2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship For Women -- Just the Facts

OFFICIAL EVENT TITLE: 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women

OFFICIAL USA TEAM NAME: 2014 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team

OFFICIAL EVENT WEB SITE: www.fibaamericas.com

EVENT SITE: U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado

EVENT DATES: August 6-10, 2014

PARTICIPATING TEAMS: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, El Salvador, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States.

DRAW TO DETERMINE PRELIMINARY ROUND GROUPS: TBD

USA TEAM TRIALS: DATES May 24-26, 2014

USA TEAM TRAINING DATES: July 23-August 5, 2014

EVENT DESCRIPTION: The FIBA Americas Women's U18 Championship features eight national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. The top four finishing teams qualify for the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women. Players eligible for this competition must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1996.

EVENT HISTORY: 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, followed in the next summer by the FIBA U19 World Championship.

USA women's teams boast of a remarkable 43-2 overall record in U18 / Junior Qualifiers and have won gold in 1988, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012, while capturing silver medals in 1992 and 1996.

Sites of prior FIBA Americas U18 Championships for Women include: Gurabo, Puerto Rico in 2012; Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 2006 and 2010; Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2008; Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, in 2004; Mardel Plata, Argentina, in 2000; Chetumal, Mexico, in 1996; Guanajuato, Mexico, in 1992; and Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1988.

FIBA AMERICAS U18 CHAMPIONSHIP - USA PLAYERS OF NOTE: Jayne Appel (2006); Alana Beard (2000); Kelsey Bone (2008); Tamika Catchings (1996); Marissa Coleman (2004); Skylar Diggins (2008); Stacey Ford (1998); Sonja Henning (1988); Niesa Johnson (1992); Rebecca Lobo (1992); Maya Moore (2006); Chiney Ogwumike (2010); Nneka Ogwumike (2008); Candace Parker (2004); Courtney Paris (2004); Cappie Pondexter (2000); Nicole Powell (2000); Lynn Pride (1996); Breanna Stewart (2012); Diana Taurasi (2000); Morgan Tuck (2012); Candice Wiggins (2004); and Tiffany Woosley (1992).

USA BASKETBALL WOMEN'S U18 NATIONAL TEAM HISTORY