Canada women's national basketball team

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 Canada
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FIBA ranking 6 Steady
FIBA zone FIBA Americas
National federation Canada Basketball
Coach Lisa Thomaidis
Olympic Games
Appearances 6
Women's World Cup
Appearances 9
Medals Bronze medal world centered-2.svg Bronze: (1979, 1986)
Americas Championship for Women
Appearances 11
Medals Gold medal america.svg Gold: (1995, 2015)
Silver medal america.svg Silver: (2013)
Bronze medal america.svg Bronze: (1989, 1993, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011)
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Away jersey
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The Canadian women's national basketball team represents Canada in international basketball competitions. The team is currently ranked 6th by FIBA. Athletes for this team are selected by Canada Basketball.

History[edit]

Pam Am games 2015[edit]

The Canada women's national basketball team participated in basketball at the 2015 Pan American Games held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada July 10 to 26, 2015. Canada opened the preliminary rounds with an easy 101–38 win over Venezuela. The following day they beat Argentina 73–58. The final preliminary game was against Cuba; both teams were 2–0, so the winner would win the group. The game went down to the wire with Canada eking out a 71–68 win.[1] Canada would face Brazil in the semifinal.

Canada opened the semifinal with an 11–2 run on seven consecutive points by Miranda Ayim. Miah-Marie Langlois contributed five assists. In the third quarter Canada strongly out rebounded Brazil and hit 69% of their field goals to score 33 points in the quarter. Lizanne Murphy and Nirra Fields hit three-pointers to help extend the lead to 68–39 at the end of three quarters. Canada continued to dominate in the fourth quarter with three-pointers by Nurse and Kim Gaucher. Canada went on to win the game 91–63 to earn a spot in the gold-medal game against the USA.[2]

The gold-medal game matched up the host team Canada against USA, in a sold out arena dominated by fans in red and white and waving the Canadian flag. The Canadian team, arm in arm, sang Oh Canada as the respective national anthems were played.

After trading baskets early the US edged out to a double-digit lead in the second quarter. However the Canadians, with the home crowd cheering, tied up the game at halftime. In the third quarter Canada outscored the US 26–15. The lead would reach as high as 18 points. The USA would fight back, but not all the way and Canada won the game and the gold-medal 81–73. It was Canada's first gold-medal in basketball in the Pan Am games. Kia Nurse was the star for Canada with 33 points, hitting 11 of her 12 free-throw attempts in 10 of her 17 field-goal attempts including two of three three-pointers.[3][4][5][6]

FIBA Americas Women's Championship 2015[edit]

Canada participated at the 2015 FIBA Americas Women's Championship, a qualifying event used to determine invitations to the 2016 Olympics. The games were held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in August, 2015. Canada was assigned to Group A and played Puerto Rico, Chile, the Dominican Republic and Cuba in the preliminary rounds. Canada won the first three games easily with a 94–57 win over Puerto Rico is the closest match. The final preliminary round game was against undefeated Cuba, a team Canada had faced in the Pan Am games. Cuba played well in that event and was expected to challenge Canada. However, Canada defeated Cuba 92–43 to win first place in the group for a spot in the semifinal against the second-place team in group B, Brazil.[7]

The semifinal game against Brazil was much closer. Canada led by only six points at halftime but gradually expanded the lead to end up with an 83–66 win, and a spot in the gold-medal game.[8] The gold-medal game was a rematch with Cuba who won their semifinal game against Argentina. Despite the lopsided result in the preliminary rounds, Canada expected a closer game. Cuba started off strong and had an eight-point lead early in the game. Canada responded with a 16–0 run to take over the lead, but Cuba responded and took a small lead early in the second half. Then Canada took the lead back and gradually expanded the lead to end up with the win, 82–66. As the game wound down to the close, the crowd was chanting "Rio","Rio","Rio" in recognition of the fact that the win qualifies Canada for the Olympics in Rio in 2016.[9][10]

Performance[edit]

Summer Olympics[edit]

FIBA World Championship[edit]

Pan American Games[edit]

  • 1955: 5th place
  • 1959: 4th place
  • 1963: 4th place
  • 1967: Bronze medal with cup.svg 3rd place
  • 1971: 5th place
  • 1975: 5th place
  • 1979: Bronze medal with cup.svg 3rd place
  • 1983: 4th place
  • 1987: Bronze medal with cup.svg 3rd place
  • 1991: 4th place
  • 1995: Cancelled
  • 1999: Silver medal with cup.svg 2nd place
  • 2003: 4th place
  • 2007: 4th place
  • 2011: 6th place
  • 2015: Gold medal with cup.svg 1st place

FIBA Americas Championship[edit]

Current roster[edit]

The following was the Canada roster in the women's basketball tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[11]

Canada women's national basketball team – 2016 Summer Olympics roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club Ctr.
G 4 Langlois, Miah-Marie 24 – (1991-09-21)21 September 1991 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Dynamo Guvd Novosibirsk Russia
G 5 Nurse, Kia 20 – (1996-02-22)22 February 1996 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) Connecticut Huskies United States
G 6 Thorburn, Shona 33 – (1982-08-07)7 August 1982 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Nantes Reze Basket France
F 7 Raincock-Ekunwe, Nayo 25 – (1991-08-02)2 August 1991 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) Bendigo Spirit Australia
G 8 Gaucher, Kim 32 – (1984-05-07)7 May 1984 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Basket Lattes France
F 9 Ayim, Miranda 28 – (1988-05-06)6 May 1988 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) Basket Landres France
G 10 Fields, Nirra 22 – (1993-12-03)3 December 1993 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Phoenix Mercury United States
F 11 Achonwa, Natalie 23 – (1992-11-22)22 November 1992 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Indiana Fever United States
F 12 Murphy, Lizanne 32 – (1984-03-15)15 March 1984 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) UF Angers Basket France
F 13 Tatham, Tamara 30 – (1985-08-19)19 August 1985 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) Dynamo Guvd Novosibirsk Russia
F 14 Plouffe, Katherine 23 – (1992-09-15)15 September 1992 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Nantes Reze Basket France
F 15 Plouffe, Michelle 23 – (1992-09-15)15 September 1992 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Basket Lattes France
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 6 August 2016

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2015 Women's Pan American Games Schedule". USA Basketball. Retrieved 23 Jul 2015. 
  2. ^ "WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM TOPS BRAZIL 91-63 TO MOVE ON TO TORONTO 2015 FINAL". CANADA BASKETBALL. Retrieved 23 Jul 2015. 
  3. ^ "U.S. Women Collect Silver At Pan American Games After Falling To Host Canada 81-73". USA Basketball. Jul 20, 2015. Retrieved 23 Jul 2015. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Women Collect Silver At Pan American Games After Falling To Host Canada 81-73". USA Basketball. Jul 20, 2015. Retrieved 23 Jul 2015. 
  5. ^ Caple, Jim. "Battle of UConn Hoops Stars Goes To Canada in Pan Am Final". ESPN. Retrieved 23 Jul 2015. 
  6. ^ Smith, Doug (Jul 20, 2015). "Canada wins historic Pan Am women's basketball gold". Toronto Star. Retrieved 23 Jul 2015. 
  7. ^ "Schedulae and Results". fibaamericas.com. Retrieved 17 Aug 2015. 
  8. ^ "Schedule and Results". fibaamericas.com. Retrieved 17 Aug 2015. 
  9. ^ "Schedule and Results". fibaamericas.com. Retrieved 17 Aug 2015. 
  10. ^ "Canada is the 2015 FIBA Americas Women's Champion!". fibaamericas.com. August 16, 2015. Retrieved 17 Aug 2015. 
  11. ^ Hossain, Asif (22 July 2016). "Women's basketball team named in Olympic return for Rio 2016". Canadian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 22 July 2016. 

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