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Three Huskies Accept Invite for 2013 USA Basketball Women's U19 World Championship Team Trials

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 AdamsG6-1165 02/10/942016 Southern CaliforniaIrvine, CA
Candice AgeeC6-6190 09/14/942016 Penn State Victorville, CA
Jillian AlleyneF 6-3184 09/08/942016 OregonFontana, CA
Ameryst Alston G5-9---01/20/942016 Ohio State Canton, OH
Shacobia Barbee G/F5-10--- 08/09/942016 GeorgiaMufreesboro, TN
Amber Campbell G5-914911/24/942014 Northwood AcademyCharleston, SC
Oderah ChidomF 6-3165 07/09/952013 Bishop O'Dowd H.S./*DukeOakland, CA
Nia Coffey F 6-1155 06/11/952013 Hopkins H.S./*Northwestern Minneapolis, MN
Kendall CooperC6-3190 08/19/952013 St. Anthony's H.S./*DukeCarson, CA
Rebekah DahlmanG5-914508/11/942013 Braham Area H.S./*Vanderbilt Braham, MN
Kaela Davis G6-2160 03/15/952013 Buford H.S./*Georgia TechSuwanee, GA
Amber DeaneG5-9140 02/22/942016 DaytonLathrup Village, MI
Lia GaldeiraG5-11---04/24/942016 Washington StateKamuela, HI
Bashaara GravesF 6-2185 03/17/942016 Tennessee Clarksville, TN
Gabby Green G6-1148 10/18/952014 St. Mary's College H.S. Oakland, CA
Tiaria Griffin G5-8132 08/30/942016 GeorgiaMonticello, MS
Linnae HarperG5-7140 01/31/952013 Whitney Young H.S./*Kentucky Chicago, IL
Moriah JeffersonG5-7122 03/18/942016 ConnecticutGlenn Heights, TX
Alexis Jones G5-8160 05/08/942016 Duke Irving, TX
Brittney Martin G6-0162 01/03/942016 Oklahoma StateSyracuse, UT
Stephanie MavungaG6-318402/24/952013 Brownsburg H.S./*North Carolina Indianapolis, IN
Xylina McDanielF 6-2175 11/18/942016 North Carolina Columbia, SC
Sydney MossG/F5-1119603/06/942016 FloridaUnion, KY
Kelsey PlumG5-9145 08/24/942013 La Jolla Country Day/*WashingtonPoway, CA
Jordan ReynoldsG5-11165 08/04/952013 Central Catholic H.S./*Tennessee Portland, OR
Tyler Scaife G5-9135 12/13/942013 Little Rock Hall H.S./*RutgersLittle Rock, AR
Ieshia Small F 6-8170 12/17/942013 Florida State University H.S./*Baylor Tallahassee, FL
Breanna StewartF/C 6-4175 08/27/942016 ConnecticutNorth Syracuse, NY
Brittney SykesG5-9145 02/07/942016 SyracuseNewark, NJ
Morgan TuckF 6-2190 04/30/942016 ConnecticutBolingbrook, IL
Brianna Turner F 6-3150 07/05/962014 Manvel H.S. Pearland, TX
Courtney WalkerG5-8160 04/28/942016 Texas A&MEdmond, OK
Marqu'es Webb F6-123503/23/952013 Hoover H.S./*VanderbiltMontgomery, AL
A'ja WilsonF 6-4175 08/08/962014 Heathwood Hall H.S Hopkins, SC