Roster selected for Canadian Senior Women’s National Team ahead of FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019

Ahead of the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019 in Puerto Rico, Team Canada announced the roster that will travel to the competition and begin the process of qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Of the twelve athletes selected for the Team Canada roster, eight come from Ontario.

Kayla AlexanderCentre6'4"Milton, ONChicago Sky (WNBA) / Cukurova Mersin (Turkey)
Miranda AyimForward6'3"London, ONBasket Landes (France)
Bridget CarletonGuard6'1"Chatham, ONMinnesota Lynx (WNBA) / Townsville Fire (Australia)
Shay ColleyGuard5'9"Brampton, ONMichigan State (NCAA)
Aaliyah EdwardsForward6'3"Kingston, ONCrestwood Prep (OSBA)
Sami HillGuard5'10"Toronto, ONDonau-Ries (Germany)
Miah-Marie LangloisGuard5'8"Windsor, ONDynamo Novosibirsk (Russia)
Nayo Raincock-EkunweForward6'2"Toronto, ONNew York Liberty (WNBA), Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia)

Additionally, five members of the coaching staff hail from Ontario.

Lisa ThomaidisHead CoachDundas, ONUniversity of Saskatchewan
Max HirstCoordinator, Performance AnalysisCollingwood, ONCanada Basketball
Lauren BuschmannSports Scientist & IST ManagerSt. Catharines, ONCanada Basketball/CSI-Ontario
Danielle DobneyAthletic TherapistToronto, ONYork University
Anne Marie ThussTeam ManagerHamilton, ONMcMaster University

Special congratulations are in order for Crestwood Prep’s own Aaliyah Edwards (Kingston, ON). Aaliyah is the youngest player on the roster and the only person not playing in NCCA, the WNBA, or Europe. Following the conclusion of the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup, Aaliyah will return home to suit up for the Crestwood Lions of the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association. The OSBA Preseason Showcase runs October 4-6 at Humber College (North Campus).

In Puerto Rico, the tournament will consist of four group phase games, a semifinal and a final to determine the winner of the 2019 FIBA Women’s AmeriCup. Canada will compete in Group A. Their full schedule can be found below.

DateMatchupTime (ET)
Sunday, September 22Canada v. Mexico12:30pm
Monday, September 23Canada v. Cuba5:30pm
Tuesday, September 24Canada v. Puerto Rico8:00pm
Thursday, September 26Canada v. Dominican Republic5:30pm
Saturday, September 28SemifinalsTBD
Sunday, September 29FinalsTBD

Out of the tournament, the top 8 teams will qualify for the FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments in November.  Fans can watch Team Canada and the rest of the tournament live and on-demand on DAZN.

Click here to view the full Canada Basketball media release.