COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The U.S. U17 women today learned their preliminary round opponents for the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship, where they will be looking to capture their third-straight FIBA U17 World Championship gold medal. The tournament will be played June 28-July 6 in Bratislava, Slovakia.
FIBA conducted the draw in Bratislava, and the USA was placed into Group D, where it will face China (FIBA Asia silver medalist) on June 28, France (FIBA Europe fifth place) on June 29 and Mali (FIBA Africa gold medalist) on July 1.
"The expanded 16-team field for this world championship adds another layer of excitement and strength to an already highly competitive field," said Sue Phillips, head coach for the 2014 USA Basketball Women's U17 World Championship Team and at Archbishop Mitty High School (San Jose, Calif.). "It will be an exciting time, and while I'm confident we will field a competitive team, we are looking forward to some great competition from our preliminary-round opponents as well as the entire field.".
In 2013, the USA Basketball Board of Directors approved Phillips as head coach for the 2013 USA U16 National Team and the 2014 USA U17 World Championship Team.
Competing in Group A will be Canada (FIBA Americas silver medalist), Czech Republic (FIBA Europe silver medalist), Hungary (FIBA Europe bronze medalist) and South Korea (FIBA Asia bronze medalist). Group B includes Brazil (FIBA Americas bronze medalist), Egypt (FIBA Africa silver medalist), Italy (FIBA Europe fourth place) and Spain (FIBA Europe gold medalist). Finally, Group C features Australia (FIBA Oceania gold medalist), Japan (FIBA Asia gold medalist), Mexico (FIBA Americas fourth place) and Slovakia (FIBA Europe 10th place, qualified as host country).
Games will be played at two venues, Hant Arena and Aegon Arena, with the times of games will be announced by FIBA at a later date.
Following the preliminary round, all teams will be seeded within their groups and will advance to the Round of 16, which will be played on July 2. The top eight teams from the Round of 16 will advance to the July 4 quarterfinals. The semifinals will be played on July 5, and the gold medal game is scheduled for July 6.
Source: USA Basketball press release.