Senior Women’s National Team Announced Ahead of FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament

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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.

See below for the Senior Women’s National Team FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament roster.

“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.

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).

NamePositionHeightHometownClub / School
Natalie AchonwaForward6’3″Guelph, ONIndiana Fever (WNBA) / Bourges (France)
Kayla AlexanderForward6’4″Milton, ONChicago Sky (WNBA)
Laeticia AmihereForward6’4″Mississauga, ONSouth Carolina (NCAA)
Miranda AyimForward6’3″London, ONBasket Landes (France)
Bridget CarletonGuard6’1″Chatham, ONMinnesota Lynx (WNBA) /Townsville Fire (Australia)
Kim GaucherGuard6’1″Mission, BCMondeville (France)
Sami HillGuard5’10”Toronto, ONDonau-Ries (Germany)
Miah-Marie LangloisGuard5’8″Windsor, ONDynamo Novosibirsk (Russia)
Kia NurseGuard6’0″Hamilton, ONNew York Liberty (WNBA) / Canberra Capitals (Australia)
Shaina PellingtonGuard5’8″Pickering, ONArizona (NCAA)
Nayo Raincock-EkunweForward6’2″Toronto, ONNew York Liberty (WNBA) / Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia)
Jamie ScottGuard5’10”Clarkston, WADynamo Novosibirsk (Russia)
NamePositionHometownAffiliation
Lisa ThomaidisHead CoachDundas, ONUniversity of Saskatchewan
Steve BaurAssistant CoachWolfville, NSCanada Basketball
Carly ClarkeAssistant CoachHalifax, NSRyerson University
Max HirstCoordinator, Performance AnalysisCollingwood, ONCanada Basketball
Lauren BuschmannSports Scientist & IST ManagerSt. Catharines, ONCanada Basketball/CSI-Ontario
Rhonda ShishkinPhysiotherapistSaskatoon, SKUniversity of Saskatchewan
Danielle DobneyAthletic TherapistToronto, ONYork University
Patrice PepinPhysiotherapistQuebec City, QCN/A
Bryce Tully Mental Performance CoachHalifax, NSCSC-Atlantic
Marni Wesner Lead Physician Edmonton, ABUniversity of Alberta
Anne Marie ThussTeam ManagerHamilton, ONMcMaster University
Glen GrunwaldPresident & CEOFranklin Park, ILCanada Basketball
Denise DignardDirector, WHPPort Cartier, QCCanada Basketball
Mike MacKayPerformance Manager, WHPTruro, NSCanada Basketball
Matt WalkerCommunications ManagerAncaster, ONCanada Basketball

FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament 

Ostend, Belgium

Thursday February 6th Canada vs. Belgium 2:35 PM

Saturday February 8th Canada vs. Sweden 2:35 PM

Sunday February 9th Canada vs. Japan 12:05 PM

Courtesy Canada Basketball