Canada Basketball announced the 24 women who were invited to the Phase 1 Camp for the Women’s National Team, which will take place in Edmonton from May 21st-30th.
The Women’s squad qualified for their sixth Olympic appearance after a stellar 2015 campaign, which saw them bring home Gold from both the Pan Am and FIBA tournaments.
The Canadian women, led by University of Saskatchewan Head Coach Lisa Thomaidis, will make their second straight visit to the Olympics, but after a quarter-final elimination in 2012, the squad will have higher expectations this time around.
Momentum gained from beating the Americans at the Pan Am Games will certainly play into their confidence this time around.
Things kick off for the women in Edmonton on May 21st for the first phase of training, before a squad is nominated to travel to Spain and France for a five-game exhibition tour. Canada, currently 9th in FIBA World Rankings, will face-off against 2nd-ranked Australia, 3rd-ranked Spain, 4th-ranked France, 8th-ranked China and 13th-ranked Cuba.
Below is the full list of invitees for the Phase 1 Camp:
|Natalie Achonwa||Power Forward||6’3”||Guelph, ON||Indiana Fever (WNBA)|
|Miranda Ayim||Power Forward||6’3”||London, ON||Basket Landes (France)|
|Adut Bulgak||Centre||6’4”||Edmonton, AB||New York Liberty (WNBA)|
|Bridget Carleton||Guard||6’1||Chatham, ON||Iowa State (NCAA)|
|Shay Colley||Guard||5’7”||Brampton, ON||Pittsburgh (NCAA)|
|Laura Dally||Guard||5’9”||Sarnia, ON||Saskatchewan (CIS)|
|Quinn Dornstauder||Centre||6’4”||Regina, SK||Arizona State (NCAA)|
|Nirra Fields||Guard||5’6”||Montreal, QC||Phoenix Mercury (WNBA)|
|Kim Gaucher||Shooting Guard||6’1”||Mission, BC||Mondeville (France)|
|Saicha Grant-Allen||Forward||6’4”||Hamilton, ON||Dayton (NCAA)|
|Ruth Hamblin||Centre||6’6”||Houston, BC||Dallas Wings (WNBA)|
|Miah-Marie Langlois||Point Guard||5’8”||Windsor, ON||Dynamo-Guvd Novosibirsk (Russia)|
|Lizanne Murphy||Small Forward||6’1”||Beaconsfield, QC||Angers (France)|
|Kia Nurse||Point Guard||6’0”||Hamilton, ON||UConn (NCAA)|
|Katherine Plouffe||Small Forward||6’3”||Edmonton, AB||Nantes Reze (France)|
|Michelle Plouffe||Small Forward||6’3”||Edmonton, AB||Mondeville (France)|
|Emily Potter||Centre||6’4”||Winnipeg, MB||Utah (NCAA)|
|Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe||Forward||6’2”||Vernon, BC||Wasserburg (Germany)|
|Karly Roser ||Guard||5’10”||Hamilton, ON||Neuss (Germany)|
|Tamara Tatham||Small Forward||6’1”||Brampton, ON||Townville Fire (Australia)|
|Shona Thorburn||Point Guard||5’10”||Hamilton, ON||Nantes Reze (France)|
|Jamie Weisner||Guard||5’9”||Clarkston, WA||Connecticut Sun (WNBA)|
|Korissa Williams ||Guard||5’8”||Windsor, ON||Dunkerque (France Div. 2)|
|Dakota Whyte||Guard||5’9”||Ajax, ON||Wisconsin (NCAA)|