DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University rising sophomore women’s basketball standout Miela Goodchild has been named one of 12 players that will represent Australia at the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup, which will be held in Bangkok, Thailand from July 20-28.
To prepare for the World Cup, the Gems will travel on a 10-day tour and participate in a four-nation tournament in France against the hosts, Belgium and Russia.
Goodchild, a native of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, drained a Duke freshman record 73 three-pointers in 30 contests, while averaging 10.9 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals as a rookie in 2018-19. She ranked sixth nationally with a 44.5 three-point field goal percentage.
Australia, who is ranked No. 7 in the world, will face the United States (No. 1), Hungary (No. 14) and Korea (No. 15) in the group stage. Following the group stage, every team advances to the round of 16, but from there the tournament will enter a knock-out stage through the quarterfinals, semifinals and medal games.
Her 44.5 three-point field goal percentage was the third-highest nationally by a freshman. Goodchild turned in the eighth-most three-pointers made (73) in ACC history and also hit a team-high 87.1 free throw percentage.
Along with Goodchild on the 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).
The Gems have featured good results in the past at the World Cup winning gold in 1993, silver in 1997 and took home bronze medals in 1989, 2013 and 2015.
Last fall, Goodchild led Australia to a bronze medal at the FIBA U18 Women's Asian Championship, averaging a team-best 17.7 points per game. Among all teams and players, she finished first in scoring (17.7), fourth in steals (3.0), 11th in rebounding (6.0) and 12th in assists (2.7).
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).