TORONTO, Ont. – Canada Basketball announced Monday that UCLA alumnus Nirra Fields will be part of the Team Canada roster for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022. Fields was among 15 players who attended training camp in Edmonton from Aug. 24 to Sept. 8 for Canada Basketball’s Senior Women’s National Team.
“I’m so proud and happy for Nirra Fields,” said UCLA family basketball head coach Michael Price. Cori Close. “She just stood the test of time, she continued to grow and evolve her game.
“What I respect the most about Nirra is that she’s so brave. Coming to the United States at an early age to try to pursue that basketball dream, being able to have a long professional career to add to the toolbox of his game, to give back to his family – he’s a very loyal family person – and then to represent his country at such a high level. I’m really excited for Nirra, and I’m proud of everything that what she’s done, how she represents herself and her family, and how she represents UCLA, she’s one of the greatest of all time.
Fields made an immediate impact at Westwood, seeing action in 33 games and averaging 7.8 points in his debut campaign. His production exploded in his second season, as Fields secured a starting spot for 30 games. During the 2013-14 season, Fields had 17.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore.
As a Bruin, Fields was named to the All-Pac-12 team for three straight years, from her sophomore year through her senior years, and helped lead the team to a WNIT championship in 2015. Fields ranks still sixth all-time in the Bruins’ standings. history (1,867), and she had more than 20 points in 36 games during her career.
About Team Canada
A Team Canada veteran, Fields has enjoyed success on the international stage in recent years. Fields averaged 9.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists in Team Canada’s fourth-place finish at the 2021 FIBA AmeriCup. She also averaged 11.3 points per game to accompany 2.7 rpg and 2.7 apg in three games at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.
FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022
Canada have been drawn in Group B of the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 and will face Serbia (September 21 11pm ET), France (September 23 4am ET), Japan (September 25 6:30 a.m. ET), welcomes Australia (September 26 at 6:30 a.m. ET) and Mali (September 27 at 2:00 a.m. ET) in the group stage, live on Sportsnet.
The top four teams from each group will advance to the quarter-finals and the winners will advance to the semi-finals and the medal round.
The FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 will feature the top 12 women’s national teams in the world, with 38 matches to be played over 10 days from September 22 to October 1, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. The event will be the 19th edition of FIBA’s most distinguished women’s event.
Canada’s Senior Women’s National Team remains fourth in the FIBA Women’s World Rankings, presented by Nike, after the rankings were updated following the conclusion of the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournaments in FIBA.