2018 USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Cup Team Tips-Off Training Today
The 2018 USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Cup Team, which was named on May 30, 2018, returns to the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to tip-off training camp July 5 for the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup, held July 21-29 in Minsk, Belarus.
“I’m excited and I think they’re excited, too,” said Carla Berube, USA U17 and Tufts University head coach. “They’re ready to go, ready to work. They’re ready to compete in practice and get better. We’ve been counting down the days since we left Colorado Springs five weeks ago, so I’m really looking forward to this first practice.”
The USA will begin its quest to reclaim the FIBA U17 World Cup gold medal with two practices each day July 5-7, at 9 a.m. (MDT) and 5 p.m. (MDT). On July 8 the U.S. team will hold its final practice in Colorado at 1 p.m. (EDT).
Traveling to Washington, D.C., the squad will train at 10 a.m. (EDT) and 5 p.m. (EDT) on July 10 at Sidwell Friends School (D.C.). On July 11 the team will practice at 10:30 a.m. at The Flint Hill School (Va.) prior to departing for Liepaja, Latvia, where it will compete in a round-robin tournament against U17 World Cup teams from Canada, China and Latvia, July 14-16.
Arriving in Minsk July 17, the team will continue preparations through July 20 for its July 21 opening game against Italy (8:15 a.m. EDT). The USA will face Mali on July 22 (8:30 a.m. EDT) and China on July 24 (time TBD). All 16 teams advance to the July 25 round of 16, and winners will advance to the July 27 quarterfinals. Medal semifinals will be held July 28, and the gold medal will be contested July 29.
In addition to host Belarus, nations competing in the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup are: Angola, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Colombia, France, Hungary, Japan, Latvia, New Zealand and Spain.
The 2018 USA U17 World Cup Team features: Fran Belibi (Regis Jesuit H.S./Centennial, Colo.); Aliyah Boston (Worcester Academy/St. Thomas, USVI); Cameron Brink (Southridge H.S./Beaverton, Ore.); Samantha Brunelle (William Monroe H.S./Ruckersville, Va.); Paige Bueckers (Hopkins H.S./St. Louis Park, Minn.); Zia Cooke (Rogers H.S./Toledo, Ohio); Azzi Fudd (St. John’s College H.S., D.C./Arlington, Va.); Jordan Horston (Columbus Africentric Early College/Columbus, Ohio); Haley Jones (Archbishop Mitty H.S./Santa Cruz, Calif.); Charisma Osborne (Windward School/Moreno Valley, Calif.); Celeste Taylor (Long Island Lutheran H.S./Valley Stream, N.Y.); and Hailey Van Lith (Cashmere H.S./Wenatchee, Wash.).
Athletes eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens who are 17 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 2001).
Berube is being assisted by Lubbock Christian University head coach Steve Gomez and Winward School (Calif.) head coach Vanessa Nygaard.
FIBA U17 World Cup for Women
The FIBA U17 World Cup for Women, which is held every two years, originated in 2010. The USA captured the 2010 FIBA U17 World Cup gold medal. Also claiming gold in 2012 and 2014, the USA's winning streak at the FIBA U17s was halted in 2016 by eventual gold medalist Australia in the semifinal game. The USA, however, rebounded to claim bronze with a 6-1 record. The USA is now 29-1 all-time in the four editions of the event.
Some of the players who have competed for USA Women’s U17 National Teams include: Lindsay Allen (2012), Diamond DeShields (2012), Rebecca Greenwell (2012), Joyner Holmes (2014), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (2010), Ariel Massengale (2010), Olivia Nelson-Ododa (2016), Mercedes Russell (2012), Katie Lou Samuelson (2016), Breanna Stewart (2010), Christyn Williams (2016) and Elizabeth Williams (2010).