Nirra Fields, the UCLA alumna, has been added to Team Canada’s roster for the 2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup. She was one of the 15 athletes who participated in the training camp for Canada Basketball’s Senior National Women’s Team from August 24 to September 8 in Edmonton. The announcement of her inclusion in the squad was made on Monday.
“I am just so proud and happy for Nirra Fields,” Cori Close, head coach of The Michael Price Family UCLA Women’s Basketball, expressed her pride and happiness for Nirra Fields. “She just has stood the test of time, she’s continued to grow and to evolve her game.
“What I respect most about Nirra is that she’s so courageous. Coming to the United States at an early age to try to pursue this basketball dream, being able to have a long professional career to add to the toolbox of her game, to give back to her family – she’s a very loyal family person – and then to represent her country at such a high level. I’m really excited for Nirra, and I’m proud of all she’s accomplished, how she represents herself and her family, and how she represents UCLA. She’s one of the all-time greats.”
Fields Career at UCLA
Nirra Fields made a quick impact in Westwood, playing in 33 games and scoring 7.8 points per game as a rookie. Fields won a starting spot for 30 games during her sophomore season, which saw an explosion in her output. Moreover, as a second-year player, she averaged 17.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in the 2013-14 campaign. Meanwhile, Fields was named to the All-Pac-12 Team three times during her sophomore and senior years.
Additionally, she assisted in helping her team win the WNIT Championship in 2015. She scored more than 20 points in 36 games over her career, and she still ranks sixth all-time in Bruins scoring history, amassing 1867 points.
Fields with Team Canada
Fields is the most seasoned member of Team Canada and has recently enjoyed success on the global stage. Fields contributed to Team Canada’s fourth-place finish at the FIBA AmeriCup in 2021, averaging 9.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game. Moreover, she also recorded 11.3 points per game, 2.7 rebounds per game, and 2.7 assists per game in three Olympic games in Tokyo in 2021.
FIBA 2022 Australia
Canada is placed in Group B for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 and will square off against Serbia on September 21. Subsequently, they will play France on September 23, Japan on September 25, the hosts, Australia, on September 26, and Mali on September 27.