PITTSBURGH (NCAA Women/FIBA Americas Championship for Women) - The performances of Canada’s women last summer got a lot of people excited about the sport in the country.
A squad with a good mix of youngsters and veterans was successful at the FIBA Olympic Qualify Tournament for Women, claiming one of the five spots available for the London Games.
Once at the Olympics, Canada reached the Quarter-Finals.
The future looks bright when considering the performances of Canada’s youngsters in the American college game.
One of those players making headlines is Wumi Agunbiade, who is now a junior at Duquesne.
She has been a force for the Dukes, who have won 17 of their 21 games and host St. Bonaventure on Thursday night.
Agunbiade is averaging 14.1 points and 7.5 rebounds. She has swatted 36 shots.
All of those numbers are team highs.
In the Atlantic 10, she is the fourth leading scorer at 17 points per game.
Agunbiade has improved every year she’s played at Duquesne.
In her first season with the Dukes, she garnered the honor of Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Year in 2011.
She then played for Canada at the at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women in Chile.
At that event, Agunbiade’s play was characterized by her combativeness all over the floor.
She made loud statements in back-to-back wins over Japan and the United States.
Agunbiade poured in 21 points and corralled 15 rebounds against the Japanese and then had 15 points and nine boards against the USA.
Canada fell to Spain in the Quarter-Finals and ended up finishing fifth.
As a sophomore at Duquesne, the 1.88m power forward stepped her game up several notches and earned a spot on the All-Conference Second-Team.
If she continues to excel, Agunbiade could feature for Canada at the FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico, or next year at the FIBA World Championship for Women in Turkey.