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

team canada

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.

 

Women’s College Basketball Player Rankings – Class by Class! Week 11

satou sabally

After a crazy week filled with upsets, this week was not quite as shocking. There were some upsets but they were few and did not affect the rankings too much. The Pac 12 conference is definitely the toughest conference out of all the conferences this season and Oregon proved it’s worth over the week. Sabrina Ionescu showed why she is the best women’s college basketball player this year versus a very good top 10 team in Stanford. There’s more top 10 showdowns coming in this upcoming week so make sure you tune in and watch those games.

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 13th to January 19th. Click here for last week’s rankings.  First time viewing these rankings or have questions, please read the FAQ page first.

**Click here for last season’s Week 11 rankings list. Click here for 2018 Week 11 rankings list. Click here for 2017’s Week 11 rankings list.

SENIORS

  1. Sabrina Ionescu – Oregon
  2. Crystal Dangerfield – Connecticut
  3. Ayana Mitchell – LSU
  4. Ja’Tavia Tapley – Arizona State
  5. Kaila Charles – Maryland
  6. Ruthy Hebard – Oregon
  7. Te’a Cooper – Baylor
  8. Jazmine Jones – Louisville
  9. Kathleen Doyle – Iowa
  10. Lauren Cox – Baylor
  11. Tyasha Harris – South Carolina
  12. Jordan Danberry – Mississippi State
  13. Robbi Ryan – Arizona State
  14. Juicy Landrum – Baylor
  15. Mikiah Herbert Harrigan – South Carolina
  16. Alexis Tolefree – Arkansas
  17. Ciara Duffy – South Dakota
  18. Abi Scheid – Northwestern
  19. Mary Gedaka – Villanova
  20. Alexis Lewis – Seton  Hall
  21. Kianna Ray – TCU
  22. Becca Hittner – Drake
  23. Stephanie Jones – Maryland
  24. Jordan Wallace – Rutgers
  25. Rachel Thompson – Colgate
  26. Davion Wingate – FGCU
  27. Bailey Greenberg – Drexel
  28. Cinia McCray – North Carolina A&T
  29. Chanette Hicks – Norfolk State
  30. Brittney Patrick – Southern Illinois
  31. Kaela Hilaire – Stony Brook
  32. Nneka Ezeigbo – Robert Morris
  33. Te’ja Twitty – UNC Greensboro
  34. Torrie Cash – Coastal Carolina
  35. Japonica James – Troy
  36. Lizzy Klinker – Idaho

JUNIORS

  1. Satou Sabally – Oregon
  2. Dana Evans – Louisville
  3. Destiny Slocum – Oregon State
  4. Megan Walker – Connecticut
  5. Aari McDonald – Arizona
  6. Rennia Davis – Tennessee
  7. Kiana Williams – Stanford
  8. Janelle Bailey – North Carolina
  9. Deja Church – DePaul
  10. Kendall Spray – Clemson
  11. Qadashah Hoppie – St. John’s
  12. Nancy Mulkey – Rice
  13. Amber Ramirez – Arkansas
  14. LeeAnne Wirth – Gonzaga
  15. Lindsay Pulliam – Northwestern
  16. Hannah Sjerven – South Dakota
  17. Gabi Haack – Bradley
  18. Ellen Margaret Andrews – Yale
  19. Maddi Utti – Fresno State
  20. Chelsey Perry – UT Martin
  21. Kesha Brady – Tennessee Tech
  22. Abby Kapp – Bucknell
  23. Katie Turner – Davidson
  24. Erin Whalen – Dayton
  25. Faith Cook – Sam Houston State
  26. Alyssa Adams – Stephen F. Austin
  27. Arsula Clark – Tulane

SOPHOMORES

  1. Elissa Cunane – NC State
  2. Rhyne Howard – Kentucky
  3. Christyn Williams – Connecticut
  4. Monika Czinano – Iowa
  5. Jessika Carter – Mississippi State
  6. Lexi Held – DePaul
  7. Charli Collier – Texas
  8. NaLyssa Smith – Baylor
  9. Shaniya Jones – Georgia
  10. Nia Clouden – Michigan State
  11. Dara Mabrey – Virginia Tech
  12. Ajah Wayne – Old Dominion
  13. Rachel McLimore – IUPUI
  14. Sienna Durr – Columbia
  15. Amanda Mobley – Rider
  16. Lou Lopez – Senechal – Fairfield
  17. Adebola Adeyeye – Buffalo
  18. Ayzhiana Basallo – San Jose State

FRESHMEN

  1. Jakia Brown-Turner – NC State
  2. Alissa Pili – USC
  3. Sara Scalia – Minnesota
  4. Brynna Maxwell – Utah
  5. Zia Cooke – South Carolina
  6. Aliyah Boston – South Carolina
  7. Darian White – Montana State
  8. Kiki Jefferson – James Madison
  9. Molly Davis – Central Michigan

 

Women’s College Basketball Player Rankings – Class by Class! Week 10

kathleen doyle, iowa

This past week was a pretty historic week as quite a handful of top ranked and ranked teams fell to non ranked teams. There were many great feats accomplished such as Arizona State (which was not a ranked team) who was able to upset both Oregon and Oregon State (the #2 and #3 teams in the nation last week) in one weekend! Not only that, Iowa was also able to defeat two ranked teams as well.  Baylor looked very good when they faced Connecticut (who was #1 last week).

There is no clear cut #1 team right now in women’s college basketball and I think that’s a great sign of parity. For YEARS, the #1 team in the country was above every other team. It was difficult to beat them. Now? Not so much. Because of the shakeup of what occurred this past week, it shook up the rankings this week. Many players who have made this list weekly are not in this week. This gives us a chance to spotlight those players who normally don’t get the shine due to the other strong players on top teams. In 4 years of writing and blogging these rankings, I have never seen so many top players miss out in these rankings.

Listed below are the top 36 seniors, the top 27 juniors, the top 18 sophomores and the top 9 freshmen for the week of Jan. 6th to Jan. 12th. If you have questions or this is your first time reading these rankings, please read the FAQ page first. Click here for the previous week’s rankings.

**I have done this in a previous rankings post, but I thought I would start this up again. If you would like to view last year’s Week 10 rankings, click here. If you would like to view 2018’s Week 10 rankings, click here. If you would like to view 2017’s Week 10 rankings, click here. *

SENIORS

  1. Kathleen Doyle – Iowa
  2. Te’a Cooper – Baylor
  3. Bella Alarie – Princeton
  4. Ja’Tavia Tapley – Arizona State
  5. Lauren Cox – Baylor
  6. Tynice Martin – West Virginia
  7. Robbi Ryan – Arizona State
  8. Ayana Mitchell – LSU
  9. Jordan Danberry – Mississippi State
  10. Tyasha Harris – South Carolina
  11. Kylee Shook – Louisville
  12. Chante Stonewall – DePaul
  13. Ciara Duffy – South Dakota
  14. Makenzie Meyer – Iowa
  15. Reili Richardson – Arizona State
  16. Francesca Pan – Georgia Tech
  17. Jocelyn Willoughby – Virginia
  18. Jazmine Jones – Louisville
  19. Katherine Strong – Butler
  20. Borislava Hristova – Washington State
  21. Sabrina Haines – Kentucky
  22. Katie Campbell – Gonzaga
  23. Hailey Leidel – UMass
  24. Erica Ogwumike – Rice
  25. Davion Wingate – FGCU
  26. Alana Gilmer – Marist
  27. Mariah Leonard – Drexel
  28. Chanette Hicks – Norfolk State
  29. Ciani Cryor – Texas Southern
  30. Jasmin Samz – Ball State
  31. Stella Johnson – Rider
  32. McKenzie Johnston – Montana Grizzlies
  33. Le’Jzae Davidson – Furman
  34. Taylor Edwards – Old Dominion
  35. Cinia McCray – North Carolina A&T
  36. DJ Williams – Coastal Carolina

JUNIORS

  1. Michaela Onyenwere – UCLA
  2. Kysre Gondrezick – West Virginia
  3. Rennia Davis – Tennessee
  4. Selena Lott – Marquette
  5. Dana Evans – Louisville
  6. Arella Guirantes – Rutgers
  7. Brice Calip – Missouri State
  8. Kiana Williams – Stanford
  9. Mia Davis – Temple
  10. Jenn Wirth – Gonzaga
  11. Temi Carda – Creighton
  12. Hannah Sjerven – South Dakota
  13. Lindsey Pulliam – Northwestern
  14. Arsula Clark – Tulane
  15. Macee Williams – IUPUI
  16. India Pagan – Stony Brook
  17. Nadiria Evans – UNC Asheville
  18. Maddi Utti – Fresno State
  19. IImar’I Thomas – Cincinnati
  20. Vanessa Austin – CSU Bakersfield
  21. Jordan Brock – Tennessee Tech
  22. Aja Boyd – UNC Greensboro
  23. Olivia Noah – North Alabama
  24. Micaela Kelly – Central Michigan
  25. Taylor Turney – CSU Fullerton
  26. Erin Whalen – Dayton
  27. Kimberly Burton – Louisiana

SOPHOMORES

  1. NaLyssa Smith – Baylor
  2. Rhyne Howard – Kentucky
  3. Taylor Robertson – Oklahoma
  4. Sonya Morris – DePaul
  5. Paiton Burckhard – South Dakota State
  6. Madi Williams – Oklahoma
  7. Jessika Carter – Mississippi State
  8. Jasmine Franklin – Missouri State
  9. Sydni Harvey – South Florida
  10. Katie Douglas – Dartmouth
  11. Lasha Petree – Bradley
  12. Michaela Harrison – Mount St. Mary’s
  13. Megan Walker – Lehigh
  14. Amber Leggett – Sam Houston State
  15. Ayzhiana Basallo – San Jose State
  16. Stephanie Visscher – Stephen F. Austin
  17. Luana Serranho – Campbell
  18. Jonai Johnson – UMKC

FRESHMEN

  1. Zia Cooke – South Carolina
  2. Aliyah Boston – South Carolina
  3. Haley Jones – Stanford
  4. Jordan Horston – Tennessee
  5. Kierstan Bell – Ohio State
  6. Adelaide Fuller – Davidson
  7. Ayoka Lee – Kansas State
  8. Charisma Osborne – UCLA
  9. Ashten Prechtel – Stanford

Canadian Senior Women’s National Team preview for FIBA AmeriCup Tournament

The Canadian Senior Women’s National Team’s quest to qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics starts tomorrow at the FIBA AmeriCup Tournament which is being held in Puerto Rico. This tournament is one of two qualifying tournaments that take place to qualify countries for the Olympics.

This tournament lasts for one week and a top 8 finish qualifies Canada for the next Olympic qualifying tournament which will take place in November. Canada is the defending champion in this tournament and will look to defend their title against fellow powerhouse United States. The US rarely plays in these qualifying tournaments but they are sending a team to compete. This tournament focuses on countries located in the Americas.

Canada is sending 12 players who have a variety of international experience, WNBA experience and several new players who are playing for Canada for the first time. They will need to integrate quickly in order for Canada to succeed. Canada’s first game is tomorrow against Mexico at 12:30 pm EST/9:30 pm PST. They then play Cuba on Monday, Puerto Rico on Tuesday and the Dominican Republic on Thursday. The semi finals and final take place on Sept 28th and Sept 29th.

Alot of the players that are currently playing in this tournament for Team Canada will have an opportunity to prove themselves and to make an impression so that they can be in consideration for other international tournaments as well as the FIBA World Cup/Olympics.

Canada is currently ranked 5th in the world and should do well in this tournament. Winning the title will be more difficult this time around but they should still finish among the top. The games will be available to watch on DAZN in Canada and ESPN+ in the US.

 

The Canadian Women Senior National Team – Road to the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup

Canadian Senior National Team

*Note: The Canadian Senior Women National Team is in action at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup taking place from September 22nd to September 30th. This is just part 1 of the previews of the team and a new preview will be posted monthly.

 

Toronto – The Canadian Senior Women’s National Team has a higher set of expectations coming into competition. They will be expected to fight for a medal and show the other countries that they are becoming one of the basketball powerhouses. The women’s team over the years have had great finishes and close games, but other than that, have not finished higher than third over 32 years ago in major international competitions such as the World Championships and the Summer Olympics.

The talent level has risen over the years and this current team is ranked 6th in the world by FIBA. This shows that the Canadian team is starting to make noise but in order to truly arrive, Canada needs to show it can be a medal threat along with the top countries that are participating.

Team Canada’s roster will be a mix of young players and veterans who must be ready to play against some of the top players in the world. It is not an easy task to put a team together and have a high set of expectations but this team needs to prove itself. Their recent history in other competitions shows that they can indeed be a medal threat, but on the world stage and more eyes watching, they will need to impress.

Team Canada’s competition will be tough but with the right mix of skill, defense, team play and chemistry they can be a force to be reckoned with come September.