GBW Stef Collins 568Stef Collins is to become the first Great Britain internationalist, male or female, to reach 100 caps as her side continue their build-up to next month’s EuroBasket with a four-nation tournament in Guildford this weekend.

The hosts take on Israel on Saturday at Surrey Sports Park with Collins in line to reach the landmark in Sunday’s clash with Germany.

And GB coach Damian Jennings, who previously worked with the veteran at club level with Cardiff Archers, has hailed Collins’ accomplishment of being an ever-present since the national team was re-established seven years ago.

“What an impressive feat for someone to stay that healthy, stay on top of her game and be considered the starting point guard of Great Britain throughout the Olympic Games,” he said.

“On a personal note, as her coach at club level for six years leading up to this, it makes me really proud to coach her through this 100th cap as well.”

GB finish off the tournament against Greece on Monday.

Britain’s European hopes have received a lift after Jo Leedham, their leading scorer in last summer’s Olympics, failed to earn a contract with the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun, freeing the Cheshire-born guard for international duty.


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