EDMONTON, Alberta – Rising Oregon State juniors Ruth Hamblin and Jamie Weisner were named to the Canadian Senior Women’s Basketball Team’s roster for the Edmonton Grads International Classic, a three-game series against Brazil at the Saville Centre in Edmonton June 26-28.
In Canada’s first major competition of 2014, it will take on the world’s seventh-ranked squad in Brazil as the team prepares for the 2014 FIBA World Championship at summer’s end. An initial tryout roster of 21 athletes was announced on May 28 and 16 names made the cut for this exhibition series. Following the games against Brazil, more cuts will be made to reach the final 12 that will represent Canada at the 2014 FIBA World Championships for Women, hosted by Turkey from September 27 to October 5.
This will be the second go-around with the Canada’s highest squad for Hamblin, who was promoted to the 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.
Weisner will be making her national senior team debut. The guard was a standout for Canada at the FIBA U19 World Championship for Women in Lithuania last summer. 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.
The Edmonton Grads International Classic is named in honor of the women’s basketball team who rose to fame en route to setting a North American record with the best winning percentage (96.2 per cent) of all time. The team won 502 of 522 official games and also claimed the first women's world basketball title in 1924.
Canada, ranked No. 9 by FIBA, was 3-0 against Brazil in exhibition games last summer.
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