Trials at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 23-27. The elite group will compete for 12 roster spots along with an additional 100 to 125 players who will attend the trials as part of the open application process. The entire trials roster will be announced prior to the star of trials in mid-May.
The team is expected to be announced early on May 27 after several days of workouts and scrimmages.
Three-time Olympic gold-medalist and current South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Dawn Staley and three-time National Coach of the Year Sylvia Hatchell, head coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels, will be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in September, the organization announced Monday.
After jumping out to a 22-8 first-quarter lead, Team USA never looked back en route to a 75-62 win over Spain in the gold medal game of the FIBA Under-17 World Championships.
Four Americans were in double figures Sunday in Amsterdam, with Lindsay Allen, Diamond DeShields and Rebecca Greenwell all scoring 13. Taya Reimer added 12, but the biggest U.S. edge was on the boards, where they held a 59-39 advantage. Greenwell was also the top rebounder with 12, but Team USA kept Spain in the game by committing 21 fouls and turning the ball over 26 times.
Once again, the U.S. Under-17 team shot poorly – the starting five was a combined nine for 42, and Linnae Harper, who played the most minutes, was four for 16 – but when a defense collects 23 steals and forces 31 turnovers, a few missed shots are no big deal.
And so, after a bit of a struggle in the first half, Team USA overpowered Canada 84-59 in the semifinals of the FIBA U-17 World Championships in Amsterdam, and moved on to Sunday’s gold medal game against Spain.
Belgium proved to be a surprisingly tough test for Team USA, cutting the margin to single digits in the third quarter -- but the Americans took over down the stretch and earned the top seed coming out of Under-17 World Championship Pool A with an 80-50 win Tuesday in Amsterdam.