USA Basketball will hold open tryouts to select the 2014 USA Women's U17 World Championship Team, the Colorado Springs-based organization announced today. Trials will be held May 22-26, 2014, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The USA U17 squad selected from those tryouts will compete in the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship, scheduled to be held in Bratislava, Slovakia from June 26-July 6.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Christmas came early this year for a half dozen of women’s college basketball’s elite players.
Picture yourself at age 19, preparing to embark on your sophomore college season. Unexpectedly, you get the phone call you’ve been dreaming of for most of your life – except you never imagined it would come this soon.
The USA Women's U18 Team took the gold for the second year in a row Sunday at the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia, defeating Estonia 21-12 in the gold-medal match. With the win, the U.S. qualified for a berth in the 2014 Youth Olympic Games to be held in Nanjing, China.
Too skilled, too tall, too long, too good – all that could apply individually to Breanna Stewart, who dominated the semifinal and final games as the United States U19 women's basketball national team rolled to its fifth straight FIBA World Championship Sunday in Lithuania. But it could also apply to the American team as a whole, which demolished France in the title game, 61-28, and racked up an average victory margin of 43 points over the nine games of the tournament.
The United States captured its third straight and ninth overall World University Games women’s basketball gold medal with a 90-71 victory over the previously undefeated Russian Federation Monday in Kazan, Russia. In the third place game, Australia cruised to the bronze with a 99-58 rout of Chinese Taipei.
With the U.S. men out of medal contention after dropping their quarterfinal match to Canada, 94-85, on Friday, it was left to the women to keep America's hopes for basketball gold alive at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia. And that’s exactly what they did, squeaking past a determined Australian squad, 79-78, in a semifinal thriller to advance to Monday’s championship game.
The U.S. teens extended their FIBA Americas U16 winning streak to 15, and won their third straight gold medal by beating Canada 82-48 -- but despite the lopsided score, this was not the unimpeded romp to victory to which the Americans had become accustomed in Cancun, Mexico.
It will be an all North American championship in Cancun, Mexico, on Sunday as Canada faces off against Team USA for the FIBA Americas U16 Women’s title. The United States advanced to the gold medal game with a 101-29 rout of hosting Mexico Saturday, while Canada earned its spot in the final with a convincing 64-38 romp over Brazil.
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.