BURTON UNVEILS SWEET 16

Great Britain Under-20 coach Karen Burton has named a 16-strong initial squad for July’s European Championships in Podgorica.

It includes a clutch of returnees from 2014 including US-based trio Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott, Janice Monakana and Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby, plus Edinburgh’s Hannah Peacock – all currently trying to impress at the senior women’s camp, in a bid to land a precious spot at EuroBasket Women Final Round in Hungary and Romania next month.

Bravo-Harriott and Monakana are team-mates in the NCAA at the University of Toledo, with the latter having led the team with 10.6 points per game last year and the former finishing her freshman year at College with All-Conference honours.

Ottewill-Soulsby was a premier performer in the paint and she will be joined by Hannah Peacock of Scotland, who is also currently trying to impress with the senior team.

There is also a slot for Megan Lewis who led the team last year in assists and steals, as well as six players from the Women’s British Basketball League.

“We are delighted to have such a strong pool of players to choose from,” stated head coach, Karen Burton who will be at the helm for the first time.

“It is also exciting to see so many players gaining the priceless experience of being at senior camp at the University of Worcester Arena.

“There is no doubt they are learning so much from the more experienced players and the coaching staff.

“That means they will arrive with even more to offer the team as we look to continue providing an exciting pathway for all of our players towards their aims of one day representing the senior side.”

Preliminary roster 

Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott (University of Toledo, USA)
Sarah Thomson (Team Northumbria)
Janice Monakana (University of Toledo, USA)
Hannah Peacock (City of Edinburgh Kool Kats)
Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby (Lafayette University, USA)
Robyn Lewis (Leicester Riders)
Megan Lewis (New Hampton Academy, USA)
Georgia Elliott-King (Leicester Riders)
Kirsten Simpson (City of Edinburgh Kool Kats)
Freya Schmidt (University of Calgary, CAN)
Mollie Campbell (University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, USA)
Bethany Sarson (Oaklands College Wolves)
Yhana Van Wees (Tayside Musketeers)
Sadie Russell (Barking Abbey Crusaders)
Evelyn Adebayo (Barking Abbey Crusader)
Anna Forsyth (Leicester Riders)

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