Nirra Fields is a Canadian professional basketball player for Energa Toruń. She last played for the Phoenix Mercury of the Women's National Basketball Association. Fields represents the Canadian national team internationally, where she participated at the 2014 FIBA World Championship. Fields started high school at Lakeside Academy in Montreal in 2007; the following year she spent at Regina High School in Ohio. She spent her junior year at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, she transferred to Mater Dei High School in California for her senior year. Although she only played for Mater Dei for one year she made enough of an impact that the school retired her jersey at the end of the year. During the year she averaged just over 22 points a game to help the team to a 34–3 record, a CIF SS Division 1AA state championship, she was named a McDonald's All-American and eligible to play in them McDonald's All-American game, the first female Canadian to earn such an honour. Fields played for Canada in the 2010 FIBA Under-17 World Championship for Women held in Toulouse and Rodez, France from July 16–25, 2010.
She averaged 22.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. She scored 30 points against 36 against Japan; the following year, she played for the Canadian team in the 2011 FIBA Under-19 World Championship for Women held in Puerto Montt, Chile. She helped the team to a fifth-place finish with an 8–1 record, she averaged 15.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. In 2014, she played for the senior women's national team at the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women held in Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey from September 27 to October 5, 2014, she helped the team to a fifth-place finish with an overall record of 4–3. She averaged 2.6 rebounds per game. Fields was a member of the Canada women's national basketball team which participated in basketball at the 2015 Pan American Games held in Toronto, Canada July 10 to 26, 2015. Canada opened the preliminary rounds with an easy 101–38 win over Venezuela; the following day they beat Argentina 73–58. The final preliminary game was against Cuba; the game went down to the wire with Canada eking out a 71–68 win.
Canada would face Brazil in the semifinal. Everything seemed to go right in the semifinal game. Canada opened the game with an 11–2 run on seven consecutive points by Miranda Ayim. Miah-Marie Langlois contributed. In the third quarter Canada out rebounded Brazil and hit 69% of their field goals to score 33 points in the quarter. Lizanne Murphy and Fields hit three-pointers to help extend the lead to 68–39 at the end of three quarters. Canada continued to dominate in the fourth quarter with three-pointers by Kim Gaucher. Canada went on to win the game 91–63 to earn a spot in the gold-medal game against the USA; the gold-medal game matched up the host team Canada against USA, in a sold out arena dominated by fans in red and white and waving the Canadian flag. The Canadian team, arm in arm, sang. After trading baskets early the US edged out to a double-digit lead in the second quarter; however the Canadians, spurred on by the home crowd cheering, fought back and tied up the game at halftime. In the third quarter, it was Canada's time to shine as they outscore the US 26–15.
The lead would reach as high as 18 points. The USA would fight back, but not all the way and Canada won the game and the gold-medal 81–73, it was Canada's first gold-medal in basketball in the Pan Am games. Nurse was the star for Canada with 33 points, hitting 11 of her 12 free-throw attempts in 10 of her 17 field-goal attempts including two of three three-pointers. Fields contributed seven rebounds to lead nine points. Nirra Fields at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com Nirra Fields at FIBA
The five basketball positions employed by organized basketball teams are the point guard, the shooting guard, the small forward, the power forward, the center. The point guard is the leader of the team on the court; this position requires substantial ball handling skills and the ability to facilitate the team during a play. The shooting guard, as the name implies, is the best shooter; as well as being capable of shooting from longer distances, this position tends to be the best defender on the team. The small forward has an aggressive approach to the basket when handling the ball; the small forward is known to make cuts to the basket in efforts to get open for shots. The power forward and the center are called the "frontcourt" acting as their team's primary rebounders or shot blockers, or receiving passes to take inside shots; the center is the larger of the two. Only three positions were recognized based on where they played on the court: Guards played outside and away from the hoop and forwards played outside and near the baseline, with the center positioned in the key.
During the 1980s, as team strategy evolved. More specialized roles developed. Team strategy and available personnel, still dictate the positions used by a particular team. For example, the dribble-drive motion offense and the Princeton offense use four interchangeable guards and one center; this set is known as a "four-in and one-out" play scheme. Other combinations are prevalent. Besides the five basic positions, some teams use non-standard or hybrid positions, such as the point forward, a hybrid small forward/point guard; the point guard known as the one, is the team's best ball handler and passer. Therefore, they lead their team in assists and are able to create shots for themselves and their teammates, they are quick and are able to hit shots either outside the three-point line or "in the paint" depending on the player's skill level. Point guards are looked upon as the "floor general" or the "coach on the floor", they should study the game and game film to be able to recognize the weaknesses of the defense, the strengths of their own offense.
They are responsible for directing plays, making the position equivalent to that of quarterback in American football, playmaker in association football, center in ice hockey, or setter in volleyball. Good point guards increase team efficiency and have a high number of assists, they are referred to as dribblers or play-makers. In the NBA, point guards are the shortest players on the team and are 6 feet 4 inches or shorter; the shooting guard is known as the two or the off guard. Along with the small forward, a shooting guard is referred to as a wing because of its use in common positioning tactics; as the name suggests, most shooting guards are prolific from the three-point range. Besides being able to shoot the ball, shooting guards tend to be the best defender on the team, as well as being able to move without the ball to create open looks for themselves; some shooting guards have good ball handling skills creating their own shots off the dribble. A versatile shooting guard will have good passing skills, allowing them to assume point guard responsibilities known as combo guards.
Bigger shooting guards tend to play as small forwards. In the NBA, shooting guards range from 6 feet 4 inches to 6 feet 8 inches; the small forward known as the three, is considered to be the most versatile of the main five basketball positions. Versatility is key for small forwards because of the nature of their role, which resembles that of a shooting guard more than that of a power forward; this is why the small forward and shooting guard positions are interchangeable and referred to as wings. Small forwards have a variety such as quickness and strength inside. One common thread among all kinds of small forwards is an ability to "get to the line" and draw fouls by aggressively attempting plays, lay-ups, or slam dunks; as such, accurate foul shooting is a common skill for small forwards, many of whom record a large portion of their points from the foul line. Besides being able to drive to the basket, they are good shooters from long range; some small forwards have good passing skills, allowing them to assume point guard responsibilities as point forwards.
Small forwards should be able to do a little bit of everything on the court playing roles such as swingmen and defensive specialists. In the NBA, small forwards range from 6 feet 6 inches to 6 feet 9 inches; the power forward known as the four plays a role similar to that of the center, down in the "post" or "low blocks". The power forward is the team's most versatile scorer, being able to score close to the basket while being able to shoot mid-range jump shots from 12 to 18 feet from the basket; some power forwards have become known as stretch fours, since extending their shooting range to three-pointers. On defense, they are required to have the strength to guard bigger players close to the basket and to have the athleticism to guard quick players away from the basket. Most power forwards tend to be more versatile than centers since they can be part of plays and are not always in the low block. In the
The Tulsa Shock were a professional basketball team based in Tulsa, playing in the Western Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association. The team was founded in Detroit, Michigan before the 1998 WNBA season began; the team was owned by Tulsa Pro Hoops LLC, led by Bill Cameron and David Box. On July 20, 2015, Cameron announced that the franchise would move to Arlington, Texas for the 2016 WNBA season; the Shock qualified for the WNBA Playoffs in their final year in Tulsa in 2015. The franchise has been home to many high-quality players such as athletic shooting guard Deanna Nolan, women's professional basketball all-time leading scorer Katie Smith, former NBA great Karl Malone's daughter Cheryl Ford, young Australian center Liz Cambage. In 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, the Shock went to the WNBA Finals, they lost in 2007 to Phoenix. The Shock were one of the first WNBA expansion teams and began play in 1998; the Shock brought in a blend of rookies and veterans. The team only qualified for the postseason once in its first five years of existence.
The Shock went through two coaches before hiring former Detroit Pistons legend Bill Laimbeer. There were rumors. Laimbeer convinced the owners to keep the team for another year, certain that he could turn things around. After massive changes to the roster, Laimbeer predicted before the 2003 season that the Shock would be league champions, his prediction would unbelievably come true; the Shock finished with a 25 -- 9 record. In the playoffs, the Shock defeated the Cleveland Rockers and the Connecticut Sun to reach the WNBA Finals. Despite the achievements, the Shock were viewed as huge underdogs to the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Sparks; the Shock emerged victorious in the series, winning a thrilling game three, which drew the largest crowd in WNBA history. Detroit became the first team in league history to go from last place one season to WNBA champions the next season. After coming up short in 2004 and 2005, the 2006 Shock finished 23–11 record and finished number two in the Eastern Conference.
The Shock defeated the Indiana Fever and the Connecticut Sun to advance to the Finals again, where they faced the defending champion Sacramento Monarchs. The Shock won the series 3–2, claimed their second WNBA title. In 2007, the Shock again advanced to the Finals but were defeated by the Phoenix Mercury in five games; the 2008 Shock posted a 22 -- the best record in the East yet again. In the Finals, the Shock faced the San Antonio Silver Stars, who had not lost to an Eastern Conference team all season. Detroit swept San Antonio, capturing their third championship in franchise history; the Shock were named favorites for 2009. Bill Laimbeer resigned as head coach early in the season, they found themselves in the bottom of the standings. However, interim coach Rick Mahorn and the Shock bounced back in the second half of 2009 and placed themselves in the playoffs for the seventh straight year at 18–16; the Shock lost in the second round to the Indiana Fever, failing to reach the Finals for the first time since 2005.
Tulsa had been mentioned as a possible future city for WNBA expansion, but efforts did not come together until the middle of 2009. An organizing committee with Tulsa businesspeople and politicians began the effort to attract an expansion team; the group was given a September 1 deadline. WNBA President Donna Orender extended that deadline to sometime in October; the investment group hired former University of Arkansas head coach Nolan Richardson as the potential franchise general manager and head coach. Richardson was a local favorite; this move was viewed as strange by some, considering that Tulsa had not secured a franchise before hiring a coach. The investors claimed. On October 15, 2009, the group made its official request to join the league. On October 20, 2009, WNBA President Donna Orender, lead investors Bill Cameron and David Box, Tulsa mayor Kathy Taylor, Oklahoma governor Brad Henry, head coach Nolan Richardson were present for a press conference announcing that the Detroit Shock would relocate to Tulsa.
On January 23, 2010, the franchise announced. The colors are now black and gold; the Shock team that moved to Tulsa was much different than what investors thought they were purchasing. Detroit's four. Cheryl Ford decided to sit out due to lingering injuries and left the WNBA to play overseas. Taj McWilliams-Franklin signed a free agent contract with New York. Deanna Nolan, like Ford, left the WNBA to play in Russia. Katie Smith, believed to be contracted with the Shock, signed with Washington. Along with all the absences, new head coach and general manager Nolan Richardson had his own ideas about what he wanted the roster to look like and by the middle of the 2010 season, there were no Detroit players left on the team. Richardson's first draft pick, Amanda Thompson, was a bust. Another key signing, fa
Courtnay Pilypaitis is a Canadian women's basketball coach and former professional basketball player. She played for Canada women's national basketball team, she competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics. She is 1.85 m tall. In July 2016, she was named as an assistant coach with the UMBC Retrievers women's basketball team. Pilypaitis attended the University of Vermont, where she graduated in 2010, she returned to her alma mater as an assistant coach during the 2012/13 season. Pilypaitis retired as a player in April 2015, she was invited to join the national team, to play in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship for Women, held in Xalapa, Mexico from 21–28 September 2013. She averaged 3.2 points per game, helped the Canadian National team to a second place, silver medal finish. Canada faced Cuba in a preliminary round and won 53–40, but in the championship game, Cuba prevailed 79–71
Kia Nurse is a Canadian basketball player for the New York Liberty of the Women's National Basketball Association. She was drafted 10th overall by the New York Liberty in the 2018 WNBA Draft. Nurse played shooting guard for the UConn women's basketball team, won back to back national championships in 2015 and 2016, she is a member of the Canadian national team, for which she participated at the 2014 FIBA World Championship and won a gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games. She won the MVP of the 2015 FIBA Americas Women's Championship, was part of the Canberra Capitals side that won the 2019 Women's National Basketball League championship. Nurse began playing basketball at the age of four, by the time she was seven years old, she was playing in a competitive league. Nurse played basketball while attending St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School in Hamilton, Ontario. During her playing career, she helped the team win three consecutive OFSAA high school championships in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
She played for a club team called Hamilton Transway which won seven consecutive provincial championships. While still in high school, she was invited to the training camp for Canada's national team, she was invited "for the experience", planning for the future of the team, but she played well enough to earn a spot on the roster. 50 colleges and universities contacted Nurse to ask her to consider playing for their team. She narrowed down the list to four teams, Penn State and Kentucky, but chose Connecticut. After signing her letter of intent, she revealed that she had recorded a goal playing for Connecticut while still a seventh grader. At the conclusion of her senior year, Nurse was selected 10th overall by the New York Liberty at the WNBA draft on April 12, 2018, she made her WNBA debut on May 20, 2018, scoring 17 points in an eventual 80–76 loss to the Chicago Sky. In June 2018, Nurse scored 34 points, a season-high amongst WNBA rookies, in the Liberty's 87–81 overtime victory over the Indiana Fever.
Nurse was invited to play on the under-17 national team in the FIBA Under-17 World Championship for Women, held in Amsterdam in 2012. She averaged 14 points per game, helped the team to a third place finish, she was invited to join the national team, to play in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship for Women, held in Xalapa, Mexico from September 21–28, 2013. She averaged ten points per game, helped the Canadian National team to a second place, silver medal finish. Canada faced Cuba in a preliminary round and won 53–40, but in the championship game, Cuba prevailed 79–71. Nurse played on the Canadian national team in the 2014 FIBA World Championship; the team lost to Australia in the quarterfinals beat France and China to finish in fifth place. Nurse averaged 22 minutes per game at the point guard position, averaging seven points per games, fourth most on the roster, while being the youngest player on the roster. Nurse was a member of the Canada women's national basketball team which participated in basketball at the 2015 Pan American Games held in Toronto, Ontario July 10 to 26, 2015.
Canada opened the preliminary rounds with an easy 101–38 win over Venezuela. The following day they beat Argentina 73–58; the final preliminary game was against Cuba. The game went down to the wire with Canada eking out a 71–68 win. Canada would face Brazil in the semifinal. Everything seemed to go right in the semifinal game. Canada opened the game with an 11–2 run on seven consecutive points by Miranda Ayim. Miah-Marie Langlois contributed. In the third quarter Canada out rebounded Brazil and hit 69% of their field goals to score 33 points in the quarter. Lizanne Murphy and Nirra Fields hit three-pointers to help extend the lead to 68–39 at the end of three quarters. Canada continued to dominate in the fourth quarter with three-pointers by Kim Gaucher. Canada went on to win the game 91–63 to earn a spot in the gold-medal game against the USA; the gold-medal game matched up the host team Canada against USA, in a sold out arena dominated by fans in red and white and waving the Canadian flag. The Canadian team, arm in arm, sang.
After trading baskets early the US edged out to a double-digit lead in the second quarter. However the Canadians, spurred on by the home crowd cheering, fought back and tied up the game at halftime. In the third quarter, it was Canada's time to shine as they outscore the US 26–15; the lead would reach as high as 18 points. The USA would fight back, but not all the way and Canada won the game and the gold-medal 81–73, it was Canada's first gold-medal in basketball in the Pan Am games. Nurse was the star for Canada with 33 points, hitting 11 of her 12 free-throw attempts and 10 of her 17 field-goal attempts including two of three three-pointers, her performance led to her selection as the flag-bearer in the event's closing ceremonies. Nurse played for Canada at the 2015 FIBA Americas Women's Championship, a qualifying event used to determine invitations to the 2016 Olympics; the games were held in Edmonton, Canada in August 2015. Canada was assigned to Group A and played Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Cuba in the preliminary rounds.
Canada won the first three games with a 94–57 win over Puerto Rico is the closest match. The final preliminary round game was against undefeated Cuba, a team Canada had faced in the Pan Am games. Cuba was expected to challenge Canada. However, Canada defeated Cuba 92–43 to win first place in the group for a spot in the semifinal against the second-place team in group B, Brazil. Nurse was the leading scorer for Canada with 1
Saunders Secondary School
Saunders Secondary School is located at 941 Viscount Road in the Westmount suburb of London, Canada. It is named after William Saunders. William Saunders was a Canadian pioneer and an authority on all matters pertaining to agriculture and horticulture. Grades offered are 9–12. Saunders' school colours are red and gold and its mascot is a sabre-tooth tiger. Saunders Secondary School is the largest high school in the Thames Valley District School Board with close to 2000 students and 120 teachers; as of 2008, Saunders is the site of new credit summer school for the TVDSB. Classes for Saunders began in portables at Westminster S. S. in 1970. Construction of Saunders was completed in 1972; the school cost more than $8 million to build. The location caused many heated debates; the people of Byron, Ontario had been promised, upon amalgamation with the city of London, Ontario, a secondary school in their area so that their children would not have to be bused to the Westmount area. The chosen site for the multimillion-dollar school - right in the heart of the Westmount area, across the street from the Westmount Mall - angered the Byron Area Secondary School Association.
In spite of this, in January 1969, the London Board of Education approved the Westmount location for the school. On April 18, 1994, arsonists set fire to Saunders forcing the evacuation and temporary closure of the school, as well as an extensive rebuilding of the rear part of the building. London Police subsequently charged three students with setting the blaze. Saunders underwent an exterior renovation, the first new construction at the school in over three decades. A new entryway was added on the north-east corner of the building along with the fire escape stairs at the south and on the north-west corner of the school, contrasting modern with brutalist architecture. Saunders has been recognized as having one of diversified programs in London. Current tech programs include: photography, electrical, computer engineering, automotive, drafting graphic design, machine shop, welding and a newly added art welding course. Notably, Saunders offers co-operative education in the above courses as well as: science, physical education, family studies and administration, computer programming, others.
Saunders is one of the only schools in the TVDSB that offers the musical theatre performance course, another being H. B. Beal. One difference between the two schools' programs is the rotation. While Beal takes a 2 show-break schedule, Saunders does a big show on the main stage, a smaller show in the drama studio, alternating each year; the shows that have been performed are: Little Shop of Horrors Godspell Snow White Chicago Groovy Bye Bye Birdie The Wedding Singer The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Annie The Wizard of Oz Grease The senior boys' volleyball team won both TVRAA and OFSAA in AAAA for the fourth straight year in 2007, the only team in Ontario history to accomplish this feat. Saunders is considered one of the best volleyball high schools in Canada, having many of the provinces' elite young players; the Saunders junior football team won the city championships in 2007 for the first time in ten years. Nigel Wilson, a former teacher at Saunders was a volunteer coach at the University of Western Ontario.
In 2007 he received the Gino Fracas Award for Most Outstanding Volunteer Assistant Coach in Canadian University Football. Led by Chris Beauchamp, Saunders Varsity Wrestling team won team championship for the second year in a row. Boys TVRAA and WOSSAA Champions. Won Boys 3rd overall at OFSAA in 2016 and 7th overall as a school. Saunders' annual Cancer Campaign has raised an outstanding amount of money for cancer research: a quarter of a million dollars in the past five years; the total for the 2008 Cancer Campaign was in excess of $60 000, more than $30 per student. This is one of the most successful high school fundraisers in Canada; the campaign is run by teacher Jamie Clark and runs throughout April into mid-May. Every year, Brian Finch donates a car to be raffled, this is one of the highlights of the campaign. Classrooms in the school may "challenge" each other to see. 2009 Cancer Campaign events included a Relay for Life, a dunk tank for some of the teachers, several barbecues, a food fair, bake sales, a talent show and a dance show.
The total raised for 2011 was a record breaking total. Saunders has raised over $530,000 as of this year since the start of the campaign 11 years ago. Josh Anderson, NHL player Columbus Blue Jackets Kelley Armstrong, best-selling fantasy author Miranda Ayim, basketball player, Canadian Women's Team, WNBA Dave Bolland, NHL player, Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks George Dvorsky, futurist and contributing editor at io9 Remi Elie, OHL Player Erie Otters Drafted in 2nd round by the Dallas Stars Tyler Hemming, professional soccer player Bo Horvat, NHL player Vancouver Canucks Dane Fox, ECHL Player Kalamazoo Wings Prospect of the Vancouver Canucks George Georgallidis, Co-founder of eSports team Counter Logic Gaming Stuart Hughes and Screen Actor and founding member of Soulpepper Chris Kelly, NHL Player Ottawa Senators and 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Heavy metal band Kittie Adam Kreek, Canadian athlete and Olympian Irene Mathyssen, federal Member of Parliament and former Ontario Cabinet Minister was an English teacher at Saunders Patrick Kane, NHL Player Corey Perry Brandon Prust, NHL Player, Montreal Canadiens Rob Ramage, former NHL player, Stanley Cup champion with the Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens Rob Schremp, NHL Playe