DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University women’s basketball freshman Miela Goodchild has been named one of 24 players selected to the Australian Gems squad that will gather May 5-7 in Canberra in preparations for the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup that will be held in Bangkok, Thailand from July 20-28.
Goodchild, a native of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, has turned in a very impressive rookie campaign with the Blue Devils averaging 10.4 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals. She has started 16-of-24 contests and leads the team with 53 three-pointers made.
The camp in May will allow the Gems to look at the impressive depth they have at each position while also beginning the implementation of the team’s structures and culture. A final selection camp will then be held closer to the Under-19 World Cup in July while a couple of international practice games will finalize their preparations for the tournament.
Goodchild’s 53 three-pointers is the second-most by a freshman in Duke history. Her 45.3 three-point field goal percentage ranks ninth nationally and became the seventh Duke freshman to post 20+ points in consecutive games and the fifth to do it against ACC opponents.
Over the years, the Gems have featured impressive results winning gold in 1993, silver in 1997 and bronze medals in 1989, 2013 and 2015.