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    March 15, 2018

    Field Full of Canadians as Women's NCAA Championship Begins Friday



    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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