Stanford basketball recruit to play for Canadian women's team


Stanford incoming freshman Mikaela Brewer was selected as one of the 12 athletes to Canada's U18 women's national team, which will represent its country at the FIBA Americas U18 Women's Championship in Chile, Canada Basketball announced.

The competition, which begins Wednesday, takes place in the host city of Valdivia, Chile and features the eight national teams from the Americas region divided into two groups of four squads each. Canada will face Group B opponents Mexico, Chile and Puerto Rico in the preliminary round of the tournament before the knockout stage begins on Saturday.

The top two teams from each group advance to the semifinals, while the bottom pair play classification games for places 5-8. All teams compete until the last day of the championship. The top four teams qualify for the 2017 FIBA U19 World Championship in Udine and Cividale del Friuli, Italy next July.

Brewer, a skilled perimeter prospect, is a veteran of Canada Basketball and most recently represented her country at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women in the Czech Republic. The 5-foot-10 Brewer helped Team Canada to a sixth-place finish, averaging 20.1 minutes, 8.0 points and 1.6 rebounds per outing.

She shot 63 percent from behind the arc (10-of-16) and had her best game in a 46-45 win over Japan on July 5, scoring 17 on 6-of-9 shooting. Brewer was a perfect 5-of-5 deep and her 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds remaining lifted Canada to victory.

The Barrie, Ontario native was also selected to the Canadian National Team last summer for the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women in Chekhov, Russia, but was unable to compete due to injury.

— Stanford Athletics

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