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THIRTEENTH FIBA U19 WORLD CUP — 2019

  • Date:
    Jul 27, 2015

Bangkok, Thailand • July 20-28, 2019


For the first time since 2005, a USA U19 World Cup Team did not arrive at a FIBA U19 World Cup as defending champions. However, when the 13th edition of the event concluded, the U.S. had reclaimed the top of the podium in dramatic fashion.


2019 USA RESULTS (7-0)
USA 79
Australia 56
USA 89
South Korea
67
USA 95
Hungary
50
USA 79
Germany
61
USA 81
Canada
46
USA 67
Belgium
59
USA 74
Australia 70 (OT)

2019 U19 WORLD CUP
FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (7-0) 9. South Korea (3-4)
2. Australia (5-2) 10. Hungary (3-4)
3. Spain (6-1) 11. Colombia (3-4)
4. Belgium (5-2) 12. Argentina (2-5)
5. China (5-2)
13. Germany (2-5)
6. Canada (4-3)
14. Latvia (4-3)
7. Mali (2-5) 15. Mozambique (2-5)
8. Japan (3-4) 16. Thailand (0-7)


Coached by University of Louisville’s Jeff Walz, the USA was led by eventual 2019 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year Paige Bueckers, who earned FIBA U19 World Cup MVP honors, and Rhyne Howard, who joined Bueckers on the five-member all-tournament team.

Bueckers capped the tournament averaging a tournament-leading 5.4 assists to go with 11.6 points a game, while Howard led the U.S. squad with 13.1 ppg., which ranked 10th among the 16-team tournament.

Leading 39-34 at halftime in its opener against Australia, the USA took control of the game with a 21-4 third-quarter output and rolled in for the 79-56 victory. Bueckers led the balanced attack with 11 points.

The USA tallied 52 points in the paint and compiled a 55-23 rebounding advantage in a 89-67 win over South Korea as Fran Belibi led with 18 points on 8-of-8 shooting from the field.

Led by a game-high 18 points from Howard, the USA sailed past Hungary 95-50 to close preliminary round play.

The U.S. outscored Germany 23-14 in the third quarter and claimed a 79-61 round of 16 victory as Bueckers and Celeste Taylor led the U.S. scoring with 13 points each.

Behind a smothering defensive effort, the USA allowed just 16 first half points and rolled to a dominating 81-46 victory over Canada in the quarterfinals. Howard led the team with 14 points.

Trailing by a point with 3:16 remaining in the game, the Americans scored the final nine points of the contest and came away with a 67-59 semifinal victory over Belgium. Howard, who scored a team-high 14 points, hit a 3 at 2:52 to lift the U.S. to 61-59. That energized the defense, which held Belgium scoreless the remainder of the contest.

The USA’s gold medal run was bookended by rival Australia. However, unlike the opener, the final game was one neither the USA or Australia could ever fully get control of, and the USA gritted out a 74-70 overtime victory to claim gold.

With Australia owning a 66-63 lead and in possession of the ball with 14 seconds left, a USA victory looked extremely unlikely.

However, an unsportsmanlike foul sent the U.S. to the line where Caitlin Clark made one of the two free throws. Receiving the ball out-of-bounds, Hailey Van Lith, who finished with 16 points, made a back-door cut to the basket and Bueckers, who led the USA offense with 17 points, lofted a pass to her for the game-tying points.

Australia struck first in overtime for a 68-66 lead, but the USA closed out the game on a 8-2 run for the 74-70 golden win.

Spain defeated Belgium 58-52 for the bronze medal.

2019 USA WOMEN'S U19 WORLD CUP TEAM ROSTER

NO NAME POS HGT WGT AGE SCHOOL HOMETOWN
15 Francesca Belibi F 6-1 190 18 Regis Jesuit H.S. Centennial, CO
14 Aliyah Boston F 6-4 185 17 Worcester Academy (MA) St. Thomas, USVI
  Cameron Brink F 6-4 160 17 Southridge H.S. Beaverton, OR
5 Paige Bueckers G 5-11 140 17 Hopkins H.S. St. Louis Park, MN
6 Caitlin Clark G 6-0 155 17 Dowling Catholic H.S. West Des Moines, IA
10 Queen Egbo F 6-3 190 19 Baylor Houston, TX
11 Naz Hillmon-Baker F 6-1 190 19 Michigan Cleveland, OH
13 Rhyne Howard G 6-2 180 19 Kentucky Cleveland, TN
4 Ashley Joens G 5-11 150 19 Iowa State Iowa City, IA
12 Diamond Miller G 6-1 140 18 Franklin H.S. Somerset, NJ
7 Celeste Taylor G 5-11 135 18 Long Island Lutheran H.S. Valley Stream, NY
9 Hailey Van Lith G 5-9 155 17 Cashmere H.S. Wenatchee, WA
HEAD COACH: Jeff Walz, University of Louisville
ASSISTANT COACH: Natasha Adair, University of Delaware
ASSISTANT COACH: Cori Close, UCLA
TEAM PHYSICIAN: David Walden, Colorado Springs, Colorado
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Nicole Alexander, University of North Carolina

2019 USA WOMEN'S U19 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

Name G/S MIN/AVG FGM-A PCT 3PM-A PCT FTM-A PCT REB/AVG PTS/AVG AST TO BLK STL
Howard 7/7 169/24.1 30- 78 .385 17- 38 .447 15- 19 .789 36/ 5.1 92/ 13.1 10 10 3 10
Bueckers 7/7 189/27.0 36- 83 .434 6- 17 .353 3- 5 .600 29/ 4.1 81/ 11.6 38 16 4 13
Van Lith 7/7 176/25.1 23- 56 .411 5- 17 .294 13- 23 .565 16/ 2.3 64/ 9.1 16 27 0 13
Boston 7/7 132/18.9 27- 61 .443 0- 0 .—- 5- 9 .556 43/ 6.1 59/ 8.4 10 12 11 7
Egbo 7/0 92/13.1 21- 36 .583 0- 0 .—- 13- 18 .722 38/ 5.4 55/ 7.9 2 9 6 5
Belibi 7/0 111/15.9 22- 32 .688 0- 0 .—- 10- 21 .476 51/ 7.3 54/ 7.7 2 9 6 14
Hillmon-Baker 7/7 176/25.1 23- 47 .489 0- 1 .000 6- 13 .462 53/ 7.6 52/ 7.4 9 5 0 8
Clark 7/0 103/14.7 12- 36 .333 5- 20 .250 8- 10 .800 9/ 1.3 37/ 5.3 11 6 1 8
Taylor 7/0 129/18.4 15- 41 .366 1- 10 .100 4- 6 .667 18/ 2.6 35/ 5.0 10 13 2 14
Miller 6/0 42/ 7.0 5- 15 .333 0- 2 .000 2- 2 1.000 8/ 1.3 12/ 2.0 2 3 2 1
Brink 5/0 40/ 8.0 4- 13 .308 0- 1 .000 2- 6 .333 17/ 3.4 10/ 2.0 2 6 4 0
Joens 7/0 66/ 9.4 5- 27 .185 2- 16 .125 1- 4 .250 13/ 1.9 13/ 1.9 2 4 1 4
USA  7
223-525 .425 36-122 .295 82-136 .603 376/ 53.7 564/ 80.6 114 126 40 97
OPP. 7
148-461 .321 38-144 .264 75-110 .682 274/ 39.1 409/ 58.4 92 147 16 54

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