2017 USA Women’s U19 World Cup Team Set To Begin Training For Title Defense
The 2017 USA U19 World Cup Team will begin preparations for its title defense on Saturday, July 8, at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Six-time defending FIBA U19 World Cup gold medalists, the USA is hoping to make it a lucky seven in a row July 22-30 in Cividale del Friuli and Udine, Italy.
The U.S. will train twice a day through July 14, with the exception of July 10, when the lone practice will tip at 11 a.m. (all times local, MDT). The first practice will begin July 8 at 9 a.m., followed by a 5 p.m. session. On July 9, 10 and 12-14, the team’s two practices are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Prior to the U19 World Cup the USA will gain international in a three-game, invitational against U19 teams from host Italy, Latvia and Spain in Udine. Opening against Spain on July 17, the U.S. faces Italy on July 18 and closes out the round-robin tournament July 19 against Latvia.
The USA squad will have an additional two days to practice, which will include a scrimmage against France’s U19 squad on July 20, prior to opening 2017 U19 World Cup play against Mali on July 22.
Named to the 2017 USA U19 World Cup Team on May 21 were: Bella Alarie (Princeton/Bethesda, Md.); Jeannie Boehm (Harvard/Winnetka, Ill.); Chennedy Carter (Timberview H.S./Arlington, Texas); Crystal Dangerfield (Connecticut/Murfreesboro, Tenn.); Tyasha Harris (South Carolina/Noblesville, Ind.); Ruthy Hebard (Oregon/Fairbanks, Alaska); Joyner Holmes (Texas/Cedar Hill, Texas); Kayla Overbeck (Vanderbilt/Newbury Park, Calif.); Reili Richardson (Arizona State/Brea, Calif.); Alecia Sutton (Texas/St. Louis, Mo.); Megan Walker (Monacan H.S./Chesterfield, Va.); and Christyn Williams (Central Arkansas Christian School/Little Rock, Ark.).
University of Pittsburgh head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio is serving as head coach for the 2017 USA U19 squad. She is assisted by collegiate head coaches Kamie Ethridge from the University of Northern Colorado and Charlotte Smith from Elon University.
After opening against Mali on July 22, the USA will face China on July 23 and cap the preliminary round against host Italy on July 25. Also competing in the 16-nation tournament are Australia, Canada, Egypt, France, Hungary, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Korea and Spain.
Following the preliminary round, teams will be seeded according to group play, and all participating teams will advance to the July 26 round of 16. Winners will advance to the July 28 medal quarterfinals, while the remaining teams will continue playing out for classification. The medal semifinals will be held July 29, and the gold and bronze medal games are slated for July 30.
FIBA U19 World Cup for Women
Originally known as the FIBA Junior World Championship, FIBA changed the names of its age-based world championships in 2005 to reflect the age of eligibility, and recently updated the names of all of its world championships to world cups. The tournament was held every four years starting in 1985. FIBA in 2005 modified its calendar and now conducts the U19 World Cup every other year. USA women's teams are 73-12 in U19/Junior World Cups, capturing a sixth-consecutive gold in 2015 with a 7-0 record.
Notable players to represent the USA at the FIBA U19 World Championship include: Alana Beard (2001), Essence Carson (2005), Tamika Catchings (1997), Bria Hartley (2011), Crystal Langhorne (2005), Jantel Lavender (2007), Lisa Leslie (1989), Rebecca Lobo (1993), Maya Moore (2007), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (2009), Vickie Orr (1985), Cappie Pondexter (2001), Katie Smith (1993), Dawn Staley (1989), Azurá Stevens (2015), Breanna Stewart (2011 and MVP of the 2013 U19 World Championship), Diana Taurasi (2001), Morgan Tuck (2011 and 2013) and A’ja Wilson (2013 and MVP of the 2015 U19 World Championship).