Sept. 5, 2001
NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma's Stacey Dales has been named to the Canadian Senior Women's Basketball National team that will be competing in the Confederation of Pan American Basketball Associations (COPABA) Tournament of the Americas in Sao Luis, Brazil, on Sept. 13-15. This tournament is a qualification competition for the 2002 World Championships to be held in China.
"It's such a privilege to be playing for my home country," said Dales. "This is such a tremendous opportunity for me and I'm extremely excited to be competing in the World Championships.
"I've had a summer of rejuvenation and recuperation and now I'm refreshed and ready to play. This is a fitting time for me to be going to Brazil because it falls right before our season starts here at OU. Any time you get international experience it's worthwhile."
Canada Head Coach Bev Smith named the 12-member team which features seven athletes from the 2000 Olympic team on Wednesday. Dales, the 2001 Big 12 Player of the Year, is among those seven athletes who competed in the Olympics for Canada. The Brockville, Ontario, native also guided the 2001 OU women's basketball team to an overall record of 28-6, a program best, and its second straight Big 12 Conference regular season title and NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. For the year, she averaged 16.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.4 steals and a Big 12-leading 7.3 assists a game. Her mark for assists ranked among the NCAA's top 10.
This tournament will feature two pools of three teams. The teams that finish in first and second place of each group will play the two teams from the other group. The first set of games will be played on September 13 and 14. The gold and bronze medal games will be played on September 15. The top three teams in this tournament will qualify for the 2002 World Championships.
"I am very excited to see the young athletes ready to step up on the international basketball stage," said head coach Smith. "Four of these athletes played on teams that competed at the Francophonie Games earlier this summer. But our veterans have seen incredible success individually since Sydney as well. I believe we have a great mix of athletes and we should be able to get the job done in Brazil."