SENIOR WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ANNOUNCED AHEAD OF FIBA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL WORLD CUP 2018 | Canada Basketball

SENIOR WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ANNOUNCED AHEAD OF FIBA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL WORLD CUP 2018

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

“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 event and 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).

A full list of athletes, coaches and team schedule can be found below.

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)

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)

Jamie ScottGuard5'10"Clarkston, WABendigo Spirit (Australia)

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

10:30 AM ET

Canada vs. USA

Antibes, France

Live Stats

September 16

1:00 PM ET

Canada vs. France

September 17

12:00 PM ET

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