Paopao Invited To USA Women’s U19 World Cup Team Trials

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Oregon point guard Te-Hina Paopao is one of 27 athletes to accept an invitation to the 2021 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Cup Team trials, the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Selection Committee announced on Wednesday.
 
Trials to select finalists for the 12-member team will be held May 14-16 at Metro State University in Denver. The 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup is scheduled for August 7-15 in Debrecen, Hungary.
 
“This is definitely a unique year for our committee after not getting to evaluate this age group of players in last summer’s U18 trials and competition,” said Jennifer Rizzotti, chair of the selection committee. “We do, however, feel confident that we’ve invited a very talented, diverse and exciting group of players. We’ve identified both some of the best college freshmen that make the age cut-off as well as some of the best high school players ready to make their mark.
 
Among the 27 invitees, Paopao is one of 16 athletes who were college freshmen in 2020-21. The Oceanside, Calif., native is also one of four current Pac-12 players to be invited, along with Ugonne Onyiah (California), Talia von Oelhoffen (Oregon State), and Lauren Ware (Arizona).
 
Paopao was terrific for the Ducks as a freshman, earning all-Pac-12 and Pac-12 all-freshman honors after averaging 10.2 points, 4.4 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game. She was the only Duck to start the first 19 games of the season before missing the final five due to injury, and her 2.40 assist-to-turnover ratio was No. 1 in the nation among freshmen.
 
Just the fifth UO freshman ever to receive all-conference honors and first since Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard in 2016-17, Paopao posted 11 double-figure scoring performances and shot 43.3 percent from the floor. She racked up 84 total assists in 19 games, good for No. 8 in UO freshman single-season history. Paopao was also solid defensively, leading Oregon with 27 steals and eight multi-steal performances.
 
UCLA head coach Cori Close is serving as the 2021 USA U19 World Cup Team head coach, and will be assisted by South Dakota State head coach Aaron Johnston and Georgia head coach Joni Taylor.

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