FIBA has awarded the hosting rights of the inaugural FIBA Micronesian Cup to the Guam Basketball Confederation, taking place from June 8
The Women’s Team of the Northern Marianas Islands (NMI) is preparing for the FIBA Micronesian Cup 2022 in Guam with a varied training regimen.
As they develop their national women’s basketball reputation, head coach Catherine Attao highlighted that the women are focusing on great collaboration.
Catherine Attao said:
“Our goal is to be prepared in every aspect of the game; mentally, physically, technically and our basketball IQ. We have been training three times a week, while assigning daily individual goals six days a week.”
She further added: “Our team has been very actively involved in giving back to our community through conducting basketball clinics around the villages called the BOLA program and supporting our Interscholastic School Basketball Leagues by officiating the games and tables.”
NMI went to Guam earlier this year to compete in the University of Guam Marianas Friendly Tournament, gaining crucial on-court and off-court experience in preparation for the FIBA Micronesian Cup 2022. Attao quoted and thanked the officials for providing the opportunity to play:
“I am very proud of how far our ladies have come to this point. They continue to push and grow as a team. We are excited for this competition under our new Northern Marianas Islands Basketball Federation leadership, who have been extremely supportive.”
The Northern Marianas Island Women’s team schedule:
Wednesday, June 8 vs Guam, 16:45(GMT+10)
Thursday, June 9 vs Palau, 12:15(GMT+10)
Friday, June 10 vs FSM, 14:30(GMT+10)
National teams from all over Micronesia will compete in the FIBA Micronesian Cup 2022. The Micronesian Cup will be held for the first time as a stand-alone tournament, with Guam as the existing Men’s and Women’s Micronesian Games Winners. Guam will be hosting men’s and women’s teams from Federated State of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru Northern Marianas Islands and Palau. The top squad will be qualified for the Pacific Games in 2023.