USA Basketball Women Draw Australia, Egypt and Italy for FIBA 2021 U19 World Cup Preliminary Round
FIBA held the draw to determine preliminary round groups for the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup for Women, and the defending U19 gold medalists USA has been drawn into Group A, alongside Australia, Egypt and Italy for the Aug. 7-10 preliminary round.
The USA will open play against Italy on Aug. 7, followed by Australia on Aug. 8 and cap preliminary play against Egypt on Aug. 10. Times will be announced by FIBA at a later date.
Featuring U19 teams from 16 nations, the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup for Women is scheduled to be held Aug. 7-15 in Debrecen, Hungary. In addition to the USA and host Hungary, teams that will take part in this summer’s U19 World Cup include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Italy, Japan, Mali, Russia, South Korea and Spain.
Group B includes Argentina, Hungary, Russia and Taiwan; Group C features Brazil, France, South Korea and Spain; and Group D is comprised of Canada, Czech Republic, Japan and Mali.
Teams will play round-robin preliminary games against the other three teams in their respective pools. Teams will be seeded following the preliminary round based on group results, and all 16 teams advance to the round of 16. Winning teams continue to advance through the medal round, while the losing teams will compete in classification games for 9th-16th places.
Reigning FIBA U19 World Cup gold medalist, USA women’s teams have won eight gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal while compiling an 86-13 overall record in U19 World Cup play since the event was launched in 1985. Even more impressive, the USA has posted a 62-3 record and won seven of the past eight U19 golds since 2005.
With the exception of Africa, due to COVID-19, U18 continental championships were not held last year. The USA earned its berth to the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup by virtue of its No. 1 ranking in FIBA Americas.
Trials to select the 12-member team will be held May 14-16 at Metro State University in Denver, and the coaching staff and trials invitees will be announced at a later date.