Canada Basketball is proud to announce the 12 athletes who will represent Canada this summer at the upcoming 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women which will take place from July 21 July 31, 2011 in Puerto Montt, Chile.
Our team is looking forward for the opportunity to represent Canada at the FIBA U19 World Championship, said Head Coach Richard Chambers. The team is full of international experience, which is important for a tournament of this stature. Our team has great talent and chemistry and we are focused on competing on the international stage.
The 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women will feature the best age-eligible players from around the world. Canada is one of 16 teams to qualify for the tournament and will face tough competition in the preliminary round as they have been assigned to Group A, which includes China, Egypt and Italy.
The Junior Womens National Team (JWNT) will begin play on July 21 against China, followed by Egypt on July 22, concluding preliminary round play on July 23 versus Italy. From there, the top three teams from each group will be divided into two groups and play three new teams from their group. The top eight teams from this round will move onto the quarter-finals.
This summer marks the ninth time that FIBA will host a world championship competition for this age group for women. It is the fifth time that Canada has qualified for this tournament and fourth time in a row (2005, 2007, and 2009). Canadas best finish was in 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand, when the JWNT lost to Argentina in the bronze medal game 58-51, claiming fourth place.
The JWNT roster consists of talent from coast to coast with no shortage of international experience. Of the 12 players, five of them are returning members of the JWNT; while five were a member of last summers Cadette Womens National Team (CWNT) that competed at the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women.
Returning from last summers team include 2010 NCAA freshman standouts Michelle Plouffe (193-F-92) (Edmonton, AB), Katherine Plouffe (190-G/F-93) (Edmonton, AB), and Wumi Agunbiade (187-F) (Pickering, ON). Michelle Plouffe enjoyed her first year playing at the University of Utah, being named the Mountain West Conferences Freshman of the Year. She has spent time earlier this summer training with the Senior Womens National Team (SWNT) training and competing in Europe. Her twin sister, Katherine, was named to the BIG EASTs All-Freshman team at Marquette University; while Duquesne Universitys Agunbiade was the best freshman all season in the Atlantic-10 Conference, winning the Rookie of the Year award.
Other members from last years team include University of Wisconsin Green Bays Megan Lukan (170-G-92) (Barrie, ON), Kellie Ring (177-G-92) (Ottawa, ON), who has committed to attend the University of Ottawa next fall and Diana Lee (170-G-93) (North Vancouver, B.C.), who spent one week this year training with the SWNT.
Also making the team is Nirra Fields (173-G-93) (Lachine, QC), who played last summer for the CWNT at the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women in France.
I am very excited to compete on the international level for the third year in a row, said Fields. Its always a privilege to wear the red and white and I am confident our team will represent Canada with pride.
Fields led the tournament in scoring with 22.4 points per game, which marked the first time a Canadian female has ever led a FIBA World Championship event in scoring. According to ESPNU, she is ranked the fourth best guard and 13th best overall prospect in the class of 2012. She will attend Mater Dei High School for her senior season in California next fall.
Attached are the JWNT final roster and preliminary round schedule for the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women
For more information on Team Canada and the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship, please visit http://basketball.ca or http://chile2011.fiba.com.
2011 JUNIOR WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER # Name, Position, Height, Hometown, School 12 Wumi Agunbiade F/A 62 Pickering, ON Duquesne University (NCAA) 15 Sophie Beaudry (193-C-94) P/C 63 Chambly, QC Collge Notre-Dame de Lourdes 11 Paige Crozon (186-F-94) F/A 61 Humboldt, SK Humboldt Collegiate Institute 9 Nirra Fields G 510 Lachine, QC Oak Hill Academy, VA 4 Diana Lee G 57 North Vancouver, CB Boise State University (NCAA) 8 Megan Lukan G 57 Barrie, ON University of Wisconsin Green Bay (NCAA) 14 Katherine Plouffe F/A 63 Edmonton, AB Marquette University (NCAA) 13 Michelle Plouffe F/A 63 Edmonton, AB University of Utah (NCAA) 6 Isidora Purkovic (180-G/F-93) G 511 Calgary, AB Western Canada High School 7 Kellie Ring G 59 Ottawa, ON Louis Riel High School 5 Korissa Williams (175-G-92) G 59 Amhertsburg, ON University of Windsor (CIS) 10 Kristjana Young (183-G) F/A 60 North Vancouver, BC University of British Columbia (CIS)
2011 JUNIOR WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM STAFF Name, Position, Hometown Richard Chambers Head Coach, Port Moody, BC Donna Branch Assistant Coach, Lethbridge, AB Chantal Vallee Assistant Coach, Windsor, ON Patrice Pepin Physiotherapist/ Quebec City, QC Sarah Barnes Team Manager.Toronto, ON Jessica Butler Team Doctor Ottawa, ON Denise Dignard Head of Delegation Toronto, ON
Date, Time, Opponent, Result July 21, 2011 11:15 am ET (11h15 CLT) China July 22, 2011 9:00 am ET (09h00 CLT) Egypt July 23, 2011 6:00 pm ET (18h00 CLT) Italy
USA celebrate sixth consecutive title - 18 months ago
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Russia - USA 70-78
The USA conquered the title at the World Championship in Chekhov. They overcame hosting Russia to celebrate the sixth straight trophy. AJa Wilson (196-G/F-96) was unstoppable with 30 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Russia grabbed a 21:19 lead at the first break. They extended the gap early in the second frame. But the USA turned things around late in the first half. They pulled ahead and ensured a 39:34 halftime lead. Russia pulled within 4 points at... [read more]
Russia - USA 70-78 The USA conquered the title at the World Championship in Chekhov. They overcame hosting Russia to celebrate the sixth straight trophy. AJa Wilson (196-G/F-96) was unstoppable with 30 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Russia grabbed a 21:19 lead at the first break. They extended the gap early in the second frame. But the USA turned things around late in the first half. They pulled ahead and ensured a 39:34 halftime lead. Russia pulled within 4 points at the final intermission. However the USA stormed to a double-digit lead late in regulation and held on to the victory at the end. Azura Stevens (196-F-96) finished with 18 points, while Chatrice White (190-C-96) and Napheesa Collier (186-C/F-97) provided 10 points each for the champions. Daria Kolosovskaya (182-SF-96) responded with 19 points for Russia. Raisa Musina (189-F/C-98) delivered 16 points in the defeat.
Spain - Australia 62-69 Australia stepped onto the pedestal at the World Championship. They knocked down Spain in the consolation final to earn the Bronze medals. Alanna Smith (188-PF-96) stepped up with 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Gems. Australia opened a massive 29:13 lead after ten minutes. Spain narrowed the gap at 9-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. Spain pulled closer in the final frame but could not avoid the defeat. Alexandra Sharp (184-G-97) chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Angela Salvadores (178-G-97) responded with 22 points for Spain.
France - Belgium 53-40 France outgunned Belgium to clinch the fifth position in Chekhov. Victoria Majekodunmi (174-PG-96) was responsible for 17 points in the win. France and Belgium were tied at 18 after twenty minutes. France however used a 35:22 second half run to spur to the victory. Camille Cirgue (184-PF-96) and Marylie Limousin (160-PG-96) finished with 8 points apiece in the win. Elise Ramette (167-PG-98) and Sofia Ouahabi (165-G-97) responded with 11 points each in the loss.
China - Canada 67-47 China fired past Canada to earn the 7th position at the championship. The Asian team capped their campaign with a near-perfect basketball. Xing Jinbo (181-F-96) stepped up with 15 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds for the winners. China jumped to a 42:19 halftime lead. They kept Canada at distance throughout the second half and rolled to a comfortable win. Meiqi Zhu (186-C-96) accounted for 12 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Bridget Carleton (185-G-97) responded with 12 points for Canada.
Brazil - Holland 72-83 Netherlands occupied the ninth position at the World Championship. They knocked down Brazil in their final game in Chekhov. Emese Hof (190-C-96) stepped up with 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Netherlands got to a sizzling start. They registered a 47:27 halftime lead. The margin grew at 28-point mark at the final intermission. Brazil exploded with 30 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the defeat. Laura Westerik (170-G-98) netted 16 points for the winners. Gabriela De Paula (180-F-96) responded with 13 points for Brazil.
Mali - Serbia 46-58 Serbia overcame Mali to earn the 11th overall position at the championship. Jovana Nogic (181-G-97) posted 13 points to lead balanced effort. Serbia rallied to a comfortable 33:17 halftime lead. Mali narrowed the gap in the second half but could not avoid the defeat. Kristina Arsenic (193-C-97) and Bojana Stevanovic (180-PF-96) accounted for 12 points each for the winners. Christina Dakouo responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Mali.
Taiwan - South Korea 67-78 South Korea victoriously wrapped up their campaign. They outgunned Taiwan for the 13th overall position. Lee Juyeon (168-PG-98) stepped up with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. South Korea opened a 38:32 halftime lead. Taiwan got within 3 points at the final break. But South Korea went on a 20:12 run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. An Jin (185-C-96) contributed 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Hsu Yu-Lien (177-F-97) responded with 18 points for Taiwan.
Egypt - Argentina 43-50 Argentina topped Egypt in the final game in Chekhov for both teams. Victoria Llorente (184-F/C-96) stepped up with 14 points and 16 rebounds to lead the effort. Argentina opened a 24:18 halftime lead. Argentina held their opponents to just 10 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the victory. Emilia Giustiniani (159-PG-96) netted 11 points for the winners. Nadine Selaawi (180-F-98) answered with 17 points for Egypt.
Russia and USA to clash for title in Chekhov - 18 months ago
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USA - Spain 80-65
Team USA reached the championship game in Chekhov. They knocked down Spain in the second semifinal today. Napheesa Collier (186-C/F-97) stepped up with 24 points and 14 rebounds to pace the USA to the victory. They will now take on hosting Russia for the title. Team USA raced to a 44:31 halftime lead. Spain pulled within 12 points at the final intermission. But the USA held their opponents to just 15 points in the fourth quarter and eased to the win. AJa... [read more]
USA - Spain 80-65 Team USA reached the championship game in Chekhov. They knocked down Spain in the second semifinal today. Napheesa Collier (186-C/F-97) stepped up with 24 points and 14 rebounds to pace the USA to the victory. They will now take on hosting Russia for the title. Team USA raced to a 44:31 halftime lead. Spain pulled within 12 points at the final intermission. But the USA held their opponents to just 15 points in the fourth quarter and eased to the win. AJa Wilson (196-G/F-96) accounted for 20 points and 16 rebounds in the victory. Laura Quevedo (185-G-96, college: Miami, FL) responded with 17 points for Spain.
Russia - Australia 76-57 Russia outgunned Austria to advance into the World Championship Final. Maria Vadeeva (190-C-98) was unstoppable with 27 points and 16 rebounds for the hosts. Russia used a 21:12 rally in the second frame to take a 14-point halftime lead. Russia kept the Gems at bay throughout the second half and drove to the victory. Ksenia Levchenko (165-PG-96) posted 13 points and 7 assists for the winners. Kristy Wallace (180-G-96) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Australia. Tahlia Tupaea (174-G-97) had 10 points in the loss.
Canada - Belgium 64-70 Belgium outscored Canada to set the up the clash versus France for the fifth position at the tournament. Julie Allemand (173-PG-96, agency: LBM Management) was pivotal with 24 points for the winners. Canada eked out an 18:16 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Belgium however responded with a 35:26 run in the next two quarters to spur ahead. Canada tried hard to deny the deficit in the final period but Belgium held on to avoid the defeat. Heleen Nauwelaers (180-F-96) accounted for 15 points in the win. Bridget Carleton (185-G-97) responded with 20 points for Canada.
France - China 67-61 France outgunned China in the classification games for the fifth position. Marie Milapie (191-C-96) stepped up with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Les Bleues. France overcame a three-point deficit at the first break to take a 32:22 halftime advantage. They extended the lead at 13-point mark at the final intermission. China erupted for 26 points in the fourth frame but just sweetened the pill at the end. Mathilde Combes (184-C-96) accounted for 14 points in the victory. Xing Jinbo (181-F-96) responded with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for China.
Holland - Serbia 90-60 Netherlands stormed past Serbia in the classification round. Emese Hof (190-C-96) stepped up with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the Dutch team. Netherlands dominated from start to finish. They accumulated a 50:28 halftime lead. Netherlands boosted the gap at 33-point mark at the final intermission and cruised to the victory. Esther Fokke (185-PF-96) chipped in 18 points for the winners. Bojana Stevanovic (180-PF-96) answered with 12 points for Serbia.
Brazil - Mali 60-49 Thayna Silva came off the bench to score 11 points and Brazil outlasted Mali in Chekhov today. Brazil looked solid defensively in the first half. They held Mali to just 14 points building a 17-point halftime lead. Mali improved offensively in the second half but could not overcome a deep deficit. Jennifer Calixto (189-C-97) and Gabriela De Paula (180-F-96) delivered 9 points each for the winners. Mariam Coulibaly (183-C-97) responded with 19 points and 18 rebounds for Mali.
South Korea - Argentina 63-57 South Korea rolled past Argentina in the classification round of the World Championship. The Korean team piled up a 30:20 halftime lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the third term. Argentina nailed 23 points in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the defeat. Lee Juyeon (168-PG-98) finished with 16 points for the Korean team. An Jin (185-C-96) added 14 points for the winners. Victoria Llorente (184-F/C-96) responded with 15 points and 15 rebounds for Argentina.
Egypt - Taiwan 59-73 Taiwan outgunned Egypt in Chekhov today. Hsu Yu-Lien (177-F-97) stepped up with 15 points to pace the Asian team. Taiwan opened a 24:16 lead after ten minutes. They boosted the gap at 12-point mark heading into the fourth frame. Taiwan never looked back afterwards marching to the win. Cho Ching (172-F-97) provided 12 points in the victory. Nadine Selaawi (180-F-98) responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds for Egypt.
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