Senior Women’s National Team Annouced Ahead of FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018

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TORONTO, Ont. (September 5, 2018) – Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the roster for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018.

Senior Women’s National Team FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 roster below.

“After a very competitive training camp, we have a roster that we’re really excited about,” said Lisa Thomaidis, Head Coach, Senior Women’s National Team.  “We’re looking forward to this next stage of training and competition, where we’ll be able to measure ourselves against some of the best teams in the world prior to competing at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup.”

Currently ranked a program-high 5th in the FIBA World Ranking Presented by NIKE, Canada qualified for their fourth consecutive FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup after winning their second consecutive FIBA Women’s AmeriCup title last summer.

This will be Canada’s ninth appearance at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup (known from 1953 to 2014 as the FIBA World Championship for Women).  Canada’s fifth place finish at the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women was the highest since a pair of third place finishes in 1979 (Seoul, Korea) and 1986 (Moscow, Soviet Union).

Canada is in Group A for the 18th edition of FIBA’s flagship women’s eventand will face Greece (Sept. 22), Korea (Sept. 23) and France (Sept. 25) in the Group Phase. Click here for the competition schedule.

“Training camp was a great chance to see the athletes compete and observe the progress they have each made over the past year,” said Denise Dignard, Director Women’s High Performance. “Each one of them is an incredible ambassador of our Canadian team and committed to the goal of getting Canada to the podium.”

“The upcoming opportunity to compete at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup and against other top nations is invaluable towards our team’s preparation for Tokyo 2020,” Dignard said.

The FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup is the biggest international women’s basketball competition and brings together the 16 best teams from across FIBA’s four regions – Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe.

This year’s event will take place in Spain from September 22-30, 2018 in San Cristóbal de la Laguna and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Prior to the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup, Canada will travel to Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut for a two-game exhibition series against Japan (Sept. 7) and USA (Sept. 8).  Before arriving in Tenerife, Canada will face France, USA and Senegal in a four-team tournament in Antibes, France (Sept. 15-17).

SENIOR WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM FIBA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WORLD CUP 2018 ROSTER

Name Position Height Hometown  Club / School
Natalie Achonwa Power Forward 6’3″ Guelph, ON Indiana Fever (WNBA)
Kayla Alexander Forward 6’4″ Milton, ON Indiana Fever (WNBA)
Miranda Ayim Forward 6’3″ London, ON Basket Landes (France)
Bridget Carleton Guard 6’1″ Chatham, ON Iowa State (NCAA)
Shay Colley Point Guard 5’9″ Brampton, ON Michigan State (NCAA)
Nirra Fields Guard 5’6″ Lachine, QC Energa Torun (Poland)
Kim Gaucher Shooting Guard 6’1″ Mission, BC Mondeville (France)
Ruth Hamblin Centre 6’6″ Houston, BC Castor Braine (Belgium)
Miah-Marie Langlois Point Guard 5’8″ Windsor, ON Novosibirsk Dynamo (Russia)
Kia Nurse Guard 6’0″ Hamilton, ON New York Liberty (WNBA)
Michelle Plouffe Forward 6’4″ Edmonton, AB Lyon (France)
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe Forward 6’2″ Toronto, ON Bourges (France)

SENIOR WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM FIBA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WORLD CUP 2018 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 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
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 2018 SCHEDULE

DATE ITEM
September 7 Canada vs. Japan

Webster Bank Arena

Bridgeport, Connecticut

September 8 Canada vs. USA
September 15 Canada vs. USA

Antibes, France

September 16 Canada vs. France
September 17 Canada vs. Senegal
September 22 Canada vs. Greece

FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018

Tenerife, Spain

September 23 Canada vs. Korea
September 25 Canada vs. France
September 26 Quarter-Final Qualifications
September 28 Quarter-Finals
September 29 Semi-Finals
September 30 Finals

 

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Photo Courtesy Trung Ho