Chema Buceta confirms 12-player roster for EuroBasket Women’s Qualifier vs Portugal
Great Britain Women’s Head Coach Chema Buceta has confirmed the 12-player roster that will suit up to face Portugal in Porto as the National Team return to EuroBasket Women qualifying action tomorrow (Thursday) night (8:30pm tip-off).
GB are joined in Group G of qualifying by tomorrow night’s opponents, as well as Greece – who GB play on Sunday – and Estonia. The eventual group winners will automatically go through to the final tournament in Israel and Slovenia next summer, and the four best second-placed teams of the 10 qualifying groups will also progress to EuroBasket.
The roster comprises ever-present veterans who are at the core of Coach Buceta’s philosophy for the team, as well as a new generation of elite talent who are in the early stages of their international careers, with Kirsty Brown set to secure her first-ever cap for the National Team in tomorrow night’s encounter in Porto.
Following the confirmation of the 12-player roster for the Portugal game, Head Coach Chema Buceta said:
“We have worked very hard over the last few days to prepare for these two games against Portugal and Greece, but we have to take this game-by-game and our first challenge lays ahead tomorrow against Portugal.
“Everybody has made a big effort and I want to thank all of the players and the staff for what they’ve contributed, and to the clubs for releasing our players a few days early to enable them to have some more time to practice and come together.
“Against Portugal we have to play good defence and understand that they are a team with a lot of experience. They also have some very good young players that have shown a very good level in age group competitions, so it is going to be difficult, but we are ready and we will do our best.”
You can watch Great Britain take on Portugal live and for free on FIBA’s YouTube channel!
12-Player Great Britain Women’s roster for EuroBasket 2023 Women’s Qualifier vs Portugal:
|Kristine Anigwe||F||25||6’4″||Passalacqua Spedizioni Ragusa (ITA)|
|Shanice Beckford-Norton||G||25||5’8″||London Lions (GBR)|
|Kirsty Brown||F||23||6’3″||Leicester Riders (GBR)|
|Chantel Charles||F||28||5’10”||London Lions (GBR)|
|Temi Fagbenle||F||30||6’4″||CBK Mersin (TUR)|
|Georgia Gayle||G||25||5’9″||Sheffield Hatters (GBR)|
|Chantelle Handy||F/C||35||6’2″||Caledonia Gladiators (GBR)|
|Shequila Joseph||F/C||27||6’3″||London Lions (GBR)|
|Kennedy Leonard||G||26||5’8″||London Lions (GBR)|
|Hannah Robb||G||24||5’9″||Leicester Riders (GBR)|
|Eilidh Simpson||G||30||5’7″||Free Agent|
|Azania Stewart||C||33||6’5″||London Lions (GBR)|
Chema Buceta – Head Coach
Stef Collins – Assistant Coach
Vanessa Ellis – Assistant Coach
Mark Lloyd – National Teams Manager / Head of Delegation
Peter Thain – Physiotherapist
Ross Knevett – Sports Therapist
Karen Barclay – Team Doctor