United States and Lady Lions' Agee Advance to U19 World Championship Semifinal
July 26, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - Penn State Lady Lion sophomore center Candice Agee (Victorville, Calif.) and the United States continued their outstanding run in the FIBA U19 World Championship with a 108-67 win over Japan today in the quarterfinals today. The United States moves on to face Australia in the semifinals on Saturday at 1:15 p.m. (ET). The game can be seen live on ESPN3.
A solid contributor off of the bench, Agee tallied six points and three offensive rebounds in 10 minutes of action for the United States against Japan. She also recorded a block and a steal in the quarterfinal contest.
Agee saw limited time against the Canadians and posted one steal in two minutes. Additionally, she had three rebounds, a steal and a block against the Netherlands. Agee opened play with two points, three blocks and two rebounds in nearly six minutes in the 113-47 win over Lithuania on July 18 and added two points and two rebounds in five minutes of action against Mali.
The FIBA U19 World Championship will be Agee's second international competition as she participated on the U18 USA Basketball squad that won the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in 2012. In the Lanzarote International Tournament last weekend, Agee collected six points on 3-of-4 shooting with five rebounds, a block and a steal in 11 minutes in a 78-49 win over Spain before hyperextending her knee. She was sidelined for the last game of the tournament as the Americans claimed the title with a win over Canada.
The Lady Lions won their second-straight Big Ten regular season title with a 26-6 overall record and 14-2 mark in conference play last season. Guided by two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year Coquese Washington, Penn State will return the 2013 Big Ten Player of the Year in Maggie Lucas and Big Ten All-Defensive team choice Dara Taylor. The Lady Lions will also add an eight-player recruiting class that ranks in the Top 10 in the country.
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FIBA U19 World Championship History
Numerous top athletes have represented the United States at the U19s, including Alana Beard (2001); Essence Carson (2005); Tamika Catchings (1997); Crystal Langhorne (2005); Jantel Lavender (2007); Lisa Leslie (1989); Rebecca Lobo (1993); Maya Moore (2007); Nnemkadi Ogwumike (2009); Vickie Orr (1985); Courtney Paris (2005); Cappie Pondexter (2001); Katie Smith (1993); Dawn Staley (1989); Breanna Stewart (2011); Diana Taurasi (2001); Abby Waner (2005); and Candice Wiggins (2005). Additionally, eight athletes from the first seven USA U19 squads have advanced to compete in the Olympic Games, including Catchings, Leslie, Lobo, Moore, Pondexter, Smith, Staley and Taurasi.
USA teams are the current men's and women's champions in the Olympics, men's and women's FIBA World Championships; women's FIBA U19 World Champions; men's and women's FIBA U17 World Champions; and the men's and women's U18 and U16 FIBA Americas champions; as well as winners of the women's FIBA 3X3 World Championship and 3x3 U18 World Championship.
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