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.
Notre Dame-bound Michaela Mabrey highlighted a 99-26 U-18 National Team rout of the Dominican Republic by handing out 10 assists on the opening day of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Puerto Rico.
“I wasn’t really hitting any shots, so when that happens I look to pass. I’m more of a pass-first person,” said Mabrey, who also had nine points and four blocks. Her double-digit assist total breaks the previous USA record of nine set by Candace Parker in 2004 and equaled by Khadijah Rushdan in 2006.
Three players who didn't make the U17 World Championship Team found redemption today when their number was called for the U18 National Team. Allisha Gray (Washington County HS), Kendall Cooper (St. Anthony H.S.) and Jannah Tucker (New Town H.S.) all survived an even stiffer group of competition to make the U18 National Team roster of 12.
Four returning gold medalists highlight the roster for the 2012 USA Basketball Women's U18 National Team Trials, including 2011 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year Breanna Stewart (Cicero-North H.S. /North Syracuse, N.Y.), who will attend the University of Connecticut next fall, headline the 26 athletes who have accepted an invitation to attend the 2012 USA Basketball Women's U18 National Team Trials. Invitations to attend the trials were issued by the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee chaired by Sue Donohoe, executive director of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.