It’s a home guard for Great Bri­tain

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT -

THE Great Bri­tain Women’s team will have a strong north-west flavour when they take on Be­larus in Manch­ester this week.

Coach Chema Buc­eta has an­nounced his pro­vi­sional 14-player squad for the FIBA Women’s EuroBas­ket 2021 qual­i­fiers against Poland and the Be­larus­sians.

And ex­pe­ri­enced guard Ge­or­gia Jones and up-and-com­ing Ni­co­lette Fong Lyee Quee – both from Manch­ester - Rochdale’s Mol­lie Campbell and Cheshire star Jo Leed­ham-Warner all fea­ture.

The team travel to the Polish city of Wal­brzych for the open­ing fix­ture of the com­pe­ti­tion on Thurs­day.

They then host Be­larus at the Na­tional Basketball Per­for­mance Cen­tre in Manch­ester on Sun­day (5pm).

GB go into the three-team group on a high after the record fourth-place fin­ish at Women’s EuroBas­ket 2019 in Latvia and Ser­bia with all the play­ers who fea­tured re­turn­ing.

Coach Buc­eta ex­pects to main­tain those high stan­dards, say­ing: “We face the chal­lenge of a new Euro­pean cam­paign with hu­mil­ity and fo­cus on things that we can do, fight­ing wisely game by game, trust­ing and sup­port­ing each other all the way.

“This was our strat­egy to be able to com­pete at a high level in last EuroBas­ket, and this has to be again our main weapon.”

Ge­or­gia Jones

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