Former Clarkston HS star Jamie Weisner was one of the local ties playing with Canada Basketball in a series against Brazil last weekend. Former Storm draft pick Michelle Plouffe and Weisner’s current Oregon State teammate Ruth Hamblin also suited up for the national team.
The event was a three-game series billed as the first Edmonton Grads International Classic played at the Saville Community Sports Centr. It’s a precursor of sorts for the FIBA World Championship in Turkey this fall.
Weisner has dual citizenship because of her father, first competing for Canada in the U19 FIBA World Championship last summer. She was named to the all-tourney team, averaging 17 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists.
As an OSU sophomore, Weisner earned a second all-Pac-12 honorable mention this past NCAA season in helping lead the Beavers to a first NCAA tournament berth since 1996.
Breaking into the Canadian senior national team lineup was tough for Weisner, a 5-foot-10 shooting guard. She played minimal minutes as Canada swept Brazil in the series last weekend. Still, Weisner is a candidate to play for the national team in Turkey, the next step would be the Olympic Games in 2016.
“It’s such a privilege to be here with the national team,” Weisner said. “It’s an incredible opportunity for me to learn from our more experienced players who are Olympians.”
Canada, including Plouffe, finished eighth in the London Games. Weisner and Hamblin, a 6-6 center, are some of the younger talents who have coaches excited about the future of the national team.
Canada Basketball will play USA Basketball, the global power in the sport, on Sept. 15 in Connecticut as a final exhibition for the World Championship. Storm All-Star Sue Bird joins point guards Briann January (Lewis & Clark HS) and Courtney Vandersloot (Zags/Kentwood HS) in the pool to make the USA basketball team.
“I think they’ve got a great mix of size, they’ve got athleticism on the perimeter, they’ve got veterans that know how to play, so I don’t think it’s unrealistic,” former Canadian national team coach Allison McNeill told reporters of being a contender in Turkey and Rio. “I don’t want to put any pressure on anybody, but if we aren’t thinking about podium, how do we ever get there?”
Here’s more information from USA Basketball about the Canada-USA exhibition in September:
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2014 USA Basketball Women’s National Team To Face Canada In Exhibition At Webster Bank Arena In Bridgeport, Connecticut
BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut (June 30, 2014) – Prior to heading to Turkey for the 2014 FIBA World Championship, the USA Basketball Women’s National Team will close out its domestic training with an exhibition game against the Canadian Women’s National Basketball Team at 7 p.m. (EDT) on Sept. 15 at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut.Tickets for the USA-Canada contest go on sale on July 14 at 10 a.m. (EDT) and can be purchased through the box office at Webster Bank Arena, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or online via www.websterbankarena.com.The USA squad will begin its training Sept. 8-10 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, while the remainder of its pre-FIBA World Championship training schedule is to be announced.”I can’t wait to get this team together in the fall and I am thrilled to be able to finish our training in the United States right here in Bridgeport,” said Geno Auriemma, 2013-16 USA National Team and University of Connecticut head coach. “I know the fans will enjoy this opportunity to see the USA Basketball Women’s National Team. I’m also excited about having the opportunity to play Canada. I know they will be working just as hard as we are to prepare for the FIBA World Championship and anytime you have the chance to go up against an international opponent, it only makes you better. Winning the gold medal isn’t going to be easy, and our domestic training will be critical in our preparations.””USA Basketball is excited to partner with Bridgeport in hosting the USA Women’s National Team exhibition game versus Canada on September 15,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director. “The state of Connecticut has a strong women’s basketball fan base and we can’t think of a better place for the USA National Team to close out its domestic training schedule than in Bridgeport. Fans will be treated to quite a show as the 2014 USA Basketball Women’s National Team will include some of the top talent this country has to offer.””We are thrilled to host the USA Basketball Women’s National Team for their game against the 2014 Canadian Women’s National Basketball Team,” Webster Bank Arena President Howard Saffan said. “It is a perfect match to have the country’s best women’s basketball players compete at Webster Bank Arena, Connecticut’s premiere sports and entertainment venue. Connecticut basketball fans have a passion for their sport unlike anyone else and to have the chance to welcome this elite team comprised of multiple gold medal winners and NCAA national champions is extremely exciting for the local community.”The final 12-member 2014 USA World Championship Team will be selected from the 2014-16 USA National Team pool, which currently includes: Jayne Appel (San Antonio Stars), Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), DeWanna Bonner (Phoenix Mercury), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), Tina Charles (New York Liberty), Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky), Skylar Diggins (Tulsa Shock), Stefanie Dolson (Washington Mystics), Candice Dupree (Phoenix Mercury), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky), Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury), Lindsey Harding (Los Angeles Sparks), Briann January (Indiana Fever), Glory Johnson (Tulsa Shock), Jantel Lavender (Los Angeles Sparks), Kara Lawson (Washington Mystics), Kayla McBride (San Antonio Stars), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (University of Connecticut), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks), Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks), Cappie Pondexter (New York Liberty), Danielle Robinson (San Antonio Stars), Odyssey Sims (Tulsa Shock), Breanna Stewart (University of Connecticut), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury), Alyssa Thomas (Connecticut Sun), Courtney Vandersloot (Chicago Sky), Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx), Monica Wright (Minnesota Lynx) and Sophia Young (San Antonio Stars).The USA and Canada will use the game as part of their respective preparations for the 2014 FIBA World Championship, which will be held Sept. 27-Oct. 5 in Istanbul, Turkey. The last time the two national teams met in exhibition play was in a three-game series Aug. 22-26, 2000, which the U.S. swept. The most recent game in official competition was a 91-48 USA victory over Canada at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.The U.S. qualified for the 2014 Worlds by virtue of winning the 2012 Olympic gold medal, while Canada earned its berth after claiming the silver medal at the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship.The USA owns a record eight gold medals, one silver medal and two bronze medals in FIBA World Championship play, while compiling an all-time 97-21 record at the event. In 2010, the most recent World Championship, the U.S. finished with a perfect 9-0 record and the gold medal.Auriemma will be assisted on the sideline by DePaul University head coach Doug Bruno, Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve and University of South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley.
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