Canada women’s roster announced ahead of FIBA AmeriCup 2021

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Canada’s women’s national team will take part in the AmeriCup tournament, held in San Juan Puerto Rico, from June 11 to June 19, and the final roster was announced on Thursday ahead of the first day of games.

Canada is in Group A and will face the U.S. Virgin Islands on June 12 at 12:10 PM ET, Brazil on June 13 at 3:10 PM ET, El Salvador on June 14, 12:10 PM ET, and Colombia on June 15 at 3:10 PM ET. All of the games will be broadcast on DAZN.

Because Canada is already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, this tournament is more seen as a warm-up for that tournament rather than the vital international event that Victoria represents for the men’s side. Still, this is one of the most important events in the international calendar, and Canada has a history of strong finishes at the AmeriCup. With the WNBA season ongoing, Canada’s AmeriCup roster is young and relatively untried at this level. They’ll be without WNBA players Kia Nurse, Natalie Achonwa, or Bridget Carleton.

Led by former WNBAer Kayla Alexander, the Canadians are a mix of talent playing in international leagues and in the NCAA.

Kayla Alexander — Forward — Milton, Ont. – Mithra Castors Braine (Belgium)
Laeticia Amihere — Forward — Mississauga, Ont. – South Carolina (NCAA)
Miranda Ayim — Forward — London, Ont. – Basket Landes (France)
Shay Colley — Guard — Brampton, Ont. – Charnay (France)
Aaliyah Edwards — Guard — Kingston, Ont. – U Conn (NCAA)
Nirra Fields — Guard — Montreal, Que. – Antalya 07 (Turkey)
Sami Hill — Guard — Toronto, Ont. – Nantes Reze Basket (France)
Aislinn Konig — Guard — Langley, B.C. – Fribourg (Switzerland)
Shaina Pellington — Guard — Pickering, Ont. – Arizona (NCAA)
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe — Forward — Toronto, Ont. – Lyon ASVEL (France)
Merissah Russell — Guard — Ottawa, Ont. – Louisville (NCAA)
Jamie Scott — Guard — Pasco, Wash. – Tarbes (France)

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