Joyner Holmes and Alecia Sutton, freshmen on the University of Texas women’s basketball team last season, have been named to the USA Basketball U-19 World Cup Team roster, it was announced on Sunday afternoon.
The two Longhorns were selected from 32 of the nation’s top 19-and-under women’s basketball athletes following this weekend’s trials at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The team was selected by the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee, which included Texas head coach Karen Aston. Six-time defending FIBA U19 World Cup for Women gold medalists, the United States will look to make it seven gold medals in a row at the July 22-30 event in Cividale del Friuli and Udine, Italy.
The team will return to Colorado Springs July 7 to begin training camp before departing for Italy on July 15. The U.S. will then compete July 17-19 in a four-team exhibition tournament against host Italy, Latvia and Spain before tipping off 2017 U19 World Cup play July 22 against Mali.
After opening against Mali on July 22, the USA will face China on July 23 and cap the preliminary round against host Italy on July 25. Also competing in the 16-nation tournament are Australia, Canada, Egypt, France, Hungary, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Korea and Spain.
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