Canada Basketball’s Women’s High Performance program has announced the final roster for the U16 Women’s National Team set to compete in the FIBA Americas Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina. University of Manitoba's Women's Basketball Coach Michele Sung (Hynes) is returning to the program as their Performance Analyst.
“After a very competitive tryout we have selected 12 athletes to represent Canada this summer in Argentina for the FIBA U16 Women’s Americas Championship,” said Jodi Gram, Head Coach. “We look forward to a competitive tournament as we continue to grow our next generation of Canadian athletes.”
Gram (Bill Crothers S.S.) takes the helm in her second year as Head Coach along with Co-Head Coach Dani Sinclair (University of Victoria). Gram and Sinclair will be joined by Assistant Coach Albena Branzova-Dimitrova (UQAM) and Performance Analyst, Michele Sung (University of Manitoba).
The team is currently at training camp until June 3rd at the University of Toronto - Mississauga and will travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina for the FIBA U16 Women's Americas Championship taking place June 7th-11th. The team looks to maintain its 2015 gold medal finish and also qualify for the 2018 FIBA U17 Worlds.
The team will tip-off the tournament against Venezuela on Wednesday June 7 at 12:45 p.m. EST.
Canada is currently ranked 4th worldwide in the FIBA youth girls rankings.
The full list of athletes and coaches can be found below.
2017 U16 TEAM ROSTER
|4||Sarah Te-Biasu||Point Guard||Montreal, QC||École Lucien-Pagé|
|5||Kaillie Hall||Shooting Guard||Stoney Creek, ON||Lincoln Prep|
|6||Aerial Wilson||Point Guard||Dundas, ON||TRC Academy|
|7||Kenya Côté–Lysius||Shooting Guard||St. Constant, QC||École Lucien-Pagé|
|8||Makayla Ennis||Shooting Guard/Small Forward||Brampton, ON||TRC Academy|
|9||Donna Ntambue||Small Forward||Montreal, Q||École Lucien-Page|
|10||Aaliyah Edwards||Forward||Kingston, ON||Frontenac Secondary|
|11||Yvonne Ejim||Power Forward||Calgary, AB||St. Elizabeth Seaton|
|12||Merissah Russell||Forward||Ottawa, ON||Longfields-Davison Heights SS|
|13||Brynn Masikewich||Power Forward||Calgary, AB||St. Francis Secondary|
|14||Deanna Tuchscherer||Power Forward||Chilliwack, BC||GW Graham Secondary|
|15||Olivia Morgan-Cherchas||Centre||Kamloops, BC||S. Kamloops Secondary|
2017 U16 COACHING & TEAM STAFF
|Jodi Gram||Head Coach||Markham, ON||Bill Crothers Secondary|
|Dani Sinclair||Co-Head Coach||Victoria, BC||University of Victoria|
|Albena Branzova-Dimitrova||Assistant Coach||Montreal, QC||Université du Québec à Montréal|
|Michele Sung||Performance Analyst||Winnipeg, MB||University of Manitoba|
|Michelle Bell||Athletic Therapist||Brampton, ON||Ryerson University|
|Marcus Jansen||Physician||Toronto, ON||n/a|
|Mireille Beland||Head of Delegation||Repentigny, QC||Vanier College|
|Agnes Borg||Women’s Youth Player Development Manager||Toronto, ON||Canada Basketball|
|Vanessa Robertson||Team Assistant||Wolfville, NS||University of Ottawa|
2017 U16 WOMEN’S AMERICAS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
|Wednesday June 7||9:45 a.m.||Venezuela|
|Thursday June 8||2:15 p.m.||Dominican Republic|
|Friday June 9||4:30 p.m.||Argentina|
|Saturday June 10||TBC||Semi-Final|
|Sunday June 11||TBC||Final|