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Canadian basketball women have nice balance for Pan Am Games

06/22/2015 11:29 EDT | Updated 06/22/2016 05:59 EDT
The Canadian women's basketball team hope to continue its inspired play when the players touches down in Toronto for the Pan Am Games.

The team, which was announced by Canada Basketball on Monday, is coming off a fifth-place finish at the 2014 FIBA world championship in Turkey — its best finish in almost 30 years.

The roster has a nice balance of experienced professionals, Olympians and up-and-coming players.

The competition takes place at the Ryerson Athletic Centre from July 16 to 20. It comprises of a three-game preliminary round, semifinals and finals.

"To represent your country, especially on home soil, is an honour and privilege," said Team Canada coach Lisa Thomaidis.

"In my time with the team we've never had the depth and level of talent we do here this year. We are very excited to showcase it at Pan Am Games and FIBA Americas to vie for the most coveted prize — a berth to the Rio Olympic Games."

The Canadian women's Pan Am team includes:

- Natalie Achonwa, Guelph, Ont., Centre

- Miranda Ayim, London, Ont., Forward

- *ShayColley, Brampton, Ont., Guard

- Nirra Fields, Lachine, Que., Guard

- Kim Gaucher, Mission, B.C., Guard

- *SaichaGrant-Allen, Hamilton, Ont., Forward

- Miah-Marie Langlois, Windsor, Ont., Guard

- Lizanne Murphy, Beaconsfield, Que., Forward

- Kia Nurse, Hamilton, Ont., Guard

- Katherine Plouffe, Edmonton, Forward

- Michelle Plouffe Edmonton, Forward

- Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, Toronto, Forward

- TamaraTatham, Brampton, Ont., Forward

- ShonaThorburn, Hamilton, Ont., Guard

- *Jamie Weisner, Clarkston, Wash., Guard

*Alternates

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