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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- A pair of #IvyHoops standouts are among the 12 members of the USA Women’s U19 World Cup Team that began its training camp on Saturday.
Harvard sophomore Jeannie Boehm and Princeton sophomore Bella Alarie earned their spots on the team after four days of trials featuring 32 athletes from May 17-21. They are the first current Ivies to compete for a U.S. team since Dartmouth’s Gail Koziara was a part of the US Olympic Festival East-region gold medal squad in 1979.
The Ivy League is one of four conferences, and the only mid-major, represented on the Team USA roster. The two Ivy representatives matches the total from the American, Pac 12 and Big 12 conferences and trails only the SEC. The Ancient Eight finished the 2016-17 season ranked eighth as a conference out of 32, trailing only the Power 5, American and Big East.
Boehm, a 2016 McDonald's All-American, was selected to the USA Women's U18 National Team last summer. Boehm won a gold medal at FIBA Americas in Valdivia, Chile and averaged 7.8 points and 7.2 rebounds in five games during the tournament. As a freshman at Harvard, Boehm had an immediate impact on the court for the Crimson. She averaged 7.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game and added a team high 2.4 blocks per game. Boehm recorded 73 blocked shots on the season, the fifth most in program history. She added four double-doubles on the year.
Alarie was instantly inserted into the starting lineup and did not miss a game this season, as she went on to earn Rookie of the Year and first-team All-Ivy honors. She led the Tigers in scoring (12.6), rebounding (8.0), three-point field goal percentage (.379) and blocks (1.7). She was fourth in the conference in blocks and defensive rebounds (177), fifth in rebounds, sixth in three-point field goal percentage, seventh in points (377), eighth in offensive rebounds (64), ninth in field goals (139) and field goal percentage (.432) and 10th in points per game.
USA, the six-time defending champion, was placed in Group A and will open against Mali on July 22, face China on July 23 and cap the preliminary round against host Italy on July 25.
Following the preliminary round, teams will be seeded according to group play, and all participating teams will advance to the July 26 round of 16. Winners will advance to the July 28 medal quarterfinals, while the remaining teams will continue playing out for classification. The medal semifinals will be held July 29, and the gold and bronze medal games are slated for July 30.
ABOUT THE IVY LEAGUE
The Ivy League is the most diverse intercollegiate conference in the country with more than 8,000 student-athletes competing each year. Sponsoring conference championships in 33 men's and women's sports and averaging more than 35 varsity teams at each school, the Ivy League provides more intercollegiate athletic opportunities per school than any other conference in the country. All eight Ivy schools are among the top 20 of NCAA Division I schools in number of sports offered for both men and women and enjoy regular competitive success at the highest championship levels of NCAA Division I athletics.
The League’s schools -- Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale -- share a rich history of success and influence in college athletics, dating back to the origins of intercollegiate competition. Ivy League institutions have won 287 team national championships and 579 individual national championships since intercollegiate competition began. The Ivy League conference was formally established in 1954, based on the mutual agreement that intercollegiate athletics competition should be "kept in harmony with the essential educational purposes of the institution." For more information, please visit www.ivyleaguesports.com.