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TWELFTH FIBA AMERICAS U18 CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN - 2018

  • Date:
    Nov 7, 2018

Mexico City, Mexico • Aug. 1-7, 2018


The 2018 USA team, led by Jeff Walz, topped six straight opponents by an average of 47.5 points per game on its way to a gold medal from Aug. 1-7 in Mexico City.


2018 USA Results

USA 87
Argentina 42
USA 115 Chile 39
USA 103 Puerto Rico 59
USA 87 El Salvador
27
USA 83 Colombia 47
USA 84 Canada 60

2018 U18 CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS

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

*Qualified for the 2019 FIBA U19 World Championship.

The USA opened with a 87-42 win over Argentina in which it forced 30 turnovers and shot 60.0 percent from the field (36-60 FGs). The USA got 13 points and four assists from Aijha Blackwell; 13 points and six rebounds from NaLyssa Smith; a game-high five assists from Jenna Brown; and a game-best nine rebounds from Sedona Prince.

In its second game, the USA was impressive in a 115-39 victory over Chile  – compiling a 78-27 rebounding advantage, 34 second-chance points and 49 fast break points to earn the win. The USA’s depth also was on display as 83 points came off the bench, and six players finished in double-digit scoring. Christyn Williams paced the USA with 19 points and 10 rebounds; Maori Davenport added 17 points and nine rebounds; Blackwell scored 13 points and recorded five assists and five steals; and Prince was credited with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Trailing Puerto Rico midway through the first quarter of its final preliminary round game, the USA changed the momentum with a 22-4 run to close the period, and then went on to secure a 103-59 victory. Smith led the USA with 24 points and seven rebounds; Ashley Joens contributed 11 points and eight rebounds; Rhyne Howard; scored 11 points to go with her six steals; and Nazahrah Hillmon-Baker and Olivia Nelson-Ododa each finished with 10 points.

Capitalizing on its eight advantage over El Salvador, the USA held its opponent to just 14.3 percent shooting from the field in a quarterfinal 87-27 win on Aug. 5. The USA also compiled a 58-25 rebounding advantage, shot 56.1 percent from the field and featured three players in double-digit scoring. Davenport set a USA women’s U18 single-game record with six blocked shots. Nelson-Ododa finished with 14 points and eight rebounds; Hillmon-Baker contributed 13 points and seven rebounds; and Joens added 12 points.

A 17-0 run to close the second quarter gave the USA the momentum it needed to defeat Colombia 83-47 in the semifinals. Brown led the USA in scoring with 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting; Joens and Howard each contributed 14 points; and Nelson-Ododa added 12 points. 

Trailing 18-14 after the first quarter of the gold medal game against Canada, the USA stepped up its defensive pressure and ran away in the second half with an 84-60 victory.

Rhyne Howard was named tournament MVP, and Davenport joined her on the all-tournament team, along with Canada’s Christina Morra, Argentina’s Florencia Natalia Chagas and Colombia’s Mayra Caicedo. 

By virtue of their top four finishes, the USA, Argentina, Canada and Colombia all qualified for the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup.

2018 USA U18 WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER

NO NAME POS HGT WGT AGE SCHOOL HOMETOWN
8 Aijha Blackwell G 6-0 150 17 Whitfield School Berkeley, MO
7 Jenna Brown G 5-10 155 17 The Lovett School Smyrna, GA
5 Desiree Caldwell G 5-8 135 18 Byron P. Steele II H.S. Cibolo, TX
10 Maori Davenport G 6-4 175 17 Charles Henderson H.S. Troy, AL
14 Nazahrah Hillmon-Baker F 6-1 190 18 Gilmour Academy Cleveland, OH
13 Rhyne Howard G 6-2 180 18 Bradley Central H.S. Cleveland, TN
4 Ashley Joens G 5-11 150 18 Iowa City H.S. Iowa City, IA
9 Olivia Nelson-Ododa G 6-5 175 17 Winder-Barrow H.S. Winder, GA
6 Anaya Peoples G 5-10 160 17 Schlarman H.S. Danville, IL
15 Sedona Prince F 6-7 195 18 Liberty Hill H.S. Liberty Hill, TX
12 NaLyssa Smith F 6-3 180 17 East Central H.S. Converse,TX
11 Christyn Williams G 5-11 170 18 Central Arkansas Christian School Little Rock, AR
HEAD COACH: Jeff Walz, University of Louisville
ASSISTANT COACH: Natasha Adair, University of Delaware
ASSISTANT COACH: Cori Close, UCLA
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Jeff Bytomski, Duke University
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Casi Dailey, North Carolina State University

2018 USA U18 WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G/S FGM-A PCT 3PM-A PCT FTM-A PCT REB PTS AT BK ST
Smith 6/1 27-52 .519 2-8 .250 10-16 .625 37/ 6.2 66/11.0 6 4 8
Joens 6/1 21-43 .488 9-20 .450 13-21 .619 27/ 4.5 64/10.7 13 0 7
Hillmon-Baker 6/1 23-34 .676 0-0 .--- 16-21 .762 34/ 5.7 62/10.3 0 1 8
Blackwell 6/4 22-46 .478 5-9 .556 7-13 .538 22/ 3.7 56/ 9.3 16 0 12
Nelson-Ododa 6/4 22-44 .500 0-1 .000 11-19 .579 27/ 4.5 55/ 9.2 7 6 4
Howard 6/5 20-44 .455 7-22 .318 4-5 .800 28/ 4.7 51/ 8.5 18 8 11
Williams 5/4 16-40 .400 2-8 .250 8-16 .500 27/ 5.4 42/ 8.4 13 1 6
Davenport 6/4 18-28 .643 0-1 .000 11-21 .524 42/ 7.0 47/ 7.8 6 16 8
Brown 6/1 16-28 .571 4-10 .400 9-16 .563 14/ 2.3 45/ 7.5 17 0 12
Prince 3/2 9-18 .500 0-0 .--- 4-6 .667 20/ 6.7 22/ 7.3 1 4 0
Peoples 6/2 12-35 .343 1-5 .200 7-12 .583 22/ 3.7 32/ 5.3 18 2 15
Caldwell 6/1 6-15 .400 0-0 .--- 5-5 1.000 21/ 3.5 17/ 2.8 8 0 10
Team               31/ 5.2        
USA 6 212-427 .496 30-84 .357 105-171 .614 352/ 58.7 559/ 93.2 123 42 101
OPP. 6 90-360 .250 28-141 .199 66-114 .579 175/ 29.2 274/ 45.7 61 17 49

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