Great Britain Under-20 Women's Team Announced for European Championships.
2 July 2014 16:30pm
By Sinead Gordon
British Basketball announces 2014 under-20 women's team
British Basketball has announced the final team for the Division B FIBA Europe Under-20 Women's Championship commencing on Thursday, 3 July in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The selection was made after a limited but intense five-day preparation at the University of Essex where Head coach Peter Buckle has been impressed with the team's training camp set-up;
"It's been a good opportunity to see the progress of the GB under-20s as the next generation of senior players. We have worked hard on building the GB style of basketball with the future in mind and I look forward to the Tournament games as our next stage of development."
Six players of last year's team, including senior team player, Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby have returned to form the core of the team. Harriet will be re-joined by England's Shequila Joseph, Melita Emanuel-Carr, Cheridene Green, Whitney Allen and Megan Lewis as a group who will be looking to improve on last year's eight placed finish.
Two new debutants, Sarah Thomson and Hannah Peacock join Claire Paxton to provide a healthy Scotland representation. Unfortunately Scotland's Robyn Lewis was ruled out on the last day of training with injury.
England's Janice Monakana, Lauren Milligan and Jay Ann Bravo-Harriott will also look to make their first appearance in the GB playing shirt during this European campaign.
With an eye on the future, the team features nine players who will be eligible again for under-20 in 2015.
National Team Director Warwick Cann commented;
"This has been a very testing preparation but the staff and players have come together very well and are up for the challenge of a full round robin of nine games. "Having one of our leading senior players, Azania Stewart into camp to talk with the under-20 team has also been a great initiative to build our hardworking culture and aid player understanding.
He concluded "I am extremely grateful of the staff that have worked together at late notice and volunteered their time to help GB basketball be successful."
2014 Great Britain Under-20 FIBA Europe Division-B Championship Team:
No. Player Position Home Nation
4 Whitney Allen Forward England
5 Megan Lewis Point Guard England
6 Lauren Milligan Forward England
7 Hannah Peacock Centre Scotland
8 Sarah Thomson Guard Scotland
9 Janice Monakana Forward England
10 Melita Emanuel-Carr Point Guard England
11 Shequila Joseph Forward England
12 Cheridene Green Centre England
13 Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby Forward England
14 Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott Guard England
15 Claire Paxton Forward Scotland
Head Coach - Peter Buckle
Assistant coach - Karen Burton
Assistant coach - Matt Harber
Team manager - Ollie Jerram
Team Physiotherapist - Eve Emaru
National Teams Director - Warwick Cann
2014 Great Britain Under-20 FIBA Europe Division-B Championship Game Schedule (all games played at the Universiada Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria and all times, GMT):
Date Game Time
Thursday 3 July Norway v Great Britain 18.30
Friday 4 July Lithuania v Great Britain 18.30
Saturday 5 July Great Britain v Bulgaria 16.15
Monday 7 July Germany v Great Britain 11.45
Tuesday 8 July Great Britain v Portugal 09.30
Wednesday 9 July Bosnia-Herzegovina v Great Britain 14.00
Friday 11 July Great Britain v Romania 09.30
Saturday 12 July Hungary v Great Britain 09.30
Sunday 13 July Great Britain v Israel 14.00
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