Allyssa DeHaan Earns Spot On USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State sophomore center Allyssa DeHaan has earned one of 12 roster spots for the 2007 USA Basketball Women's World Championship Team. Following three days of training camp in Washington, D.C., USA Basketball announced the official roster Sunday afternoon. From a pool of 14 finalists, the 2007 USA U19 squad was selected by the USA Basketball Women's Collegiate Committee, chaired by Sue Donohoe, the NCAA's vice president of Division I women's basketball.

The official USA U19 roster includes: Victoria Baugh (Sacramento H.S. / Sacramento, Calif.); Angie Bjorklund (University H.S. / Spokane, Wash.); Allyssa DeHaan (Michigan State / Grandville, Mich.); Amy Jaeschke (New Trier H.S. / Wilmette, Ill.); Jantel Lavender (Cleveland Central Catholic H.S. / Cleveland, Ohio); Melissa Lechlitner (Notre Dame / Mishawaka, Ind.); Italee Lucas (Centennial H.S. / Las Vegas, Nev.); Maya Moore (Collins Hill H.S. / Lawrenceville, Ga.); Kayla Pedersen (Red Mountain H.S. / Fountain Hills, Ariz.); Jasmine Thomas (Oakton H.S. / Fairfax, Va.); Krystal Thomas (The First Academy / Orlando, Fla.); and Monica Wright (Virginia / Woodbridge, Va.).

"The committee has given us a quality group of component parts," said USA U19 and DePaul University head coach Doug Bruno. "We have great depth on the interior, and the inside is very strong. On the perimeter we also have strength with guards who can shoot the ball very well. It's a versatile team, and everybody on the floor has the ability to score.

"The gold medal remains to be earned. This is a talented enough team to win gold, but we really have to come together in a very short time and demonstrate chemistry for that to happen. When you are coaching a team like this, you have a very short amount of time. We still have offenses sets to work on and defenses to put in, but our overall concern is how well we are able to work with cohesiveness and togetherness."

The 2007 USA Basketball Women's U19 World Championship Team, composed of players 19-years-old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1988), will continue training in Washington, D.C., before departing for Europe and the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship on July 17. The FIBA U19 World Championship, which features 15 other U19 national teams from around the world, will be contested July 26-Aug. 5 in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Bruno, who also led the 2006 USA U18 women to gold at the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, will be assisted by Cynthia Cooper-Dyke of Prairie View A&M University (Texas) and Carol Owens of Northern Illinois University.

On July 17 the team will depart for the Canary Islands, Spain, where it will play three exhibition contests. On July 19 the USA U19 women will play Australia at 1:00 p.m. (all times listed are EDT); the team will face Brazil at 1:00 p.m. on July 20; and then Spain at 1:00 p.m. on July 21.

The U.S. opens play in Bratislava on July 26 against Ivory Coast and then will face China on July 27 before concluding preliminary round play on July 28 against Lithuania. The second round will be contested July 30-Aug.1, the quarterfinals are slated for Aug. 3, semfinals will be held Aug. 4 and the gold medal will be contested July 5.

2007 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women
Sixteen countries will compete in the U19 World Championship for Women that will be held July 26-Aug. 5 in Bratislava, Slovakia. The draw for the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship For Women was held by FIBA on March 6, and the USA was placed in Group B, along with China, Ivory Coast and Lithuania; Group A consists of Argentina, South Korea, Slovakia and Spain; Group C includes Canada, Czech Republic, Japan and Serbia; while Group D is comprised of Australia, Brazil, Mali and Sweden.

The USA qualified for the 2007 U19 World Championship after Bruno, as the USA's head coach, led the U18 squad to a 4-0 slate and gold medal at the zone qualifier, the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women. The event was hosted by USA Basketball at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Originally known as the FIBA Junior World Championship, the tournament is held every four years and was first held in 1985. USA women's teams are 32-10 in the U19/Junior World Championships, capturing gold with an 8-0 record most recently in 2005.

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