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. The USA, which in 2016 earned its eighth-straight and ninth overall gold medal at the event, is now 53-2 all-time in FIBA Americas U18 Championship play.
The 2016 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team earned the USA’s eighth-consecutive FIBA Americas U18 Championship gold medal and earned a berth in the 2017 FIBA U19 World Championship in the process.
Women who have competed for the U.S. in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship include: Alana Beard (2000); Kelsey Bone (2008); Tamika Catchings (1996); Lauren Cox (2016); Skylar Diggins (2008); Rebecca Lobo (1992); Maya Moore (2006); Chiney Ogwumike (2010); Nneka Ogwumike (2008); Candace Parker (2004); Breanna Stewart (2012); Diana Taurasi (2000); Brianna Turner (2014) and A'ja Wilson (2014).