Brierley selected to represent Great Britain at FIBA U20 Championships

Brierley selected to represent Great Britain at FIBA U20 Championships

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SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo women's basketball rising sophomore Gina Brierley was selected as one of 12 players to represent Great Britain at the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) U20 Women's European Championship (Division B) which takes place between July 8-16, 2017 in Eilat, Israel.

"I'm thrilled to be given the opportunity to be selected for the Great Britain U20 squad," Brierley said of the chance to wear her nation's colors. "It's always an honor to get a call from your home nation; it's the icing on the cake of what has been a fantastic year for me. I just want to take the opportunity to thank the coaching staff at Saint Leo, especially Coach Crocitto, who gave me the chance to further my sporting career at an amazing university."

The FIBA U20 Women's European Championship (Division B) will start on July 8 as Brierley and her squad will take on Ireland. They will also face Romania, Israel, Belarus, and Croatia in consecutive days as part of group play. The other group will include Germany, Iceland, Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, Greece, and Ukraine.

The native of Manchester, England, finished her freshman season averaging 6.9 points, and scored in double figures four times, including a season-high 22 points at Eckerd (12/10) where she went 8-8 from the field and added five free throws.

"I'm so proud to see Gina represent and make this team," Saint Leo head coach Anthony Crocitto remarked. "She has mentally and physically put in the work this summer and deserves this opportunity. We are all excited to follow Gina's success."

Brierley's teammates will be student-athletes from Louisiana State, Illinois State, Lipscomb, Loyola University Maryland, and others from around Great Britain.

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