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2018 USA U18 women celebration

JUST THE FACTS: 2020 FIBA AMERICAS U18 CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN  

  • Date:
    Mar 3, 2020

OFFICIAL EVENT TITLE: 2020 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women >> CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19. THE USA EARNED AN AUTOMATIC BERTH TO THE 2021 FIBA U19 WORLD CUP DUE TO BEING THE NO. 1 RANKED PROGRAM IN THE FIBA AMERICAS ZONE.
OFFICIAL TEAM NAME: 2020 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team
EVENT DESCRIPTION: The FIBA Americas U18 Championship would have featured 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 1/1/02) and U.S. citizens.
2020 QUALIFIED TEAMS (8): Originally earning automatic berths to the now-cancelled event from North America were Canada and the United States; Argentina, Brazil and Colombia secured the three berths from the 2019 South American U17 Championship; while Dominican Republic, Mexico and Puerto Rico earned the three berths available from the 2019 Centrobasket U17 Championship.
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 59-2 overall record in U18/Junior Qualifiers and have won gold in 1988, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018; 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); Rhyne Howard (2018); 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); and A’ja Wilson (2014).
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