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Moriah Jefferson Moriah Jefferson’s Positivity Sparks USA Teammates
The beginning and end of each training camp practice session for the 2013 USA Women’s U19 World Championship Team has remained consistent since day one. All 12 members of the team clap and unite at half-court before guard Moriah Jefferson shuts off the noise with a loud U-S-A chant. Story
Alexis Jones: USA Basketball’s Crafty Floor General
For Alexis Jones, being associated with a USA Basketball team during the summer season is nowadays, basically routine. The rising Duke sophomore won her first gold medal with the USA Women’s U18 National Team at the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Story
Morgan Tuck
Standard Setter, Morgan Tuck Capitalizes On USA Leadership Role
Regardless of the sport, a common trait that all successful teams carry is a strong vocal presence. When things aren’t going smoothly, teams always tend to look toward their vocal leader with belief that everything is going to be resolved. On the 2013 USA Women’s U19 World Championship Team, Morgan Tuck proudly serves the inspiring role. Story
Gabby Green Beats the Odds
Following two consecutive summers of bitterness and hurt, Gabby Green nearly gave up. In the summer of 2011, she traveled to Colorado Springs, Colo., to try out for the USA Women’s U16 National Team. The next summer she returned and attempted to earn a spot on the USA Women’s U17 World Championship Team. For Green, her first two tryouts with USA Basketball teams produced the same result: cut and sent home early. Story
Lennae Harper
Linnae Harper Preps for College, Goes for Third Gold Medal
It’s been several years now since USA Women’s U19 World Championship Team head coach Katie Meier first met Linnae Harper. Meier, also the head coach at the University of Miami, was instantly impressed with the way Harper carried herself and remembers when the 5’7” guard traveled to her school’s campus as an eighth grader. Story
USA Women’s U19 World Championship Team Returns, Kicks-Off Training Camp
After a near six-week layoff, the USA Women’s U19 World Championship Team reconvened this morning at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., for the start of training camp. Story
Amir Coffey Amir Coffey Hopes To Make USA Basketball A Family Affair
Last weekend it was Nia Coffey who was competing for and earning a roster spot on the 2013 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Championship Team. This weekend, just a few days later, it is her younger brother, Amir Coffey, who is battling for a USA jersey at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. More
USA U19 Trials Participants Get Golden Lesson from Kara Lawson
First-time USA Basketball committee member and Olympic gold medalist Kara Lawson was in Colorado Springs to help select the USA U19 and World University Games teams and talked with the U19 team trials participants about representing their country. Story
How Basketball Found Lia Galdeira
Thursday, four and a half hours before the first session of the USA Women’s U19 World Championship Team trials kicked off, Washington State guard Lia Galdeira was camped out in the U.S. Olympic Training Center gymnasium. Story
VIDEO: Kaela Davis
Winning three gold medals and one bronze as a member of four USA Basketball teams -- including a pair of 3x3 squads -- rising Georgia Tech freshman Kaela Davis talks to USA Basketball about trials, playing 3x3, what it means to play for USA Basketball and much more! Watch Now
Tough Competition Ahead for the 2013 USA U19 World Championship Team, Starting With Trials
Thirty-three of the nation’s top 19-and-unders descended upon the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., today to try and earn one of the 12 coveted spots on the 2013 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team. What is the committee looking for? Story



2011 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team Features


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USA U19 Videos...

  • July 11: Cierra Burdick, Ariel Massengale & Morgan Tuck
  • July 12: Jordan Adams, Stefanie Dolson & Elizabeth Williams
  • July 13: Alexis Jones, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Breanna Stewart
  • July 15: Diamond DeShields, Bria Hartley, Malina Howard!

USA U19 Women Play Tourist on Their Day Off
After three straight days of games, teams competing in the FIBA U19 World Championship had a day off. Rather than spending their off day sitting around and doing nothing, the USA U19 squad headed out on a tour that included time with some llamas, seeing one of the many volcanos in the Los Logos region of Chile and sledding. Check out the Photo Gallery from the team's tour!
Tourney Time!
After three days of trials in Colorado Springs in May, five days of training with 15 USA U19 World Championship Team finalists in Orlando in June, a week of two-a-days last week in Colorado Springs and four days of practices and scrimmages in Puerto Montt, Chile, the 2011 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Championship Team is ready to take the court on July 21 against Japan. More...
Ariel Massengale Is Ready To Compete
Two-time USA Basketball gold medalist Ariel Massengale is currently training with the 2011 USA U19 World Championship Team in Puerto Montt, Chile, during the team’s final preparations for the July 21-31 FIBA U19 Worlds. The U.S. is the three-time defending champ at this age-based event and Massengale wants to make it four golds in a row. More...
Cierra Burdick Is Striving For Gold
Cierra Burdick had quite a lot of success in her young life. After surviving open-heart surgery when she was just two, Burdick has aided her Butler High School basketball team to the 2010 North Carolina Class 4A state championship, picked up a couple individual state titles in track & field and excels in the classroom as well. More...
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis: Making A Difference On And Off The Court
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis is a world-class athlete, but she takes pride in being a world-class individual. The incoming Connecticut freshman is padding her basketball resume this summer with the 2011 USA U19 World Championship Team, but ultimately, the California-native wants to be remembered for her work off the court. More...
Morgan Tuck Reveals Bag Of Talents
Bolingbrook, Illinois-native Morgan Tuck is in Colorado Springs, Colo. this week, training with the 2011 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team. In just a few days, she’ll be in Puerto Montt, Chile, for the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship. However, Tuck didn’t always think she would travel the world to play basketball. More...
Jordan Adams: Sports Fanatic
Jordan Adams has spent the previous two summers representing her country with pride and winning a pair of gold medals along the way. The self-professed sports junkie let out the loudest ‘yeah!’ in the gym this morning when the team was told the U.S. Soccer World Cup Team was up 1-0 on France. She was the first to inquire, the minute practice was over, if the USA had won. More...
Bria Hartley Hungry For More
Connecticut sophomore Bria Hartley has already won a gold medal. She’s been part of the most publicized women’s college basketball team in history and has received countless awards and honors. Yet, the women's U19 member still isn’t satisfied. More...
Elizabeth Williams has a Midas Touch
Much like the famed King Midas, it seems as if everything Elizabeth Williams touches turns to gold. The MVP of the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, Williams is a two-time USA Basketball gold medalist, also winning gold at the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship. More...
Malina Howard Taking Advantage Of Late Call
Malina Howard didn’t expect to be on the USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Championship Team roster, as she wasn’t selected as a finalist after May’s trials. However, she was grateful for a phone call last week, asking her to return to Colorado Springs to train with the team before competing internationally in Chile next week. More...
Diamond DeShields Knows Nothing But Winning, And Accepts Nothing Else
Norcross High School’s Diamond DeShields is the youngest player on the basketball court this week in Colorado Springs, Colo., as the USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Championship Team trains for next week’s competition in Puerto Montt, Chile, but she’s also taking on a leadership role, trying to help her team to a gold medal. More ...
Alexis Jones is Striving for a Spot
Like millions of teenagers each year, Alexis Jones is spending a week of her summer at Walt Disney World Resorts in Florida. Unlike most teenagers, however, she will not step one foot in any of the many theme parks at the resort. More...
USA U19 Hopeful: Meighan Simmons
Meighan Simmons also participated in the 2010 USA U18 National Team Trials and was not selected to the 12-member USA roster. This year, however, Simmons has a year of college under her belt. And after starting in 36 of 37 games to help the University of Tennessee to a 2011 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearance, she says she has more confidence, too. More ...
USA U19 Finalists Meet Two Gold Medalists
Julie Foudy and Nastia Luikin, soccer and gymnastic Olympic gold medalists, respectively, met with 2011 USA U19 World Championship Team finalists at ESPN Wide World of Sports during the team's training camp. Foudy took the finalists through various team-building exercises, while Luikin and fellow Dallas native Alexis Jones shot some hoops. Watch the Liukin video now! || Watch the Foudy video now!
Brianna Stewart Tries For Third USA Basketball Roster
A two-time USA Basketball gold medalist and current finalist for the 2011 USA Women’s U19 World Championship Team, Breanna Stewart rarely is called by her first name on the court – at least when she is wearing a USA jersey. More ...
Elizabeth Williams Blogs
Two-time USA Basketball gold medalist Elizabeth Williams is blogging for ESPN RISE ahead of the ESPN RISE Showcase, which features the USA U19 World Championship Team going up against the Brazil U19 squad on June 5 live at 12:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN3. Check back often for updates!
Jefferson Hopes Third Time’s The Charm At U19 Trials
Mo Jefferson has put the past behind her and is focused on the present during the second day of the U19 World Championship Team Trials in Colorado Springs, Colo. After being cut from the 2010 USA Basketball U17 World Championship Team Trials and the 2009 USA U16 National Team Trials, Jefferson, an All-Texas Region first -team member in 2011, hopes her third time competing for a roster spot on a USA national team is the charm. More...
Dolson Shoots For Second USA National Team At U19 Trials
Stefanie Dolson recently completed her freshman season at perennial women’s basketball national contender University of Connecticut and completed a standout freshman season for the 36-2 Big East champions who advanced to the 2011 NCAA Final Four. The 6-5 center started in 36 of her team’s 38 games, and averaged double-digit scoring (10.2 ppg.). Additionally, she pulled down 6.1 rebounds a game for the Huskies, and tied for the team lead in blocked shots, swatting 1.2 a game. More...