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FIFTH WOMEN'S JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING TEAM -- 2004

FIFTH WOMEN'S JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING TEAM -- 2004

Mayaguez, Puerto Rico - August 4-8, 2004


A star-studded roster of top 18-and-under players made up the USA Women's Junior World Championship Qualifying Team, and after becoming a true team, the American squad rolled over its opposition and to gold. The American juniors finished a sparkling 5-0 and qualified the U.S. for FIBA's 2005 Junior World Championship in Tunisia.

2004 UA Junior World Championhip Qualifying Team
2004 USA Junior World Championship Qualifying Team


2004 USA RESULTS (5-0)
USA
128
Argentina 43
USA
143
Bolivia 24
USA
124
Puerto Rico 49
USA
99
Brazil 38
USA
121
Puerto Rico 56

2004 COMPETITION FINAL STANDINGS

1. *USA (5-0) 5. Argentina (3-2)

2. *Puerto Rico (3-2)

6. Guatemala (2-3)
3. *Canada (4-1) 7. Dominican Rep. (1-4)
4. Brazil (2-3) 8. Bolivia (0-5)
* Qualified for the 2001 FIBA Junior World Championship

As a group, the U.S. not only outscored its opponents by a whopping 81 points a game, but the USA averaged its eye-popping 123.0 points a game on 62.7 percent shooting from the field, and limited opponents to just 42.0 ppg. and 24.8 percent shooting overall. The Americans also dominated the glass, outrebounding its opponents 53.8 rpg. to 19.0 rpg., and forced its opposition into 50 more turnovers, 78-to-138.

Six of the USA's 12 players finished averaging in double figures in scoring. Candace Parker led the team averaging 16.6 ppg. and added a team second best 8.8 rpg., while Courtney Paris scored 15.8 ppg., and added a team best 9.0 rpg. Candice Wiggins averaged 15.2 ppg., Laura Harper added 12.8 ppg., Abby Waner tossed in 12.0 ppg. and 3.8 apg., while Chardé Houston finished averaging 10.4 ppg.

The USA opened preliminary round play at the FIBA Americas Junior World Championship Tournament on Aug. 4 with a dominating 128-43 victory over Argentina as eight USA players finished the game in double figures led by Houston's 17 points on perfect 7-of-7 shooting. Just 22 hours later the U.S. followed their first victory with an even more convincing win, recording a team record 143 points in the 143-24 win over Bolivia. Waner tallied 26 points and Paris added 22 points and 10 rebounds in the rout. Meeting host Puerto Rico on Aug. 6, Wiggins scored 16 and Paris accounted for 14 points and 13 boards as the U.S. steamrolled to a 124-49 win

Facing Brazil in the Aug. 7 semifinals, the U.S. rolled to a 99-38 victory and moved on to the finals as Parker finished with 17 points and nine rebounds, while Harper chipped in 15.

In a rematch with Puerto Rico for the gold medal, the USA opened the game with a 23-6 run and again proved way too much, storming to a 121-56 victory on Aug. 8. Parker scored 13 points in the first half and finished with 29 points, nine rebounds, three assists, three blocked shots and four steals. Wiggins aided the U.S. scoring effort with 23 points, Paris added 16 points and 13 rebounds for her thrid double-double of the tournament, Harper chipped in 11 and Waner added 10.

2004 USA Junior World Championship Qualifying Team Roster

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
DOB
YOG
HIGH SCHOOL / HOMETOWN / *COLLEGE
Erika Arriaran
G
5-10
170
11/14/86
2005
Norco H.S. / Norco, CA / *Texas
Essence Carson
G
6-0
155
07/28/86
2004
Paterson Eastside / Paterson, NJ / *Rutgers
Marissa Coleman
G
6-0
174
01/04/87
2005
St. John's H.S. / Washington, DC / *Maryland
Laura Harper
F/C
6-4
180
04/11/86
2004
Cheltenham H.S. / Elkins Park, PA / *Maryland
Chardé Houston
F
6-1
180
04/10/86
2004
San Diego H.S. / San Diego, CA / *Connecticut
Erlana Larkins
G/F
6-2
190
04/02/86
2004
North Palm Beach H.S. / Riviera Beach, FL / *North Carolina
Courtney Paris
C
6-3
250
09/21/87
2005
Piedmont H.S. / Piedmont, CA / *Oklahoma
Candace Parker
F
6-3
172
04/19/86
2004
Naperville Central H.S. / Naperville, IL / *Tennessee
Angelica Robinson
C
6-5
183
04/20/87
2005
Marietta H.S. / Marietta, GA / *Georgia
Abigail Waner
G
5-10
145
10/31/86
2005
Thunder Ridge H.S. / Highlands Ranch, CO / *Duke
Candice Wiggins
G
5-10
140
02/14/87
2004
La Jolla Country Day / Poway, CA / *Stanford
Christina Wirth
F
6-1
168
04/18/87
2005
Seton Catholic H.S. / Chandler, AZ / *Vanderbilt
Head Coach: Ceal Barry, University of Colorado
Assistant Coach: Lea Henry, Georgia State University
Assistant Coach: Carolyn Peck, University of Florida
Team Physician: Jim Sterling, Dallas Texas
Athletic Trainer: Lori Pflug, Columbia, Missouri
# Signed national letter-of-intent with school indicated

2004 USA Junior World Championship Qualifying Team Cumulative Statistics

NAME
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
Parker
5/5
34- 54
.630
1- 6
.167
14- 21
.667
44/ 8.8
83/ 16.6
24
12
17
Paris
5/5
35- 51
.686
0- 0
.000
9- 20
.450
45/ 9.0
79/ 15.8
13
3
1
Wiggins
5/5
28- 42
.667
9- 16
.562
11- 13
.846
24/ 4.8
76/ 15.2
14
5
20
Harper
5/5
24- 38
.632
0- 0
.000
16- 27
.593
23/ 4.6
64/ 12.8
5
5
4
Waner
5/5
26- 46
.565
7- 20
.350
1- 1
1.000
10/ 2.0
60/ 12.0
19
0
11
Houston
5/0
23- 32
.719
0- 0
.000
6- 10
.600
25/ 5.0
52/ 10.4
9
0
5
Larkins
5/0
19- 25
.760
0- 0
.000
7- 7
1.000
31/ 6.2
45/ 9.0
8
2
11
Carson
3/0
8- 16
.500
3- 6
.500
7- 9
.778
10/ 3.3
26/ 8.7
4
1
3
Coleman
5/0
19- 37
.514
2- 9
.222
3- 3
1.000
25/ 5.0
43/ 8.6
10
2
8
Robinson
5/0
15- 22
.682
0- 0
.000
11- 14
.786
11/ 2.2
41/ 8.2
3
1
2
Arriaran
5/0
17- 31
.548
3- 7
.429
0- 0
.000
13/ 2.6
37/ 7.4
21
1
3
Wirth
5/0
4- 8
.500
0- 0
.000
1- 2
.500
8/ 1.6
9/ 1.8
4
0
0
USA
5
252- 402
.627
25- 64
.391
86- 127
.677
269/ 53.8
615/ 123.0
134
32
85
Opp.
5
71- 286
.248
23- 107
.215
45- 72
.625
95/ 19.0
210/ 42.0
33
7
47