TORONTO (November 3, 2023) – Canada Basketball announced Friday the 12 athletes named to the Senior Women’s National Team roster for the upcoming FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament 2024.
The Senior Women’s National Team’s path to Paris continues this month in Medellín, Colombia, for the FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament 2024, featuring the third to sixth place finishers from the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2023. The event will take place from November 9-12 at the Coliseo Iván de Bedout.
Before making the trip to Colombia, the Senior Women’s National Team will gather in Miami, Florida for training camp from November 3-6.
Canada will face Venezuela (Thursday, Nov. 9, 5:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. PT), host nation Colombia (Friday, Nov. 10, 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT) and Puerto Rico (Sunday, Nov. 12, 4:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. PT). All the action will be streaming live on FIBA’s YouTube Channel.
The top two finishing teams will qualify for one of the four respective FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments, which are set to take place in February. From there, 16 nations will compete for 10 tickets to the Olympic Games, in the hopes of joining France and USA, who have both already qualified.
“We’re really excited to bring our team back together and to represent Canada once again on the world stage,” said Víctor Lapeña, Head Coach, Senior Women’s National Team. “The Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament will provide us with a great opportunity to compete against some of the best countries in the Americas, as we continue working toward our goal of qualifying for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.”
Canada is looking to continue building upon the Senior Women’s National Team’s fourth-place finish at the World Cup last fall — the program’s best finish at the event since a third-place finish in 1986.
Canada won bronze at the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2023 in Leon, Mexico this past July, thanks to an 80-73 victory over Puerto Rico in the third-place game. The medal was the Senior Women’s National Team’s seventh in the last eight editions of the event, dating back to 2009.
Canada’s Senior Women’s National Team is ranked fifth in the FIBA World Ranking Women, presented by Nike, after an update to the rankings following the FIBA Women's Continental Championships.