12 ATHLETES HEAD TO EUROPE FOR FIVE-GAME EXHIBITION SERIES
6th-ranked Canada to play in Spain & France
TORONTO, ON (May 23, 2017) - Twelve athletes were selected from the first phase of the Women's National Team assessment camp to travel to Europe for a five-day tournament in France and Spain.
"This first phase of training is focused on developing our next generation of athletes and assessing where we are globally," said Lisa Thomaidis, head coach, women's national team. "We'll play some of the best teams in the world in this tournament - which will help us set benchmarks - and determine what we need to build upon in phase two."
The five-game tournament tips-off on May 26th against 2nd-ranked Spain. Canada, currently 6th in FIBA World Rankings, will then face-off against 13th-ranked Japan, 27th-ranked Montenegro, 3rd-ranked France and 41st-ranked Ukraine.
The full European Exhibition staff list, roster and schedule follows. Follow Canada Basketball on Twitter for game streaming details and live game coverage.
2017 SENIOR NATIONAL TEAM EUROPEAN EXHIBITION ROSTER
CLUB / SCHOOL ('16-'17)
Enisey Krasnoyarski Kraj (Russia)
BG 89 Avides (Germany)
Michigan State (NCAA)
Dayton (NCAA)/Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA)
Virginia Tech (NCAA)
Harbord Collegiate (HS)
Iowa State (NCAA)
Perth Lynx (Australia)
Flying Foxes (Austria)/Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA)
King's Christian Collegiate (OSBA)
Nantes Reze (France)/Phoenix Mercury (WNBA)
COACHING & TEAM STAFF
Assistant Coach (DWNT HC)
Glace Bay, NS
Assistant Coach (JWNT HC)
Basketball Scientist / IST Manager
St. Catharines, ON
Physician (Phase 1 Competition)
Port Credit, ON
Director, Womenâ??s High Performance
2017 EUROPEAN EXHIBITION SCHEDULE
TOURNAMENT IN SPAIN
Canada vs. Spain
Canada vs. Japan
TOURNAMENT IN FRANCE
Canada vs. Montenegro
Canada vs. France
Canada vs. Ukraine
*Game times subject to change
Canada will re-group in Edmonton in June for the second phase of training, followed by a 6-game exhibition tournament in China. The final phase of training will begin July 23rd in Edmonton where the final roster for the FIBA Women's AmeriCup 2017 will be confirmed.
For more information, contact:
Bailey Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org, 647.460.7976