Courtney Ogden '23 Selected to U18 USA National Team
Courtney Ogden '23 has been selected to the 2022 USA Basketball Women's U18 National team.
Courtney was one of just 30 athletes invited to the National Team Trials at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The trials began on May 31. On June 3, following four days of trials, USA Basketball announced the 2022 Women’s U18 National Team, which includes Ogden.
The 12-woman final roster, was selected from the 30 trial invitees. Together, men’s national team director Sean Ford and women’s national team director Briana Weiss are responsible for bringing together players and building rosters for each five-on-five tournament in which USA Basketball competes.
“USA Basketball is team-first, that’s what we live by,” Weiss said. “You know, the old adage ‘there’s no I in team.’ We’re here for the greater good and going off to compete with the hopes of winning a gold medal. We do ask athletes to assume roles that perhaps they haven’t had an experience doing or isn’t what they obviously do with their high school teams or on their club teams. We are fortunate enough that we’re able to watch athletes embrace that, be a part of the USA Basketball goal, be part of the team goal. It’s fun to watch that unfold.”
The team will compete at the 2022 FIBA U18 Women’s Americas Championship in Buenos Aires from June 13 to 19. The USA opens play Monday, June 13, against Colombia.
In addition to earning a coveted spot on the National team, Ogden boasts an impressive career at Westminster. She is currently third in all-time in scoring at the School, second in rebounds, and holds the School's single-game scoring record (for both boys and girls) with 41 points. This year, she led her team as a captain on a historic run to the first region tournament title since 2004, and the first final four appearance since 2005. Ogden is currently ranked #12 Nationally on ESPN's Rankings.