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2015 USA U16 National Team

Fourth FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Women - 2015

  • Date:
    Jun 11, 2014

Pueblo, Mexico - June 24-28, 2015


The U.S. women suffered their first loss in U16 history to Brazil in the semifinals of the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and returned home from Pueblo, Mexico, with the bronze medal after rebounding to down host Mexico in the bronze medal game.
2015 USA RESULTS (4-1)
USA 80 Argentina 48
USA 86 Honduras 41
USA 85 Mexico 44
Brazil 72 USA 63
USA 81 Mexico 24

2015 U16 FINAL STANDINGS

1. *Canada (5-0) 5. Cuba (3-2)
2. *Brazil (3-2) 6. Argentina (2-3)
3. *USA (4-1) 7. Venezuela (1-4)
4. *Mexico (2-3) 8. Honduras (0-5)
* Qualified for the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship

Led by Dori Oldaker, the USA opened with an 80-48 win over Argentina on June 24. After missing its first three attempts and committing a turnover before scoring, the USA pulled away from Argentina 17-8 in the first quarter and from there never let up. Between the two teams, 58 fouls were called, including 31 fouls on the USA. Alexis Morris finished with 16 points, three steals and three assists; Andra Espinoza-Hunter scored 16 points to go with five rebounds; and Honesty Scott-Grayson added 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Desireé Caldwell dished out a USA Women’s U16 record 10 assists to help the U.S. earn an 86-41 win over Honduras on June 25. Though the USA won by 45 points and shot 44.3 percent from the field overall, it started the game down 7-0 and shot just 21.7 percent in the first 10 minutes. The USA opened the second quarter with an 11-2 run to shift the game’s momentum. Scott-Grayson led with 18 points, and she tied the USA Women’s U16 record with nine made field goals. Jayda Adams and Sedona Prince had 10 points apiece, while Aquira DeCosta and Valencia Myers each collected eight rebounds.

The USA wrapped up its preliminary round play with an 85-44 win over host Mexico that saw the USA win the rebounding battle 70-23, score 50 points in the paint and limit its opponent to just 25.9 percent shooting from the field. Destiny Littleton led with 17 points and seven rebounds; Morris added 15 points and four assists; DeCosta finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds; and Myers scored 10 points. Additionally, Prince collected a game-high 14 rebounds.

After fighting back from being down by as many as 22 points in the game to pull within six points in the fourth quarter, the USA’s comeback attempt fell short against Brazil, and the U.S. lost 72-63 in the semifinals. The USA got 21 points from Morris, who set a USA U16 record with nine made free throws and tied the free throw attempts record with 10. The USA’s effort, however, was not enough to overcome 24 points from Brazil’s Izabela Leite and 20 points from Obalunanma Ugwu.

The USA quickly rebounded and in the bronze game, which was a rematch with host Mexico, the USA jumped to an 8-0 lead and never looked back on the way to an 81-24 victory on June 28. The USA overpowered Mexico with depth and size, getting 41 points off of the bench, winning the rebound battle 71-49, recording 22 assists on its 34 made field goals and forcing 28 Mexican turnovers. Four players reached double-figure scoring, including Williams with 11 points and 12 rebounds, Morris with 11 points and Espinoza-Hunter and Littleton with 10 points each. Additionally, Caldwell had 12 rebounds, while Prince collected 11 boards and Adams dished out six assists.

Over the USA’s five games, Morris was the team’s leading scorer with 13.6 points per game, and her 81.0 percent shooting from the free throw line (17-21 FTs) set a USA Women’s U16 record. With 7.5 rebounds per game, Myers was the team’s leading rebounder.

Canada (5-0) won the gold medal with a 72-71 overtime win over Brazil (3-2), which took home silver, and Canada's Alyssa Jerome was named MVP of the tournament.

By virtue of a top-four finish in the tournament, the USA, Brazil, Canada and Mexico all have qualified for next summer’s 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship.

2015 USA WOMEN'S U16 NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
YOG
SCHOOL
HOMETOWN
Jayda Adams F 5-11 145 16 2017 Mater Dei H.S. Santa Ana, CA
Desireé Caldwell G 5-6 130 14 2018 Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S. San Antonio, TX
Aquira DeCosta F 6-2 168 15 2018 St. Mary's H.S. Stockton, CA
Andra Espinoza-Hunter F 5-11 150 15 2017 Blair Academy, NJ Ossining, NY
Destiny Littleton G 5-9 170 15 2017 The Bishop's School San Diego, CA
Lauryn Miller F 6-1 185 16 2017 Kirkwood H.S. Kirkwood, MO
Alexis Morris G 5-6 135 16 2017 Legacy Christian Academy Beaumont, TX
Valencia Myers C 6-3 179 15 2018 Solon H.S. Solon, OH
Sedona Prince C 6-7 198 15 2018 Faith Academy Liberty Hill, TX
Honesty Scott-Grayson G 5-10 150 15 2018 Blair Academy Brick, NJ
Bexley Wallace F 6-3 170 15 2018 Pickerington Central H.S. Pickerington, OH
Jade Williams F 6-3 170 15 2017 Prestonwood Christian Academy The Colony, TX
Head Coach: Dori Oldaker, Mt. Lebanon H.S., PA
Assistant Coach: Dianne Lewis, Edison H.S., VA
Assistant Coach: Samantha Quigley, University of St. Francis, IL
Team Physician: Geoffrey Doner, Colorado Springs, CO
Athletic Trainer: Angie Lawrence, University of Central Florida

2015 USA WOMEN'S U16 NATIONAL TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
Morris 5/5 24-51 .471 3-10 .300 17-21 .809 22/ 4.4 68/ 13. 6 16 1 8
Littleton 5/3 18-51 .353 4-16 .250 10-16 .625 21/ 4.2 50/ 10.0 5 0 7
Espinoza-Hunter 5/5 17-59 .288 7-24 .292 9-17 .529 19/ 3.8 50/ 10.0 11 0 4
Scott-Grayson 5/1 19-37 .514 0-1 .000 3-9 .333 27/ 5.4 41/ 8.2 9 1 3
Williams 5/4 17-36 .472 0-0 .--- 5-9 .556 34/ 6.8 39/ 7.8 3 3 5
Myers 4/2 10-20 .500 0-0 .--- 2-7 .286 30/ 7.5 22/ 5.5 3 5 5
Prince 5/1 11-23 .478 0-0 .--- 4-9 .444 36/ 7.2 26/ 5.2 8 6 2
Miller 4/2 6-24 .250 0-0 .--- 8-12 .667 25/ 6.3 20/ 5.0 4 3 5
DeCosta 5/0 12-27 .444 0-3 .000 0-1 .000 29/ 5.8 24/ 4.8 5 3 5
Adams 5/0 9-23 .391 3-7 .429 1-2 .500 11/ 2.2 22/ 4.4 13 0 2
Wallace 5/1 9-16 .563 0-0 .--- 4-8 .500 15/ 3.0 22/ 4.4 1 0 4
Caldwell 5/1 9-37 .243 1-11 .091 0-1 .000 25/ 5.0 19/ 3.8 18 4 3
USA 5 161-404 .399 18-72 .250 63-112 .563 307/ 61.4 403/ 80.6 96 22 53
Opponents 5 83-334 .249 18-93 .194 45-89 .506 173/ 34.6 229/ 45.8 53 25 34

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