USA Women’s U19 World Cup Team’s First Round Opponents Unveiled
The 2019 FIBA World Cup for Women draw was held today in Bangkok, Thailand, and the 2019 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Cup Team has been drawn into Group C, alongside Australia, Hungary and South Korea for its July 20-24 preliminary games. The USA earned its berth to the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup by virtue of its gold medal finish at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
The 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup will take place July 20-28 in Bangkok.
No. 1 in FIBA’s world youth women’s rankings, the USA will open competition July 20 against No. 7 Australia, followed by a July 21 contest against No. 15 South Korea. After a rest day, the USA will cap preliminary games July 23 against No. 14 Hungary.
Drawn into Group A were Canada, Latvia, Mozambique and Thailand; Group B features Argentina, Belgium, China and Mali; and drawn into Group D were Colombia, Germany, Japan and Spain.
Following the preliminary round, all teams will advance to the July 24 round of 16. The winners of the round of 16 will advance to the July 26 medal quarterfinals, and the losers will play out for ninth-16th places. The semifinals will be played on July 27, and the gold and bronze medal games on July 28.
Trials to select the 2019 USA U19 World Cup Team will be held May 16-20 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The team will regroup July 5 in Colorado Springs to train prior to traveling to Bangkok.
Athletes eligible for this team must be 19 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 2000) and U.S. citizens.
Originally known as the FIBA Junior World Championship, the tournament was held every four years starting in 1985. FIBA in 2005 changed its calendar and now conducts the U19 World Cup every other year.
USA women's teams are 79-13 in U19/Junior World Cups, capturing a sixth-consecutive gold in 2015 with a 7-0 record. In 2017, USA Basketball fell four points short against Russia in the gold medal game in an attempt to capture a seventh-straight gold medal.
For the first time since 2005, the reigning U19 World Cup gold medalist did not qualify for the competition to defend its gold medal. Russia, which claimed gold in 2017, is not among the 16-team field this year. After winning gold while hosting of the 2001 U19 World Cup, the Czech Republic failed to qualify for the 2005 U19s, the last time this anamoly took place.
Notable players to represent the U.S. include: Angela Aycock (1993), Alana Beard (2001), Essence Carson (2005), Tamika Catchings (1997), Crystal Dangerfield (2015, 2017), Bria Hartley (2011), Ruthy Hebard (2017), Crystal Langhorne (2005), Erlana Larkins (2005), Jantel Lavender (2007), Lisa Leslie (1989), Rebecca Lobo (1993), Maya Moore (2007), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (MVP of the 2009 U19 World Cup), Vickie Orr (1985), Courtney Paris (2005), Cappie Pondexter (2001), Katie Smith (1993), Dawn Staley (1989), Azurá Stevens (2015), Breanna Stewart (2011 and MVP of the 2013 U19 World Cup), Diana Taurasi (2001), Morgan Tuck (2011 and 2013) and A’ja Wilson (2013 and MVP of the 2015 U19 World Cup).