BASKETBALL Australia has announced the Australian Opals squad for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
The tournament will take place in Bourges, France from February 6 to February 9, 2020 and will be the final qualifying step for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
For the Opals to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics they will need to finish in the top three of their group, which includes France, Puerto Rico and Brazil.
The Opals are currently sitting 2nd on the FIBA World Ranking, the highest of the four teams, with France sitting at 5th, Brazil at 15th and Puerto Rico at 23rd.
Head Coach Sandy Brondello said that the coaching group have chosen a strong selection of players ahead of the tournament.
“We have named a squad of 20 players for selection for the all-important pre-Olympic tournament in France in February,” Brondello said.
“The coaches and I will be evaluating all players over the upcoming weeks and will select a team that we believe will get the job done of qualifying for the Olympics in July.
“With only 2 days to prepare for these games, it is important that the team is fit, healthy and ready to perform to the best of their ability.
“It is great to include Alanna Smith for the first time this year as she returns to playing in the WKBL (Women’s Korean Basketball League).”
During this February period, the WNBL will break, to give all league athletes the opportunity to travel to France.
AUSTRALIAN OPALS – SQUAD
|Rebecca Allen||Arka Gdynia Poland / New York Liberty|
|Abby Bishop||JCU Townsville Fire|
|Sara Blicavs||Jayco Southside Flyers|
|Elizabeth Cambage||Shanxi Xing Rui Flame/ Las Vegas Aces|
|Katie-Rae Ebzery||Perth Lynx|
|Darcee Garbin||JCU Townsville Fire|
|Cayla George||Deakin Melbourne Boomers|
|Kelsey Griffin||University of Canberra Capitals|
|Tessa Lavey||Bendigo Spirit|
|Tess Madgen||JCU Townsville Fire|
|Ezi Magbegor||Deakin Melbourne Boomers|
|Lauren Mansfield||Perth Lynx|
|Leilani Mitchell||Jayco Southside Flyers|
|Lauren Nicholson||Adelaide Lightning|
|Jenna O’Hea||Jayco Southside Flyers|
|Nicole Seekamp||Adelaide Lightning|
|Alanna Smith||Incheon Shinhan Bank S-Birds/ Phoenix Mercury|
|Stephanie Talbot||Adelaide Lightning/Minnesota Lynx|
|Marianna Tolo||University of Canberra Capitals|
|Sami Whitcomb||BLMA France / Seattle Storm|
2020 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament schedule
|February 6 2020||France v Australia|
|February 7 2020||REST DAY|
|February 8 2020||Australia v Puerto Rico|
|February 9 2020||Brazil v Australia|