UConn starters Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson, incoming freshman Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Class of 2012 commits Breanna Stewart, Mo Jefferson and Morgan Tuck are among the 15 finalists for the U.S. U-19 World Championship Team, USA Basketball announced today. Huskies’ Class of 2013 target Diamond DeShields has also been named a finalist from the pool of 32 players that attended this week’s team trials at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Hartley, Dolson and DeShields were teammates last summer on the U-18 team that won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U-18 Championship.
The finalists will reconvene for training camp at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. June 1-4. They will meet the Brazil U-19 team in an exhibition game at the site June 5 (12:30 p.m.; ESPNU). The roster will then be trimmed to 12.
The U-19 team, which is coached by former UConn All-American/Hartford coach Jennifer Rizzotti, will hold its final training sessions in Colorado Springs July 11-15. The U-19 World Championships will be held in Chile July 21-31.