Late on Tuesday (Sep. 14), the Basketball Federation of India announced the senior women's basketball team for the upcoming FIBA Women's Asia Cup Division A in Jordan.
The roster includes three youngsters who have previously participated in at least one of the three NBA Academy Women's Camps conducted in India between 2018 and 2019.
The trio is headlined by 19-year-old Vaishnavi Yadav. The 5-foot-9 shooting guard was named the Co-MVP of the NBA Academy India's first-ever Women's camp in May of 2018.
#NBAAcademy India Women's Camp MVP, Vaishnavi Yadav dreams of a day when a woman baller will become an Indian household name. This is her story. pic.twitter.com/zQS5i8v2T6- NBAIndia (@NBAIndia) June 11, 2018
The other former NBA Academy girls part of the senior team are Pushpa Senthil Kumar and Sreekala Rani. Both 20-year-old forwards (during FIBA Women's Asia Cup Division A tournament) along with Yadav were part of the 18 selected for the first-ever Academy Women's camp.
Sreekala Rani also participated in the second Academy Women's Camp in Jan. 2019.
Who is India's roster for Division A of FIBA Women's Asia Cup 2021?
Here's a look at the complete 12-player roster coached by Zoran Visic.
|Sreekala Rani||5-foot-9 / Small Forward|
|Stephy Nixon||6-foot-1 / Center|
|Pushpa Senthil Kumar||5-foot-10 / Shooting Guard|
|Sruthi Arvind||5-foot-7 / Shooting Guard|
|Sahana Shivamogga Mohan||5-foot-9 / Small Forward|
|Sathiya Senthil Kumar||5-foot-11 / Power Forward|
|Madhu Kumari||5-foot-5 / Point Guard|
|Shireen Vijay Limaye||5-foot-10 / Forward|
|Nishanthi Masilamani||5-foot-7 / Point Guard|
|Navaneetha Pattemane Udayakumar||5-foot-10 / Power Forward|
|Anumaria Chenganamattathil Shaju||6-foot / Center|
|Vaishnavi Yadav||5-foot-9 / Shooting Guard|
The squad includes a couple of sisters Pushpa Senthil Kumar and Sathiya Senthil Kumar
What is India's schedule for Division A of FIBA Women's Asia Cup 2021?
India, the lowest-ranked nation in Division A, is slotted in Group A alongside Japan, Korea and New Zealand.
|Date, Day||Opponent||Time (local)|
|Sep. 27, Monday||Japan||12:30 p.m|
|Sep. 28, Tuesday||Korea||3:30 p.m|
|Sep. 29, Wednesday||New Zealand||3:30 p.m|
India's first game against Japan, the five-time Asia Cup defending champions and Tokyo 2020 silver medalists, is the tournament opener.
As per FIBA's release, this time Division B will be conducted and it will be held from Nov. 3 to Nov. 7, also in Amman, Jordan. India will have to stay on its toes to ensure it doesn't get relegated to Division B for the second time in three Asia Cups.
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