June 5, 2011
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Following five days of training camp at Walt Disney World Resorts in Florida, which culminated with a 49-37 exhibition victory over the Brazil U19 National Team, the 2011 USA Basketball Women's U19 World Championship Team was finalized on Sunday afternoon.
Earning roster spots on the team were incoming Lady Vol freshmen Cierra Burdick (Butler H.S. / Matthews, N.C.) and Ariel Massengale (Bolingbrook H.S. / Bolingbrook, Ill.). Rising UT sophomore guard Meighan Simmons (Cibolo, Texas) was in the final group of 15 but just missed making the team.
All 12 members of the USA U19 squad have prior international experience playing for USA Basketball, including four who were on the 2010 USA U18 National Team that qualified the U.S. for the U19 Worlds.
Three-time defending champions at the FIBA U19 World Championship, the U.S. will look to defend its gold medal at this year's U19 World Championship, scheduled for July 21-31 in Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas, Chile.
"This was very difficult and that's a credit to the girls, how hard they worked and how committed they were in their desire to want to be on the team," said Jennifer Rizzotti, USA U19 World Championship Team and University of Hartford head coach. "It makes this process really hard. I'm excited about finally being down to 12 and thinking over the next few weeks about what I can do with this group of kids to make sure we are as prepared as we can be heading down to Chile and try to win a gold medal."
Also named to the 2011 USA U19 World Championship Team were: Jordan Adams (Mater Dei H.S. / Irvine, Calif.); Diamond DeShields (Norcross H.S. / Norcross, Ga.); Stefanie Dolson (Connecticut / Port Jervis, N.Y.); Bria Hartley (Connecticut / North Babylon, N.Y.); Alexis Jones (Irving MacArthur H.S. / Irving, Texas); Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Mater Dei H.S. / Anaheim, Calif.); Imani Stafford (Winward H.S. / Los Angeles, Calif.); Breanna Stewart (Cicero-North Syracuse H.S. / North Syracuse, N.Y.); Morgan Tuck (Bolingbrook H.S. / Bolingbrook, Ill.); and Elizabeth Williams (Princess Anne H.S. / Virginia Beach, Va.).
The USA U19 World Championship Team will reassemble for training camp July 11-15 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., before the team travels to Chile for its final preparations.
The USA has been drawn into Group B for preliminary round play. Tipping-off against Japan on July 21 at 12:30 p.m. (all times EDT), the USA will face Russia on July 22 at 12:30 p.m. and close the first round against Argentina on July 23 at 3:30 p.m. The second round will be played July 25-27, quarterfinals are slated for July 29, semifinals will be held on July 30 and the finals are scheduled for July 31.