Great Britain have announced a squad of 13 for the Senior Women’s trip to Istanbul for the upcoming Women’s EuroBasket Qualifier.
Rachael Vanderwal misses out through injury, while star forward Jo Leedham-Warner has announced she is expecting a baby in 2021 and Karlie Samuelson is also unavailable.
Sammy Roscoe earns a re-call to the squad and is one of two potential Senior debutantes alongside Evelyn Adebayo – playing pro in Spain – while Sevenoaks Suns’ Renee Busch returns to the squad having last played in 2013. [UPDATED from original post]
However, there is no place for Holly Winterburn, who is back playing in the WBBL this season after signing a three-year deal with Leicester Riders.
“It is a big challenge for the GB team to come back under the current circumstances created by COVID, but I am sure that our players, as always, will do their best to overcome all difficulties,” said head coach Chema Buceta.
“We will miss players who have provided a significant contribution to the success of the team in the recent past, but we are happy to welcome new people and rely on the talent, great attitude and lack of selfishness of all players invited.
“Team mentality, positive atmosphere and individual acceptance and responsibility of the role assigned will be again our main weapons. Last year we won our game against Poland, but that came after working hard on the court.
“We should not forget that Poland is a country with a strong basketball tradition, one team in EuroLeague, some in EuroCup, a domestic league already running for a few weeks and good players.
“So now, one year later, we have to respect Poland and prepare well the game to be able to win.”
GB also confirmed that Stef Collins would be part of the squad as an assistant coach.
Evelyn Adebayo, Alcobendas (Spain)
Kristine Anigwe, Mersin (Turkey)
Renee Busch, Sevenoaks Suns
Chantel Charles, BA London Lions
Temi Fagbenle, Reyer Venezia (Italy)
Nicolette Fong Lyew Quee, Manchester Mystics
Cheridene Green, Gorzow (Poland)
Chantelle Handy, Zaragoza (Spain)
Georgia Jones, Manchester Mystics
Janice Monakana, Sevenoaks Suns
Samantha Roscoe, Goettingen (Germany)
Hannah Shaw, Manchester Mystics
Eilidh Simpson, Halle (Germany)
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