SENIOR WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ANNOUNCED AHEAD OF FIBA WOMEN'S OLYMPIC PRE-QUALIFYING AMERICAS TOURNAMENT | Canada Basketball

SENIOR WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ANNOUNCED AHEAD OF FIBA WOMEN'S OLYMPIC PRE-QUALIFYING AMERICAS TOURNAMENT

EDMONTON, AB (November 13, 2019) – Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the Senior Women’s National Team roster for the FIBA Women's Olympic Pre-Qualifying Americas Tournament.

The Edmonton EXPO Centre’s Hall D Arena will host Canada’s FIBA Women's Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament from November 14-17.  

Canada will face Cuba (November 14 7:30 PM MT), Puerto Rico (November 16 5:00 PM MT) and Dominican Republic (November 17 4:00 PM MT).  Click here for the full tournament schedule.

Tickets to cheer on Team Canada start at just $15 and can be purchased online through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.ca.  Day pass tickets grant fans access to both games of the double-header.

The newly developed Olympic pre-qualification tournaments will tip-off in November 2019 to qualify teams to the FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020, and ultimately the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Africa will host one tournament, with the Americas and Asia-Oceania hosting two tournaments each.

22 national teams will take part in the upcoming FIBA Women's Pre-Qualifying Tournaments to qualify for one of the four global FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020, taking place in February 2020.

For the Americas and Asia-Oceania regions, eight teams per region will compete for four spots (top two teams per group), at the FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020 in February next year. For Africa, six teams will fight it out for two qualifying spots.  Meanwhile in Europe the top six teams from the FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2019 will qualify directly to the FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020.

These 16 top teams will compete in the FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020, taking place in February 2020, which will be split into four groups in a draw held later in the year. 

The top three teams from each tournament will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Women's Basketball Tournament. Both the USA (FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2018 champions), and Japan (hosts), will play in the qualification tournaments and regardless of their results advance through to Tokyo 2020. 

This is the start of an exciting new women's competition system for FIBA, with more than 100 teams taking part in the new system, that will also include a new qualification system for the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2022.  For more information about the Women's National Team Competition System, click here.

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

Canada is currently ranked a program-high 4th worldwide in the FIBA World Ranking Presented by NIKE and have participated in the past two Olympic Games (London 2012, Rio 2016).

SENIOR WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM FIBA WOMEN'S OLYMPIC PRE-QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT ROSTER

Name

Position

Height

Hometown

2019-2020 Club / School

Natalie Achonwa

Forward

6'3"

Guelph, ON

Indiana Fever (WNBA)

Miranda Ayim

Forward

6'3"

London, ON

Basket Landes (France)

Bridget Carleton

Guard

6'1"

Chatham, ON

Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) /

Townsville Fire (Australia)

Quinn Dornstauder

Centre

6'4"

Regina, SK

Zamarat (Spain)

Aaliyah Edwards

Forward

6'3"

Kingston, ON

Crestwood Prep (OSBA)

Kim Gaucher

Guard

6'1"

Mission, BC

Mondeville (France)

Ruth Hamblin

Centre

6'6"

Houston, BC

Dynamo Novosibirsk (Russia)

Sami Hill

Guard

5'10"

Toronto, ON

Donau-Ries (Germany)

Kia Nurse

Guard

6'0"

Hamilton, ON

New York Liberty (WNBA) / 

Canberra Capitals (Australia)

Shaina Pellington

Guard

5'8"

Pickering, ON

Arizona (NCAA)

Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe

Forward

6'2"

Toronto, ON

New York Liberty (WNBA) / 

Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia)

Jamie Scott

Guard

5'10"

Clarkston, WA

Dynamo Novosibirsk (Russia)

SENIOR WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM FIBA WOMEN'S OLYMPIC PRE-QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT COACHES & STAFF

Name

Position

Hometown

Affiliation

Lisa Thomaidis

Head Coach

Dundas, ON

University of Saskatchewan

Steve Baur

Assistant Coach

Sackville, 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

Danielle Dobney

Athletic Therapist

Toronto, ON

York University

Bryce Tully 

Mental Performance Consultant

Halifax, NS

CSC-Atlantic

Marni Wesner

Lead Physician

Edmonton, AB

University of Alberta

Anne Marie Thuss

Team Manager

Hamilton, ON

McMaster University

Denise Dignard

Director, WHP

Port Cartier, QC

Canada Basketball

Mike MacKay

Performance Manager, WHP

Truro, NS

Canada Basketball

Elaine Sun

Manager Women's Basketball Operations, WHP

Thornhill, ON

Canada Basketball

Matt Walker

Communications Manager

Ancaster, ON

Canada Basketball

SENIOR WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM FIBA WOMEN'S OLYMPIC PRE-QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

DATE

ITEM

TIME (MT)

 LOCATION

November 14

Canada vs. Cuba

7:30 PM

FIBA Women's Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament 

Edmonton, AB

November 16

Canada vs. Puerto Rico

5:00 PM

November 17

Canada vs. Dominican Republic

4:00 PM