Leading the Gems will be 2012/13 WNBL Rookie of the Year Stephanie Talbot from the Adelaide Lightning, along with fellow AIS Centre of Excellence Scholarship holders Louise Brown, Darcee Garbin, Alicia Froling, Tiana Mangakahia, Maddison Penn & Alex Wilson.
The team was selected following the Gems training camp earlier this month. Players will return to their respective states for the month of April before flying out to China where they will play nine games in the four nation event.
Following the China tour, the team will return to Australia where a team to tour France in June will be selected.
A selection camp for the team to compete at the FIBA World Championship will be conducted 29 June - 2 July at Basketball Australia’s National Centre of Excellence at the AIS in Canberra.
The U19’s team to tour China from 30 April-17 May is:
Louise Brown, Vic/CoE
Alicia Froling, Qld/CoE
Darcee Garbin, West Coast Waves/CoE
Jessica Good, SA*
Tiana Mangakahia, Qld/CoE
Carley Mijovic, Dandenong Ranger
Vanessa Panousis, NSWIS/Sydney Uni Flames
Casey Samuels, Canberra Capitals
Lauren Scherf, Vic
Stephanie Talbot, Adelaide Lightning/CoE
Tahlia Tupea, Sydney Uni Flames
Alex Wilson, SA/CoE
* Note: Late change Jessica Good SA replaces Maddison Penn, NSW/CoE .
Cheryl Chambers, Head Coach, Vic
Wayne Pollock, Assistant Coach, Vic
Robyn Houghton, Team Manager, Vic
The FIBA Women’s Under 19’s World Championships will take place in Lithuania from 19-30 July.