SENIOR WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER FINALIZED AHEAD OF EUROPEAN EXHIBITION TOUR | Canada Basketball

SENIOR WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER FINALIZED AHEAD OF EUROPEAN EXHIBITION TOUR

TORONTO, ON (June 10, 2019) - Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the 12 athletes selected to participate in a five-game European exhibition tour in Belgium (June 14-16) and Great Britain (June 18-19).

“We are looking forward to our exhibition series in Brussels and Manchester and for our senior athletes to gain international game experience against world-class talent as we play against Belgium, China, Spain and Great Britain,” said Denise Dignard, Director Women's High Performance.

These exhibition games will help Team Canada prepare for a busy summer that will see the team participate in the FIBA Women's AmeriCup 2019 and Lima 2019 Pan-Am Games, as well as the FIBA Women's Pre-Qualifying Tournaments in Americas this fall.   

Entering the tournament as two-time defending FIBA AmeriCup champions, Canada will look to make it three straight this September at the FIBA Women's AmeriCup 2019. Canada has found a spot on the podium in seven of the last eight competitions dating back to the 2003 FIBA Americas Championship for Women in Culiacan, Mexico.

In November, Canada will play in one of two FIBA Women's Pre-Qualifying Tournaments in Americas to qualify for one of the four global FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020, taking place in February 2020.  Canada will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with a top three in their group in the FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020.

Looking to defend their gold medal from the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto,  Canada will also be participating in the Lima 2019 Pan-Am Games (August 6-10).  Canada is one of only three countries (Brazil, USA) to have participated in every Pan Am Games tournament since 1955, earning a gold, a silver and three bronze medals in 15 appearances.  Additional details regarding Canada’s Pan-Am Games team will be announced at a later date.

A full list of athletes, coaches and team schedule can be found below.  

Canada is currently ranked 5th worldwide in the FIBA World Ranking Presented by NIKE.

2019 SENIOR WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM PROGRAM EUROPEAN EXHIBITION ROSTER

Name

Position

Height

Hometown 

2018-2019 Club / School

Kayla Alexander

Forward

6'4"

Milton, ON

Adelaide Lightning (Australia) / Indiana Fever (WNBA)

Miranda Ayim

Forward

6'3"

London, ON

Basket Landes (France)

Cassandra Brown

Forward

6’3”

Vernon, BC

Dafni Agioy (Greece)

Quinn Dornstauder

Centre

6’4”

Regina, SK

Mann Filter (Spain)

Aaliyah Edwards

Forward

6’3”

Kingston, ON

Crestwood Prep (OSBA)

Ruth Hamblin

Centre

6'6"

Houston, BC

Castors Braine (Belgium ) / Las Vegas Aces (WNBA)

Sami Hill

Guard

5'10"

Toronto, ON

Donau-Ries (Germany)

Aislinn Konig

Guard

5'9"

Langley, BC

North Carolina State (NCAA)

Miah-Marie Langlois

Point Guard

5'8"

Windsor, ON

Dynamo Novosibirsk (Russia)

Shaina Pellington

Guard

5'8"

Pickering, ON

Oklahoma (NCAA)

Merissah Russell

Guard

5’11”

Ottawa, ON

Capital Courts (OSBA)

Jamie Scott

Guard

5'10"

Clarkston, WA

Dynamo Novosibirsk (Russia)

2019 SENIOR WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM PROGRAM EUROPEAN EXHIBITION COACHES & STAFF

Name

Position

Hometown

Affiliation

Lisa Thomaidis

Head Coach

Saskatoon, SK

University of Saskatchewan

Steve Baur

Assistant Coach

Wolfville, NS

Canada Basketball

Carly Clarke

Assistant Coach

Halifax, NS

Ryerson University

Max Hirst

Coordinator, Performance Analysis

Collingwood, ON

Canada Basketball

Lauren Buschmann

Sports Scientist & IST Manager

St. Catharines, ON

Canada Basketball/CSI-Ontario

Rhonda Shishkin

Physiotherapist

Saskatoon, SK

University of Saskatchewan

Patrice Pepin

Physiotherapist

Quebec City, QC

N/A

Bryce Tully 

Mental Performance Coach

Halifax, NS

CSC-Atlantic

Jacquelyn Corkum

Physician

Halifax, NS

N/A

Sarah Leaitch

Team Manager

Newmarket, ON

N/A

Denise Dignard

Director, WHP

Port Cartier, QC

Canada Basketball

Mike MacKay

Performance Manager, WHP

Truro, NS

Canada Basketball

2019 SENIOR WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM EUROPEAN EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

DATE

ITEM

TIME (ET)

 LOCATION

June 14

Canada vs. China

12:00 PM

Belgium Exhibition Tournament

Brussels, Belgium

June 15

Canada vs. Belgium

1:00 PM

June 16

Canada vs. Spain

8:30 AM

June 18

Canada vs. Great Britain

2:30 PM

Manchester, England

June 19

Canada vs. Great Britain

2:30 PM