DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University women’s basketball incoming freshman Miela Goodchild has been selected one of 18 players to attend the Australian Under-19 women’s camp May 12-14 at the BA Center of Excellence in Australia.
The camp is the first step in preparation for the 2018 FIBA Under-18 Asian Championship, which will be held in India this October. The top four teams from that tournament will earn qualification through to the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup.
Other players attending include Haylee Andrews (Queensland), Sharna Ayres (Victoria), Paige Bayliss (Queensland), Isabelle Bourne (ACT), Elissa Brett (South Australia), Emma Clarke (Western Australia), Chelsea D’Angelo (Victoria), Stephanie Gorman (Victoria), Ahlise Hurst (Victoria), Jade Kirisome (Queensland), Ula Motuga (Queensland), Jessica McDowell-White (Queensland), Maddi Pulli (Victoria), Jazmin Shelley (Victoria), Samantha Simons (South Australia), Darcy Rees (South Australia) and Emma Rowcliffe (ACT).
Goodchild, a 5-10 combo guard, is a two-time Basketball Queensland Player of the Year and Logan Basketball Junior Player of the Year. She competed in the 2018 U20 Australian Nationals averaging a tournament-best 19.4 points a game. She helped her squad to the silver medal, while also averaging 5.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists. In January of 2018, Goodchild earned a WNBL Championship ring with the Townsville Fire as a development player.
Leading the Gems will be head coach Dee Butler as the squad will look to continue their past success, which includes World Championship medals across three decades.
A product of Bisbane, Queensland, Australia, Goodchild received All-Tournament accolades at the 2017 FIBA Oceania Championships for the Australian U17 Sapphires. Goodchild, who was selected captain, led all scorers with a 23.0 per game average, while ranking tied seventh in assists (3.4) and fifth in steals (3.6). Her Australian team won all five games and took home the gold medal. She totaled 20 or more points in four of the five contests, including 28 against Tahiti.