Sr. Women’s National team: 12 Athletes Head to Europe for Five-Game Exhibition Series

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6th-ranked Canada to play in Spain & France

TORONTO, ON (May 23, 2017) – Twelve athletes were selected from the first phase of the Women’s National Team assessment camp to travel to Europe for a five-day tournament in France and Spain.

“This first phase of training is focused on developing our next generation of athletes and assessing where we are globally,” said Lisa Thomaidis, head coach, women’s national team. “We’ll play some of the best teams in the world in this tournament – which will help us set benchmarks – and determine what we need to build upon in phase two.”

The five-game tournament tips-off on May 26th against 2nd-ranked Spain. Canada, currently 6th in FIBA World Rankings, will then face-off against 13th-ranked Japan, 27th-ranked Montenegro, 3rd-ranked France and 41st-ranked Ukraine.

The full European Exhibition staff list, roster and schedule follows. Follow Canada Basketball onTwitter for game streaming details and live game coverage.

2017 SENIOR NATIONAL TEAM EUROPEAN EXHIBITION ROSTER

# NAME POSITION HEIGHT HOMETOWN CLUB / SCHOOL (’16-’17)
4 Miah-Marie Langlois Guard 5’8 Windsor, ON Enisey Krasnoyarski Kraj (Russia)
5 Laura Dally Guard 6’0 Sarnia, ON BG 89 Avides (Germany)
6 Shay Colley Guard 5’7 Brampton, ON Michigan State (NCAA)
7 Saicha Grant-Allen Centre 6’5 Hamilton, ON Dayton (NCAA)/Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA)
8 Sami Hill Guard 5’10 Toronto, ON Virginia Tech (NCAA)
9 Alyssa Jerome Forward 6’1 Toronto, ON Harbord Collegiate (HS)
10 Bridget Carleton Guard 6’1 Chatham, ON Iowa State (NCAA)
11 Ruth Hamblin Centre 6’6 Houston, BC Perth Lynx (Australia)
12 Jamie Scott Guard 5’9 Clarkston, WA Flying Foxes (Austria)/Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA)
13 Laeticia Amihere Forward 6’3 Mississauga, ON King’s Christian Collegiate (OSBA)
14 Katherine Plouffe Forward 6’3 Edmonton, AB Nantes Reze (France)/Phoenix Mercury (WNBA)
15 Michelle Plouffe Forward 6’3 Edmonton, AB Mondeville (France)

 

NAME POSITION HOMETOWN
Lisa Thomaidis Head Coach Saskatoon, SK
Steve Baur Assistant Coach Wolfville, NS
Fabian McKenzie Assistant Coach (DWNT HC) Glace Bay, NS
Carly Clarke Assistant Coach (JWNT HC) Halifax, NS
Rhonda Shishkin Physiotherapist Saskatoon, SK
Danielle Dobney Athletic Therapist Toronto, ON
Lauren Buschmann Basketball Scientist / IST Manager St. Catharines, ON
Kristin Anstey Physician (Phase 1 Competition) Edmonton, AB
Hailey Roll Team Manager Port Credit, ON
Denise Dignard Director, Women’s High Performance Toronto, ON
2017 EUROPEAN EXHIBITION SCHEDULE
TOURNAMENT IN SPAIN DATES TIMES (EST) LOCATION
Canada vs. Spain May 26 1:00 P.M. Torrelavega, Spain
Canada vs. Japan May 27 1:00 P.M.
TOURNAMENT IN FRANCE Bordeaux, France
Canada vs. Montenegro May 31 10:30 A.M.
Canada vs. France June 1 1:00 P.M.
Canada vs. Ukraine June 2 10:30  A.M.
*Game times subject to change

Canada will re-group in Edmonton in June for the second phase of training, followed by a 6-game exhibition tournament in China.  The final phase of training will begin July 23rd in Edmonton where the final roster for the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2017 will be confirmed.

Courtesy Canada Basketball
Drew Ebanks
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