Indiana women's basketball head coach Teri Moren served as an assistant coach for the gold-medal-winning United States in the FIBA under-19 Women's Basketball World Cup, spanning July 15-23 in Spain. The U.S. won all seven games, besting Spain 69-66 Sunday in the final.
With less than 30 seconds left, rising Ohio State sophomore and the 2022-2023 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Cotie McMahon, made the deciding layup to put the U.S. ahead 68-66. Rising sophomore at the University of California, Los Angeles, Kira Rice, then sank one of two free throws before Spain was unable to beat the buzzer for the possible game-tying shot.
In the Round of 16 on Wednesday, July 19, the U.S. trounced Argentina 112-36 to advance to Friday’s quarterfinals. The U.S. broke 100 points for the fourth time to best the Czech Republic 121-61, then beat France 80-57 in the semifinals. Sunday's final was the lone single-digit win for the U.S. Sunday’s gold medal is the nation’s third straight since 2019 in the U-19 biennial event.
Moren previously was an assistant coach with the U.S. last summer in Argentina for the 2022 under-18 Women’s Americas Championship. That team also went undefeated in six games to win gold, and some of the players on that under-18 roster, such as McMahon and Rice, also competed under Moren these past two weeks in Spain.