Just the Facts: 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women
OFFICIAL EVENT TITLE: 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women
OFFICIAL TEAM NAME: 2016 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team
EVENT SITE: Valdivia, Chile
EVENT VENUE: TBD
OFFICIAL EVENT INTERNET SITE: FIBAAmericas.com
COMPETITION DATES: July 13-17, 2016
USA BASKETBALL TRIALS DATES: May 27-31, 2016
USA BASKETBALL TRIALS SITE: U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado
EVENT DESCRIPTION: The FIBA Americas U18 Championship will feature eight U18 national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. The top four finishing teams will qualify for the 2017 FIBA U19 World Championship.
ELIGIBILITY: Athletes eligible for this team must be 18-years-old or younger (born on or after 1/1/98) and U.S. citizens.
2016 QUALIFIED TEAMS (8): The United States and Canada earned automatic berths into the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship from North America. Also earning a place in the tournament were the top three finishing teams from the 2015 South American U17 Championship, including Brazil, Venezuela and Argentina. Additionally, Guatemala, Mexico and Puerto Rico earned the three berths available from the 2015 Centrobasket U17 Championship.
PRELIMINARY ROUND GROUPS:
Group A: USA, Brazil, Venezuela, Guatemala
Group B: Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Chile
EVENT HISTORY: Originally known as the FIBA Americas Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament, the event was held every four years from 1998-2004. FIBA changed its calendar following the 2004 championship and the tournament is now conducted every other year, followed in the next summer by the FIBA U19 World Championship.
USA women's teams boast of a remarkable 48-2 overall record in U18 / Junior Qualifiers and have won gold in 1988, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014, while capturing silver medals in 1992 and 1996.
USA U18 NATIONAL TEAM PLAYERS OF NOTE: USA U18 National Team players of note include: Jayne Appel (2006); Alana Beard (2000); Kelsey Bone (2008); Tamika Catchings (1996); Marissa Coleman (2004); Napheesa Collier (2014); Skylar Diggins (2008); Stacey Ford (1998); Sonja Henning (1988); Niesa Johnson (1992); Rebecca Lobo (1992); Maya Moore (2006); Chiney Ogwumike (2010); Nneka Ogwumike (2008); Candace Parker (2004); Courtney Paris (2004); Cappie Pondexter (2000); Nicole Powell (2000); Lynn Pride (1996); Breanna Stewart (2012); Diana Taurasi (2000); Morgan Tuck (2012); Brianna Turner (2014); Candice Wiggins (2004); A’ja Wilson (2014); and Tiffany Woosley (1992).
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