TORONTO, ON (March 15, 2018) – When the 2018 Division 1 Women’s Basketball Championship tips-off Friday afternoon, 17 Canadians will find themselves vying for college basketball's top prize.


Emily Potter
Emily Potter
Manitobans currently playing at the NCAA Division 1 level include Emily Potter (Utah), Raizel Guinto (Louisiana Tech) and Jordan Tully (Stetson).  None of those teams qualified for the NCAA Tournament but both Utah and Louisiana Tech are playing in the Women's NIT.
Raizel  Guinto
Raizel Quinto

Thursday, March 15:
Missouri State at Louisiana Tech, 7:30 p.m.
UNLV at Utah, 9 p.m.

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At 32-0, Kia Nurse and the UConn Huskies enter the tournament as the first overall seed as they chase their fifth national championship in six years.  On Monday, the Hamilton, Ont. native earned Academic All-American honours for the second straight season and last month became the first Canadian to be nominated for the Nancy Lieberman award, which is given to the top point guard of women’s college basketball.
Jordan Tully 2017
Jordan Tully

While Nurse’s collegiate career will come to a close this year, several standout Canadians are just getting started, including Big 12 Freshman of the Year, Shaina Pellington.  After helping Canada secure a historic bronze medal at the FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2017 last summer, Pellington became the Sooners’ seventh Big 12 Freshman of the Year winner after averaging 13.1 points per game.

NC State rookie Aislinn Konig also made a name for herself this season, appearing in all 32 games for the Wolfpack and finished third on the team in scoring, averaging 10.3 points per game.  No. 4 seed NC State opens the tournament on Friday at 2:30 PM ET versus No. 13 Elon.

Starting 27 games for the Wolverines this season, Michigan rookie Hailey Brown was another Canadian who turned some heads after averaging 9.0 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

Below is the list of Canadians playing this year:
Hanna Hall - Buffalo
Player
G
MPG
FG%
FT%
3P%
ORPG
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
Hanna Hall
24
8.0
.317
.737
.294
0.3
0.7
1.2
0.2
0.0
1.9
Ayoleka Sodade - Buffalo
Player
G
MPG
FG%
FT%
3P%
ORPG
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
Ayoleka Sodade
19
4.9
.357
.667
-
0.3
1.0
0.4
0.3
0.0
0.8
Kia Nurse - Connecticut
Player
G
MPG
FG%
FT%
3P%
ORPG
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
Kia Nurse
32
32.5
.524
.813
.455
0.7
3.3
2.8
1.4
0.4
13.8
Louise Forsyth - Gonzaga
Player
G
MPG
FG%
FT%
3P%
ORPG
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
Louise Forsyth
13
3.0
.273
1.000
.250
0.0
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.0
0.8
Emma Wolfram - Gonzaga
Player
G
MPG
FG%
FT%
3P%
ORPG
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
Emma Wolfram
1
0.0
-
-
-
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
Yasmine Bidikuindila - LSU
Player
G
MPG
FG%
FT%
3P%
ORPG
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
Yasmine Bidikuindila
16
6.3
.700
.333
-
0.5
1.4
0.1
0.4
0.3
0.9
Julie Brosseau - Maine
Player
G
MPG
FG%
FT%
3P%
ORPG
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
Julie Brosseau
31
27.3
.375
.778
.354
0.5
3.2
2.2
0.7
0.1
11.4
Shantelle Valentine - Marquette
Player
G
MPG
FG%
FT%
3P%
ORPG
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
Shantelle Valentine
20
6.9
.421
.500
-
0.6
1.5
0.2
0.2
0.1
0.9
Hailey Brown - Michigan
Player
G
MPG
FG%
FT%
3P%
ORPG
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
Hailey Brown
27
25.0
.460
.653
.459
1.6
5.2
1.3
0.6
0.7
9.0
Aislinn Konig - NC State
Player
G
MPG
FG%
FT%
3P%
ORPG
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
Aislinn Konig
32
33.8
.358
.550
.345
0.1
2.4
3.1
0.9
0.3
10.3
Shaina Pellington - Oklahoma
Player
G
MPG
FG%
FT%
3P%
ORPG
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
Shaina Pellington
30
27.1
.491
.588
.000
0.9
2.7
2.2
0.9
0.1
13.1
Sarah Shewan - Quinnipiac
Player
G
MPG
FG%
FT%
3P%
ORPG
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
Sarah Shewan
6
21.5
.367
.926
.355
2.0
6.2
1.5
0.8
1.2
13.3
Alyssa Jerome - Stanford
Player
G
MPG
FG%
FT%
3P%
ORPG
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
Alyssa Jerome
31
10.4
.382
.667
.267
0.4
1.2
0.4
0.0
0.1
2.1
Mikaela Brewer - Stanford
Player
G
MPG
FG%
FT%
3P%
ORPG
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
Mikaela Brewer
14
1.9
.154
-
.111
0.0
0.1
0.1
0.0
0.0
0.4
Chelayne Bailey - Syracuse
Player
G
MPG
FG%
FT%
3P%
ORPG
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
Chelayne Bailey
25
5.7
.261
.600
.375
0.1
0.4
0.8
0.2
0.0
0.7
Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau - Texas
Player
G
MPG
FG%
FT%
3P%
ORPG
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau
23
21.1
.478
.667
.292
1.8
5.0
0.7
1.0
1.6
6.0
Khaleann Caron-Goudreau - Texas
Player
G
MPG
FG%
FT%
3P%
ORPG
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
Khaleann Caron-Goudreau
16
6.8
.111
.750
.100
0.4
1.4
0.4
0.1
0.3
0.5
While a member of a tournament bound team, Canadians Julia Chandler (Dayton) will not play this year due to NCAA rules after transferring.
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