2019 FIBA AMERICUP FOR WOMEN
San Juan, Puerto Rico • September 22-29, 2019
It had been 12 years since the USA sent a team to what was previously the FIBA Americas Championship. Despite the gap, the result was the same: the U.S. women again returned home with a perfect record and the gold medal.
||2019 USA RESULTS (6-0)
2019 FIBA AMERICUP
Coached by Dawn Staley, the USA’s first test of the 2020 FIBA AmeriCup proved no test at all. The taller and much more experienced Americans dominated their way to a 110-31 victory over Paraguay on Sept. 22. Eleven of the USA 12 players scored in the romp, with Diamond DeShields leading the way with game-highs of 20 points and eight assists.
Recording 31 assists as a team and getting 22 points from Sylvia Fowles, the USA defeated Colombia 88-46 on Sept. 24.
Getting points from all 12 team members, the USA topped Argentina 100-50 behind 16 points from Katie Lou Samuelson and nine assists from Jordin Canada on Sept. 25.
Behind 19 points from DeShields, the USA closed out preliminary play and clinched the No. 1 seed for Group B after defeating previously unbeaten Brazil 89-73 on Sept. 26. The USA offense was also aided by Tina Charles, who finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double.
Led by a defense that limited host Puerto Rico to just 27.0% shooting from the field (20-74 FGs), and owning a 63-34 rebounding advantage, the USA advanced to the gold medal game after a 78-54 semifinal win on Sept. 28. Fowles led all scorers with 17 points and 13 rebounds and Charles also posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Struggling with its shooting, the USA turned to its defense and claimed the 2019 FIBA AmeriCup gold medal with a 67-46 victory over previously undefeated Canada on Sept. 29. The USA, playing in its first AmeriCup since 2007 when it also won gold, ended Canada’s streak of back-to-back AmeriCup titles with its perfect run. Olympic veterans Charles and Fowles paced the USA with 12 points apiece.
The USA, which outscored its six opponents by 38.7 points a game during the tournament, featured three players on the AmeriCup All-Star Five Team - Jordin Canada, DeShields and Fowles, who also was named MVP of the tournament. Rounding out the All-Star team were Kayla Alexander (Canada) and Damiris Dantas (Brazil).
Brazil claimed the bronze medal after downing host Puerto Rico 95-66.
2019 USA Women’s FIBA AmeriCup Team Roster
|Jordin Canada||G||5-6||135||24||Seattle Storm/UCLA||Los Angeles, CA|
|Tina Charles||C||6-4||192||30||New York Liberty/Connecticut||Jamaica, NY|
|Napheesa Collier||G/F||6-1||183||22||Minnesota Lynx/Connecticut||O’Fallon, MO|
|Diamond DeShields||G||6-1||155||24||Chicago Sky/Tennessee||Norcross, GA|
|Stefanie Dolson||C/F||6-5||214||27||Chicago Sky/Connecticut||Port Jervis, NY|
|Sylvia Fowles||C||6-6||212||33||Minnesota Lynx/Louisiana State||Miami, FL|
|Olivia Nelson-Ododa||F||6-5||175||19||University of Connecticut||Winder, GA|
|Arike Ogunbowale||G||5-8||165||22||Dallas Wings/Notre Dame||Milwaukee, WI|
|Katie Lou Samuelson||G/F||6-3||165||22||Chicago Sky/Connecticut||Huntington Beach, CA|
|Khadijah Sessions||G||5-8||125||25||South Carolina||Myrtle Beach, SC|
|Brittney Sykes||G||5-9||146||25||Atlanta Dream/Syracuse||Newark, NJ|
|Elizabeth Williams||C||6-3||192||26||Atlanta Dream/Duke||Virginia Beach, VA|
|Head Coach: Dawn Staley, University of South Carolina|
|Assistant Coach: Dan Hughes, Seattle Storm|
|Assistant Coach: Cheryl Reeve, Minnesota Lynx|
|Assistant Coach: Jennifer Rizzotti, George Washington University|
|Team Physician: Bill Kuprevich, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania|
|Athletic Trainer: Ed Ryan, Andrews Institute (Florida)|
2019 USA Women’s FIBA AmeriCup Team Cumulative Statistics
|Fowles||6/6||108/18.0||37- 48||.771||1- 1||1.000||7- 15||.467||47/ 7.8||82/ 13.7||9||13||4||3|
|Ogunbowale||6/0||134/22.3||20- 61||.328||5- 25||.200||14- 19||.737||20/ 3.3||59/ 9.8||15||8||0||9|
|DeShields||6/6||117/19.5||23- 43||.535||5- 12||.417||8- 9||.889||11/ 1.8||59/ 9.8||20||8||1||6|
|Charles||6/6||125/20.8||22- 42||.524||0- 0||.—-||10- 11||.909||44/ 7.3||54/ 9.0||18||7||1||2|
|Dolson||6/0||101/16.8||24- 29||.828||2- 3||.667||3- 5||.600||27/ 4.5||53/ 8.8||6||9||4||5|
|Samuelson||6/0||114/19.0||17- 44||.386||10- 28||.357||4- 5||.800||27/ 4.5||48/ 8.0||9||4||2||2|
|Canada||6/6||142/23.7||16- 41||.390||1- 6||.167||10- 13||.769||18/ 3.0||43/ 7.2||32||10||0||8|
|Sykes||6/0||88/14.7||14- 31||.452||3- 10||.300||11- 13||.846||18/ 3.0||42/ 7.0||15||7||1||1|
|Collier||6/6||119/19.8||15- 40||.375||3- 13||.231||3- 4||.750||38/ 6.3||36/ 6.0||11||5||0||5|
|Nelson-Ododa||6/0||51/ 8.5||12- 21||.571||0- 0||.—-||7- 10||.700||23/ 3.8||31/ 5.2||7||1||3||2|
|Williams||6/0||75/12.5||11- 20||.550||0- 1||.000||1- 6||.167||27/ 4.5||23/ 3.8||5||4||6||0|
|Sessions||5/0||26/ 5.2||1- 9||.111||0- 3||.000||0- 0||.—-||2/ 0.4||2/ 0.4||3||3||0||2|