Liberty FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments Update

Many Liberty players will once again come face-to-face during FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments beginning on February 5, 2020.

This is the fourth time that FIBA has held Qualifiers, following Madrid in 2008, Ankara in 2012 and Nantes  in 2016. But 2020 marks the first time they will take place across multiple sites, with four groups spread across three countries in Belgium (Ostend), France (Bourges) and Serbia (Belgrade). Catch the Liberty in action by tuning in on ESPN+.

http://www.fiba.basketball/oqtwomen/france/2020/games
http://www.fiba.basketball/oqtwomen/serbia/2020/games
http://www.fiba.basketball/oqtwomen/belgium/2020/games

Thursday, 2/6 on ESPN+

China vs Great Britain- 5:50 AM
Sweden vs. Japan- 11:55 AM
Australia vs France- 2:20 PM (Rebecca Allen vs. Bria Hartley and Marine Johannes)
Canada vs Belgium- 2:25 PM

Saturday, 2/8 on ESPN+

China vs. Spain- 5:50 AM
Puerto Rico vs. Australia- 11:50 AM
France vs. Brazil- 2:20 PM
Canada vs. Sweden- 2:25 (Kia Nurse and Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe vs. Amanda Zahui B)

Sunday, 2/9 on ESPN+

China vs South Korea- 5:50 AM
Australia vs Brazil- 7:50 AM
Puerto Rico vs France- 10:20 AM
Japan vs Canada- 11:55 AM

 

HAN XU | CHINA

Han Xu has represented for Team China since she was a teen on the FIBA U17 Women’s Basketball World Cup in Zaragoza during 2016.

Looking for her Olympic debut, the 6-foot-9 center will certainly have an impact on her team thanks to her rebounding ability and shooting efficiency from mid-range and beyond the arc.

Pre-Qualifying Tournament Results
Nov. 13 vs. Korea, L, 81-80 (5 pts, 2-7 FG, 6 reb, 2 blk, 16.30 min) | BOX SCORE
Nov. 15 vs. New Zealand: W, 94-71 (4 pts, 12-2 FG,  2 reb, 4 blk, 27 min) | BOX SCORE

KIA NURSE | CANADA

Kia Nurse will provide the X-Factor and a significant scoring boost as Canada looks to advance to the 2020 Olympics.

Her decision-making, athleticism, mid-range jumper and ability to hit the three ball will surly have an impact on her team.

Pre-Qualifying Tournament Results
Nov. 14 vs. Cuba: W, 110-53 (27 pts, 9-18 FG, 2 reb, 3 ast 2 stl, 22.52 min) | BOX SCORE
Nov. 16 vs. Puerto Rico: W, 80-84 (17 pts, 5-14 FG, 5 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, 31.46 min) | BOX SCORE
Nov. 17 vs. Dominican Republic: W, 110-60 (2 pts, 1-8FG, 2 reb, 21.06 min) | BOX SCORE 

NAYO RAINCOCK-EKUNWE | CANADA

The 6-2 forward, Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe also joins the Canadian National Team for her seventh year.

Her rebounding ability, defend multiple positions and overall versatility will help Team Canada in their journey to Tokyo.

Pre-Qualifying Tournament Results
Nov. 14 vs. Cuba: W, 110-53 (8 pts, 4-5 FG, 6 reb, 2 ast 1 stl, 21.20 min) | BOX SCORE
Nov. 16 vs. Puerto Rico, W, 80-84 (27 PTS, 10-12 FG, 11 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl) | BOX SCORE
Nov. 17 vs. Dominican Republic: W, 110-60 (14 pts, 4-12 FG, 2 reb, 5 ast, 1 stl, 15.14 min) | BOX SCORE

BRIA HARTLEY | FRANCE

The Fédération Française de Basketball (French Basketball Federation) will once again welcome Bria Hartley to the French women’s national basketball team.

Hartley, who has French citizenship through her mother’s side of the family, will bring versatility at the guard position to a loaded French team.

Recent Results
Nov. 15 vs. Spain: W, 55-51
Nov. 17  vs. Spain: W, 65-58

MARINE JOHANŃES | FRANCE

Marine Johanńes made her senior tournament debut with the French National Team in Rio four years ago. She will return to her former home floor in Bourges for the Qualifying Tournament.

FIBA referred to JoJo as an “entertainer, difference-maker, momentum-shifter and ‘X-Factor’ player” and there is no one who disagrees. She will bring her usual smooth game, filled with impressive passing and sharp shooting to a deep French team.

Recent Results
Nov. 15 vs. Spain: W, 55-51
Nov. 17  vs. Spain: W, 65-58

AMANDA ZAHUI B | SWEDEN

Zahui B is a force on any team. The 6-5 forward/center will lead her home country at the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Ostend.

Team Sweden will be bidding to make it to their first ever Olympics and AZB’s versatility, rebound and shooting abilities will be on full display.

Pre-Qualifying Tournament Results
Nov. 14 vs. Israel: W,77-40(10 pts, 3-8 FG, 8 reb, 3 ast, 29 min) | BOX SCORE
Nov. 17 vs. Montenegro: W, 68-55 (15 pts, 6-12 FG, 6 reb, 28 min) | BOX SCORE

REBECCA ALLEN | AUSTRALIA

Rebecca Allen is set to make her long-awaited Olympic Games debut with the Aussie Opals. The combo guard first joined the Australian National Team in 2016, when they fell short of their Olympic goal.

This year, look for Allen and company to be hungry to prove themselves on the world stage. Allen will of course, bring sharp shooting and relentless rebounding to her home team.

Pre-Qualifying Tournament Results
Nov. 14 vs. Chinese Taipei: W, 84-81 (13 pts, 5-8 FG, 4 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl, 21.27 min) | BOX SCORE
Nov. 16 vs. India: W, 114-29 (20 pts, 6-9 FG, 7 reb, 1 ast, 1 blk, 1 stl, 16.25 min) | BOX SCORE
Nov. 17 vs. Japan: L, 82-69 (9 pts, 2-15 FG, 5 reb, 2 ast, 2 blk, 32.29 min) | BOX SCORE