Barking Abbey alumnus Melita Emanuel-Carr has been named to the initial Great Britain Senior Women’s squad for their upcoming EuroBasket 2019 qualifiers.
The 23-year-old graduated from Barking Abbey in 2013 before attending NCAA Division 1 school University of Illinois at Chicago on a full athletic scholarship. She has since turned professional, spending half this season in France, though is currently unattached.
Emanuel-Carr received her first Senior call up last year, and has previously represented the Great Britain Under-20s for two summers (2013, 2014) and the England Under-18s.
Great Britain had an encouraging first window last November when they pipped Israel in a memorable 90-87 overtime thriller in Manchester, prior to almost upsetting FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 participants and Group favourites Greece – only just falling 61-59 on the road.
Coach Buceta and his players will be back on the road this time, with a double-header that could go a long way to shaping their hopes of making it to Latvia and Serbia next year at the showpiece event.
The team have congregated for a short preparation camp at the National Basketball Performance Centre in Manchester, and then will depart for Faro on 8 February, ahead of their clash against Portugal on Saturday 10 February at 9pm in Pavilhao.
They will then move on to Israel, who they will go up against on Wednesday 14 February at 6.30pm in Tel Aviv.
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