Sixth FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Women - 2019
Puerto Aysen, Chile - June 16-22, 2019
With a gold medal at the 2019 FIBA Americas U16 Championship from June 16-22 in Puerto Aysen, Chile, the USA U16 women have claimed gold in five of the six editions of the event and own a 30-1 all-time record.
The 2019 team averaged 103.0 points a game, limited opponents to 32.5 ppg., and its 70.5 point average margin of victory was the of any USA women’s U16 team.
||2019 USA RESULTS (6-0)
2019 U16 FINAL STANDINGS
The USA had another impressive performance with a 109-44 victory over host Chile on June 18. Leading by eight at the end of the first quarter, 24-16, the USA gave up just five points in the second period while scoring 26 to take control of the game in an arena filled with Chilean fans. All 12 U.S. team members put points on the board by the end of the third quarter. Payton Verhulst led with 21 points; Betts posted 16 points, a USA U16 women’s record 16 rebounds and five blocked shots; Sonia Citron also scored 16 points; and Barker added 15 points and 10 boards.
The USA upped its record to 3-0 with a 98-33 victory over Mexico on June 19. The USA broke the game open with a 14-0 run in the first quarter. Verhulst was the high scorer with 19 points, Betts led in rebounding with 14 boards and Miles dished out a game-best nine assists. Also scoring in double digits were Jones, who tallied 13 points, KK Bransford and Amari DeBerry, who each scored 12 points, and Citron, who chipped in 10 points.
The USA recorded a lopsided 107-32 win over Brazil in the quarterfinals on June 20 and by securing a top-four finish at the event, qualified for the 2020 FIBA U17 World Cup. The USA forced 31 Brazil turnovers and outrebounded Brazil 72-33. All 12 USA players scored, led by Citron's 16 points, while Betts finished with 15 points and 16 rebounds. Jones added 14 points, Miles was credited with 11 points and five assists and Aaliyah Moore had 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
The USA once again was propelled by its defense in a 103-30 win over Puerto Rico in the semifinals on June 21. The USA held Puerto Rico to just 19.4% from the field (13-67 FGs), forced 30 turnovers and won the rebounding battle 65-36. Miles set a USA women’s U16 record with 11 assists. Betts led all scorers with 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds; Barker scored 15 points and hauled in a game-best 13 rebounds; and Saylor Poffenbarger added 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
The USA women defeated Canada 87-37 to capture the gold medal on July 22. Eleven of the USA's 12 players scored. Verhulst led the USA with 18 points, Citron contributed 13 and Poffenbarger (Middletown H.S./Middletown, Md.) added 10 points. With 14 rebounds, Betts helped the USA dominate the glass by a 54-37 margin.
Betts finished the tournament averaging a USA women’s U16 record 13.5 rebounds per game. Miles added eight assists against Canada and finished averaging a USA women’s U16 competition record 7.5 assists a game (45 assists).
Verhulst, who averaged a team-high 14.5 points per contest, was named MVP and joining her on the all-tournament team were the USA’s Betts and Citron, as well as Canada’s Isaline Alexander and Chile’s Fernanda Ovalle.
In the bronze medal game, Chile topped Puerto Rico 59-49. Along with the USA, Canada, Chile and Puerto Rico also qualified for the 2020 FIBA U17 World Cup.
2019 USA WOMEN'S U16 NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER
|Janiah Barker||F||6-3||167||15||2022||Tampa Bay Tech H.S., FL||Marietta, GA|
|Lauren Betts||C||6-7||180||15||2022||Grandview H.S.||Centennial, CO|
|KK Bransford||G||5-10||160||15||2022||Mount Notre Dame H.S.||Cincinnati, OH|
|Sonia Citron||G||6-1||160||15||2021||The Ursuline School||Scarsdale, NY|
|Amari DeBerry||C||6-5||195||15||2021||Williamsville South H.S.||Buffalo, NY|
|Timea Gardiner||F||6-3||182||15||2022||Fremont H.S.||Ogden, UT|
|Londynn Jones||G||5-6||125||15||2022||Santiago H.S.||Riverside, CA|
|Olivia Miles||G||5-10||160||16||2021||Blair Academy||Phillipsburg, NJ|
|Aaliyah Moore||F||6-3||165||16||2021||Moore H.S.||Moore, OK|
|Saylor Poffenbarger||G||6-2||165||16||2021||Middletown H.S.||Middletown, MD|
|Kiki Rice||G||5-11||142||15||2022||Sidwell Friends School, DC||Bethesda, MD|
|Payton Verhulst||G||6-1||150||16||2021||Bishop Miege H.S.||De Soto, KS|
|Head Coach: Mark Campbell, Union University|
|Assistant Coach: Kelly Carruthers, James Bowie H.S., Texas|
|Assistant Coach: Ruth Sinn, University of St. Thomas|
|Team Physician: Jeff Bytomski, Duke University|
|Athletic Trainer: Ryan Grebner, DePaul University|
2019 USA WOMEN'S U16 NATIONAL TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS
|Barker||6/0||85/14.2||20-30||.667||1-1||1.000||5-12||.417||48/ 8.0||46/ 7.7||5||10||6||8|
|Rice||6/0||94/15.7||18-33||.545||0-5||.000||7-14||.500||28/ 4.7||43/ 7.2||22||11||4||10|
|Poffenbarger||6/0||110/18.3||14-44||.318||9-29||.310||6-7||.857||26/ 4.3||43/ 7.2||22||8||5||16|
|Moore||6/6||90/15.0||18-40||.450||1-6||.167||5-7||.714||28/ 4.7||42/ 7.0||15||6||4||4|
|Gardiner||6/0||101/16.8||14-35||.400||2-6||.333||12-15||.800||39/ 6.5||42/ 7.0||5||7||2||6|
|DeBerry||6/0||85/14.2||13-34||.382||0-0||.---||6-7||.857||19/ 3.2||32/ 5.3||6||12||4||7|
|Miles||6/6||113/18.8||14-33||.424||2-11||.182||1-2||.500||13/ 2.2||31/ 5.2||45||9||1||10|
|Bransford||6/0||86/14.3||10-21||.476||0-0||.---||10-17||.588||16/ 2.7||30/ 5.0||14||8||0||14|