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The top 20 stars to play at the FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup; Places 15-11

MADRID (Spain) - It's time for the second part of our countdown series as we look back at the best players to have graced the FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup since its inception.

It's been a tough task to even narrow down the list of candidates with 40 years of action to choose from. But having already selected spots 20-16, now it's the next tranche of stars to focus on as the excitement builds ahead of this year's edition in Madrid. 

15. Astou Ndour, Spain (2011 and 2013)

One of only a handful of top players who competed at #FIBAU19 twice, Ndour debuted in Chile during 2011 and helped Spain to the title game against USA. She was her nation's top scorer and rebounder, a feat she replicated two years later in Lithuania when finishing in fourth place. With her skills and physicality, Ndour went on to establish herself as a marquee baller for Spain, including making the All-Star Five at the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup in 2018 and being crowned the FIBA Women's EuroBasket MVP in 2019.

14. Yuko Oga, Japan (2001)

While Japan have delivered unprecedented success in recent years with their dominance at the FIBA Women's AsiaBasket and run to the 2020 Olympic Final, Oga was truly a legend that made everyone sit up and take notice of Japan. Her amazing style and entertaining approach saw her become a massive favorite in her homeland and beyond. Her global debut came in 2001 in Czech Republic when she showed her offensive talent as the top scorer with a brilliant 25 points per game - even though Japan went 1-6. 

13. Celine Dumerc, France (2001)

The French legend picked up the baton from some revered French players that went before her at the senior level, but only after she appeared at #FIBAU19 in 2001. The playmaker scored 100 points in 7 games in Czech Republic, although it would be her creative and defensive abilities that would define in a fantastic national team career. One of her most notable tournaments being in 2012 when she inspired a run to the Olympic Final in London. She also played in three FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup tournaments. 

12. Liz Cambage, Australia (2009)

There are few players with as much talent and personality as Cambage and that showed at the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2018 when she powered the Opals to the Final with one of the most extraordinary tournament displays ever. Making her global debut at #FIBAU19 during 2009 in Bangkok, the center top scored in the competition with 20 points per game. Just three years later she won an army of fans by famously dunking at the London 2012, helping to make her one of the most famous players in the world.

11. Raziya Mujanovic, Yugoslavia (1985)

Playing at the inaugural edition for Yugoslavia, the FIBA Hall of Fame entrant posted a modest contribution in Colorado Springs en-route to bronze. But she would soon light it up at senior level. appearing in the Final of EuroBasket Women 1987, taking an Olympic silver medal in 1998 and a third Final appearance at the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup in 1990 in Malaysia when she averaged a stellar 23 points per game. She also proudly led her native Bosnia and Herzegovina when they began to compete in their own right.