New Delhi/Bengaluru, 11th November, 2016: The Indian U18 Women's Team that will participate at the 23rd FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Women in Bangkok, Thailand from 13th to 20th November 2016, has been finalized. The team will be captained by the talented Bhandavya HM (who had already debuted on the senior team last year) and coached by the seasoned Shiba Maggon, a former India Women’s Captain. The Indian girls team is currently ranked 38th in the world and 5th in Asia (as per the combined FIBA World Rankings for U16 and U18 teams). India is grouped alongside 5 other teams in elite Level 1, with the top four teams at the end of the league rounds progressing to the semifinals stage. India will be looking improve upon its consecutive 7th place finishes in the last two editions of the championship (in 2012 and 2014). The side’s first obstacle is hosts Thailand whom it will face in the opening game on 13th November. Said Coach Maggon, “Our motto is to never give up and keep trying to better ourselves. We will try to improve upon how we performed against Thailand (from their previous encounter in 2014 which they had lost 62-68) and also try to play well against Chinese Taipei.” The contingent left from Aurangabad earlier this morning and is travelling to Bangkok via Mumbai.