Ontario Athletes Help Canada Sweep Turkey in Edmonton Grads International Classic
In preparation for September’s FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 in Spain, Canada’s Senior Women’s National Team participated in its first slate of exhibition games last week, notching a pair of victories over Turkey in the Edmonton Grads International Classic in Edmonton.
Canada opened the exhibition series on Wednesday, July 4 with a resounding 78-45 win, limiting Turkey to just 33 per cent shooting from the field. NCAA Iowa State guard Bridget Carleton (Chatham) was the lone Ontarian to score in double figures, draining four three-pointers en route to posting a team-high-tying 14 points.
Of the 13 Ontario athletes invited to National Team Assessment Camp in June, six players, listed below, earned a spot on Canada’s roster for the Edmonton Grads International Classic.
|Miah-Marie Langlois||5'8"||Windsor||Novosibirsk Dynamo (Russia)|
|Sami Hill||5'10"||Toronto||Donau-Ries (Germany)|
|Bridget Carleton||6'1"||Chatham||Iowa State (NCAA)|
|Abigail Fogg||6'4"||Sault Ste. Marie||BBC Trostirrents (Switzerland)|
|Shay Colley||5'9"||Brampton||Michigan State (NCAA)|
|Shaina Pellington *||5'8"||Pickering||Oklahoma (NCAA)|
Game 2 of the three-game series saw Canada cruise to a lopsided 73-46 victory on Friday, July 6. Toronto’s Sami Hill was the leading Ontarian, tallying nine points on two of three shooting to go along with a game-high seven rebounds.
With members of the Turkish national team suffering from illness and injury, Game 3 of the exhibition series, which had been scheduled for Saturday, July 7, was cancelled. In its place, Canada hosted an intra-squad scrimmage, offering free admission to the public while refunding fans for any ticket purchases.
Team Canada will enjoy a 10-day break before resuming the second phase of training camp in Edmonton from July 19–27.
Canada is currently ranked fifth in the FIBA Women’s World Rankings.
Visit the Canada Basketball website for the full team roster, including the coaching staff.