Five WBBL players make Great Britain squad for vital Qualifiers

Great Britain Women’s coach Chema Buceta has announced his provisional 14-player squad for the FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2021 qualifiers against Poland and Belarus.

The team travel to Walbrzych for the opening fixture of the competition on Thursday 14 November to face Poland, prior to hosting Belarus at the National Basketball Performance Centre in Manchester on Sunday 17 November.

GB go into the three-team group on a high after the record fourth-place finish at the FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2019 in Latvia and Serbia with all the players who featured returning.

Coach Buceta expects to maintain those high standards, saying: “We face the challenge of a new European campaign with humility and focus on things that we can do, fighting wisely game by game, trusting and supporting each other all the way.

“This was our strategy to be able to compete at high level in last EuroBasket, and this has to be again our main weapon.

“Both Poland and Belarus are countries with strong tradition in international women basketball, and we will have to play very good defense and wise offense to be able to beat them. This is only the beginning of a new campaign, but we want to start strong to be in a good position to qualify for next EuroBasket.”

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Great Britain squad:

Georgia Jones, Manchester Mystics
Rachael Vanderwal, Namur (BEL)
Eilidh Simpson, Ostrava (CZE)
Stef Collins, Cardiff Met Archers
Nicolette Fong Lyee Quee, Durham Palatinates
Jo Leedham-Warner, Orman Genclik (TUR)
Chantel Charles, CB Clarinos (ESP)
Temi Fagbenle, Botas SK (TUR)
Cheridene Green, Gorzow, (POL)
Janice Monakana, Sevenoaks Suns
Karlie Samuelson, Perfumerias Avenida, (ESP)
Chantelle Handy, Castors Braine (BEL)
Hannah Shaw, Sarcedo (ITA)
Mollie Campbell, Durham Palatinates