Canada punches ticket to the 2020 Summer Olympic Games with win over Sweden.

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The Canadian Senior Women’s Basketball Team have punched their ticket to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. This is the third straight Olympic Games that the Canadian Senior Women’s National Team has qualified for. This is the first Olympic Games that the Canadian team can seriously be in medal contention. This is also why CBC Sports decided to air the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament because they knew this Canada team was good. Very good.

As for the game itself, Canada had a sluggish start. They had 11 turnovers. It was ugly. Canada led by six at half. Then in the third quarter, Canada’s offence got going as a team and Natalie Achonwa led in scoring with 16 points. Canada cruised after that because Sweden has a tight rotation and could not keep up with the Canadians. They were faster, defended better and were able to score at ease. It is fitting that Natalie Achonwa led the way in scoring, because she has been a mainstay for the Canadians since she was a teenager. She was apart of the new wave that has led to the team we see today that has veteran experience and youth.

 

Canada survives Belgium in opening game of FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament

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The Canadian Senior Women’s National Team opened Olympic qualifying in Ostend, Belgium with a win over the host Belgium. It was not easy as Belgium was powered by the crowd as well as WNBA Finals MVP Emma Meeseman and her team mates. Canada was led by Kia Nurse who had 19 points.

Canada battled Belgium but was able to maintain a lead throughout the game and were able to hold on when Belgium started making a late push towards the end of the third quarter. Canada’s defense helped key the victory and Kia Nurse’s play making ability helped separate the Canadians and eventually Canada held on to win. It was not pretty however. Belgium made it it a two point game with about 2 minutes left in the fourth quarter and had multiple opportunities to tie the game but Canada was able to hold them off and Kayla Alexander made two free throws with about 10 seconds left in the game that ultimately sealed the deal.

Canada was tested in their first game and they were able to escape with a key victory as they only need one more win to qualify for the 2020 Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan. They now face Sweden on Saturday, February 8th at 2:30 pm EST and that game will be live streaming on cbc.ca as the game will be on tape delay on CBC which will air that game around 1:30 am EST. For Americans, the game will be available on ESPN+ and for international viewers, livebasketball.tv is offering the games.

Canadian Senior Women National Team Olympic Qualifying Tournament Preview

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The Canadian Senior Women’s National Team is set to face in the final Olympic qualifying tournament which tips off on Thursday afternoon in Ostend, Belgium. Canada will face Belgium, Sweden and Japan in this tournament.

In order to qualify for the Olympics, Canada must finish in the top 2 as Japan has already qualified for the tournament since they are the host nation.

Canada will be tested in this final Olympic qualifying tournament as Belgium, Sweden and Japan are worthy opponents.

Belgium, the host nation is ranked 9th in the world but have never qualified for the Summer Olympics before. They hope to change that led by Washington Mystics forward Emma Messeman who is apart of the reigning WNBA champions. Kim Mestdagh and Ann Wauters are also familiar names that will try to help Belgium make history. They will be a tough team to battle.

Japan, which does not need this tournament to qualify as they have already qualified due to the Olympic host nation, are ranked 10th in the world. They finished in 8th place at the 2016 Olympics. They will still be a tough team to face as they have nothing to lose and are using this tournament as a tune up for the Olympics.

Sweden, who is ranked 22nd in the world, has never qualified for the Olympics just like Belgium. They are led by New York Liberty forward/center Amanda Zahui B. Farhiya Abdi and Elin Eldebrink are familiar names that aim to make history.

Canada will be led by veteran forwards Kim Gaucher and Miranda Ayim and WNBA stars Kia Nurse and Natalie Achonwa. 5 players have played in the 2019 WNBA season (Achonwa, Nurse, Alexander, Carleton, Raincock-Ekunwe) and Jamie Scott has some WNBA experience. 2 players (Amihere and Pellington) are currently playing in college. Canada has tons of experience in this group and to view the final roster, please read the press release Canada Basketball put out today.

Canada faces Belgium on Thursday, February 6th at 2:35 pm EST/11:35 am PST on CBC Network and streaming online at cbc.ca. Canada faces Sweden on Saturday, February 8th at 2:35 pm EST/11:35 am PST on CBC Network and online at cbc.ca. Canada’s final game will be against Japan on Sunday, February 9th at 12:05 pm EST/9:05 am PST and that will also air on CBC Network and online at cbc.ca. To Americans, all three games are available to stream online on ESPN+.

Canada is ranked a program high of 4th place but it has bigger goals in mind as the team prepares for the upcoming Olympic qualifying tournament. It will face tough opponents in this tourney but Canada now has plenty of veteran experience, youth and grittiness within the squad that will help them obtain a top 2 finish and all of Canada will be able to witness it as it is available through CBC.

The 2020 Summer Olympics games will tip off from July 24th to August 9 in Tokyo, Japan.

Women’s College Basketball Player Rankings – Class by Class! Week 13

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This week was once again filled with a lot of upsets which means the familiar faces that usually make the rankings list were not on it this week. Some teams like Oregon and South Carolina remained steady and there are some surprise colleges that played well this week such as Boston College. It was also SuperBowl weekend which means fewer teams played this week.

Listed below are the top 36 seniors, the top 27 juniors, the top 18 sophomores and the top 9 freshmen for the week of January 27th to February 2nd. First time viewing these rankings or have questions, please read the FAQ page. Click here to view the previous week.

SENIORS

  1. Sabrina Ionescu – Oregon
  2. Lauren Cox – Baylor
  3. Emma Guy – Boston College
  4. Ciara Duffy – South Dakota
  5. Crystal Dangerfield – UConn
  6. Kaila Charles – Maryland
  7. Brittany Brewer – Texas Tech
  8. Ruthy Hebard – Oregon
  9. Dominique Oden – Purdue
  10. Bella Alarie – Princeton
  11. Becca Hittner – Drake
  12. Kristen Spolyar – Butler
  13. Shadeen Samuels – Seton Hall
  14. Mikiah Herbert Harrigan – South Carolina
  15. Jordan Danberry – Mississippi State
  16. Mikayla Pivec – Oregon State
  17. Nicki Ekhomu – Florida State
  18. Jazmine Jones – Louisville
  19. Chante Stonewall – DePaul
  20. Nasrin Ulel – FGCU
  21. Roxy Barahman – Yale
  22. Bailey Greenberg – Drexel
  23. Sara Rhine – Drake
  24. Tagyn Larson – South Dakota State
  25. Jayla Scaife – Dayton
  26. Stella Johnson – Rider
  27. Fallyn Freije – Montana
  28. DJ Williams – Coastal Carolina
  29. Nneka Ezeigbo – Robert Morris
  30. Hayley Barber – Campbell
  31. Katie Toole – UC Davis
  32. Sarah Myers – Samford
  33. Ericka Mattingly – UMKC
  34. Kayla Robinson – Troy
  35. Alexes Bryant – Texas A&M – Corpus Christi
  36. Molly Glick – Northern Kentucky

JUNIORS

  1. Aari McDonald – Arizona
  2. Satou Sabally – Oregon
  3. Megan Walker – UConn
  4. Lauren Heard – TCU
  5. Rennia Davis – Tennessee
  6. Janelle Bailey – North Carolina
  7. Lindsey Pulliam – Northwestern
  8. Amber Ramirez – Arkansas
  9. Dana Evans – Louisville
  10. Khayla Pointer – LSU
  11. Aleah Goodman – Oregon State
  12. Kysre Gondrezick – West Virginia
  13. Kiana Williams – Stanford
  14. Temi Carda – Creighton
  15. DiDi Richards – Baylor
  16. Selena Lott – Marquette
  17. Jaelynn Penn – Indiana
  18. Kayla Jones – NC State
  19. Kayla Wells – Texas A&M
  20. Nancy Mulkey – Rice
  21. Jill Townsend – Gonzaga
  22. Brice Calip – Missouri State
  23. Macee Williams – IUPUI
  24. India Pagan – Stony Brook
  25. Aly Gamez – Fresno State
  26. Chelsey Perry – UT Martin
  27. Dayzsha Rogan – Jackson State

SOPHOMORES

  1. Naz Hillmon – Michigan
  2. Elissa Cunane – NC State
  3. Lexie Hull – Stanford
  4. Cate Reese – Arizona
  5. Christyn Williams – UConn
  6. Taylor Soule – Boston College
  7. Queen Egbo – Baylor
  8. Marissa Mackins – Temple
  9. Amari Young – Old Dominion
  10. Olivia Nelson-Ododa – UConn
  11. Jessika Carter – Mississippi State
  12. Taylor Mikesell – Maryland
  13. Shakira Austin – Maryland
  14. Destanni Henderson – South Carolina
  15. Kiana Williams – Bethune-Cookman
  16. Kendall Currence – Northeastern
  17. Nicole Johnson – Lafayette
  18. Laren Vanarsdale – Hampton

FRESHMEN

  1. Jasmine Powell – Minnesota
  2. Molly Davis – Central Michigan
  3. Zia Cooke – South Carolina
  4. Lavender Briggs – Florida
  5. Aislynn Hayes – Middle Tennessee
  6. Aliyah Boston – South Carolina
  7. Rickea Jackson – Mississippi State
  8. Jakia Brown-Turner – NC State
  9. Charisma Osborne – UCLA