Louisville Women's Basketball's Durr, Moore Invited to USA Basketball U-19 World Championship Team Trials
Mariya Moore helped the U.S. U-18 National Team to a gold medal at last year's FIBA Championship.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville women's basketball program is set up to be well-represented on the USA Basketball scene this summer.
Rising sophomore and All-American Mariya Moore and incoming freshman Asia Durr accepted invitations on Wednesday to attend the 2015 USA Basketball Women's U-19 World Championship Team trials. The duo will be among the 34-player field competing from May 14-17 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., to make the 12-member roster.
Selections will be announced on May 17, and the team is set to regroup for training from July 1-7 at the USOTC prior to traveling to Alicante, Spain, to compete in a round-robin tournament from July 11-13 against U-19 national teams from Australia, Canada, and Spain prior to arriving in Russia for the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship.
Moore, who is one of 13 athletes also eligible to play for the 2015 USA Pan American Games and USA World University Games teams, helped guide last year's U.S. U-18 National Team to a gold medal at the FIBA Championship. In the five-game tournament, she totaled 33 points, 16 rebounds, 20 assists, and nine steals.
The Hercules, Calif., native, Moore averaged a team-best 13.4 points along with 4.5 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in her first season at Louisville to earn all-ACC second team and the all-ACC freshman team by both the coaches and the Blue Ribbon Panel. Also an all-ACC Academic Team selection, she connected on the eighth-most free throws (124) in a single season in school history. Moore, who garnered AP All-America honorable mention status, totaled the fourth-most points (454) among freshmen in program history and was just the fourth player to tally at least 100 assists in their freshman campaign.
Durr, already scheduled to play for USA Basketball in the FIBA 3x3 U-18 World Championship from June 4-7, played for the U.S. U-17 World Championship Team that captured gold last summer. In her final high school season, where she averaged 33.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.5 steals, she was named an All-American by multiple outlets: WBCA, McDonald's, and Naismith. She also repeated as the Gatorade Georgia Girls Player of the Year.
Durr is part of the Cardinals' highly decorated five-member incoming class that was ranked No. 1 by espnW Hoopgurlz and Prospects Nation.
Louisville head coach Jeff Walz, who finished his eighth season at the helm of the program, returns to the sidelines for the second-consecutive season with USA Basketball after helping last year's U-18 National Team secure gold.
The USA squad, on a quest to capture its sixth-consecutive gold medal at the U-19 World Championships, will compete in the 2015 event from July 18-26 in Chekhov, Russia. The 16 teams will be seeded following preliminary play from July 18-21 and advance to the knockout phase with the round of 16 on July 22.
Drawn into Group B, the U.S. will open play against Spain (FIBA Europe bronze medalist) on July 18, face China (FIBA Asia gold medalist) on July 19, and cap preliminary round play on July 21 against Egypt (FIBA Africa silver medalist).
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