Texas' Joyner Holmes (left) and Alecia Sutton (right) will compete against 33 others for roster spots. (Stephen Spillman / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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Texas pair invited to attend USA Basketball World Cup team trials

Joyner Holmes and Alecia Sutton will attend trials this month in Colorado Springs

Posted May 3rd, 2017

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  • The USA was placed in Group A and will open against Mali on July 22, face China on July 23 and cap the preliminary round against host Italy on July 25.

Texas freshmen Joyner Holmes and Alecia Sutton are among 33 players nationally who have received invitations to attend the 2017 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Cup Team trials May 18-21 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Athletes for this team must be 19 years old or younger and U.S. citizens.

Texas’ Joyner Holmes(24) is the Big 12 Freshman of the Year. (Stephen Spillman / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Twelve athletes will be selected to the USA Basketball Women’s U19 team.

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The draw to determine the preliminary round was held Feb. 1. The USA was placed in Group A and will open against Mali on July 22, face China on July 23 and cap the preliminary round against host Italy on July 25.

Drawn into Group B were Egypt, Puerto Rico, Russia and Spain; Group C includes Canada, France, Latvia and South Korea; while Group D features Australia, Hungary, Japan and a nation from the Americas to be determined by FIBA at a later date. Brazil claimed bronze at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship to qualify for this summer’s U19 tournament. However, the Brazil Basketball Federation has since been suspended by FIBA.

Holmes was the 2017 Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year and a First-Team All-Big 12 selection. She averaged 12.1 points per game, 8.2 rebounds per game and 1.1 blocks per game last season, leading the Longhorns in rebounding in 2016-17.

Sutton played in 34 games for the Longhorns in 2016-17, earning her first career start against Tennessee. She averaged 3.8 points per game and 1.7 rebounds per game in 13.6 minutes per game of play.

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