Roser, Alexander get invite to national B team

Two area players have made the Canada Basketball list of invitees for the senior women’s “B” team tryout by invitation. The 14 selected athletes, from coast to coast, will compete for a spot onto the senior women’s “B” team in Toronto at Humber College.

Karly Roser, who attended St. Mary Secondary School in Hamilton, and Kayla Alexander of Milton will practice with the team until May 17 when it will depart to Europe to play five exhibition games against Montenegro (2 games) and Belgium (3 games).

Roser is a 5-10 guard who played this past season at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Alexander is 6-4 forward who plays for Syracuse University.

The team will be coached by Fabian McKenzie (Cape Breton, NB). Currently, Fabian coaches at Cape Breton University. He has been named AUS coach of the year on four different occasions and was named CIS Coach of the Year in 2006. He has also been named Cape Breton Sports Heritage Awards coach of the year on two occasions and received the 2008 Red Bob MacDonald award for his outstanding contribution to basketball on Cape Breton Island. McKenzie has also worked with the senior women’s national team for the past two years as a scout/video coach.

The assistant coaches for the 2012 senior women’s “B” team will be former University of Calgary head coach, Shawnee Harle and University of Windsor head coach, Chantal Vallee.