DURHAM, N.C. - Blue Devil women’s basketball standout Miela Goodchild has been named one of the 19 players to watch for in the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup. The Australian sophomore leads her country in the World Cup hosted in Bangkok, Thailand from July 20-28.
Goodchild and her teammates just finished a 10-day tour of France in preparation for the World Cup. The Australians took on the hosts, Belgium and Russia to get tournament ready before they head to their southeast Asian destination.
A native of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Goodchild set a Duke freshman record with 73 three-pointers in 30 games, which was the eighth-most in ACC history. She averaged 10.9 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals as a rookie in 2018-19. Her 44.5 percent from behind the three ranked sixth nationally and third from a freshman.
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.
Australia will kick off action against the United States July 20 and then will take on Hungary (July 21) and Korea (July 23). The round of 16 will be July 24 followed by the quarterfinals (July 26), semifinals (July 27) and medal games (July 28).