CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State women’s basketball rising juniors Ruth Hamblin and Jamie Weisner have been invited to attend the Canadian Senior Women’s National Team tryout, Canada Basketball announced on Wednesday. The Beaver duo is among a group of 21 invited athletes who will join the Senior Women’s National Team staff and Canada Basketball personnel in Edmonton for the four-day tryout that begins June 9.
Canada will be competing in the 2014 FIBA World Championships for Women, hosted by Turkey from September 27 to October 5. The team qualified for the tournament by finishing with a silver medal at the 2013 FIBA Americas tournament.
Weisner and Hamblin are no strangers to representing Canada in FIBA competition. Last summer, Weisner played for Canada at the FIBA U19 World Championship for Women in Lithuania. As one of the most dynamic players at the event, she averaged 17.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists while shooting 54.5 percent from the floor en route to earning All-Tournament Team honors.
Weisner was the third-best scorer and fourth most efficient shooter in the tournament and had a handful of outstanding performances. She opened the championships with a 33-point, 10-rebound double-double in a 69-67 win over the Netherlands on July 19 and closed the tournament with a 20-point, 16-rebound double-double in a 75-64 victory against Japan on July 28. She also scored 30 points against Brazil on July 27, had the tournament’s two highest-scoring games and accounted for 136 of Canada’s 515 points scored at the FIBA World Championships (26.4%).
This past March, Weisner was named All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention for the second consecutive year. The sophomore was Oregon State’s second-leading scorer at 13.8 points per game and early in the season scored in double figures in 14 straight, the longest streak for an OSU player in four years. Her 103 career 3-pointers are ninth all-time at OSU and the 55 she made in just 26 games this year are 10th in single-season history.
Hamblin was promoted to the Canadian Senior Women’s National Team in the summer of 2013 for exhibitions in Europe and China. The Canadians played eight games in the Czech Republic, Serbia and France in late May and early June, going 5-3 with wins against the Czechs, Serbia, Italy and Turkey. In China, Canada played three games in Daqing and three in Nanjing in early July, going 4-2 with victories over Brazil and Puerto Rico. Hamblin was also a member of the U18 Junior National Team that took part in the 2012 U18 FIBA Americas Championships and finished fourth to qualify for the 2013 U19 FIBA World Championships in which Weisner took part.
As a sophomore at Oregon State, Hamblin set a school and Pac-12 single-season record with 141 blocks, tied for the 19th highest total in NCAA history. She also pulled down 299 rebounds, the fourth most in OSU history, and converted 57.1 percent of her shots from the floor, good for ninth on OSU’s single-season list.
She posted Oregon State’s first triple-double in 30 years against rival Oregon on Jan. 13. The 6-foot-6 sophomore totaled 23 points, 12 rebounds and a school-record 10 blocks in the Beavers’ 84-70 win, their seventh straight in the series. It was the 17th triple-double in Pac-12 history and the first to be accomplished with blocks.
After a four day try-out period, the coaching staff will select a squad that will compete throughout the summer. The selected SWNT is set to have a training camp from June 16-25 as part of a solid summer of preparation.
To gear up for the World Championships, the team will compete against No. 7 ranked Brazil in a three-game series, hosted by the City of Edmonton at the Saville Community Sports Centre. Those games will take place on June 26, 27 and 28. Team Canada will have two more training camps as well as a trip to Europe for exhibition play before the World Championships.