COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – Iowa State women’s basketball sophomore Ashley Joens was added to the USA Basketball U19 team Wednesday. Joens was originally named one of several alternates, but her strong showing at tryouts earned a spot to compete with the team. The 13th FIBA U19 World Cup will be held July 20-28 in Bangkok, Thailand, where the USA will attempt to capture an eighth gold medal.
“What a great honor and opportunity for Ash to again get to represent the USA and Iowa State,” head coach Bill Fennelly said. “Just like she does for the Cyclones, I am sure she will play hard and impact success as they look for another gold medal.”
Last summer, Joens captured a gold medal with the 2018 USA U18 National team, where she averaged 10.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. Joens was the captain of last year’s squad. For the Cyclones, Joens was named to the All-Freshman Team after averaging 10.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in 2018-19.
“It’s such a great honor to be able to play on the USA team and after getting to compete last summer, I’m even more excited to get the opportunity to play with them again,” Joens said. “It’s always been a dream of mine, and to get the opportunity two years in a row is just such an honor.”
Joens will join the U.S. squad on July 10 and will travel with the team as it heads to Tokyo to practice and scrimmage against the Japan U19 National Team from July 13-15.
The USA has an additional three days of training and a pair of scrimmages in Bangkok against Argentina and Germany, July 17-19, before the FIBA U19 World Cup tips off July 20.
No. 1 in FIBA’s world youth women’s rankings, the USA will play in preliminary round Group C and will open the competition July 20 against No. 7 Australia (12:15 a.m. CT), followed by a July 21 contest against No. 15 South Korea (1 a.m. EDT). After a rest day, the USA will cap preliminary games July 23 against No. 14 Hungary (1 a.m. EDT).
Following the preliminary round, all teams will advance to the July 24 round of 16. The winners of the round of 16 will advance to the July 26 medal quarterfinals, and the losers will play out for ninth-16th places. The semifinals will be played on July 27, and the gold and bronze medal games on July 28.