Pair bring experience, youth to women’s cage team

Shona Thorburn

Hamilton’s Shona Thorburn and Milton’s Kayla Alexander have been extended invitations to the 2012 Canadian Senior Women’s National Basketball Team tryouts.

After graduating from Westdale secondary school, Thorburn, a 5-10 guard, had a strong collegiate career at the University of Utah and a brief career in the professional Women’s National Basketball Association. The 29-year-old Oxford, England-born Thorburn competed this season in Spain for Girona.

She is a veteran of the national team programs having been a member of the youth, junior and senior teams beginning in1998. She was a member of the 2011 national team which competed in the FIBA Americas.

Alexander, 21, and a 6-4 centre, just completed her junior year for the Big Orange – Syracuse University. She graduated from Milton District high school. She is considered an “up-and-coming player” by Basketball Canada. She was a member of the women’s junior national team in 2008 and 2009.

The Canadian Senior Women’s National Team’s first competition will be against the Chinese Olympic team in the 2012 Jack Donohue International Classic, which will take place in Langley, Richmond and Abbotsford, British Columbia. These games will serve as a great test for the Canadian Senior Women’s National Team as this talented Chinese team currently ranks seventh worldwide. Canada is ranked eleventh.