Thirty-Five Of Nation’s Top 19-And-Unders Set To Attend 2011 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Championship Team Trials
Colorado Springs, Colo. • April 5, 2011
Twenty-four USA Basketball medalists are among 35 of the nation’s top 19-and-under athletes who have accepted invitations to attend the 2011 USA Women’s U19 World Championship Team Trials, USA Basketball today announced. Trials will be held May 22-25 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Invitations to the trials were issued by the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee, chaired by Sue Donohoe, NCAA vice president for Division I women’s basketball.
“The committee is very excited about the young talent that will be at this year’s USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team Trials,” said Donohoe. “So many of these athletes already know what it takes to win a gold medal, and that will make the trials so much more competitive and that much harder for the committee to narrow down this group to just one team.”
Eight members of the 2010 USA U18 National Team that earned the USA its 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship berth are returning to compete for a spot on the 2011 USA U19 World Championship Team – as is the coaching staff. The USA again will be led by the University of Hartford’s Jennifer Rizzotti, with assistant coaches Sue Semrau of Florida State University and Joi Williams of the University of Central Florida.
Only U.S. citizens who are 19 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1992) are eligible for the 2011 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Championship Team.
Accepting invitations to the 2011 USA U19 World Championship Team Trials are: Jordan Adams (Mater Dei H.S. / Irvine, Calif.); Cierra Burdick (Butler H.S. / Matthews, N.C.); Briyona Canty (Trenton Catholic Academy / Willingboro, N.J.); Andraya Carter (Buford H.S. / Flowery Branch, Ga.); Diamond DeShields (Norcross H.S. / Norcross, Ga.); Stefanie Dolson (Connecticut / Port Jervis, N.Y.); Aaryn Ellenberg (Oklahoma / Las Vegas, Nev.); Chassidy Fussell (Texas / Troy, Tenn.); Karla Gilbert (Texas A&M / College Station, Texas); Bashaara Graves (Clarksville H.S. / Clarksville, Tenn.); Bria Hartley (Connecticut / North Babylon, N.Y.); Justine Hartman (Brea Olinda H.S. / Brea, Calif.); Kaneisha Horn (Alabama / Birmingham, Ala.); Malina Howard (Twinsburg H.S. / Twinsburg, Ohio); Moriah Jefferson (Texas Home Educators Sports Association / Glenn Heights, Texas); Alexis Jones (Irving MacArthur H.S. / Irving, Texas); Betnijah Laney (Smyrna H.S. / Clayton, Del.); Allyson Malott (Madison H.S. / Middletown, Ohio); Tyaunna Marshall (Georgia Tech / Upper Marlboro, Md.); Ariel Massengale (Bolingbrook H.S. / Bolingbrook, Ill.); Khaalidah Miller (Georgia / Atlanta, Ga.); Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Mater Dei H.S. / Anaheim, Calif.); Cassie Peoples (Cy-Fair H.S. / Houston, Texas); Theresa Plaisance (LSU / Marrero, La.); Shoni Schimmel (Louisville / Mission, Ore.); Meighan Simmons (Tennessee / Cibolo, Texas); Odyssey Sims (Baylor / Irving, Texas); Bria Smith (Christ the King H.S. / Massapequa, N.Y.); Imani Stafford (Winward H.S. / Los Angeles, Calif.); Breanna Stewart (Cicero-North Syracuse H.S. / North Syracuse, N.Y.); Kiah Stokes (Linn-Mar H.S. / Marion, Iowa); Alyssa Thomas (Maryland / Harrisburg, Pa.); Morgan Tuck (Bolingbrook H.S. / Bolingbrook, Ill.); Alexyz Vaioletama (Mater Dei H.S. / Fountain Valley, Calif.); and Elizabeth Williams (Princess Anne H.S. / Virginia Beach, Va.).
The USA U19 World Championship Team training camp will open June 1-5 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., as part of the ESPN RISE Girls Showcase. The USA will train for four days before facing the Brazil U19 National Team on June 5. The game will be televised on ESPNU and also shown online at ESPN3.com.
Then on July 11-15, the USA U19 squad will reassemble for training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, before the team travels to Chile for its final preparations.
As the winner of the past three U19 World Championships, the USA will look to defend its title at the 2011 U19 Worlds, hosted by Chile from July 21-31 in Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas. The USA has been drawn into Group B for preliminary round play and will tip-off against Japan on July 21 (12:30 p.m. EDT), face Russia on July 22 (12:30 p.m. EDT) and close the first round against Argentina on July 23 (10:15 a.m. EDT). The second round will be played
July 25-27, quarterfinals are slated for July 29, semifinals will be held on July 30 and the finals are scheduled for July 31.
Current collegiate athletes invited to participate in the 2011 USA U19 World Championship Team Trials are eligible and may also be considered for the 2011 USA World University Games Team. Trials for both teams will take place in staggered sessions May 22-25. The 2011 World University Games women’s basketball competition is scheduled for Aug. 14-21 in Shenzhen, China.
In all, included on this year’s trials roster are 24 athletes who have international experience as a member of a USA Basketball team and an additional five who have participated in a previous USA Basketball team trials.
Returning to vie for a spot on this summer’s team are eight members of the 2010 USA U18 National Team that claimed the gold medal with a 5-0 record at the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs, Colo. Gold medalists from the 2010 USA U18 squad include: DeShields, Dolson, Hartley, Howard, Jones, Malott, Peoples and Plaisance.
The eight, two-time USA Basketball gold medalists who aided the USA to gold at the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship participating in the U19 trials are: Adams, Burdick, Graves, Laney, Massengale, Mosqueda-Lewis, Stewart and Williams.
In 2009, Hartman, Stokes and Vaioletama collected gold with the USA U16 National Team; Smith, Stafford and Tuck claimed gold with the 2010 USA U17 World Championship Team; and Canty, Carter and Stokes earned bronze at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games.
Finally, Gilbert, Horn, Jefferson, Simmons and Thomas have participated in at least one USA Basketball trials.
Listed on the 2011 USA U19 National Team Trials roster are 14 athletes who recently completed their freshman year at an NCAA Division I institution, 11 high school seniors who will be competing for collegiate programs next year, nine players from the high school class of 2012 and one – DeShields – who will graduate from high school in 2013.
In addition to Donohoe, the committee includes NCAA appointees Joanne Boyle (University of Virginia), Coquese Washington (Penn State University) and Connie Yori (University of Nebraska), as well as athlete representative Beth Cunningham (Virginia Commonwealth University, 1999 USA Pan American Games Team member).
Originally known as the FIBA Junior World Championship, the tournament was held every four years from 1985 through 2005. FIBA now conducts the U19 World Championship every other year. USA women's teams are 49-11 all-time in U19/Junior World championships, most recently capturing a third consecutive gold with an 8-1 record in 2009.
Some of the top players who have represented the United States in past FIBA U19 World Championships include: Angela Aycock (1993); Alana Beard (2001); Essence Carson (2005); Tamika Catchings (1997); Monique Currie (2001); Crystal Langhorne (2005); Erlana Larkins (2005); Jantel Lavender (2007); Lisa Leslie (1989); Rebecca Lobo (1993); Maya Moore (2007); Nnemkadi Ogwumike (2009); Vickie Orr (1985); Courtney Paris (2005); Cappie Pondexter (2001); Katie Smith (1993); Dawn Staley (1989); Ann Strother (2001); Diana Taurasi (2001); Abby Waner (2005); and Candice Wiggins (2005).