UCLA Women's Basketball Represented at Tokyo Olympics
Tokyo, Japan – UCLA Women's Basketball will be represented by a trio of players at the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Nirra Fields ('16) will compete in her second Olympics for Canada while Atonye Nyingifa ('14) and Angela Dugalić are set to compete in the Olympics for the first time for Nigeria and Serbia, respectively.
Fields became the fourth-ever Bruin player to compete in the Olympics with her selection for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, following Natalie Williams (2000), Denise Curry (1980 boycott, 1984), and Ann Meyers Drysdale (1976). The selections of Nyingifa and Dugalić bring UCLA's total Olympic player tally to six. It's the first time that three Bruin players or alumnae will compete in the same Olympic Games, the highest total in program history.
Dugalić is set to compete in her first Olympic Games impressively before her sophomore collegiate season begins. She is coming off a victory at the European Championships with Serbia and is set to don the four letters for the Bruins this season after transferring from Oregon. Nyingifa, a member of UCLA's 1,000-point club with 1,570-career points, will compete in her first Olympics after helping Team Nigeria qualify for the Games for the first time since 2004. Fields will represent Canada for the second-straight Olympic tournament, averaging 5.2 points in 2016 following her graduation from UCLA.
Serbia and Canada were drawn into Group A for the upcoming tournament and will square off on the first day of women's basketball competition on the morning of Monday, July 26. Korea and Spain round out Group A.
Nigeria was drawn into Group B with Japan, France, and the United States. Nyingifa and the Nigerians see their first action of the tournament against the U.S. on Tuesday, July 27 in Tokyo (late Monday evening in Los Angeles). Nigeria and the United States played an exhibition on July 19, with the Americans emerging victorious by a score of 93-62.
Group Stage Schedule – Bruins in Tokyo
Monday, July 26 – Serbia vs. Canada – 1:20 a.m. PT (Angela Dugalić, Nirra Fields)
Monday, July 26 – Nigeria vs. United States – 9:40 p.m. PT (Atonye Nyingifa)
Wednesday, July 28 – Canada vs. Korea – 6:00 p.m. PT (Nirra Fields)
Thursday, July 29 – Spain vs. Serbia – 1:20 a.m. PT (Angela Dugalić)
Friday, July 30 – France vs. Nigeria – 1:20 a.m. PT (Atonye Nyingifa)
Saturday, July 31 – Canada vs. Spain – 6:00 p.m. PT (Nirra Fields)
Sunday, Aug. 1 – Korea vs. Serbia – 5:00 a.m. PT (Angela Dugalić)
Sunday, Aug. 1 – Nigeria vs. Japan – 6:00 p.m. PT (Atonye Nyingifa)
*Post-group stage matchups TBD