Incoming Lady Techster frosh leading Team Italy in U19 World Cup

Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters true freshman guard Silvia Nativi is leading Team Italy at the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup basketball tournament being played in Debrecen, Hungary.

The tournament features the world’s top 16 youth women’s national teams, with 56 games being played over a nine-day span. The tournament opened Saturday.

Team Italy is joined at the tournament by teams from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Japan, Korea, Mali, Russia, Spain, and the USA. Team USA is the defending champions and has won eight of the last nine FIBA U19 World Cups.

Nativi, who signed with Tech this past year and who will be playing for the Lady Techsters for the 2021-22 season, is a native of Ferrara, Italy, Nativi is a 5-foot-10-inch guard who led Team Italy to the gold medal at the 2019 U18 European Championships and the 2018 U16 European Championships.

Team Italy fell to the United States in their opener Saturday before rebounding to defeat Egypt on Sunday. Nativi scored nine points, grabbed three rebounds and added three assists in the victory against Egypt.

The Round of 16 will begin on Wednesday.

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