Gold medalists Lauren Cox (Flower Mound, Texas) and Crystal Dangerfield (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) were among 27 players invited to the USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team Trials later this month in Colorado Springs.
Cox, a Baylor signee, and Dangerfeld, a UConn signee, were members of the FIBA U19 World Championship team last summer. Cox has won three previous gold medals with USA Basketball. She won gold with the 2014 USA Women’s U17 World Championship Team, and she and Dangerfield won gold with the 2013 USA Women’s U16 National Team.
Both also were selected to the American Family Insurance ALL-USA First Team this year.
Fourteen of the 27 players have previous experience with USA Basketball.
The trials will be used to select a 12-member roster that will play in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship from July 13 to 17 in Valdivia, Chile.
The Women’s U17 World Championship Team Trials will take place at the same time and the U17 athletes are eligible to be selected for the U18 National Team.
Among the players with previous USA Basketball experience are:
- Sidney Cooks (Saint Joseph; Kenosha, Wis.);
- Amber Ramirez (Karen Wagner; San Antonio);
- Megan Walker (Monacan; Chesterfield, Va.);
- Oliana Squires (Sand Creek; Colorado Springs, Colo.);
- Tori McCoy (St. Thomas More; Champaign, Ill.);
- Nicole Ekhomu (Joliet Catholic Academy; Bolingbrook, Ill.);
- Kylee Shook (Mesa Ridge; Colorado Springs);
- Dominique Toussaint (Christ the King; Staten Island, N.Y.);
- Nadia Fingall (Choctawhatchee; Navaree, Fla.);
- Ruthy Hebard (West Valley; Fairbanks, Alaska);
- Evina Westbrook (South Salem; Salem, Ore.);
- Tyasha Harris (Heritage Christian School; Noblesville, Ind.)
The newcomers are:
- Jeannie Boehm (New Trier; Winnetka, Ill.);
- Chennedy Carter (Timberview; Mansfield, Texas);
- Dana Evans (West Side; Gary, Ind.);
- Vivian Gray (Argyle, Texas);
- Nia Hollie (Hopkins; Brooklyn Park, Minn.);
- Kiara Lewis (Whitney Young; Chicago);
- Chasity Patterson (North Shore; Houston);
- Reili Richardson (Brea Olinda; Brea, Calif.);
- Jenna Staiti (West Forsyth; Cumming, Ga.);
- Jasmine Walker (Jefferson Davis; Montgomery, Ala.);
- LaDazhia Williams (Lakewood Ranch; Bradenton, Fla.);
- Aaliyah Wilson (Muskogee, Okla.);
- Micaela Wilson (Rayville, La.)