USA Women's U16 and U17 teams
|FIBA zone||FIBA Americas|
|National federation||USA Basketball|
|World Championships for Women|
The USA Women's U16 and U17 teams are two of the teams under the auspices of the USA Basketball organization. The team names refer to the age limits for the invited players. These events replace the USA Basketball Women's Youth Development Festival.
The usual sequence is for the U16 team to play in a regional championship in one year, with the top three qualifying teams being invited to a World Championship in the following year, as the U17 team. The first FIBA Americas U16 Championship For Women was held in 2009. The qualifying teams were invited to the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women held in France. The events are on a two year cycle, with U16 events in 2009 and 2011, and the corresponding U17 events in 2010 and 2012.
The U16 team becomes the U17 team, with largely the same players and coaches, although invitations are not automatic and changes can occur.
2011 U16 results
The USA team opened the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Mexico City with a game against Brazil on Monday, 13 June. Although the USA team started the game with a 6–0 run, the team from Brazil responded, and held a 34–31 lead at halftime. The USA team held Brazil to eight points in the third period to retake the lead. The USA squad held on to win the first game with a score of 71–54. Mercedes Russell, from Springfield High School in Springfield Oregon, set USA single game records for points and rebounds, with 21 and 15 respectively.
The USA team faced the team from Argentina on the following day. The score was close for the early part of the game, with both teams tied at nine points apiece, then a lead by Argentina at 14–13, and a lead by the USA at 17–16. The USA put on a 17–0 run in the second quarter to take a large lead, and continued on to a win with a score of 82–46. Rebecca Greenwell from Owensboro Catholic High School in Owensboro Kentucky was the leading scorer with 22 points.
The USA team faced Venezuela on the following day, Wednesday. The USA team opened up an early lead, and held the Venezuela team to single digit scoring for the first three periods. The USA team won with a final score of 114–32. Rebecca Greenwell tied with Stephanie Mavunga from Brownsburg High School in Indianapolis Indiana for the scoring lead; each player had 18 points. The win qualified the team for the medal rounds.
After a day off, the USA team faced Puerto Rico in the semifinal game. The USA team jumped out to a ten point margin in the first quarter, but a 23–0 run in the second quarter produced a commanding lead that would not be challenged. The USA won, with a final score of 99–51. Rebecca Greenwell repeated as the scoring leader, with 20 points.
The gold medal game on Saturday was a rematch between the USA and first round opponent Brazil. While the earlier game had been close at the half, in this game, the USA out scored Brazil 19–8 in the first period, and held a 21 point lead by halftime. The USA went on to win the game, the gold medal and a n invitation to the 2012 world championships with a score of 73–40. Jannah Tucker's seven steals set a USA U16 single game record, eclipsing the previous record of five steals in a game. Rebecca Greenwell shared tournament MVP honors with Izabella Frederico Sangalli of Brazil.
2012 U17 results
The 2012 U17 World Championship was held in Amsterdam 17–26 August 2012. The USA squad underwent training at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida between 28 May and 1 June, then re-assembled at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado from the first through the eighth of August. The team then flew to Caorle, Italy for more training, including exhibition games against some of the teams. The team then traveled to Amsterdam, for the World Championships.
The twelve qualifying teams are separated into two groups, with six teams in each group.
- South Korea
The first five rounds are played as a round-robin, which each team playing all five of the other teams in their group. The preliminary rounds were scheduled for 17—22 August, with 20 August as an off day.
The first game for the USA team was against South Korea. Although South Korea tried to utilize a full-court press, the USA team was able to break the press, and scored 72 points in the first half. Rebecca Greenwell and Brianna Turner each scored 20 or more points, while Linnae Harper set a USA U17 record with five steals. Mercedes Russell scored 17 points on perfect shooting from the field, hitting all eight of her field goal attempt. The USA won 131–89.
The second preliminary round game was against Canada. The game was close at first, with the USA team holding a six point lead at the end of the first quarter, 18–12. In the second quarter, Diamond DeShields scored eleven of her game total 29 points to help extend the USA lead. The USA team held Canada to 21% shooting, and ended up with an 86—47 victory. In addition to her team high 29 points, DeShields also had five steals, tying the USA U17 record set the day before.
The third game was against Italy. The USA team had five scorers in double digits, lead by Rebecca Greenwell with 16 points. The USA team held the Italian team to under 17% field goal shooting for the game, leading to an 83–43 victory.
The USA team started slow against Belgium, holding only a four point lead at the end of the first quarter. Although they opened up the lead to 16 points by halftime, the Belgian team cut the lead back to eight in the third period. The USA team responded with an 11–4 run to extend the lead to 15, then broke open the game in the fourth quarter, and won by thirty points 80–50. Diamond DeShields had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Linnae Harper broke her own steals record by swiping seven in the game. The team hit 7 of 11 three point attempts to set a record for three point shooting.
The USA team had little trouble with Mali in the final game of the preliminary round. Four bench players had more minutes than the starter with e most minutes, but the USA team still managed to set a record for the largest margin of victory in U17 history, admittedly brief, as it only goes back to 2010. The final score was 98–28.
The USA advanced to the quarterfinals with a game against the fourth place team in Group B, Australia. The USA team scored first, but Australia at on an 11–1 run to take a seven point lead. The Australian team still lead by five at the end of the first quarter. The USA team out-scored the Aussies 22–13 in the second period, but this left them with only a four point margin at halftime. The USA team extended the margin in the third quarter, and again in the fourth, ending up with a win 89–68. The USA did not shoot well, hitting only a third of their shots, but blocked 16 shots, a USA U17 record, and Linnae Harper broke her own steals record with eight. The win advances the USA team to the semi-finals against Canada, a team they beat earlier in the preliminary rounds.
The semifinal game against Canada resembled the quarterfinal game in many respects. The USA scored the first three points, then gave up a run to give up the lead. The USA team shot poorly, again hitting a third of their shots, but garnered 23 steals, lead by Harper's seven. They forced the Canadians into 31 turnovers, and ended up with an 84–59 win, in a game in which every USA player scored. The win sets up the gold medal game against Spain.
The gold medal game matched up the USA with Spain. The opening of the game looked headed toward a blowout. The USA had a 22–8 lead at the end of the first quarter. However, the team from Spain did not quit, and out-scored the USA in the second quarter. They were unable to take the lead, but cut the margin to single digits. The game continued to see-saw, with the USA opening up a large lead, then Spain responding and trimming the margin to single digits. Spain was unable to close the gap, and the USA ended up earning the gold medal with a 75–62 win. The MVP of the Tournament was presented to Diamond DeShields. Teammate Linnae Harper was also named to the All Tournament team.
2013 U16 results
The 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship is being held in Cancun, Mexico. In the opening game, the USA team took on Brazil. They scored the first eight points of the game, and went on to open up a commanding lead. The USA won 76–20, with Asia Durr scoring 20 points. During one stretch starting at the end of the first quarter, and extending into the second, the team scored 21 consecutive points. In the second game, the USA faced the team from Argentina. Asia Durr again led all scorers, with 23 points. Crystal Dangerfield scored 16 on 7 of 9 shooting. DeJanae Boykin had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. The USA team had a 23 point lead at halftime, but out scored their opponents 38–6 in the third period to leave no doubt as to the outcome, winning easily, 98–28. In the last game of preliminary round play, the USA faced Costa Rica. The USA completely out matched their opponents, with seven players reaching double figures, led by Katie Lou Samuelson's 20 points. Costa Rica held a brief lead at 4–2, but the USA team scored the nest 33 points to put the game away. The final score was 106–19. The win secured the USA position in the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship, because the top four finishers in the U16 event are qualifiers.
The USA faced the host team, Mexico in the semis. Mexico started out with an early lead, up 5–4 in the second minute, but the USA team then scored the next 25 points. Three players shared top scoring honors, each with 16 points: Lauren Cox, Arike Ogunbowale and Katie Lou Samuelson. The final score was 101–29.
In the first four games, the outcome was all but decided by the end of the first quarter. In the gold medal game against Canada, the results would be very different. Canada entered the game with a 4–0 record, the same as the USA team. The game started with low scoring, neither team managing to reach double digits in the quarter. At the end of the first quarter the teams were tied 9–9. The scoring picked up in the second quarter, but by both teams. The USA team, after hitting only 3 of their first 16 field goal attempts, went on a 10–0 run to take an eight point lead, but Canada did not fold, and responded to tie the game. The teams were tied at 27 points each at halftime. The teams traded baskets early in the third period, but then the USA went on a 22–0 run to take a large lead. The USA extended the lead until it reached 38 points in the fourth quarter. Canada out scored the USA over the final minutes, but the game was out of reach, and the USA went on to win the game 82–48, and the gold medal. Asia Durr was named the tournament MVP. She had set three single game records for the U16 tournament, including most points, 26, most steals, 8, and most field goal attempts 22. Teammate Katie Lou Samuelson also set a record. She hit 8 three pointers on only eight attempts in the final game, to set a record for three pointers made and three point shooting percentage for a game.
Coaches and results
|Barbara||Nelson||U16||Head Coach||Wingate University (NC)||2009||5–0||Gold|
|Mike||Armstrong||U16||Assistant Coach||Perry Meridian H.S. (IN)||2009||5–0||Gold|
|Doreena||Bingham||U16||Assistant Coach||Team Alaska AAU||2009||5–0||Gold|
|Barbara||Nelson||U17||Head Coach||Wingate University (NC)||2010||8–0||Gold|
|Mike||Armstrong||U17||Assistant Coach||Perry Meridian H.S. (IN)||2010||8–0||Gold|
|Doreena||Bingham||U17||Assistant Coach||Team Alaska AAU||2010||8–0||Gold|
|Jill||Rankin Schneider||U16||Head Coach||Monterey H.S. Texas||2011||5–0||Gold|
|Gail||Hook||U16||Assistant Coach||Monterey H.S. Colo||2011||5–0||Gold|
|Letitia||Hughley||U16||Assistant Coach||Flint Northern Academy and Mott CC, MI.||2011||5–0||Gold|
|Betsy||Nadler||U16||Trainer||The Green Hill School, Texas||2011||5–0||Gold|
|Jill||Rankin Schneider||U17||Head Coach||Monterey H.S., Texas||2012||5–0||Gold|
|Gail||Hook,||U17||Assistant Coach||Monarch H.S., Colo.||2012||5–0||Gold|
|Letitia||Hughley,||U17||Assistant Coach||Mott Community College,||2012||5–0||Gold|
|Jeff||Kawaguchi,||U17||Trainer||Eastern Washington University||2012||5–0||Gold|
|Sue||Phillips||U16||Head Coach||Archbishop Mitty High School||2013||5–0||Gold|
|Mary Coyle||Klinger||U16||Assistant Coach||Rutgers Preparatory School, N.J.||2013||5–0||Gold|
|Brian||Robinson||U16||Assistant Coach||Bishop McGuinness H.S.||2013||5–0||Gold|
|First||Last||Team||Year||High School Played at|
|Jordan||Adams||U16||2009||Mater Dei H.S., CA|
|Cierra||Burdick||U16||2009||Butler H.S., NC|
|Bashaara||Graves||U16||2009||Clarksville H.S., TN|
|Justine||Hartman||U16||2009||Brea Olinda H.S., CA|
|Betnijah||Laney||U16||2009||Smyrna H.S., DE|
|Ariel||Massengale||U16||2009||Bolingbrook H.S., IL|
|Kaleena||Mosqueda-Lewis||U16||2009||Mater Dei H.S., CA|
|Alexia||Standish||U16||2009||Colleyville Heritage H.S., TX|
|Breanna||Stewart||U16||2009||Cicero-North Syracuse H.S., NY|
|Kiah||Stokes||U16||2009||Linn Mar H.S., IA|
|Alexyz||Vaioletama||U16||2009||Mater Dei H.S., CA|
|Elizabeth||Williams||U16||2009||Princess Anne H.S., VA|
|Jordan||Adams||U17||2010||Mater Dei H.S., CA|
|Cierra||Burdick||U17||2010||Butler H.S., NC|
|Bashaara||Graves||U17||2010||Clarksville H.S., TN|
|Betnijah||Laney||U17||2010||Smyrna H.S., DE|
|Jewell||Loyd||U17||2010||Niles West H.S., IL|
|Ariel||Massengale||U17||2010||Bolingbrook H.S., IL|
|Kaleena||Mosqueda-Lewis||U17||2010||Mater Die H.S., CA|
|Bria||Smith||U17||2010||Christ the King H.S., NY|
|Imani||Stafford||U17||2010||Winward H.S., CA|
|Breanna||Stewart||U17||2010||Cicero North Syracuse H.S., NY|
|Morgan||Tuck||U17||2010||Bolingbrook H.S., IL|
|Elizabeth||Williams||U17||2010||Princess Anne H.S., VA|
|Recee'||Caldwell||U16||2011||Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S. San Antonio, TX|
|Jordin||Canada||U16||2011||Windward School Los Angeles, CA|
|Kaela||Davis||U16||2011||Buford H.S. Suwanee, GA|
|Rebecca||Greenwell||U16||2011||Owensboro Catholic H.S. Owensboro, KY|
|Linnae||Harper||U16||2011||Whitney M. Young H.S. Chicago, IL|
|Stephanie||Mavunga||U16||2011||Brownsburg H.S. Indianapolis, IN|
|Erica||McCall||U16||2011||Ridgeview H.S. Bakersfield, CA|
|Taya||Reimer||U16||2011||Hamilton Southeastern H.S. Fishers, IN|
|Mercedes||Russell||U16||2011||Springfield H.S. Springfield, OR|
|Jannah||Tucker||U16||2011||New Town H.S. Randallstown, MD|
|Sydney||Umeri||U16||2011||The Lovett School Acworth, GA|
|Jatarie||White||U16||2011||Providence Day School Charlotte, NC|
|Lindsay||Allen||U17||2012||St. John’s College H.S.(DC) Bowie, MD|
|Oderah||Chidom||U17||2012||Bishop O’Dowd H.S. Oakland, CA|
|Kaela||Davis||U17||2012||Buford H.S. Suwanee, GA|
|Diamond||DeShields||U17||2012||Norcross H.S. Norcross, GA|
|Rebecca||Greenwell||U17||2012||Owensboro Catholic H.S. Owesnboro, KY|
|Linnae||Harper||U17||2012||Whitney Young H.S. Chicago, IL|
|Kai||James||U17||2012||William T. Dwyer H.S. West Palm Beach, FL|
|Erica||McCall||U17||2012||Ridgeview H.S. Bakersfield, CA|
|Taya||Reimer||U17||2012||Hamilton Southeastern H.S./#Notre Dame Fishers, IN|
|Mercedes||Russell||U17||2012||Springfield H.S. Springfield, OR|
|Brianna||Turner||U17||2012||Manvel H.S. Pearland, TX|
|Jessica||Washington||U17||2012||Jenks H.S. Tulsa, OK|
|DeJanae||Boykin||U16||2013||Charles H. Flowers H.S. Springdale, Md.|
|Kalani||Brown||U16||2013||Salmen H.S. Slidell, La.|
|Chassity||Carter||U16||2013||Dickson County H.S. Dickson, Tenn.|
|Lauren||Cox||U16||2013||Flower Mound H.S. Flower Mound, Texas|
|Crystal||Dangerfield||U16||2013||Blackman H.S. Murfreesboro, Tenn|
|Chelsea||Dungee||U16||2013||Preston Public School Okmulgee, Okla.|
|Asia||Durr||U16||2013||St. Pius X Catholic H.S. Douglasville, Ga.|
|Sabrina||Ionescu||U16||2013||Miramonte H.S. Walnut Creek, Calif.|
|Tori||McCoy||U16||2013||The H.S. of St. Thomas More Champaign, Ill.|
|Taylor||Murray||U16||2013||Annapolis Area Christian School Odenton, Md.|
|Arike||Ogunbowale||U16||2013||Divine Savior Holy Angels H.S. Milwaukee, Wisc.|
|Katie_Lou||Samuelson||U16||2013||Mater Dei H.S. Huntington Beach, Calif..|
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