Rising juniors Ashley Owusu and Diamond Miller of the Maryland women’s basketball team are two of 12 athletes named to USA Basketball’s roster for the AmeriCup next week in Puerto Rico.
After four days of trials in Columbia, South Carolina, in April, 13 finalists were selected from 20 athletes. Also named as finalists were: Grace Berger (Indiana), Aliyah Boston (South Carolina), Jakia Brown-Turner (NC State), Veronica Burton (Northwestern), Elissa Cunane (NC State), Destanni Henderson (South Carolina), Naz Hillmon (Michigan), Rhyne Howard (Kentucky), Haley Jones (Stanford), Sedona Prince (Oregon) and NaLyssa Smith (Baylor).
The thirteen finalists reconvened in Columbia for training camp this past week. The USA made its 12-player roster and the team prepared for the AmeriCup, which will be June 11-19 in Puerto Rico.
South Carolina’s Dawn Staley will serve as head coach of the USA AmeriCup Team, and she will be assisted by Arizona head coach Adia Barnes and Jen Rizzotti, president of the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun.
“We have a great group, both on and off the court, that will certainly represent the red, white and blue well,” Staley said. “Our goal is to win a gold medal, and that’s our focus.”
Miller has won two gold medals with USA Basketball – the 2019 FIBA U-19 World Cup and the 2017 FIBA U-16 World Cup.
Ten nations from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean will take part in the 2021 FIBA AmeriCup. Games will begin on June 11, but the USA will open play on June 12 against Dominican Republic at 6:10 p.m. The USA will play Puerto Rico at 9:10 p.m. on June 13, Venezuela at 6:10 p.m. on June 14 and will wrap up the preliminary round against Argentina at 9:10 p.m. on June 15.
The quarterfinals will be played on June 17, the semifinals on June 18 and the third-place and gold-medal games on June 19.
The top four teams will advance to compete in one of four 2022 FIBA World Cup qualifying tournaments in hopes of earning one of the 12 spots in the 2022 FIBA World Cup field.
Owusu and Miller were named Co-Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player after leading the Terps (26-3) to their fifth Big Ten tournament title.
Owusu earned third-team All-America honors from the Associated Press and the USBWA. She earned unanimous All-Big Ten first team honors. She led the nation’s top offense in scoring (17.9) and assists (5.9).
Miller averaged 17.3 points per game and shot 50.6% from the field.