Basketball and India

FIBA Women's Asia Cup 2021: Vaishnavi Yadav among NBA Academy alumni part of India's roster for Division A

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.

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.

Player Height/Position
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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