Phoenix Mercury guard Kia Nurse and Minnesota Lynx forward Natalie Achonwa are among the 20 players invited to the senior women's training camp ahead of the FIBA AmeriCup, Canada Basketball announced on Thursday.

The camp is set for May 20 to June 3 in Tampa ahead of the tournament set to begin on June 11 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The tournament is an important tune-up for the Tokyo Olympics.

The camp had originally been set for Edmonton, but COVID regulations forced a relocation to Florida.

“Having stayed connected virtually over the course of the past 14 months, the team is really looking forward to sharing the court together once again and building on the positive momentum we had coming out of the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament last February," Canada head coach Lisa Thomaidis said in a statement.

The tournament format features two round-robin groups with the top two teams in each emerging to play the semi-final round. The final is scheduled for June 19.

Canada, ranked fourth in the world, has won gold at two of the last three AmeriCups. The top three teams at the 2021 AmeriCup will qualify for the 2022 FIBA World Cup in Sydney.


 Natalie Achonwa Forward  Guelph, Ont.  Minnesota Lynx 
 Kayla Alexander Forward  Milton, Ont.  Mithra Castors Braine (Belgium)
Laeticia Amihere  Forward  Mississauga, Ont.  South Carolina (NCAA) 
Miranda Ayim  Forward  London, Ont.  Basket Landes (France) 
Bridget Carleton  Guard  Chatham, Ont.  Minnesota Lynx 
 Shay Colley Guard  Brampton, Ont.  Charnay (France) 
Quinn Dornstauder  Centre   Regina, Sask. Cadi La Seu (France) 
Aaliyah Edwards  Guard  Kingston, Ont.  Connecticut (NCAA) 
Nirra Fields  Guard  Montreal  Antalya 07 (Turkey) 
 Kim Gaucher Guard Mission, BC  USO Mondeville (France) 
Ruth Hamblin  Centre  Houston, BC  Politechnika Gdanska (Poland) 
Sami Hill Guard  Toronto  Nantes Reze Basket (France) 
Aislinn Konig  Guard  Langley, BC  Fribourg (Switzerland) 
Miah-Marie Langlois  Guard  Windsor, Ont.  Unattached 
Kia Nurse  Guard  Hamilton, Ont.  Phoenix Mercury 
Shaina Pellington Guard  Pickering, Ont.  Arizona (NCAA) 
Daneesha Provo  Guard  Dartmouth, NS  Eisvogel Freiburg (Germany) 
 Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe Forward  Toronto  Lyon ASVEL (France) 
Merissah Russell  Guard  Ottawa  Louisville (NCAA) 
Jamie Scott  Guard  Pasco, Wash.  Tarbes (France)