Nurse, a guard for the Phoenix Mercury, hasn’t played since suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament during the WNBA playoffs last October.
Achonwa and Carleton were available immediately for the Canada camp since their Minnesota Lynx didn’t qualify for the current WBNA playoffs.
Head coach Victor Lapena selected 15 players for camp, which opened Wednesday and runs through Sept. 8. It’s the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic the Canadian women have gathered in Edmonton, which has been their base since 2013.
Following camp, the Canadians will travel to Sydney, Australia for a series of exhibition games Sept. 10-18.
Canada is in a tough Group B for the World Cup. They’ll open against Serbia on Sept. 22 local time (or Sept. 21, 11 p.m. ET). They’ll then play France, Japan, and host Australia before closing the group phase against Mali.
The top four teams in each group will advance to the quarterfinals with the winners moving on to the semifinals and medal round.
Canada went 1-1 at the qualifying tournament in Osaka in February to clinch a berth.
The 19th FIBA women’s World Cup features the world’s 12 national teams, with 38 games played across 10 days in Sydney, Australia.
The Canadian team, which was ousted in the preliminary round of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, is fourth in the FIBA world women’s ranking.
Natalie Achonwa, forward, Guelph, Ont.; Kayla Alexander, forward, Milton, Ont.; Laeticia Amihere, forward, Mississauga, Ont.; Bridget Carleton, guard, Chatham, Ont.; Shay Colley, guard, Brampton, Ont.; Quinn Dornstauder, forward, Regina; Aaliyah Edwards, forward, Kingston, Ont.; Nirra Fields, guard, Montreal; Mael Gilles, guard, Montreal; Taya Hanson, guard, Kelowna, B.C.; Sami Hill, guard, Toronto; Aislinn Konig, guard, Langley, B.C.; Phillipina Kyei, forward, Calgary; Kia Nurse, guard, Hamilton, Ont.; Cassandre Prosper, guard/forward, Montreal.
- Ontario stay-at-home dad overwhelmed by ‘compassionate’ response to financial struggles
- Canadian pet rescues ‘begging for help’ amid high costs of care
- How to know if you have salmonella as death toll rises from cantaloupe outbreak
- Alberta finance minister says he has not ‘flip-flopped’ on proposed pension change