(Source: UT Sports Information)
A trio of Toledo women's basketball players will continue to hone their skills this summer against some of the best competition the world has to offer. Junior Inma Zanoguera and freshman Elena de Alfredo will represent their home country of Spain on the U-20 National Team, while freshman Janice Monakana will participate in "friendly games" with England's U-18 National Squad.
"I'm thrilled these players have the privilege of playing for their national teams," three-time Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year Tricia Cullop said. "It will be a great opportunity for them to compete against some of the best players around. It's an experience they will always treasure, and one that will help them prepare for our upcoming season."
Zanoguera and de Alfredo will compete at the 2013 European Championship (Division A) on July
4-14 in Samsun, Turkey. Spain is one of 12 teams set to participate in the 11-day tournament and will be placed in Group B, along with Poland, Slovak Republic and Greece.
"The on-court chemistry that Inma and Elena have developed will definitely pay dividends for us this year," Cullop said.
de Alfredo also plans to play for the U-19 Spanish National Team at the 2013 FIBA World Championships in Lithuania on July 18-28. Spain is one of 12 squads set to take part in the 11-day tourney and will compete in Group B, along with Argentina, Australia and Japan.
Last summer, Zanoguera helped the U-20 Spanish National Team capture the 2012 European Championship in Hungary. She averaged 6.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.0 assists in 22.1 minutes per game, scoring in double figures on three occasions.
A year ago, de Alfredo played for the U-18 Spanish National Team that placed fifth at the 2012 European Championship (Division A), contributing 12.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals in 22.8 minutes per contest. She scored in double digits six times and ranked third in the league in three-point field goal percentage (48.9 percent, 22-of-45) and three-point field goals made (2.4), sixth in overall field goal percentage (48.8, 41-of-84) and 14th in scoring.
Monakana is hoping to be part of England's U-18 National Team that is set to compete at the 2013 European Championship (Division A) on Aug. 15-25 in Croatia. Their team roster will be finalized at the end of July. England is one of 12 squads to take part in the 11-day tournament and will participate in Group B, along with Croatia, Russia and Spain.
Last summer, Monakana played for England's U-18 National Team at the 2012 European Championship (Division B) in Macedonia, tallying 6.1 points, 4.7 boards and 1.0 helpers per contest.