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2019 WU16

Sixth FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Women - 2019

  • Date:
    Jan 14, 2020

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)
USA 114
El Salvador
19
USA 109
Chile
44
USA 98
Mexico
33
USA 107
Brazil
32
USA 103
Puerto Rico
30
USA
87
Canada
37

2019 U16 FINAL STANDINGS

1. *USA (6-0) 5. Ecuador (3-3)
2. *Canada (5-1)  6. Brazil (2-4)
3. *Chile (4-2) 7. Mexico (2-4)
4. *Puerto Rico (2-4)  8. El Salvador (0-6) 

*Qualified for the 2020 FIBA U17 World Cup.
In its first game on June 17, the USA earned an impressive 114-19 victory against El Salvador that featured 21 points from Londynn Jones, seven assists from Olivia Miles and 13 rebounds from Janiah Barker and Lauren Betts.

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

NO
NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
YOG
SCHOOL
HOMETOWN
11 Janiah Barker
F
6-3
167
15
2022
Tampa Bay Tech H.S., FL
Marietta, GA
15
Lauren Betts
C
6-7
180
15
2022
Grandview H.S.
Centennial, CO
8 KK Bransford G 5-10 160 15 2022 Mount Notre Dame H.S. Cincinnati, OH
14
Sonia Citron
G
6-1
160
15
2021
The Ursuline School
Scarsdale, NY
9
Amari DeBerry
C
6-5
195
15
2021
Williamsville South H.S.
Buffalo, NY
12
Timea Gardiner
F
6-3
182
15
2022
Fremont H.S.
Ogden, UT
6
Londynn Jones
G
5-6
125
15
2022
Santiago H.S.
Riverside, CA
5
Olivia Miles
G
5-10
160
16
2021
Blair Academy
Phillipsburg, NJ
13
Aaliyah Moore
F
6-3
165
16
2021
Moore H.S.
Moore, OK
4
Saylor Poffenbarger
G
6-2
165
16
2021
Middletown H.S.
Middletown, MD
7
Kiki Rice
G
5-11
142
15
2022
Sidwell Friends School, DC
Bethesda, MD
10
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

NAME
G/S
MIN/AVG 
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
 TO
BLK
STL
Verhulst
6/6
105/ 17.5
38-75
.507
8-26
.308
3-4
.750
17/ 2.8
87/ 14.5
5
4
6
7
Citron
6/6
116/ 19.3
34-58
.586
6-18
.333
6-6
1.000
17/ 2.8
80/ 13.3
11
5
5
19
Betts
6/6
118/ 19/7
35-58
.586
0-0
.---
5-7
.714
81/ 13.5
73/ 12.2
3
6
15
5
Jones
6/0
97/ 16.2
25-51
.490
18-38
.474
1-1
1.000
19/ 3.2
69/ 11.5
6
8
0
7
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
USA 6
1200
252-512
.492
47-140
.336
67-99
.677
379/ 63.2
618/ 103.0
159
98
52
113
Opponents 6
1200
72-348
.207
25-116
.216
26-46
.565
177/ 29.5
195/ 32.5
46
178
24
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