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CN's Patberg invited to USA Basketball U18 National Team Trials

April 15, 2014
Columbus North High School

    Columbus North junior Ali Patberg has been invited to the USA Basketball Women's Under-18 National Trials on May 24-26 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
    Typically, USA Basketball invites about 35 players to Trials for its age-group National Teams. In addition, a number of other players who register to participate likely will participate in the Trials.
    Twelve players will make a team that will return for a training camp from July 25 through Aug. 5.
    The USA Women's Under-18 National Team then play in the FIBA Americas Under-18 Women's Championship on Aug. 6-10 against teams from North, Central and South America. Teams joining the USA in this competition will be from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, El Salvador, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
    The 2014 Under-18 National Team will be coached by University of South Carolina coach Dawn Staley. She will be assisted by University of Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico and University of Louisville coach Jeff Walz.
    Patberg, a 5-10 guard, averaged team highs of 18.3 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.9 assists in leading Columbus North to a 23-3 record that included a Conference Indiana championship and sectional title in 2013-14. For the season, she made 49 percent of her shots from the field while converting 69 percent of her free throws.
    The Notre Dame commit also set school records this season for assists in a game (12 against Southport), assists in a season (148) and assists in a career (358, with one season to go). 
    Since the high school season has ended, Patberg has been selected to the core group of the 2014 Indiana Junior All-Stars, first-team IBCA/Subway Underclass All-State, second-team Associated Press All-State and first-team all-Conference Indiana.
    In three seasons, Patberg has been a part of teams that have posted a 71-8 record with two undisputed Conference Indiana championships, one CI co-championship, three sectional titles, one regional title, one semistate title and a Class 4A state runner-up finish in 2012.
    As a sophomore for a 25-1 team, Patberg was chosen first-team IBCA/Subway Underclass All-State, first-team ICGSA All-State, third-team AP All-State and first-team all-Conference Indiana. As a freshman for a 23-4 squad, she was picked honorable mention IBCA/Subway Underclass All-State, high honorable mention AP All-State and first-team all-Conference Indiana.
    Patberg concluded her junior season with 1,275 career points, 17 points shy of the school record of 1,292 set by Tina Bolte (1999-2003). Patberg currently stands fifth in CN career scoring behind Bolte, Tayler Goodall '14 (1,291), Brittany Bowen '07 (1,277) and Kara Kleinhenz '98 (1,276).
    Through three years, Patberg also is seventh in CN career rebounding (491) and eighth in CN career steals (183).
    More information about the USA Basketball Women's Under-18 National Team Trials follows.

    OFFICIAL EVENT TITLE: 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women
    OFFICIAL USA TEAM NAME: 2014 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team
    OFFICIAL EVENT WEB SITE: www.fibaamericas.com
    EVENT SITE: U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado
    EVENT DATES: August 6-10, 2014
    PARTICIPATING TEAMS: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, El Salvador, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States.
    USA TEAM TRIALS: DATES May 24-26, 2014
    USA TEAM TRAINING DATES: July 23-August 5, 2014
    EVENT DESCRIPTION: The FIBA Americas Women's U18 Championship features eight national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. The top four finishing teams qualify for the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women. Players eligible for this competition must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1996.
    EVENT HISTORY: Originally known as the FIBA Americas Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament, the event was held every four years from 1998-2004. FIBA changed its calendar following the 2004 championship and the tournament is now conducted every other year, followed in the next summer by the FIBA U19 World Championship.
    USA women's teams boast of a remarkable 43-2 overall record in U18 / Junior Qualifiers and have won gold in 1988, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012, while capturing silver medals in 1992 and 1996.
    Sites of prior FIBA Americas U18 Championships for Women include: Gurabo, Puerto Rico in 2012; Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 2006 and 2010; Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2008; Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, in 2004; Mardel Plata, Argentina, in 2000; Chetumal, Mexico, in 1996; Guanajuato, Mexico, in 1992; and Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1988.
    FIBA AMERICAS U18 CHAMPIONSHIP - USA PLAYERS OF NOTE: Jayne Appel (2006); Alana Beard (2000); Kelsey Bone (2008); Tamika Catchings (1996); Marissa Coleman (2004); Skylar Diggins (2008); Stacey Ford (1998); Sonja Henning (1988); Niesa Johnson (1992); Rebecca Lobo (1992); Maya Moore (2006); Chiney Ogwumike (2010); Nneka Ogwumike (2008); Candace Parker (2004); Courtney Paris (2004); Cappie Pondexter (2000); Nicole Powell (2000); Lynn Pride (1996); Breanna Stewart (2012); Diana Taurasi (2000); Morgan Tuck (2012); Candice Wiggins (2004); and Tiffany Woosley (1992).
    A link to additional info from USA Basketball:


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