Canadian women’s basketball team reaches new heights in world rankings


Canada's Miranda Ayim, left, and Tamara Tatham, second left, embrace as fellow teammates Nirra Fields, second right, and Lizanne Murphy, right, celebrate a basket against Cuba. (Jason Franson/CP)

MIES, Switzerland — The Canadian women’s basketball team is ranked a program-best fourth in the latest FIBA world rankings.

Canada sits behind the top-ranked U.S., No. 2 Australia and No. 3 Spain in the rankings, released Friday.

The latest rankings use a new format, based on results of individual games. The previous rankings only considered the final standings of tournaments.

Canada is gearing up for the 2020 Olympic Pre-Qualifying Americas tournament next week in Edmonton.

Canada faces Cuba on Nov. 14, Puerto Rico on Nov. 16 and the Dominican Republic on Nov. 17.

The Canadians are looking to advance to the final Olympic qualifying tournament in February.

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