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    Default 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women

    The 2014 U18 FIBA Americas championship will be played in Colorado Springs, USA, Aug. 6-10.

    Qualified Teams:

    North: Canada, USA
    Center: El Salvador, Mexico, Puerto Rico
    South: Argentina, Brazil, Chile

    The top 4 teams will qualify for the 2015 U19 World Championship.

    US team will be coached by former Olympic legend Dawn Staley (South Carolina).

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    Today's draw results:

    Group A - Mexico, USA, El Salvador, Canada

    Group B - Chile, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Argentina

    Top two teams of each Group will qualify for the semi-finals.

    http://www.fibaamericas.com/en/notic...6B06042FFC3E64

    Not a well mixed draw indeed (the three South American nations in the same Group).

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    Argentina to hold a training camp on May 5-10 with a roster of 21 players.

    http://www.cabb.com.ar/noticia_ficha.php?id=7835

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    US roster of 28 invitees to Colorado Springs trials named:
    http://www.usab.com/womens/u18/14_wu18_invitees.html

    2014 top players A'ja Wilson and Brianna Turner headline the roster. Among 2015-class players best ranked are Napheesa Collier (UConn commit), Jessica Shepard and Kyra Lambert. 2016-class is represented by Jazmine Jones. 2015 Teaira McCowan is the tower at 6-7 (2m).

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    Ariel Atkins, the Morgan Wootten 2014 PoY and Texas Longhorns signee, added to the US trials roster.

    http://www.usab.com/womens/u18/14_wu...dd_atkins.html

    With Brianna Turner and A'ja Wilson already in, the US roster now includes the top-3 2014-class players.

    Ariel Atkins 2.jpg

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    USA roster:

    Ariel Atkins G 5-11 07/30/96 2014
    Receé Caldwell G 5-8 09/09/96 2014
    Napheesa Collier G/F 6-1 09/23/96 2015
    Paris Kea G 5-8 04/07/96 2014
    Marina Mabrey G 5-11 09/14/96 2015
    Teaira McCowan C 6-7 09/28/96 2015
    Beatrice Mompremier F/C 6-4 08/08/96 2015
    Mariya Moore G/F 6-0 06/10/96 2014
    Jessica Shepard F 6-4 09/11/96 2015
    Brianna Turner G/F 6-3 07/05/96 2014
    Destinee Walker G/F 5-10 10/19/96 2015
    A'ja Wilson F 6-3 08/08/96 2014

    Two players relatively low in 2014 rankings, Moore (ESPN #42) and Kea (#67), selected over better ranked competitors.
    Interesting to see how big-frame McCowan will perform.

    http://www.usab.com/womens/u18/14_wu18_team.html

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    US U18 NT member Napheesa Collier named MVP at the US U18 3x3 trials. Collier, a UConn incoming freshman, won the title together with teammates Natalie Chou, Dejanae Boykin and Arike Ogunbowale (all U17 NT members).

    n collier mvp.jpg

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    Argentina to hold a new training camp in June, with a 17 players roster.

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    Argentina final roster:

    ALBUERNE, Julieta - G - 1.66m - 1996
    ARMESTO, Magalí - G/F - 1.69m - 1996
    ARTURE, Aldana - C - 1.80m - 1996
    BÁRZOLA, Maribel - Fw - 1.77m - 1997
    GARCÍA, Agustina - F/G - 1.73m - 1996
    GIUSTINIANI, Emilia - G - 1.59m - 1996
    LARA, Victoria - F/C - 1.76m - 1996
    LAVIERO, Sol - Fw - 1.72m - 1996
    LEDESMA, Agostina - F/C - 1.82m - 1996
    LEIVA, Agustina - C - 1.80m - 1996
    LLORENTE, Victoria - Fw - 1.85m - 1996
    RODIGHERO, Sabrina - Fw - 1.69m - 1996

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    Canada trials roster of 15:

    Bridget Atkinson, G 5-5/165 cm
    Kacie Bosch, G 5-7/170
    Christina Buttenham, G 5-9/175
    Bridget Carleton, G 6-1/185
    Shay Colley, G 5-7/170
    Cheyenne Creighton, Fw 5-10/178
    Rachel Fradgley, Fw 6-2/188
    Mael Gilles, G/F 6-0/183
    Linnaea Harper, Fw 5-9/175
    Barbara Johnson, G 5-6/168
    Nancy Kessler, C 6-2/188
    Daneesha Provo, G 5-8/173
    Shantelle Valentine, Fw 6-0/183
    Eternati Willock, F/C 6-1/185
    Lauren Yearwood, F/C 6-3/190

    http://www.basketball.ca/junior-wome...ounced-p156620

    Carleton, Gilles, Willock and Yearwood played in the U17 team that finished 6th at the World's championship.

    Curiously noticed the name similarity of Canadian roster's Harper with US Basketball junior champion and Kentucky soph Linnae Harper.

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    Brazil trials roster of 16:

    Isabela Simão – G – 17 y – 1.71m
    Lays da Silva – G - 15 – 1.66
    Lilian Carvalho - G – 18 – 1.70
    Susan Rafael Cortes – G - 18 – 1.68
    Tayná dos Reis – G – 18 – 1.70
    Caroline dos Reis de Oliveira – Fw – 17 – 1.78
    Kananda Ribeiro – Fw – 18 – 1.78
    Mariane de Carvalho – Fw – 17 – 1.80
    Thainá Silva – Fw – 18 – 1.76
    Letícia de Oliveira – F/C – 16 – 1.83
    Vitória Domingos Marcelino – F/C – 18 – 1.79
    Bianca Araújo da Silva – C – 18 – 1.90
    Gabriela de Paula – C – 18 – 1.82
    Gabriela Bonamigo – C – 17 – 1.83
    Jennifer Calixto – C – 16 – 1.89
    Nicolle Xavier – C – 17 – 1.83

    Three players, Calixto, da Silva and de Carvalho, participated to the U17 World championship.

    Edit: Two players, Calixto and de Carvalho participated to the U17 World championship
    Last edited by carlo; 07-29-2014 at 12:12 PM. Reason: Correction

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    Canada final roster:

    Bridget Atkinson, G 5-5/165 cm
    Christina Buttenham, G 5-9/175
    Bridget Carleton, G 6-1/185
    Shay Colley, G 5-7/170
    Cheyenne Creighton, Fw 5-10/178
    Rachel Fradgley, Fw 6-2/188
    Mael Gilles, G/F 6-0/183
    Linnaea Harper, Fw 5-9/175
    Barbara Johnson, G 5-6/168
    Nancy Kessler, C 6-2/188
    Daneesha Provo, G 5-8/173
    Lauren Yearwood, F/C 6-3/190

    Carleton, Gilles and Yearwood played at the recent U17 WC.

    Canadian team is scheduled to play two exhib games with USA and Brazil on Aug 2 and 4.

    http://www.basketball.ca/junior-wome...roster-p156658

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    Brazil final roster:

    Lilian Carvalho - G – 18 – 1.70
    Susan Rafael Cortes – G - 18 – 1.68
    Tayná dos Reis – G – 18 – 1.70
    Caroline dos Reis de Oliveira – Fw – 17 – 1.78
    Kananda Ribeiro – Fw – 18 – 1.78
    Mariane de Carvalho – Fw – 17 – 1.80
    Thainá Silva – Fw – 18 – 1.76
    Vitória Domingos Marcelino – F/C – 18 – 1.79
    Bianca Araújo da Silva – C – 18 – 1.90
    Gabriela de Paula – C – 18 – 1.82
    Jennifer Calixto – C – 16 – 1.89
    Nicolle Xavier Chirinda – C – 17 – 1.83

    Two players, Calixto and de Carvalho, participated in the U17 World championship (Bianca Araújo, 18 y, obviously didn't play in the U17 as I previously reported, but was selected to the Sr NT for the 3-game series played vs Canada in June).

    Brazil should scrimmage USA team in Colorado Springs.

    http://www.cbb.com.br/PortalCBB/Noticias/Show/12794

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    Tournament D1 results as expected, except for Brazil who lost to Puerto Rico. After taking the lead in Q1, Brazilian team lost itself in a flurry of errors (36 to).
    Brazil must win next game with Argentina (1-0) to stay in the race for SF.

    USA rolled over Mexico mainly with the bigs (Turner, Wilson and Shepard) though all players scored. USA team's only weakness was the 3-pt shooting, as it went scoreless beyond the line (0/11), allowing at the same time 11 threes to Mexican girls (their only valuable weapon against their bigger opponents).

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    In Gr A, USA and Canada cruised unbeaten and will clash together tonight. Both teams are already qualified for SF and the 2015 WC.

    As for Gr B, picture is complicated as all teams are tied and today's games will decide who will qualify. Watching yeasterday's two games, noticed good play of Brazil's Gabriela Guimaraes and Vitoria Domingos Marcelino, Argentina's Victoria Lara and Mayra Leiva, Chile's Barbara Cousino and Catalina Abuyeres and Puerto Rico's Paola Crespo and Sofia Roma.

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    Argentina and Brazil win over Puerto Rico and Chile qualifying for the SF and for next year's U19 WC.

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    Kind of disappointing for mediocre Argentina and Brazil teams to qualify, this was a good opportunity for a new team to have a chance.

    Nice to see a US junior women's team putting up triple digits regularly.
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    USA-Canada will be a repeat in the final.

    US-team cruising on the 100-pt average, just noticed that in yesterday's win over Argentina had a dominant performance in 1st half but allowed too many baskets in 2nd half. Obviously difficult to stay focused 40' when you are +40...

    Canada narrowly beat Brazil, watched just the 1st half and Canadian team showed better but wasn't able to break the game wide open.

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    In a remake of the prelim game, USA earned the gold with another clear win over Canada 104-74, behind 25 pts, 11 reb and 3 bs from MVP A'ja Wilson.
    Napheesa Collier (18 pts), Beatrice Mompremier (16 pts on 6/7 shooting), Jessica Shepard (14) and Brianna Turner (12) also scored in double digits.
    From Canada, Shay Colley finished with 16 pts.

    USA team had a dominant tournament averaging 106 ppg and allowing 61 ppg to competitors, while shooting 57% FG.
    Wilson on its own averaged an outstanding 76% on FG, probably an all-time record in the tournament.

    Argentina took the 3rd place 69-67 over Brazil, with 23 pts from Victoria Llorente.

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    Few thoughts on this qualifying tournament, in view of the 2015 U19 WC.

    - Very likely Canada and of course USA will be the two high-level teams from America at the U19 WC.

    - Canada didn't appear as talented as previous teams, but played hard through the tournament, and maybe with some more additions from the U17 team can be stronger.

    - USA was highly productive, second only to the fabulous 2004 team (Candace Parker, Courtney Paris, Erlana Larkins, Candice Wiggins, etc), showing one of the strongest frontcourt ever, but allowed too many points to competitors, mostly 3-pointers. That's what happened in 2nd half of the sf played with Argentina. It's true that it's very difficult to stay focused when leading by +40, but in international tournaments playing hard 40' is the rule.
    Probably some additions from U17 champ could reinforce this otherwise excellent team. Among the best newcomers, Napheesa Collier (already known in 3x3), Jessica Shepard and Beatrice Mompremier.

    - Next year's U19 WC, to be played in Russia, looks very competitive, mainly due to the host team. Russia U18 has recently won the Euro tournament and the cadet team has just triumphed in the U16 tournament, showing up some stellar players.

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