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UMass alumna Tamara Tatham (2003-07) and the Canadian Women's Basketball National Team defeated France, 55-40 during the placement rounds of the FIBA World Championship on Saturday. The victory propels Canada into the 5th-6th place game against China on Sunday, Oct. 5.

Defense Propels Canada To Victory Against France At FIBA Championship | Canada Basketball
Box Score: Canada 55, France 40 | FIBA

Team Canada, Tamara Tatham, Fall In FIBA Quarterfinals

Former UMass women's basketball standout Tamara Tatham (2003-07) had four points, three rebounds, an assist and one steal for the Canadian National Team, but the squad fell to No. 2 internationally-ranked Australia, 63-52 in the FIBA World Championship quarterfinals on Friday.

With the loss, Team Canada moves to the consolation round but is guaranteed to finish eighth or better after the squad entered competition ranked No. 9 in the world. Read more below:

Canada Falls To #2 Ranked Australia In FIBA Quarterfinals | Canada Basketball
Box Score: Australia 63, Canada 52 | FIBA

Team Canada, Tamara Tatham Reach FIBA Quarterfinals With Win

Team Canada, including UMass women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham (2003-07), advanced through the first knockout game to reach the FIBA World Championship quarterfinals with a 91-71 win over the Czech Republic on Wednesday. Read about the win below:

Canada Advances To Quarterfinals With 91-71 Win Over Czech Republic | Canada Basketball
Box Score: Canada 91, Czech Republic 71 | FIBA

UMass women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham (2003-07) and Team Canada advanced to the second round of the FIBA World Championship despite a loss to France, 63-59, on Tuesday, Sept. 30. Tatham provided 11 points, a pair of rebounds, one assist and a steal in the loss. The Canadian side faces the Czech Republic on Wednesday, Oct. 1, in its first elimination game.

Canadian Women's Basketball Team Advances In 2014 FIBA World Championship | Canada Basketball
Canadian Women Lose To France At Basketball Worlds | CBC Sports
Box Score: France 63, Canada 59 | FIBA

Team Canada, Tamara Tatham Start FIBA World Championship With Win

UMass women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham (2003-07) scored 11 points to help lead Team Canada to a 69-54 win over Mozambique in the first game of the FIBA World Championship for the Canadians. Tatham added four rebounds and a pair of assists without a turnover in the victory. Read about the game below:

Canada Wins First Game At World's Against Mozambique 69-54 | Canada Basketball
Box Score: Canada 69, Mozambique 54 | FIBA

UMass women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham (2003-07) is one of 12 competitors for Team Canada at the 2014 FIBA World Championship being held in Turkey from Sept. 27 through Oct. 5. Below are links for the tournament's schedule of events as well as television coverage for the Canadian side:

2014 FIBA World Championship Schedule | Canada Basketball
National TV Coverage | Canada Basketball

University of Massachusetts women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham (2003-07) and Team Canada completed a pair of exhibition games over the weekend to close out their precursor play to the 2014 FIBA World Championship.

Tatham had nine points, eight rebounds and four assists during 69-66 overtime loss to Cuba on Friday evening. She followed that performance up with five points, three rebounds and one assist against Spain in a 66-46 defeat the next day.

Canada is in Group B with France, Mozambique and host-Turkey. The first game for the Canadian side is on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Canada Loses To Cuba In Overtime, 69-66 | Canada Basketball
Cuba 69, Canada 66 (OT) | Box Score
Canada Falls To Spain In Exhibition, 66-46 | Canada Basketball
Spain 66, Canada 46 | Box Score
Team Canada FIBA World Championship Schedule

Tamara Tatham, Team Canada Prepare For FIBA World Championship

University of Massachusetts alumna Tamara Tatham (2003-07) and the Canadian Women's Basketball National Team started up their competitive schedule ahead of the 2014 FIBA World Championship with an exhibition contest against Team USA on Monday, Sept. 15. Tatham finished 4-for-6 on field goals and produced 10 points, but Canada fell to their southern neighbors, 76-51. Read more about the contest below:

Canadian Women's Basketball Team turns in Strong Performance in Loss | Canada Basketball
US women use big third quarter to pull away from Canada | Doug Feinberg, The Associated Press
Team USA-Team Canada Box Score (PDF)

UMass alum Tamara Tatham and the Canadian Women's Basketball National Team are in the final stages of preparation for the upcoming FIBA World Championship. Read about how the squad and Tatham in particular are getting set for competition courtesy of Frank Juzenas of the Brampton Guardian staff.

Tatham stars for women's basketball team | Brampton Guardian

The Canadian Women's Basketball National Team enters its final training phase for the 2014 FIBA World Championship as the program brings 14 players, including UMass alum Tamara Tatham, to Edmonton to prepare for the Sept. 27 - Oct. 5 event held in Turkey. Read more about it through Canada Women's Basketball's website below:

Canada Basketball Brings 14 Players To Edmonton For Final Training Phase

UMass women's basketball alum Tamara Tatham and the Canadian National Team are in the final preparations for the FIBA World Championship. Doug Smith of the Toronto Star staff spoke with Canada head coach Lisa Thomaidis on their recent exhibition schedule and training ahead of the upcoming championship. Read about Team Canada through the link below:

Canada's women's basketball team gears up for FIBA World Championship | Toronto Star

Brampton Guardian: Tamara Tatham Leads Canada

UMass women's basketball alum Tamara Tatham is currently competing for the Canadian Women's National Team as the squad prepares for the upcoming world championship. Read about how Tatham has been performing via the Brampton Guardian below:

Tatham Leads Canada | Brampton Guardian

University of Massachusetts women's basketball alum Tamara Tatham provided a scoring presence for the Canadian Senior Women's National Basketball Team throughout the three-game Zafer Cup, but Canada was unable to secure victories in either of its final two contests, falling to Turkey, 51-33 on Saturday ahead of a 65-56 loss to Brazil on Sunday.

Tatham notched 10 points and five rebounds against Turkey before she scored a dozen more points versus Brazil. Read recaps of both contests below:

Canada Falls To Host Turkey At Zafer Cup | Canada Basketball
SWNT Fall To Bazil In Zafer Cup | Canada Basketball

The Canadian Senior Women's National Basketball Team defeated Australia in the Zafer Cup exhibition tournament opener, 62-55 on Friday afternoon behind the strength of 14 points and seven rebounds from UMass women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham.

The tournament is being hosted in Istanbul, Turkey, where Canada faces Turkey on Saturday before concluding tournament play on Sunday against Brazil.

Senior Women Best Australia 62-55 To Begin Zafer Cup | Canada Basketball

University of Massachusetts women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham returned to Edmonton, Ontario, to report to training camp for the Canadian Senior Women's Basketball National Team. Brian Swane of the Edmonton Sun reports on the start of practices ahead of the FIBA World Championship in Turkey beginning in September.

Canadian women's basketball team returns to Edmonton for training camp | Edmonton Sun

Tamara Tatham, Team Canada Complete Sweep Of Brazil

University of Massachusetts women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham sparked the Canadian Senior Women's National Team to a 66-63 victory over Brazil to cap a three-game sweep at the Edmonton Grads International Classic. Tatham was given the 'Player of the Game' nod for Team Canada after she provided 11 points and eight rebounds in the win. Read more on it through Canada Basketball's release:

"A crowd of almost 1,800 at the Saville Community Sports Centre was treated to a great start from Team Canada as they shot out to a 12-5 lead at the five-minute mark of the first quarter and would push the lead to 10 with a 19-9 spread that would force Brazil to take an early timeout. Canada would continue to take the play to Brazil and hold 27-14 advantage as the first quarter ended..."

The conclusion of the article and more on Team Canada can be found here. Keep informed on UMass women's basketball through UMassAthletics.com.

University of Massachusetts women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham (2003-07) helped the Canadian Senior Women's National Basketball Team to 64-43 victory over Brazil, the No. 7 internationally-ranked squad by FIBA. Check out how the squad performed in the opener of the three-game series via the recaps below:

SWNT Opens EGIC With Win | Canada Basketball
Auspicious debut for Canadian hoopsters | Edmonton Journal

Brampton Guardian: Tatham a key for Canada

Former UMass women's basketball star Tamara Tatham (2003-07) was selected by Canada Senior Women's National Team head coach Lisa Thomaidis to compete in a three-game series against Brazil at the Edmonton International Grads Classic from June 26-28. Frank Juzenas of the Brampton Guardian spoke with Tatham and Thomaidis ahead of the tournament to discuss Tatham's role and importance on the team.

"BRAMPTON-- Lisa Thomaidis can't help but rave about the play of Tamara Tatham.

The coach of Canada's senior women's basketball team is counting on Brampton's Tatham to once again play a big role as Canada continues its preparations for the women's world championship in Turkey later this year. Those preparations include a three-game exhibition series with Brazil this week in Edmonton..."

The conclusion of Juzenas' story is available through the Brampton Guardian website. More on UMass women's basketball can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

UMass At The Olympics: Updates From Over The Weekend

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Former UMass women's basketball standouts Tamara and Alisha Tatham and UMass field hockey assistant coach Shannon Taylor began action at the Olympics over the weekend.

Canada dropped a close game with Russia, 58-53 on Saturday. Tamara Tatham played 25 minutes and totaled four points, five rebounds and two steals. Alisha Tatham saw nine minutes of action.

Canada Women's Basketball Remaining Schedule
Monday, July 30 vs. Great Britain - 3:00 PM EST
Wednesday, Aug. 1 vs. France - 4:00 AM EST
Friday, Aug. 3 vs. Brazil - 9:30 AM EST
Sunday, Aug. 5 vs. Australia - 9:30 AM EST

Taylor and USA Field Hockey dropped a 2-1 decision to Germany yesterday. She played 52 minutes and had one of USA's seven shots.

USA Field Hockey Remaining Schedule
Tuesday, Aug. 31 vs. Argentina - 2:00 PM EST
Thursday, Aug. 2 vs. Australia - 5:45 AM EST
Saturday, Aug. 4 vs. New Zealand - 2:00 PM EST
Monday, Aug. 6 vs. South Africa - 5:45 AM EST

Live streaming coverage of all events can be found here via NBC.

Congratulations to UMass women's basketball alumni Tamara and Alisha Tatham who have helped the Canadian Senior Women's National Team earn an Olympic berth, capturing the 10th and final spot in the field at the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Matt Vautour has this nice feature on the Tatham sisters in today's Daily Hampshire Gazette:

As the final seconds ticked off the clock in Ankara, Turkey, the magnitude of what was happening started to hit the Canadian women's national basketball team. Japan's 14-2 run in the fourth quarter had fallen short and for the first time since Sydney in 2000, Canada was going to the Olympics.

When the final buzzer sounded of the 71-63 win, the women converged on each other. Some shouted, some cried happy tears and included in the pile were University of Massachusetts alumni Tamara and Alisha Tatham.

"I was almost speechless. It was like 'Oh my god, we're going to the Olympics.' We were all jumping around. People were crying," Tamara said. "It really didn't sink in until a couple hours later. It's a great feeling."

Her younger sister agreed.

"The last minute was pretty emotional for me and the other girls. The time was ticking away and we knew we had it in the bag," Alisha said. "I shed a few tears and was pretty emotional. A dream of mine had finally come true. I was excited about that."

Read More: UMass alumni Tamara and Alisha Tatham to lace up for Team Canada

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