FIFTH FIBA U17 WORLD CUP FOR WOMEN -- 2018
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)
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
|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.
|12||Samantha Brunelle||F||6-2||165||17||William Monroe H.S.
|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.
|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.
|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
|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|