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2017 USA Women's U16 National Team

Fifth FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Women - 2017

  • Date:
    Jan 18, 2019

Buenos Aires, Argentina - June 7-11, 2017


The 2017 USA Women’s U16 National Team recaptured the gold medal and earned a perfect 5-0 record from June 7-11 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The victorious campaign followed the USA women’s first and only loss in U16 history, which came in the 2015 semifinals.
2017 USA RESULTS (5-0)
USA 91 Colombia 33
USA 100 Mexico 37
USA 79 Puerto Rico 32
USA 98 Argentina 42
USA 91 Canada 47

2017 U16 FINAL STANDINGS

1. *USA (5-0) 5. Mexico (3-2)
2. *Canada (4-1)  6. Venezuela (2-3)
3. *Argentina (3-2) 7. Puerto Rico (1-4)
4. *Colombia (2-3)  8. Dominican Republic (0-5) 

*Qualified for the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup.

In its first game against Colombia on June 7, the USA recorded a 91-33 rout. Aliyah Boston had 17 points and nine rebounds; Samantha Brunelle added 13 points, five assists and seven boards; Caitlin Clark was 3-of-3 from 3-point on her way to 11 points; and Paige Bueckers and Kylee Watson each scored 10 points. The USA outrebounded Colombia 64-36 and forced 25 turnovers.

After a one-point lead in the first quarter, the USA relied on a full-court press to pull away from Mexico for a 100-37 win on June 8, which was the first 100-point win by a USA U16 women’s team since 2013, when it defeated Mexico 101-29. Bueckers set a U.S. single-game record for field goal percentage, shooting 7-of-7 on her way to 15 points. Brunelle had 18 points and 11 rebounds; Fran Belibi tallied 12 points and seven boards; and Boston added 10 rebounds. The USA had 23 assists and just 12 turnovers.

The USA easily defeated Puerto Rico 79-32 on June 9 to wrap up preliminary round play. Despite shooting 30.9 percent from the field and turning the ball over 27 times, the USA compiled a 70-38 rebounding advantage and scored 30 points in transition while forcing Puerto Rico into 43 turnovers. The U.S. set an American women’s U16 record for steals with 25, while Boston, who finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds, tied the record for free throw percentage with a 5-of-5 performance from the line.

The USA played its way into the gold medal game with a 98-42 win over host Argentina on June 10. The USA led 40-27 at halftime but  ran away with the game in the third quarter. At 3:58 in the third, the USA mounted a 39-0 run while holding Argentina scoreless from 4:33 in the third until 4:31 in the fourth – at total of 10:02. After setting a record for steals the day before, the U.S. team upped that high, tallying 27 steals. The U.S. also set a record for free throws attempted with 37. All 12 U.S. players scored. Zia Cooke and Celeste Taylor each had 12 points; Clark and Jordan Horston added 11; and Brunelle had 10 points.

A 20-0 run to close the second quarter helped propel the USA to a 91-46 win over Canada in the gold medal game on June 11. The U.S. defense held Canada to just 29.0 percent shooting from the field (18-62 FGs) and forced 31 turnovers. Azzi Fudd led the USA with 18 points; Cooke had 15 points; Bueckers added 11; and Diamond Miller contributed 10 points.

Boston, who finished with 15 points and six rebounds against Canada, averaged team-highs of 11.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game throughout the tournament and was named MVP.

Argentina outlasted Colombia 59-52 in overtime to earn bronze. The USA, Canada, Colombia and Argentina qualified for the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup.

2017 USA WOMEN'S U16 NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER

NO
NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
YOG
SCHOOL
HOMETOWN
15 Fran Belibi F 6-1 185 15 2019 Regis Jesuit High School Centennial, CO
14 Aliyah Boston F 6-4 180 15 2019 Worcester Academy Worcester, MA
12 Samantha Brunelle F 6-3 165 16 2019 William Monroe High School Ruckersville, VA
5 Paige Bueckers G 5-11 130 15 2020 Hopkins High School Eden Prairie, MN
9 Caitlin Clark G 5-11 140 15 2020 Dowling Catholic High School West Des Moines, IA
4 Zia Cooke G 5-8 130 16 2019 Rogers High School Toledo, OH
6 Azzi Fudd G 5-11 150 14 2021 Potomac School Falls Church, VA
8 Jordan Horston G 6-1 139 16 2019 Columbus Africentric Early College Columbus, OH
10 Diamond Miller F 6-1 140 16 2019 Franklin High School Somerset, NJ
11 Jordyn Oliver G 5-10 160 16 2019 Prosper High School Prosper, TX
7 Celeste Taylor G 5-11 156 15 2019 Long Island Lutheran High School Valley Stream, NY
13 Kylee Watson F 6-4 180 15 2020 Mainland Regional High School Linwood, NJ
Head Coach: Carla Berube, Tufts University
Assistant Coach: Steve Gomez, Lubbock Christian University
Assistant Coach: Vanessa Nygaard, Windward School, California
Team Physician: Bill Kuprevich, Bloomsburg, PA
Athletic Trainer: ​Summer McKeehan, Duke University

 

2017 USA WOMEN'S U16 NATIONAL TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME
G/S
MIN/AVG 
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
 TO
BLK
STL
Boston 5/5  84/ 16.8 25-46 .543 0-0 .--- 9-13 .692 43/ 8.6 59/ 11.8 1 6 8 12
Brunelle 5/5 114/ 22.8 16-55 .291 9-26 .346 14-15 .933 35/ 7.0 55/ 11.0 15 9 11 7
Bueckers 5/0 88/ 17.9 24-39 .625 1-7 .144 6-9 .667 14/ 2.8 55/ 11.0 11 5 1 15
Cooke 5/5 82/ 16.4 17-37 .459 7-11 .636 13-24 .542 16/ 3.2 54/ 10.8 11 10 0 8
Clark 5/0 72/ 14.4 15-41 .366 10-26 .385 4-6 .667 11/ 2.2 44/ 8.8 11 4 2 7
Fudd 5/0 96/ 19.2 17-43 .395 6-20 .300 0-0 .--- 12/ 2.4 40/ 8.0 12 8 3 17
Miller 5/0 82/ 16.4 10-19 .526 3-10 .300 9-12 .750 28/ 5.6 32/ 6.4 5 9 3 10
Horston 5/5 106/ 21.2 12-49 .245 1-7 .144 3-6 .500 21/ 4.2 28/ 5.6 17 8 5 8
Watson 5/0 64/ 12.8 10-12 .833 0-0 .--- 6-10 .600 14/ 2.8 26/ 5.2 1 5 2 2
Belibi 5/0 55/ 11.0 11-22 .500 0-0 .--- 2-7 .286 29/ 5.8 24/ 4.8 2 5 2 6
Taylor 5/5 94/ 18.8 9-31 .290 4-10 .400 2-8 .250 19/ 3.8 24/ 4.8 8 12 3 5
Oliver 5/0 63/ 12.6 8-25 .320 0-1 .000 2-5 .400 18/ 3.6 18/ 3.6 3 4 1 5
USA 5  1000 174-419 .415 41-118 .347 70-115 .609 296/ 59.2 459/ 91.8 97 86 41 102
Opponents 5 1000 67-286 .234 18-70 .257 38-68 .559 187/ 37.4 190/ 38.0 33 169 15 41

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