FAGBENLE BACK FOR GB QUALIFIERS

Free agent Temi Fagbenle has declared herself available for Great Britain’s closing EuroBasket Women qualifiers.

The centre, who has not yet signed for any team this season after spending her last year of college eligibility at the University of Southern California, has been named in Chema Buceta’s initial squad for the critical away ties in Italy and Albania.

Only victory in Lucca on November 19 will sustain GB’s chances of qualification with the group winners and six of the nine group runners-up sure of making it to next June’s Finals in the Czech Republic.

11 of the 12 on the roster from February’s impressive come-from-behind win over Montenegro in Manchester are included.

Captain Stef Collins leads the squad which includes Jo Leedham (Bourges, FRA), Ella Clark (PF Umbertide, ITA) and Chantelle Handy (Piestanske Cajky, Slovakia), as well as three players based in Spain, Azania Stewart, Rachael Vanderwal and Eilidh Simpson.

But the group is dominated by players from the WBBL, with eight out of the ten clubs represented.

The group will meet for camp on November 13, prior to travelling to Italy.

Squad:
Dominique ALLEN
Rheanne BAILEY
Stef COLLINS
Ella CLARK
Mollie CAMPBELL
Temi FAGBENLE
Christina GASKIN
Nicolette FONG LYEW QUEE
Georgia GAYLE
Chantelle HANDY
Deanne HAYWARD
Abigail JOHNSON
Georgia JONES
Jo LEEDHAM
Erin McGARRACHAN
Helen NAYLOR
Kyla NELSON
Gabby NIKITINAITE
Eilidh SIMPSON
Azania STEWART
Jamila THOMPSON
Rachael VANDERWAL
Savannah WILKINSON

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