The French basketball federation revealed on Sunday the names of the twelve players who have been selected to compete in the 2022 World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in Sydney, Australia, from September 22 to October 1. Iliana Rupert, who is currently amid the WNBA final with Las Vegas, will join Les Bleues in Sydney from the end of his season with his franchise. Pauline Astier, Marie Pardon, Assistant Koné, and Mamignan Touré were not selected and are leaving the France group four days before the World Cup. Mamignan Touré will not be competing in the tournament.
Céline Dumerc, general manager of the French women’s team, and Jean-Aimé Toupane, her coach, announced after the French basketball players lost their final practice match versus Japan by a score of 69 to 59 on Sunday. The game was France’s final encounter before the Olympics. After their loss to the Australians on Friday, Les Bleus have now suffered back-to-back defeats, bringing their overall record to 0-2. (92-88). Before entering the island continent, they had already achieved victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina and Belgium on two separate occasions. They will face the United States of America in a scrimmage on Monday, but the match will be held behind closed doors.
On Thursday, France will kick off their World Cup campaign with a match against Australia. After that, they will compete against Canada, Mali, Japan, and Serbia. As a result of Sandrine Gruda’s injury, Les Bleues are missing a key player in their lineup.
The following teams will compete for France in the World Cup group stage in Australia:
Marième Badiane (born November 24, 1994, standing 1.90 meters tall, playing strong-pivot winger with 39 caps for Asvel)
Lisa Berkani (19/05/1997, 1.76m, back-leading, 12 caps, Flames Carolo)
Alexia Chartereau was born on September 5, 1998, and is 1.91 meters tall. She plays the strong wing position for Asvel.
Kendra Chéry is a winger who was born on July 16, 2001, is 1.88 meters tall, and plays for the Basket Landes team.
Helena Ciak (15/12/1989, 1.97m, pivot, 124 caps, Asvel)
Marine Fauthoux was born on January 23, 2001, and is 1.74 meters tall. She has 37 caps with Basket Landes.
Marine Johannes was born on January 21, 1995, and has a back measurement of 1.77 meters. He has 104 caps.
Sarah Michel was born on January 10, 1989, is 1.80 meters tall, plays rear winger, and has 109 caps with Bourges Basket.
Marie-Eve Paget (28/11/1994, 1.71 m, leader, 5 caps, Basket Landes)
Iliana Rupert was born on July 12, 2001, and she is 1.94 meters tall. She is a strong-pivot winger who has 42 caps for Bourges Basket.
Ana Tadic (21/09/1998, 1.95m, pivot, 7 caps, Tarbes GB)
Gabby Williams was born on September 9, 1996, and is 1.80 meters tall. He has 27 caps for Sopron (Hungary)