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FIFTH FIBA U17 WORLD CUP FOR WOMEN -- 2018

  • Date:
    Sep 27, 2016

Minsk, Belarus • July 21-29, 2018


The old adage “defense wins championships” was again proven true by the Americans at the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup as the USA’s defense shut down all comers to claim the gold medal with a 7-0 record in Minsk, Belarus.


2018 USA RESULTS (7-0) 
USA 86
Italy 48
USA 92
Mali 39
USA 107
China 50
USA 98
Colombia 42
USA 66
Spain 31
USA 84 Hungary 39
USA 92 France 40
2018 FIBA U17 WORLD CUP
FINAL STANDINGS
1. USA (7-0) 9. Canada (5-2)
2. France (6-1)
10. Mali (2-5)
3. Australia (6-1)
11. China (3-4)
4. Hungary (5-2)
12. New Zealand (1-6)
5. Italy (5-2)
13. Argentina (4-3)
6. Spain (3-4) 14. Colombia (1-6)
7. Japan (4-3)
15. Belarus (2-5)
8. Latvia (2-5)
16. Angola (0-7)

Led by Tufts University head coach Carla Berube, the USA made a five-night stop in Leipaja, Latvia, for a three-game warm-up tournament. The squad collected wins over U17 teams from China, Canada and Latvia with a +51.3 points per game average margin of victory, and left confident heading to Minsk and into its July 21 opening game.

Jumping out to a 23-10 lead in the first quarter and 43-22 at halftime, the USA downed Italy 86-48. Haley Jones finished with 13 points and Paige Bueckers and Hailey Van Lith scored 12.

The USA limited Mali to 22.8 percent shooting while connecting on 50.6 percent of its shots in a 92-38 rout on July 22. Azzi Fudd scored 18 points to lead four U.S. players in double-digit scoring.

Capping preliminary play with a 107-50 shattering of China on July 24, the U.S. was led by 18 points from Jordan Horston as five Americans scored in double digits.

The USA was in control throughout in a 98-42 round of 16 win against Colombia in the July 25. This time it was Aliyah Boston who led the way with 21 points and nine boards as all 12 players scored, including four in double digits.

In its 66-31 quarterfinal victory over Spain on July 27, the USA relied on its defensive pressure, which limited Spain to just 24.5 percent shooting, to lead it into the semifinals. Zia Cooke was the USA’s top scorer with 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the field and Bueckers hit 6-of-7 and finished wtih 12 points.

The USA again relied on a stifling defense, which held Hungary to 23.7 percent shooting and produced 38 points off of 22 turnovers, in earning an 84-39 semifinal win on July 27. Horston led the way with 18 points, four assists and four steals.

In the final contest, France scored first to take its only lead of the game, but the USA responded with 16-straight points to grab control 16-2. By halftime, the USA lead stood at 46-28.

France, which overcame a 15-point halftime deficit to defeat Australia in the semifinals, was put away when the U.S. opened the third quarter with a 13-2 run that led to the Americans’ lead growing to 70-35 at the end of the third quarter and the USA outscored France 22-5 in the final stanza for the 92-40 win.

The USA shot 51.5 percent from the field, while France was limited to icy 24.6 percent shooting. Further, the USA shut down France’s top scorer heading into the game. Iliana Rupert, who averaged 12.2 points entering the gold medal game, was held scoreless on 0-for-10 shooting.

Horston earned MVP honors and was joined on the all-tournament team by Boston and Jones, along with Australia's Shyla Heal and France’s Rupert.

Australia earned the bronze with a 57-51 win over Hungary.

2018 USA BASKETBALL WOMEN'S U17 WORLD CUP TEAM ROSTER

NO NAME POS HGT WGT AGE SCHOOL HOMETOWN
15 Fran Belibi F 6-1 190 16 Regis Jesuit H.S. Centennial, CO
14 Aliyah Boston F 6-4 185 16 Worcester Academy, MA St. Thomas, USVI
13 Cameron Brink F 6-4 160 16 Southridge H.S.
Beaverton, OR
12 Samantha Brunelle F 6-2 165 17 William Monroe H.S.
Ruckersville, VA
5 Paige Bueckers G 5-11 140 16 Hopkins H.S.
St. Louis Park, MN
4 Zia Cooke G 5-9 135 17 Rogers H.S.
Toledo, OH
6 Azzi Fudd G 5-11 165 15 St. John's College H.S., DC Arlington, VA
8 Jordan Horston G 6-0 139 17 Columbus Africentric Early College Columbus, OH
10 Haley Jones G 6-1 160 17 Archbishop Mitty H.S.
Santa Cruz, CA
11 Charisma Osborne G 5-9 150 16 Windward School Moreno Valley, CA
7 Celeste Taylor G 5-11 135 16 Long Island Lutheran H.S.
Valley Stream, NY
9 Hailey Van Lith G 5-9 155 16 Cashmere H.S.
Wenatchee, WA
HEAD COACH: Carla Berube, Tufts University
ASSISTANT COACH: Steve Gomez, Lubbock Christian University
ASSISTANT COACH: Vanessa Nygaard, Winward School, CA
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Dave Walden, Colorado Springs, CO
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Nicole Alexander, University of North Carolina

 

2018 USA WOMEN’S U17 WORLD CUP TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G/S MIN FGM-A PCT 3PM-A PCT FTM-A PCT REB PTS AT TO BK ST
Boston 7/7 122/17.4 34- 52 .654 0- 0 .--- 11- 14 .786 50/7.1 79/11.3 10 6 9 5
Jones 7/7 143/20.4 32- 57 .561 2- 10 .200 10- 16 .625 30/4.3 76/10.9 22 12 8 7
Horston 7/7 152/21.7 31- 62 .500 4- 15 .267 5- 8 .625 49/7.0 71/10.1 36 13 7 24
Bueckers 7/7 149/21.3 31- 55 .564 3- 11 .273 3- 6 .500 25/3.6 68/9.7 33 8 2 7
Fudd 7/7 167/23.9 27- 53 .509 9- 16 .563 5- 5 1.000 27/3.9 68/9.7 14 6 2 5
Belibi 7/0 98/14.0 23- 39 .590 0- 0 .--- 10- 16 .625 40/5.7 56/8.0 9 6 2 15
Cooke 7/0 110/15.7 20- 44 .455 2- 10 .200 13- 17 .765 20/2.9 55/7.9 12 15 0 9
Taylor 7/0 114/16.3 17- 43 .395 5- 13 .385 4- 11 .364 29/4.1 43/6.1 9 9 3 6
Van Lith 7/0 95/13.6 15- 45 .333 4- 13 .308 1- 4 .250 9/1.3 35/5.0 14 7 1 5
Osborne 7/0 112/16.0 8- 31 .258 4- 21 .190 8- 11 .727 26/3.7 28/4.0 15 5 1 11
Brink 7/0 63/ 9.0 10- 20 .500 0- 0 .--- 5- 9 .556 32/4.6 25/3.6 3 4 5 1
Brunelle 7/0 75/10.7 10- 27 .370 1- 13 .077 0- 0 .--- 19/2.7 21/3.0 6 5 1 2
USA  7 1400 258-528 .489 34-122 .279 75-117 .641 389/55.6 625/89.3 183 101 41 97
OPP. 7 1400 105-403 .261 30-137 .219 49- 82 .598 209/29.9 289/41.3 66 155 9 48

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