The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team has four players competing internationally this summer.
Sophomore Taijah Campbell and rising freshman Samantha Hill are playing for Canada, while incoming freshmen Maddie Penn and Vanessa Panousis are playing for Australia.
Campbell started for Canada’s senior team in the World University summer games that took place in Kazan, Russia, from July 6-17.
It was the 27th year of the World University summer games. The games are an international multi-sport event for college athletes from all over the world. It is organized by the International University Sports Federation and takes place every two years. Over 10,400 athletes participated from 162 countries.
Canada’s women’s basketball team went 1-5 during the games. They beat Japan 76-48, but lost to Ukraine, Taiwan, Australia, Sweden and Hungary and ended up taking eighth place.
Campbell started every game at power forward. She played a total of 84 minutes, finishing with 26 points, six assist, 28 rebounds, three blocks and a steal in the six games.
This was not Campbell's first time playing with Canada’s national team — she also played in the U19 FIBA Americas in 2012 and both the Pan Am games and the 3x3 Youth World Championship in 2011.
Hill also played for Canada, but she played in the FIBA U19 World Championships in Lithuania.
The FIBA U19 World Championships are played every two years. There are 16 countries competing in the eighth edition of the championships. The tournament goes from July 18-28. The tournament is in the eight final rounds this week.
So far, Canada has gone 3-3 and is in fourth place in their group, which includes four-time reigning champions U.S.A. In the first game of the tournament Senegal forfeited and Canada got the automatic win. In five games, Hill has played 55 minutes, scored 10 points, had three assists, grabbed nine rebounds and nabbed four steals.
Hill is not new to the FIBA, as she played in the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
Panousis and Penn are also competing in the FIBA U19 World Championships, but for Australia.
Australia has gone 5-1 so far in the tournament. They are in second place in their group, behind Spain. The team won their first two games against Argentina and Japan, but lost their third game to Spain. Then Australia bounced back by beating Russia, Brazil and Serbia.
Panousis has played 128 minutes so far in six games as a point guard. She has 43 points, 13 assist, 14 rebounds and five steals.
Penn has not seen as much playing time as Pamousis. She has played 17 minutes in three games and recorded seven points, an assist, five rebounds and a steal.
As of now, it is yet to be determined who Australia and Canada will play next. Right now both teams still have a chance to win the tournament.