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Just the Facts: 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women

  • Date:
    Nov 2, 2017

OFFICIAL EVENT TITLE: 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women
OFFICIAL TEAM NAME: 2018 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team
EVENT SITE: Mexico City, Mexico
EVENT VENUE: TBD
OFFICIAL EVENT INTERNET SITE: TBD
DATE OF DRAW: TBD
COMPETITION DATES: August 1-7, 2018
USA BASKETBALL TRIALS DATES: May 25-29, 2018
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 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup.
ELIGIBILITY: Athletes eligible for this team must be 18-years-old or younger (born on or after 1/1/00) and U.S. citizens.
2018 QUALIFIED TEAMS (8): Earning automatic berths from North America are Canada and the United States; Argentina, Chile and Colombia secured the three berths from the 2017 South American U17 Championship; while El Salvador, Mexico and Puerto Rico earned the three berths available from the 2017 Centrobasket U17 Championship.
PRELIMINARY ROUND GROUPS: TBD (two groups of four teams each)
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, for nations that advance, by the FIBA U19 World Cup.

USA women's teams boast of a remarkable 53-2 overall record in U18/Junior Qualifiers and have won gold in 1988, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016; 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); Napheesa Collier (2014); Lauren Cox (2016); Skylar Diggins (2008); Ruthy Hebard (2016); 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); 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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