July 15, 2015

Watch Alanna play in Russia

July 16: Revised paragraph about viewing games on YouTube.

Alanna Smith, our fourth freshman, has been busy this summer playing with Australia's Women Under 19 Team, also known as the Gems. That effort will culminate in the coming week with the Gems' participation in the 2015 FIBA U19 Women's World Championship in Chekhov (Moscow Region), Russia.

If you want to refresh your knowledge of Alanna, read Shot-swatting Smith continues family's sporting tradition.

The group phase of the FIBA U19 Championship begins next weekend. Each of the 16 participating teams will play each of the other three teams in its group. Australia's schedule, in Pacific Standard Time (which is ten hours earlier than the time in Chekhov), is:

    Sat July 18 at 5:15 am vs Serbia
    Sun July 19 at 3:30 am vs Brazil
    Tue July 21 at 5:45 am vs Korea
No teams are eliminated in the group phase. The final phase begins with the Round of 16 in which teams cross between groups A and B and C and D (A1 v B4, A2 v B3, etc.).

The schedule for the final phase is:

    Wed July 22, Round of 16, time tba
    Fri July 24, Quarterfinals, time tba
    Sat July 25, Semifinals, time tba
    Sun July 26, 8:00 am PST, Bronze Medal game
    Sun July 26, 10:15 am PST, Gold Medal game

The USA U19 team is also participating in the FIBA U19 Championship. There are no Stanford or other Pac-12 women on the team, but a member you may be aware of is Katie Lou Samuelson, upcoming UConn freshman. Here is the USA roster.

The USA is in Group B and Australia is in Group D, so the earliest they could meet is in the quarterfinals.

As to actually seeing Alanna play, none of the FIBA U19 Women's World Championship will be televised, but it will be live-streamed. All of the games will be live-streamed on the FIBA YouTube channel. You can find links to the group games on each participating team's page of the tournament website. The Gold Medal game on July 26 will also be streamed on livebasketball.tv.

Here's more information from FIBA:

In prepararation for the tournament, four of the participating teams (Australia, Canada, Spain and USA) have just completed a friendly round-robin tournament in Spain. Australia lost to USA 85-82, defeated Spain 72-50, and lost to Canada 67-60. Here are Australia's cumulative statistics.

Alanna was a starting power forward in all three games. She averaged 8.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, one assist, one block and 1.3 steals in 19.3 minutes per game. She was hampered by foul trouble — committed 14 and fouled out of two games.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Katie Lou Samuelson has left the team and returned home to deal with a personal family situation, rumored to be an illness. She won't be competing in the event.