Basketball Australia have announced the Chemist Warehouse Australian Opals team 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.
The side welcomes the inclusions of Alanna Smith, who comes off playing her first season in the WKBL (Women’s Korean Basketball League), and Nicole Seekamp, who has been impressive for Adelaide Lightning in the WNBL, collecting a record breaking 20 assists in Round 12.
Head Coach Sandy Brondello said that the team chosen for France is a very strong one.
“With the final pre-Olympic qualifications in February we have chosen a well-balanced, versatile and tough group that is, most importantly, filled with players who are in good form. This will be vital with the limited preparation that we will have leading into these important games,” Brondello said.
“We are confident of achieving our goal of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics and look forward to continued improvement with the more time we have together.”
During this February period, the WNBL will break, to give all league athletes the opportunity to travel to France.
The three games will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 505 and Kayo at the following times (AEDT):
|DATE||GAME||GAME TIME (AEDT)||VENUE||LOCATION|
|Fri 7 February||FRA v AUS||6:30am||Palais des Sports du Prado||Bourges, France|
|Sun 9 February||AUS v PUR||4:00am||Palais des Sports du Prado||Bourges, France|
|Mon 10 February||BRA v AUS||12:00am||Palais des Sports du Prado||Bourges, France|
The Chemist Warehouse Australian Opals:
|Rebecca Allen||Arka Gdynia Poland / New York Liberty|
|Elizabeth Cambage||Shanxi Xing Rui Flame/ Las Vegas Aces|
|Katie-Rae Ebzery||Perth Lynx|
|Cayla George||Deakin Melbourne Boomers|
|Ezi Magbegor||Deakin Melbourne Boomers|
|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|