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

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

OSTEND, BELGIUM (February 4, 2020) – Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the Senior Women’s National Team roster for the FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

“All of our players have worked really hard to earn this opportunity,” said Lisa Thomaidis, Head Coach, Senior Women’s National Team.  “We’re excited to get started in a couple days and face a tough opponent in Belgium on their home soil so we’ll be ready for the crowd on hand.”  

The Versluys Dôme in Ostend, Belgium will host one of four FIBA Women's Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments from February 6-9, 2020.  

Canada will face Belgium (February 6, 2:35 PM ET), Sweden (February 8, 2:35 PM ET) and Japan (February 9, 12:05 PM ET).  Click here for the full tournament schedule.

The two (2) highest placed teams and Japan, as Host of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Women’s Olympic Basketball Tournament. 

The 16 top teams from the FIBA Women's Pre-Qualifying Tournaments will compete in the FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020, taking place in February 2020, have been split into four groups.

The remaining 12 nations have been selected to compete in the following three host cities: Australia, Brazil, France and Puerto in Bourges, France; China, Great Britain, South Korea and Spain in Belgrade, Serbia (formerly Foshan, China); Mozambique, Nigeria, Serbia and USA in Belgrade, Serbia.

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 QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT ROSTER

Name

Position

Height

Hometown

Club / School

Natalie Achonwa

Forward

6'3"

Guelph, ON

Indiana Fever (WNBA) / Bourges (France)

Kayla Alexander

Forward

6'4"

Milton, ON

Chicago Sky (WNBA)

Laeticia Amihere

Forward

6'4"

Mississauga, ON

South Carolina (NCAA)

Miranda Ayim

Forward

6'3"

London, ON

Basket Landes (France)

Bridget Carleton

Guard

6'1"

Chatham, ON

Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) /

Townsville Fire (Australia)

Kim Gaucher

Guard

6'1"

Mission, BC

Mondeville (France)

Sami Hill

Guard

5'10"

Toronto, ON

Donau-Ries (Germany)

Miah-Marie Langlois

Guard

5'8"

Windsor, ON

Dynamo Novosibirsk (Russia)

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 QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT COACHES & STAFF

Name

Position

Hometown

Affiliation

Lisa Thomaidis

Head Coach

Dundas, ON

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

Danielle Dobney

Athletic Therapist

Toronto, ON

York University

Patrice Pepin

Physiotherapist

Quebec City, QC

N/A

Bryce Tully 

Mental Performance Coach

Halifax, NS

CSC-Atlantic

Marni Wesner 

Lead Physician 

Edmonton, AB

University of Alberta

Anne Marie Thuss

Team Manager

Hamilton, ON

McMaster University

Glen Grunwald

President & CEO

Franklin Park, IL

Canada Basketball

Denise Dignard

Director, WHP

Port Cartier, QC

Canada Basketball

Mike MacKay

Performance Manager, WHP

Truro, NS

Canada Basketball

Matt Walker

Communications Manager

Ancaster, ON

Canada Basketball

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

DATE

ITEM

TIME (ET)

 LOCATION

February 6

Canada vs. Belgium

2:35 PM

FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament 

Ostend, Belgium

February 8

Canada vs. Sweden

2:35 PM

February 9

Canada vs. Japan

12:05 PM