After the announcement of the men’s squad last week, Basketball Australia today released the Jayco Australian U17 Sapphires team that will participate in the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championships for women from 22 June in Zaragoza, Spain.
What was originally a squad of 18 has been narrowed down to 12, with Isabelle Bourne, Shyla Heal, Darcy Rees, Taylor Mole, Chelsea D’Angelo and Emma Clarke missing the cut. Ula Motuga, who was named on the injury reserve last week, will not be participating in the tournament.
“Our camp was really competitive and it was a tough selection process but I am very excited about the group of players we have selected to represent Australia,” Sapphires head coach Shannon Seebohm stated via a media release.
“We have depth at each position and every player brings something a little different so I’m confident we will be prepared for any style of play we come across.”
The team will be headlined by the duo of Jasmine Simmons and Samantha Simons, who both had stellar showings at this year’s Basketball Australia U18 Junior Championships. Simmons has the capability to impact the game in a variety of ways; evident by her per game averages of 17 points, 12.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 3.1 steals at this year’s national championships.
Simons is able to provide a greater scoring punch than Simmons, as the South Australian led the U18 Championships in that department with 18.3 points per game, while shooting 40% from the field and 32% from the three-point line.
Additionally, four players from the victorious Victoria Metro team will join the Australian squad. Monique Conti, Ezi Magbegor, Kiera Rowe and Lucy Cochrane all will bring a winning mindset to the squad, with Jazmin Shelley (Victoria Country) and Rebecca Pizzey making it six in total from Victoria.
At the last FIBA U17 World Championships back in 2014, the Sapphires finished fifth, and will be looking to improve on that effort this year.
|11||Lucy Cochrane||VIC||Nunawading Spectres / CoE||Canberra High, Canberra|
|15||Monique Conti||VIC||Melbourne Tigers||Maribyrnong Secondary College|
|5||Abby Cubillo||NT||Tracy Village Jets / CoE||Lake Ginnindera, Belconnen|
|14||Miela Goodchild||QLD||Logan Thunder||Morton Bay College, Manly|
|13||Ezi Magbegor||VIC||Coburg Giants / CoE||Lake Ginnindera, Belconnen|
|6||Cassidy McLean||NSW||Newcastle Hunters||St. Francis Xavier College, Hamilton|
|12||Lara McSpadden||NSW||Newcastle Hunters / CoE||Lake Ginnindera, Belconnen|
|8||Rebecca Pizzey||VIC||Bulleen Boomers / CoE||Radford College, Bruce|
|9||Kiera Rowe||VIC||Bulleen Boomers / CoE||Radford College, Bruce|
|4||Jazmin Shelley||VIC||Southern Peninsula / CoE||Canberra High, Canberra|
|7||Jasmine Simmons||NSW||Mildura Heat / CoE||Lake Ginnindera, Belconnen|
|10||Samantha Simons||SA||Forestville Eagles / CoE||Lake Ginnindera, Belconnen|