2010 USA Women’s U17 World Championship Team Resumes Training July 5 In Washington D.C.
July 5, 2010 • Washington, D.C.
In preparation for the inaugural 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women, which will be played in Toulouse and Rodez, France, on July 16-23, the 2010 USA Women's U17 World Championship Team reassembles today and resumes training camp July 5-7 in Washington, D.C.
"One of our goals in training camp will be to improve our ability to read defenses and be able to use different options in our offensive sets," said Barbara Nelson, USA and Wingate University head coach. "We also will need to improve our ability to change defenses depending on our opponents and their strengths. We began to gel as a team the last day of training in Colorado Springs, so I look forward to continuing our progress in D.C.
"The World Championships will be the toughest competition that any of our players have faced," Nelson added. "The European style of offense combines great skill with tremendous team play. Although we have an athletic advantage on many teams, we lack international experience. What a great opportunity for these young ladies to test themselves to get ready for their futures in basketball."
The USA will train at 6:00 p.m. on July 5 and 9:00 a.m. on July 6 at The Flint Hill School (times listed are Eastern Daylight Time), at 5:00 p.m. on July 6 at Georgetown Visitation High School and again at Flint Hill at 9:00 a.m. on July 7.
Following three days of trials featuring 36 players at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., the 2010 USA Women's U17 World Championship Team was named on June 11 and remained in Colorado for training through June 15.
Returning in 2010 from the gold-medal winning 2009 USA U16 National Team are 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship MVP Elizabeth Williams (Princess Anne H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) and the USA's leading scorer Kaleena Lewis (Mater Dei H.S./Anaheim, Calif.); as well as Jordan Adams (Mater Dei H.S./Irvine, Calif.); Cierra Burdick (Butler H.S./Matthews, N.C.); Bashaara Graves (Clarksville H.S./Clarksville, Tenn.); Betnijah Laney (Smyrna H.S./Clayton, Del.); Ariel Massengale (Bolingbrook H.S./Bolingbrook, Ill.); and Breanna Stewart (Cicero North Syracuse H.S./North Syracuse, N.Y.).
Rounding out the roster are: Jewell Loyd (Niles West H.S./Lincolnwood, Ill.); Bria Smith (Christ the King H.S./Massapequa, N.Y.); Imani Stafford (Winward H.S./Los Angeles, Calif.); and Morgan Tuck (Bolingbrook H.S./Bolingbrook, Ill.).
The selections were made by the USA Basketball Women's Developmental National Team Committee, and players eligible for this competition must be a U.S. citizen born on or after Jan. 1, 1993.
The USA will play several friendly games in Alagon, Spain, prior to arriving in Rodez, France, including exhibition contests against Canada at 6:00 p.m. on July 9 (times are CEST, which is +6 hours ahead of EDT), Australia at 6:00 p.m. on July 10 and Spain at 8:00 p.m. on July 11.
For the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship, the United States was drawn into Preliminary Round Group A along with host country France, Canada, Japan, Russia and Turkey. Competing in Preliminary Round Group B will be Argentina, Australia, Belgium, China, Mali and Spain.
The USA will open play on July 16 against tournament host France at 8:30 p.m. (CEST) followed by Russia at 5:30 p.m. on July 17 and Canada at 3:00 p.m. on July 18. Following a day off on July 19, the USA will wrap up preliminary round play against Turkey at 5:30 p.m. on July 20 and Japan at 5:30 p.m. on July 21.
The top four finishing teams from each preliminary round group advance to the medal quarterfinals, scheduled for July 23, the semifinals are slated for July 24 and the gold and bronze medal games will be contested July 25. Games times and venues are still to be announced.
All of the quarterfinals, semifinals and bronze and gold medal games of the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championships for Women will be streamed live, online at FIBAtv.com.
Nelson returns in 2010 to
serve as head coach for the USA, as do her 2009 assistant coaches Mike Armstrong
of Perry Meridian High School (Ind.) and Dorena Bingham of Team Alaska
AAU. The trio led the USA past opponents by an average of 70.0 points per game
Aug. 10-14 in Mexico City, capturing in impressive style the 2009 FIBA Americas
U16 title and the USA's berth into the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship.