July 22, 2014
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa incoming freshman Christina Buttenham has been named to the 2014 Canadian Junior Women's National Team, Canada Basketball announced Tuesday.
The team will compete in the FIBA Americas Women's U18 Championship at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, from Aug. 6-10. The team's training camp continues at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario, until departing for Colorado Springs on Aug. 1.
Buttenham, a 6-foot forward, from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, attended St. Mary Catholic Secondary School. The Academic Honor Roll student was co-captain of a St. Mary team that finished first in the City Catholic High School League standings and was a finalist in the city championship last year. Buttenham, who scored a team-high 20 points in the title game, earned first team all-star honors in four high school tournaments. She helped the Crusaders to the OFSAA Triple A or Quad A gold medal in each of the last three years.
Buttenham won gold at the Canada Games as a member of the U17 Team Ontario squad, and was selected to the all-star team at the 2013 USJN/Nike 17U National Championships held in Washington, D.C. As a sophomore, Buttenham was the youngest member of the Canadian National U17 Women's Basketball Team, which won a bronze medal at the FIBA World Cadette championship in the Netherlands. She scored eight points in the game against Japan to help Team Canada earn a Bronze Medal in Amsterdam.
Iowa will return 10 letterwinners from a team that went 27-9 in 2014 and made its Big Ten-best seventh-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Chase Coley (Minneapolis), Whitney Jennings (Logansport, Indiana), and Carly Mohns (Brodhead, Wisconsin) are also joining the UI program this season.
The Hawkeyes open the regular season Nov. 14, hosting USC Upstate at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Tickets are available by visiting the ticket office at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, calling 1-800-IA-HAWKS, or online at hawkeyesports.com.