2013 USA Women’s U19 World Championship Team • Just The Facts

OFFICIAL EVENT TITLE: 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women

OFFICIAL TEAM NAME: 2013 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Championship Team

EVENT SITE: Klaipeda and Panevėžys, Lithuania

EVENT VENUES: Švyturio Arena (5,486) in Klaipeda and Cido Arena (5,656) in Panevėžys.

OFFICIAL EVENT INTERNET SITE: lithuania2013.fiba.com

COMPETITION DATES: July 18-28, 2013

USA BASKETBALL TRIALS DATES: May 16-19, 2013

USA BASKETBALL TRIALS SITE: U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colo.

USA BASKETBALL TRAINING CAMP DATES: July 1-17, 2013

USA BASKETBALL TRAINING CAMP SITES: U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colo., and TBD, Lithuania

EVENT DESCRIPTION: The 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship features 16 U19 national teams that will compete for the gold medal.

ELIGIBILITY: Athletes 19 years old or younger, born on or after Jan. 1, 1994, are eligible for this competition.

2013 QUALIFIED TEAMS (16): Including host Lithuania, a total of 16 nations will compete in the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women. While Lithuania earned an automatic berth to the tournament, the remaining 15 nations were determined by the five FIBA zone qualifiers in 2012 including the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, won by the USA. In addition to the U.S., nations qualified out of 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).

DRAW TO DETERMINE PRELIMINARY ROUND GROUPS: Jan. 17, 2013

EVENT HISTORY: Originally known as the FIBA Junior World Championship, the tournament was held every four years starting in 1985. FIBA recently changed its calendar and now conducts the U19 World Championship every other year. USA women's teams are 57-12 in the U19/Junior World Championships, capturing a fourth consecutive gold with an 8-1 record most recently in 2011.

USA U19 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM PLAYERS OF NOTE: Angela Aycock (1993); Alana Beard (2001); Essence Carson (2005); Tamika Catchings (1997); Monique Currie (2001); Crystal Langhorne (2005); Erlana Larkins (2005); Jantel Lavender (2007); Lisa Leslie (1989); Rebecca Lobo (1993); Maya Moore (2007); Nnemkadi Ogwumike (2009); Vickie Orr (1985); Courtney Paris (2005); Cappie Pondexter (2001);Katie Smith (1993); Dawn Staley (1989); Breanna Stewart (2011); Diana Taurasi (2001); Abby Waner (2005); Candice Wiggins (2005). Additionally, eight USA U19 athletes from the first seven USA U19 squads have advanced to compete in the Olympic Games, including Catchings, Leslie, Lobo, Moore, Pondexter, Smith, Staley and Taurasi.

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