Coach Buceta names 23 player long list for Women's Commonwealth Games selection

Head Coach Jose Buceta has named his 23 strong long list of potential players as the 2018 Commonwealth Games edge ever closer. 9 of the WBBL’s 11 franchises have players included in the list, showcasing the strength of the domestic talent available for selection.

Following back to back league titles, Nottingham Wildcats’ Hannah Shaw and Siobhan Prior both make the cut, as does Nottingham’s latest signing Janice Monakana now her 4-year spell with the University of Toledo has come to a close.

After selection to the Molten WBBL Team of the Year in 2016/17, Manchester Mystics’ Georgia Jones has also been included. With a 17.8 points, 6.8 assist and 5.2 rebound average last regular season for the Mystics, the Manchester born guard is continuing to excel. Despite their winless start to life in the WBBL, Durham Palatinates have a pair of players available in Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby and Nicolette Fong Lyew Quee. In contrast, Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters currently sit top of the WBBL table at 6-0 and Helen Naylor and Jennifer Ashton has both been included from the Hatters.

With over 120 international caps to her name, the experience of Cardiff’s Stef Collins is sure to be an invaluable asset if chosen. The 34-year-old remains ever present in the WBBL, averaged a solid 13.3 points and 4.25 assists per game last season to continue her stellar career. Manchester’s Dominique Allen and Team Northumbria’s Chantelle Handy join Collins as former 2012 London Olympians selected onto the long list, where there are 7 in total.

The selection of so many domestic players is a tribute to the collective agreement from the WBBL and its clubs to suspend their Championship season whilst the Commonwealth Games take place.  A number of European based players such as Temi Fagbenle and Johannah Leedham-Warner have been included for consideration but are not expected to be available due to club commitments.

The basketball tournament at the Commonwealth Games gets underway on 5th April 2018 with 16 teams competing across the Men’s and Women’s competitions. In total 192 players will be selected from 11 different nations and Team England’s Women begin their Commonwealth Games campaign on 6 April 2018 against Canada before further games against Mozambique and Australia.

The long list in full:

First Name

Surname

Club

Dominique

Allen

Manchester Mystics

Jennifer

Ashton

Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters

Mollie

Campbell

Leicester Riders

Stefanie

Collins

Cardiff Met Archers

Melita

Emanuel-Car

CABC Basket (FRA)

Temi

Fagbenle

Minnesota Lynx (WNBA)/CCC Polkowice (POL)

Christina

Gaskin

BA London Lions

Chantelle

Handy

Team Northumbria

Georgia

Jones

Manchester Mystics

Shequila

Joseph

Fassi Albino (ITA)

Johannah

Leedham - Warner

Villeneuve D'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole (FRA)

Janice

Monakana

Nottingham Wildcats

Helen

Naylor

Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters

Harriet

Ottewill-Soulsby

Durham Palatinates

Chantelle

Pressley

Sevenoaks Suns

Siobhan

Prior

Nottingham Wildcats

Nicolette

Fong Lyew Quee

Durham Palatinates

Hannah

Shaw

Nottingham Wildcats

Eilidh

Simpson

Cardiff Met Archers

Azania

Stewart

TTT Riga (LAT)

Hannah

Sunley-Paisley

St-Paul Reze (FRA)

Jamila

Thompson

Leicester Riders

Rachael

Vanderwall

Ferrol (ESP)

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