Calgary’s Phillipina Kyei will represent her country FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022.
The 18-year-old Kyei is the youngest of 12 players that Canada Basketball named to its Senior Women’s National Team roster, which was announced Monday.
The World Cup takes place in Sydney, Australia, Sept. 22 to Oct. 1. Canada will face Serbia (Sept. 21, 9:00 p.m. MT), France (Sept. 23, 2:00 a.m. MT), Japan (Sept. 25, 4:30 a.m. MT), Australia (Sept. 26 4:30 a.m. MT), and Mali (Sept. 27 midnight MT) in the group phase. All games will be broadcast live on Sportsnet.
This will be Kyei’s first time suiting up for Canada at the senior level. She made her debut in international competition in July, helping Canada’s U23 team go undefeated at the GLOBL Jam Fives women’s championship in Toronto, where she ranked third among all players with an average of 6.6 rebounds per game.
Kyei attended Father Lacombe school in Calgary, and played multiple years with Alberta Basketball Association provincial teams.
A six-foot-eight centre, Kyei began her college basketball career in 2021-22 at the University of Oregon. She averaged 3.7 points and 3.3 rebounds as a freshman, helping the Ducks qualify for the NCAA Tournament.
Canada is making its 12th appearance, and fifth consecutive, at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup (formerly World Championship for Women). The country’s best result has been third place, achieved in 1979 and 1986.
For more information visit the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 website.