Pac-12 women's basketball represented by 12 Olympians in Tokyo
SAN FRANCISCO – Twelve Pac-12 women’s basketball players from eight schools will represent seven National Olympic Committees at the 2020 Summer Games, which officially began with the lighting of the Olympic cauldron during Friday’s Opening Ceremony. The Conference’s 12 women’s basketball Olympians in Tokyo are more than any other league.
The action gets underway on Saturday morning at 1:55 a.m. PT when WASHINGTON’s Kelsey Plum takes the court for the United States against France in 3x3 basketball, a sport making its Olympic debut.
In the more traditional 5x5 competition, OREGON’s Maite Cazorla will be the first on the floor when Spain faces the Republic of Korea on Sunday, July 26 at 6 p.m. PT. UCLA’s Nirra Fields, UTAH’s Kim Gaucher and ARIZONA’s Shaina Pellington are playing for Canada, which opens its Olympics against Serbia and UCLA’s Angela Dugalic at 1:20 a.m. PT on Monday, July 26.
Nigeria, which features three from the Pac-12 in Promise Amukamara of ARIZONA STATE, Ify Ibekwe of ARIZONA and Atonye Nyingifa of UCLA, begins play on Monday, July 26 at 9:40 p.m. PT against the United States.
UTAH’s Leilani Mitchell and STANFORD’s Alanna Smith will suit up for Australia when the Opals take on Belgium at 1:20 a.m. PT on Tuesday, July 27 and OREGON STATE’s Ali Gibson will make her Olympic debut for Puerto Rico at 5 a.m. PT on July 27 against China.
Among teams with Pac-12 competitors, Australia (No. 2), Spain (No. 3) and Canada (No. 4) are all ranked in the top five in the world. Serbia is No. 8, Nigeria No. 17 and Puerto Rico No. 23.
Fields is appearing in her second Olympics with Canada and Gaucher her third. Mitchell is also on Australia’s Olympic roster for a second time. The other nine from the Pac-12 will be making their Olympic debuts.
2020 Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Olympians
Ify Ibekwe – Nigeria
Shaina Pellington – Canada
Promise Amukamara – Nigeria
Maite Cazorla – Spain
Ali Gibson – Puerto Rico
Alanna Smith – Australia
Angela Dugalic – Serbia
Nirra Fields – Canada
Atonye Nyingifa – Nigeria
Kim Gaucher – Canada
Leilani Mitchell – Australia
Kelsey Plum – USA (3x3)
In addition to the Olympians above, OREGON STATE’s Jamie Scott was selected as one of Canada’s four alternates for the Games.