Canada's Senior Women's National Team is being honoured with a special edition of Toyota Players of the Week after proudly representing Canada in Tokyo.
Canada battled to the very end and continued to inspire the next generation of players and fans both at home in Canada and aboard. Canada finished the tournament in ninth place with a 1-2 record after dropping close contests to No. 3 ranked Spain and the defending European champions, Serbia.
Kia Nurse led the Canadians in scoring, averaging 13.0 points per game, while Chatham, ON resident Bridget Carleton averaged 11.3 points and finished tied for first on the team with Natalie Achonwa in rebounds per game (6.0).
Achonwa, along with Miranda Ayim and captain Kim Gaucher, was participating in her third Games at only 28 years of age. Ayim made history when she was selected as Canada’s flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony alongside Nathan Hiryama (Rugby 7s) as the pair were the first Canadians to represent team sports.
Off the court, the team continued to assert themselves as positive role models, led by Gaucher who advocated on behalf of breastfeeding mothers to be allowed to bring their children to the Games. Gaucher's efforts garnered international attention and ultimately saw her joined in Tokyo by her daughter, Sophie.
The incredible efforts and unwavering determination of the entire team has left everyone at home proud and hungry for more.
Canada Basketball's Players of the Week is proudly sponsored by Toyota.