Sports Canada sets roster for Olympic women's basketball tune-up

00:06  11 june  2021
00:06  11 june  2021 Source:   thecanadianpress.com

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Sixteen months after clinching a Tokyo Olympic berth, Canada's women's basketball team is finally about to step back on the international floor.

Lisa Thomaidis posing for the camera © Provided by The Canadian Press

Canada Basketball announced its roster Thursday for the AmeriCup tournament, an important tune-up for next month's Tokyo Olympics, and the first step in qualifying for the 2022 FIBA Women's World Cup.

"After a few weeks of training together, we're ready to hit the court and measure ourselves against other teams in the Americas zone," head coach Lisa Thomaidis said in a release. "This competition is an important step toward our goal of consistent presence and pursuit of excellence on the world championship stage."

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Up and down this roster you have players who can play multiple positions. This is best evidenced by Ejim, one of only three non-NBA players on this mock- up . Ejim is a wrecking- ball -like player in the international game because of his ability to play both forward spots with equal effectiveness. Every player on this roster except for shooting specialist Heslip was chosen for some of the positional versatility they bring, and that is a big reason why Barrett is on this roster . There’ s a lot more players with a lot more experience and probably more ability at this point in their careers than Barrett does

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Canada, winners of two of the last three AmeriCup tournaments, opens Group A action on Saturday versus the U.S. Virgin Islands at San Juan's historic Coliseo Roberto Clemente. Canada plays Brazil on Sunday, El Salvador on Monday and Colombia on Tuesday.

The top two teams from each group advance to the semifinals. The final is June 19.

The top four teams advance to World Cup qualifying tournaments, Feb. 6-14, 2021. The top three from each qualifier earn a berth in the World Cup, in Sydney, Australia, Sept. 22-Oct. 1, 2022.

The Canadians, ranked No. 4 in the world, haven't played an international game together since they clinched a Tokyo berth in Belgium in February 2020, their international schedule erased by the COVID-19 pandemic. The team had planned to gather at its home base in Edmonton for pre-Olympic training, but because of COVID-19 quarantine protocols in Canada, the team relocated to Tampa, Fla., where it is training at the Toronto Raptors' temporary facility.

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Canada Basketball released its 21-player list for training camp on Thursday ahead of the 2021 Olympic qualifying tournament set to be hosted in Victoria, B.C. Team Canada head coach Nick Nurse will be leading a squad that is magnitudes stronger than what he had available for the 2019 World Cup, and the expectation will be seeing the Canadian men' s team in the Olympics for the first time since 2000.

Following the AmeriCup, the women will travel back to Tampa before heading to Tokyo.

The three Canadian women in the WNBA — Natalie Achonwa, Kia Nurse, and Bridget Carleton — won't join the national team until a couple of days before the team departs for the Olympics.

AmeriCup Roster:

Kayla Alexander, forward, Milton, Ont., Mithra Castors Braine (Belgium); Laeticia Amihere, forward, Mississauga, Ont., South Carolina (NCAA); Miranda Ayim, forward, London, Ont., Basket Landes (France); Shay Colley, guard, Brampton, Ont., Charnay (France); Aaliyah Edwards, guard, Kingston, Ont., UConn (NCAA); Nirra Fields, guard, Montreal, Antalya 07 (Turkey); Sami Hill, guard, Toronto, Nantes Reze Basket (France); Aislinn Konig, guard, Langley, B.C., Fribourg, Switzerland; Shaina Pellington, guard, Pickering, Ont., Arizona (NCAA); Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, forward, Toronto, Lyon ASVEL (France); Merissah Russell, guard, Ottawa, Louisville (NCAA); Jamie Scott, guard, Pasco, Wash., Tarbes (France).

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 10, 2021.

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