Jefferson one of three Huskies headed to Colorado
May 7, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - University of Connecticut women's basketball freshmen Moriah Jefferson, Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck have accepted invitations to participate in the 2013 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team Trials as announced by USA Basketball on Tuesday afternoon. The selected Huskies are three of 34 of the nation's top athletes age 19-years-old or younger receiving invitations. Trials to select the 12-member USA squad will be held May 16-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Invitations to the trials were issued by the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee.
"This group has a nice nucleus with some former gold medal winners in the mix and some new candidates that will allow us to field a very competitive team," said committee chair Jim Foster, who has been a member of nine different USA Basketball coaching staffs.
Stewart is the most experienced USA Basketball alum attending trials. The MVP of the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship and member of the five-member 2009 All-FIBA U19 World Championship Tournament Team, Stewart has helped USA squads earn gold at the 2010 U17 and 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships, as well as the 2009 U16 and 2012 U18 FIBA Americas Championships. Further, the 2011 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year was the lone high school athlete on the 2011 USA Pan American Games Team.
Jefferson and Tuck also enter the trials as USA Basketball alum after being members of the 2012 USA FIBA U18 National Team that captured the FIBE Americas U18 Championship to secure a berth to this summer's competition. Returning from the most recent USA U19 squad that captured gold at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship are Jordan Adams, Alexis Jones, Stewart and Tuck.
The USA squad, which is on a quest to capture a fifth-consecutive gold medal at the U19 Worlds, will compete in the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, hosted by Lithuania from July 18-28 in Klaipeda and Panevëþys. The team will regroup for training on July 1 at the USOTC prior to traveling to Europe for the competition.
The FIBA U19 Worlds will feature 16 teams with athletes 19-years-old or younger. While Lithuania earned an automatic berth to the tournament as host, the remaining 15 nations were determined by the five FIBA zone qualifiers in 2012. In addition to the U.S., nations qualified out of the FIBA Americas zone include Brazil (silver medalist), Argentina (bronze medalist) and Canada (fourth place). Senegal (gold medalist) and Mali (silver medalist) will represent FIBA Africa; advancing from FIBA Asia are China (gold medalist), Japan (silver medalist) and South Korea (bronze medalist); Australia took FIBA Oceania's spot after wining the best-of-three series against New Zealand; while FIBA Europe will be represented by France (gold medalist), Russia (silver medalist), Serbia (bronze medalist), Netherlands (fourth place) and Spain (fifth place).
Drawn into Group D, the U.S. will play its preliminary and second round games in Panevëþys, and opens against Lithuania on July 18, followed by China on July 19 and caps the preliminary round against Mali on July 20.
The top three finishing teams from each first-round group will advance to the second round, held July 22-24. The 12 nations qualifying for the second round will be divided into Groups E and F. Each team will play the three new teams in its new group, with all results of games played in the preliminary round carrying over to determine the second-round standings.
Teams finishing in first through fourth places in the second round will qualify for the quarterfinals, with the opportunity to advance to the semifinals and finals. The medal round will be played in Klaipeda, with the quarterfinals held on July 26, semifinals slated for July 27 and the gold medal game on July 28.
Current collegiate athletes invited to participate in the 2013 USA U19 World Championship Team trials are eligible and may also be considered for the 2013 USA World University Games Team. Trials for both teams will take place in staggered sessions May 16-19. The 2013 World University Games women's basketball competition is scheduled for July 8-15 in Kazan, Russia.
Chaired by NCAA representative Jim Foster, the 2013-16 USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team Committee includes NCAA appointees Melanie Balcomb (head coach, Vanderbilt University), Lindsay Gottlieb (head coach, University of California) and Joi Williams (head coach, UCF), as well as athlete representative Kara Lawson, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist who has played on nine USA Basketball teams.
2013 USA Basketball Women's U19 World Championship Team Trials Schedule
Thursday, May 16
4:30 - 6:15 p.m. Trials Session 1
Friday, May 17
8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Trials Session 2
4-6 p.m. Trials Session 3
Saturday, May 18
8:30-10:30 a.m. Trials Session 4
4-6 p.m. Trials Session 5
Sunday, May 19
8:30 a.m. U19 Team Announcement
- All times listed are local, MDT
- All sessions will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and are open to credentialed media.
- The team announcement is open to athletes only.
2013 USA Basketball Women's U19 World Championship Team Trials Roster
|Jordan Adams||G||6-1||165||02/10/94||2016||Southern California||Irvine, CA|
|Candice Agee||C||6-6||190||09/14/94||2016||Penn State||Victorville, CA|
|Jillian Alleyne||F||6-3||184||09/08/94||2016||Oregon||Fontana, CA|
|Ameryst Alston||G||5-9||---||01/20/94||2016||Ohio State||Canton, OH|
|Shacobia Barbee||G/F||5-10||---||08/09/94||2016||Georgia||Mufreesboro, TN|
|Amber Campbell||G||5-9||149||11/24/94||2014||Northwood Academy||Charleston, SC|
|Oderah Chidom||F||6-3||165||07/09/95||2013||Bishop O'Dowd H.S./*Duke||Oakland, CA|
|Nia Coffey||F||6-1||155||06/11/95||2013||Hopkins H.S./*Northwestern||Minneapolis, MN|
|Kendall Cooper||C||6-3||190||08/19/95||2013||St. Anthony's H.S./*Duke||Carson, CA|
|Rebekah Dahlman||G||5-9||145||08/11/94||2013||Braham Area H.S./*Vanderbilt||Braham, MN|
|Kaela Davis||G||6-2||160||03/15/95||2013||Buford H.S./*Georgia Tech||Suwanee, GA|
|Amber Deane||G||5-9||140||02/22/94||2016||Dayton||Lathrup Village, MI|
|Lia Galdeira||G||5-11||---||04/24/94||2016||Washington State||Kamuela, HI|
|Bashaara Graves||F||6-2||185||03/17/94||2016||Tennessee||Clarksville, TN|
|Gabby Green||G||6-1||148||10/18/95||2014||St. Mary's College H.S.||Oakland, CA|
|Tiaria Griffin||G||5-8||132||08/30/94||2016||Georgia||Monticello, MS|
|Linnae Harper||G||5-7||140||01/31/95||2013||Whitney Young H.S./*Kentucky||Chicago, IL|
|Moriah Jefferson||G||5-7||122||03/18/94||2016||Connecticut||Glenn Heights, TX|
|Alexis Jones||G||5-8||160||05/08/94||2016||Duke||Irving, TX|
|Brittney Martin||G||6-0||162||01/03/94||2016||Oklahoma State||Syracuse, UT|
|Stephanie Mavunga||G||6-3||184||02/24/95||2013||Brownsburg H.S./*North Carolina||Indianapolis, IN|
|Xylina McDaniel||F||6-2||175||11/18/94||2016||North Carolina||Columbia, SC|
|Sydney Moss||G/F||5-11||196||03/06/94||2016||Florida||Union, KY|
|Kelsey Plum||G||5-9||145||08/24/94||2013||La Jolla Country Day/*Washington||Poway, CA|
|Jordan Reynolds||G||5-11||165||08/04/95||2013||Central Catholic H.S./*Tennessee||Portland, OR|
|Tyler Scaife||G||5-9||135||12/13/94||2013||Little Rock Hall H.S./*Rutgers||Little Rock, AR|
|Ieshia Small||F||6-8||170||12/17/94||2013||Florida State University H.S./*Baylor||Tallahassee, FL|
|Breanna Stewart||F/C||6-4||175||08/27/94||2016||Connecticut||North Syracuse, NY|
|Brittney Sykes||G||5-9||145||02/07/94||2016||Syracuse||Newark, NJ|
|Morgan Tuck||F||6-2||190||04/30/94||2016||Connecticut||Bolingbrook, IL|
|Brianna Turner||F||6-3||150||07/05/96||2014||Manvel H.S.||Pearland, TX|
|Courtney Walker||G||5-8||160||04/28/94||2016||Texas A&M||Edmond, OK|
|Marqu'es Webb||F||6-1||235||03/23/95||2013||Hoover H.S./*Vanderbilt||Montgomery, AL|
|A'ja Wilson||F||6-4||175||08/08/96||2014||Heathwood Hall H.S||Hopkins, SC|