TORONTO, ON (June 10, 2019) – Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the 12 athletes selected to participate in a five-game European exhibition tour in Belgium (June 14-16) and Great Britain (June 18-19).

Click here for the Senior Women’s National Team European Exhibition roster.

“We are looking forward to our exhibition series in Brussels and Manchester and for our senior athletes to gain international game experience against world-class talent as we play against Belgium, China, Spain and Great Britain,” said Denise Dignard, Director Women’s High Performance.

These exhibition games will help Team Canada prepare for a busy summer that will see the team participate in the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019 and Lima 2019 Pan-Am Games, as well as the FIBA Women’s Pre-Qualifying Tournaments in Americas this fall.   

Entering the tournament as two-time defending FIBA AmeriCup champions, Canada will look to make it three straight this September at the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019. Canada has found a spot on the podium in seven of the last eight competitions dating back to the 2003 FIBA Americas Championship for Women in Culiacan, Mexico.

In November, Canada will play in one of two FIBA Women’s Pre-Qualifying Tournaments in Americas to qualify for one of the four global FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020, taking place in February 2020.  Canada will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with a top three in their group in the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020.

Looking to defend their gold medal from the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto,  Canada will also be participating in the Lima 2019 Pan-Am Games (August 6-10).  Canada is one of only three countries (Brazil, USA) to have participated in every Pan Am Games tournament since 1955, earning a gold, a silver and three bronze medals in 15 appearances.  Additional details regarding Canada’s Pan-Am Games team will be announced at a later date.

Canada is currently ranked 5th worldwide in the FIBA World Ranking Presented by NIKE.


NamePositionHeightHometown 2018-2019 Club / School
Kayla AlexanderForward6’4″Milton, ONAdelaide Lightning (Australia) / Indiana Fever (WNBA)
Miranda AyimForward6’3″London, ONBasket Landes (France)
Cassandra BrownForward6’3”Vernon, BCDafni Agioy (Greece)
Quinn DornstauderCentre6’4”Regina, SKMann Filter (Spain)
Aaliyah EdwardsForward6’3”Kingston, ONCrestwood Prep (OSBA)
Ruth HamblinCentre6’6″Houston, BCCastors Braine (Belgium ) / Las Vegas Aces (WNBA)
Sami HillGuard5’10”Toronto, ONDonau-Ries (Germany)
Aislinn KonigGuard5’9″Langley, BCNorth Carolina State (NCAA)
Miah-Marie LangloisPoint Guard5’8″Windsor, ONDynamo Novosibirsk (Russia)
Shaina PellingtonGuard5’8″Pickering, ONOklahoma (NCAA)
Merissah RussellGuard5’11”Ottawa, ONCapital Courts (OSBA)
Jamie ScottGuard5’10”Clarkston, WADynamo Novosibirsk (Russia)


Lisa ThomaidisHead CoachSaskatoon, SKUniversity of Saskatchewan
Steve BaurAssistant CoachWolfville, NSCanada Basketball
Carly ClarkeAssistant CoachHalifax, NSRyerson University
Max HirstCoordinator, Performance AnalysisCollingwood, ONCanada Basketball
Lauren BuschmannSports Scientist & IST ManagerSt. Catharines, ONCanada Basketball/CSI-Ontario
Rhonda ShishkinPhysiotherapistSaskatoon, SKUniversity of Saskatchewan
Patrice PepinPhysiotherapistQuebec City, QCN/A
Bryce Tully Mental Performance CoachHalifax, NSCSC-Atlantic
Jacquelyn CorkumPhysicianHalifax, NSN/A
Sarah LeaitchTeam ManagerNewmarket, ONN/A
Denise DignardDirector, WHPPort Cartier, QCCanada Basketball
Mike MacKayPerformance Manager, WHPTruro, NSCanada Basketball


June 14Canada vs. China12:00 PMBelgium Exhibition TournamentBrussels, Belgium
June 15Canada vs. Belgium1:00 PM
June 16Canada vs. Spain8:30 AM
June 18Canada vs. Great Britain2:30 PMManchester, England
June 19Canada vs. Great Britain2:30 PM

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Drew Ebanks

Drew Ebanks

Often referred to as Mr. Canada Basketball, Ebanks has been an integral innovator and personality in both amateur and professional basketball. With a High Honours Diploma in Radio & Television Broadcasting (Seneca College) and experience in the financial services industry, Ebanks’ diverse educational background and work experience has allowed him to maximize On Point’s potential in becoming a leading basketball media, promotional and lifestyle brand.

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