CANADIAN WOMEN`S TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR OLYMPIC QUALIFIER

 

Toronto - Canada Basketball is proud to announce the 12 athletes selected for 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women. The last qualifying tournament for the 2012 Olympic Games will be hosted by Ankara, Turkey and will take place from June 25th – July 1st.                      

 

                               2012 SENIOR WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER

Name

 Position

 Height

Hometown

 School/Club (2011-12)

Natalie Achonwa

Forward
6-3
Guelph, ON

University of Notre Dame (NCAA)

Chelsea Aubry

Forward
6-2
Kitchener, ON

Bendigo Spirit (Australia)

Miranda Ayim

Forward
6-3
London, ON

Istanbul University (Turkey)

Teresa Gabriele

Guard
5-5
Mission, BC

Training in Canada

Lizanne Murphy

Forward
6-1
Beaconsfield, QC

Tarbes (France)

Krista Phillips

Forward
6-6
Saskatoon, SK

Dandenong (Australia)

Courtnay Pilypaitis

Guard
6-1
Orleans, ON

VICI Kaunas (Lithuania)

Michelle Plouffe

Forward
6-4
Edmonton, AB

University of Utah (NCAA)

Kim Smith

Forward
6-1
Mission, BC

Training in Canada/USA

Alisha Tatham

Guard
5-11
Brampton, ON

Training in Canada

Tamara Tatham

Forward
6-1
Brampton, ON

Halles (Germany)

Shona Thorburn

Guard
5-10
Hamilton, ON

Girona (Spain)

 


2012 SENIOR WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM – ALTERNATES

Janelle Bekkering

Guard
5-11
Taber, AB

Lekdetec (Holland)

Krysten Boogaard

Forward
6-5
Regina, SK

Nice (France)

Megan Pinske

Guard
5-9
Coquitlam, B.C

Saarlouis (Germany)

Kendel Ross

Forward
6-1
Sarnia, ON

Training in USA

 

“We are very excited about this group of athletes that we are taking to the Olympic Qualifier,” said head coach, Allison McNeill. “It was a very difficult decision for the coaching staff as we had many excellent athletes in camp. When we got down to sixteen athletes, they were all capable in playing for Canada.”

The Canadian Senior Women’s Team will be looking to earn one of five berths that are on the line when they compete in the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women. The team will open the tournament versus Mali on June 25th and play France on June 26th to finish group play.

In order to qualify, Canada will need to place in the top two in their group and win their quarter-finals game to qualify. If Canada were to lose their quarter-final game, they will face one of the other three quarter-finalists who lost. They will need to win two games in order to qualify for the last berth into the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

Prior to playing in the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women, Canada will play two exhibition games versus Great Britain in Scotland and play in an exhibition tournament in France versus Croatia, Czech Republic and France.

To watch a short documentary on the Canadian Senior Women’s National Team, click here.