NORMAN – Oklahoma freshman guard Shaina Pellington earned one of 12 spots on the 2017 Canadian Women's U19 FIBA World Cup Team.
Pellington and the other 11 members were selected by Canada Basketball's Women's High Performance Program following three days of trials that featured 24 players. She will train with the team through July 11 at Humber College before traveling to Voiron, France, for an exhibition tournament July 15-17.
"After a very competitive tryout we have selected 12 athletes to represent Canada in Italy for the FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup 2017," said Denise Dignard, Director, Women's High Performance. "We look forward to seeing these athletes build on their previous international experience and compete against the best in the world within their age-group.”
The Pickering, Ontario, Canada, native becomes the third player to represent Oklahoma at the FIBA U19 World Championships. She joins Gabbi Ortiz (2015) and Courtney Paris (2005), who both competed for the United States.
Pellington also joins Stacey Dales as Oklahoma players to represent Canada at the international level. Dales competed with the Canadian National Team at the 1999 Pan American Games and the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Over the last two summers with the Canadian program, Pellington has earned extensive international experience. She competed at the 2016 U17 World Championships, averaging 8.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. Pellington led the U16 squad to the FIBA Americas gold medal in 2015.
The 2017 FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup runs July 22-30 in Udine and Cividale Del Friuli, Italy. Canada will open pool play against Korea at 7 a.m. CT in Udine, Italy on July 22. Canada is currently ranked fourth in the FIBA Youth Rankings.