STORRS, Conn. – Rising sophomore Crystal Dangerfield and incoming freshmen Mikayla Coombs and Megan Walker have been invited to the 2017 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Cup Team Trials, which will take place from May 18-21 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Invitations were issued by the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee. Athletes eligible for this team must be 19 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1998) and U.S. citizens.
The selection committee was chaired by former UConn star and current George Washington head coach Jennifer Rizzotti. “These athletes represent the top talent our country has to offer at this age level,” said. “This is a very versatile group that will give the coaching staff a lot of options. They are all tough competitors, and it is not going to be easy for us to pare it down to the final 12-member team. The committee feels we will be able to select from this group a team that will represent the USA well on and off the court, and these athletes have what it takes to win a seventh-straight gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Cup.”
Dangerfield has a chance to become the fifth player in USA Basketball history to win two U-19 gold medals. The others are former UConn All-Americans Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck, South Carolina All-American A'ja Wilson, and former Baylor guard Alexis Jones.
The Murfreesboro, Tenn. native was selected to the U-18 team a year ago but was forced to withdraw with a hip injury. She averaged 6.4 points and 2.7 assists in the 2015 U-19 world championship in picking up her second gold medal to go with the one she earned with the 2013 U-16 team.
Dangerfield played in 31 games for the Huskies during her rookie season, averaging 6.1 points and 3.7 assists per contest. For her efforts, she was selected to the American Athletic Conference All-Freshman Team.
Coombs averaged 16.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists per contest during her senior season at Wesleyan School en route to being honored as the Georgia Gatorade State Player of the Year.
Walker averaged 25.9 points and 7.6 rebounds during her senior campaign at Monacan High School. The Chesterfield, Va. native was honored as the national player of the Year by Gatorade, the WBCA and the Naismith Trophy.