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2021 USA Women’s U16 National Team to Face Argentina, Chile and Mexico in FIBA Americas U16 Championship Pool Play

  • Date:
    Aug 10, 2021

-- USA Tips-Off Training Camp Aug. 14 in Washington, D.C. --

FIBA today conducted the draw for the 2021 FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Women in Miami, which will be contested Aug. 23-29 in Guanajuato, Mexico. The USA women will play in Group B and will meet Chile on Aug. 23, host Mexico on Aug. 24 and Argentina on Aug. 25. Game times are still to be determined.

The U.S. team, which was announced on June 18, will train twice a day from Aug. 14-19 at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., prior to departing for Mexico.

Playing in Group A are Brazil, Canada Costa Rica and Puerto Rico.

Following the preliminary round, teams will be seeded based on results within each pool, and all eight teams advance to the Aug. 27 quarterfinals. Semifinals will be played Aug. 28 and finals on Aug. 29.

The 2021 USA U16 National Team, comprised of athletes who are 16 and under, includes: Kamorea “KK” Arnold (Germantown H.S./Germantown, Wis.); Madison Booker (Germantown H.S./Ridgeland, Miss.); Jaloni Cambridge (Ensworth H.S./Nashville, Tenn.); Breya Cunningham (La Jolla Country Day School/Chula Vista, Calif.); Jadyn Donovan (Sidwell Friends School/Upper Marlboro, Md.); Kendall Dudley (Sidwell Friends School, D.C./Manassas Park, Va.); Margaret Mendelson (Fremont H.S./North Ogden, Utah); Olivia Olson (Benilde-St. Margaret's/New Hope, Minn.); Grace Slaughter (Grain Valley H.S./Grain Valley, Mo.); Delaney Thomas (St. John's College H.S./Charles Town, W.Va.); Judea "JuJu" Watkins (Windward School/Los Angeles, Calif.); and Jada Williams (Blue Springs H.S./Blue Springs, Mo.).

Sue Phillips (Archbishop Mitty/San Jose Cagers) is serving for a second time as the USA U16 National Team head coach after having led the 2013 USA U16 squad to gold. The USA’s assistant coaches are Tom McConnell (Indiana University Pennsylvania) and Sophia Witherspoon (Fort Pierce Central H.S., Fla.).

Players eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens born on or after Jan. 1, 2005.

The top four finishing teams at the 2021 FIBA Americas U16 Championship will qualify for the 2022 FIBA U17 World Cup.  

A biennial event launched in 2009 and open to athletes 16 years old or younger, the FIBA Americas U16 Championship features eight national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. The USA Basketball women claimed the gold medal in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2017 and 2019 and the bronze medal in 2015 and are 30-1 in FIBA Americas U16 Championship action.















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