DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University rising sophomore Miela Goodchild and her Australian side will begin group stage qualifying for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Saturday, July 20, taking on the United States in early morning action in the opening group game in Bangkok, Thailand. Hungary and Korea join the two sides in Group C as the field will crown a new champion this year, as the Russian squad failed to qualify and defend their 2017 crown.
Playing three games in four days, Australia battles Hungary on July 21 after its matchup with the United States. After a day off, a contest with Korea awaits on July 23 before teams find out their seeding as all 16 squads are placed into the knockout stages of the competition.
The Aussies look to hold the trophy for the second time of the history of the event, last winning the event in 1993. The Gems have finished on the podium four times including their gold medal, having won a bronze medal in two of the last three events in 2013 and 2015. The 1997 side were forced to settle with silver as they failed to repeat the feat they achieved just four years prior.
Along with Goodchild on the Australian roster includes Isobel Anstey, Isabelle Bourne, Chelsea D’Angelo, Anges Emma-Nnopu, Alexandra Fowler, Ashlee Hannan, Shyla Heal, Gemma Potter, Lily Scanlon, Jazmin Shelley and Samantha Simons. Goodchild is one of five collegiate players selected to the team – Bourne (Nebraska), Hannan (Texas), Shelley (Oregon) and Simons (Saint Mary’s).
Goodchild was part of the gold-medal winning Sapphires side at the FIBA U17 Women’s Basketball World Cup in Zaragoza during 2016. The Duke guard was the team’s leading scorer this past year at the U18 Asia, collecting nearly 18 points per game for her country while adding three steals, six rebounds, and just under three assists per game for a bronze medal finish.
Full 2019 FIBA World Cup Group Stage Schedule (All Game Times in ET)
Latvia vs. Canada – 1:00 AM
USA vs. Australia – 1:15 AM
Hungary vs. Korea – 3:30 AM
Mozambique vs. Thailand – 4:00 AM
Colombia vs. Spain – 5:45 AM
Mali vs. Argentina – 6:15 AM
Japan vs. Germany – 8:00 AM
Belgium vs. China – 8:30 AM
Korea vs. USA – 1:00 AM
Australia vs. Hungary – 1:15 AM
Thailand vs. Latvia – 3:15 AM
Canada vs. Mozambique – 3:30 AM
Spain vs. Japan – 5:30 AM
China vs. Mali – 5:45 AM
Germany vs. Colombia – 7:45 AM
Argentina vs. Belgium – 8:00 AM
USA vs. Hungary – 1:00 AM
Korea vs. Australia – 1:00 AM
Mozambique vs. Latvia – 3:15 AM
Canada vs. Thailand – 3:15 AM
Mali vs. Belgium – 5:30 AM
China vs. Argentina – 5:30 AM
Colombia vs. Japan – 7:45 AM
Germany vs. Spain – 7:45 AM