Australian Opals squad announced for FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament

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

PLAYER CURRENT TEAM
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

DATE: GAME:
February 6 2020 France v Australia
February 7 2020 REST DAY
February 8 2020 Australia v Puerto Rico
February 9 2020 Brazil v Australia

 

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