Tune In Now: Nationals and Jr. NBA Championships; Canada Basketball 2018 Recap

Hello Canadian Girls Basketball Family, 

There has been a ton of high level, competitive and exciting basketball this summer, and I’m doing my best to keep up! Since I got back from DC in July, we’ve had our Toronto NPH Showcase and are eagerly preparing for our Western Canada Tour coming up NEXT WEEK! But before I flood you all with Western talent, I want to recap on Team Canada at FIBA Americas and FIBA World Cup. I also want to make sure you all tune in to our U15 and U17 Nationals in Fredericton, and check out Welland NGBA Warriors repping Canada at the Jr. NBA Championshis.

Check it out…

U15 & U17 Girls National Championship

The U15 and U17 Canadian Girls National Championship is on day 4 in Fredericton, NB, and our country can play ball!

Sports Canada TV is live broadcasting all of the games through the Championships on Saturday. So far I’ve watched highly competitive games and witnessed solid performances from new ballers that I need on my books ASAP!!!

4th Round Stat Leaders; August 9th

Cara Misskey, SK 17U – 3.67 Assists per game
Kaitlin Jockims, SK 17U – 17 Points per game
Carly Stevenson, NL 17U – 11 Rebounds per game
Claire Signatovich, MB 17U – 1 Block per game
Torrie Janes, NB 17U – 3.3 Steals per game

Samantha Russell, NS 15U – 5 Assists per game
Annacy Palmer, AB 15U – 16 Points per game
Allie McCarthy, NB 15U – 14.3 Rebounds per game
Isaline Alexander, ON 15U – 1.5 Blocks per game
Eden Wells, SK 15U – 5.5 Steals per game

Jr. NBA World Championships

Jr. NBA World Championships are currently underway in Orlando, FL. The Welland NGBA Warriors, led by coach David Picton, won the competition slot for Canada in St-Catherines on June 15-17.

In the first round of group play, Canada beat Mexico 63-20. Emma Koabel was leading scorer with 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals.

The Warriors second win came over China 65-44; Emma Koabel was leading scorer with 15 points, she grabbed 4 boards, dished 3 assists and got 3 steals. Alexis Wright and Lara Cook dropped 10 points a piece, and Lara Cook was also leading rebounder with 9 boards.
In the 3rd game of group play, Canada beat Africa & Middle East 72-63. Emma Koabel dropped 16, and Alexis Wright earned a double double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Wright also added 5 assists and 5 steals to her stat line. Lara Cook finished with 10 points, 2 assists, and 3 steals.

The first round of playoffs starts Friday, August 10th!! Follow our Canadians at the Jr. NBA Championships online here! 

Canada Basketball Summer 2018


FIBA U17 Women’s Basketball World Cup

The U17 Canadian National Team was led by Head Coach Jodi Gram and Assistants Dani Sinclair & Albena Branzova-Dimitrova. Canada competed in the FIBA U17 Women’s Basketball World Cup in Minsk, Belarus. These athletes were blessed with an amazing and honorable opportunity representing our country in competition, and they did so with pride and class. 

Canada’s U17 squad was loaded with talent from across the country. Our athletes brought length, versatility, athleticism, and toughness woven together by an excellent coaching staff. 

Canada ranked 2nd in the World Cup in rebounding with 47.3 per game. We also led the tournament in 3PFG%, shooting 31.8% from beyond the arc and draining 4.9 triples per game. The U17 National Team finished 9th overall.

  • 2020 G Merissah Russell was leading scorer for Canada with 11.8 ppg, and ranked 7th in the World Cup in 3’s made per game.
  • 2020 F Aaliyah Edwards dropped an average of 9.3ppg and snatched and average of 6.3 rpg.
  • 2021 PG Sarah Te-Biasu averaged 8.4ppg, and led Canada with 4 assists per game.
  • 2020 F Yvonne Ejim was Canada’s leading rebounder averaging 6.9 per game, close behind was 2019 F Brynn Masikewich with 6.7 boards on average.
  • 2019 C Faith Dut ranked 5th in the World Cup in blocked shots with 1.4 per game.

Watch the U17 Fiba World Cup games here! 

Group Play:
Win vs. Latvia 65-51
Win vs. Angola 66-36
Lost vs. Australia 48-64

Round of 16:
Lost to Spain 50-72

Classification Games:
Win vs. Colombia 71-51
Win vs. China 74-59 in Round 2
Win vs. Mali 58-50 in Round 3.

FIBA U18 Women’s Americas Championship

The U18 Canadian National Team won a Silver Medal at the 2018 FIBA U18 Women’s Americas Championship in Mexico City! Led by Head Coach Claire Meadows and Assistants Ryan Thorne & Erin McAleenan, this squad came into this business trip locked in and ready to eat!!! 

Wake Forest commit 2018 C Christina Morra ranked 4th in the Americas and led Canadian scorers with 14.5 ppg. She is the tournament’s leading rebounder with 10.7 boards per game. Her performance earned a #1 rank in efficiency and double doubles!

Arizona State commit Taya Hanson averaged 11.5 ppg and Long Beach State commit Justina King dished 2.7 assists per game, tied her up for 10th in the Americas. 

Watch FIBA U18 Women’s Americas Championship games here!

Group Play:
Win vs. Colombia 73-49
Win vs. El Salvador 81-52
Win vs. Mexico 65-54 

Quarter Finals:
Win vs. Chile 98-52

Semi Finals:
Win vs. Argentina 77-71

Lost vs. USA 

FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup, September 22-30 2018

Up next for Canada, our Senior Women’s National Team heads to Spain to compete in the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup from September 22-30 2018. Canada currently ranks 2nd in the Americas and 5th in the world.

Group Play Matchups:
France, Greece, and Korea 

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