Canada’s Kia Nurse will miss the Olympic qualifiers due to a minor injury

Kia Nurse will miss the upcoming FIBA ​​Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament due to injury.

Basketball Canada says Nurse suffered a minor injury in practice that will keep her out of the tournament, but she will be available for the 2024 Paris Olympics, should Canada qualify.

The Sports Federation did not provide details about the injury suffered by the nurse.

Canada will face Hungary on February 8, Spain on February 9, and Japan on February 11 in Sopron, Hungary. The top three teams will qualify for the Paris Games.

The team also announced the names of 12 players who were included in the pre-qualifier list for the tournament on Tuesday.

Canada advanced to the qualifying tournament after going undefeated at the FIBA ​​Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in November.

The Los Angeles Sparks acquired Nurse from the Seattle Storm at the end of January in the WNBA, along with the Storm’s fourth pick overall in April’s WNBA draft.

In return, the Sparks sent their 2026 first-round pick to Seattle.

Nurse, from Hamilton, signed as a free agent with Seattle last season and averaged 5.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists. She played all 40 matches and made 20 appearances.

The 27-year-old was named the league’s Most Valuable Star in 2019.

Complete list

  • Natalie Ashonwa (Guelph, Ontario)
  • Kayla Alexander (Milton, Ontario)
  • Leticia Amihere (Mississauga, Ontario)
  • Bridget Carlton (Chatham, Ontario)
  • Shay Cooley (Brampton, Ontario)
  • Yvonne Ejim (Calgary)
  • Nira Fields (Montreal)
  • Sammy Hill (Toronto)
  • Aislinn Koenig (Langley, British Columbia)
  • Shayna Billington (Pickering, Ontario)
  • Emily Potter (Winnipeg)
  • Sela Swords (Sudbury, Ontario)

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