Athletes to watch at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022
With the FIBA 2022 Women’s Basketball World Cup hit Sydney Olympic Park in less than six months (and tickets available for purchase from next week, Tuesday 29 March), what better time to get to know some of the biggest names and trailblazers that will grace Australia’s shores in September.
Australian opals have several icons worth becoming familiar with! From young Ezi Magbegor, who at 22 is already a national team veteran; new team captain Sami Whitcomb, who earned his WNBA rookie contract at age 29 and is now an international star; and Bec Allen, whose incredible agility and athleticism dominated in European leagues and in the WNBA.
“For whoever has chosen to represent the green and the gold, it’s still a huge honor, but it doesn’t get any better than representing your country at home with your country right behind you and in the stands. This will be a truly special tournament for everyone involved! Shyla Heal tells Women’s Health.
“I tend to forget the magnitude of having a World Cup in your home country. It’s so rare, so it’s really exciting. I think just having the chance to play in front of family and family and the rest of Australia is something special. This is huge for the growth of women’s basketball in Australia,” adds Ezi.
Internationally, 2020 Olympic MVP Breanna Stewart is setting a new standard for the sport you’ll want to see in action, while impressive 2021 WNBA MVP Jonquel Jones will be on a mission to lead Bosnia and Herzegovina in their all first World Cup appearance.
Players to watch
When the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 takes place in Sydney, 144 of the world’s best players will travel to Australian shores.
Here are some of the big names worth getting acquainted with before the sports spectacle comes to town.