Sarah Hickey in action for Ireland’s U-20s during 2022 FIBA U20 Women’s European Championships.
Waterford Wildcats’ Sarah Hickey is one of two uncapped players in the Ireland senior basketball squad for the upcoming FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2023 Qualifiers game against the Netherlands on November 27th at the National Basketball Arena.
Ireland senior women’s head coach James Weldon has also named the uncapped Ciara Bracken of Leixlip Amenities Liffey Celtics in his squad. 18-year-old Hickey featured heavily for both the U18 and U20 Ireland women’s teams in this summer’s FIBA European Championships, while 21-year-old Bracken has also previously represented Ireland through the underage ranks.
American-born Bridget Herlihy, who plays with Mark Basket Marbo Kinna in Sweden, is set for a FIBA Women’s EuroBasket debut against the Dutch, while after a 13-year absence Orla O’Reilly also returns to the squad.
Sarah’s sister, Kate Hickey, is one of four standby players named by Weldon.
Head coach, James Weldon, said: “We are really looking forward to the upcoming FIBA EuroBasket window. We believe that the experience of Orla O’Reilly, as a seasoned Irish professional, will be of immense value to the team we’ve selected, as we transition the younger players into the team. Sarah Hickey and Ciara Bracken are in line for their first senior caps and we believe that we have a good blend of youth and experience in the team that we’ve selected.”
The game tips off at 5.15pm, with live coverage on TG4 starting at 5pm. Ireland lost 82-60 to the Netherlands in Amsterdam last November and are currently third in the three-team Group I, seeking their first win. The group winners and the four best runners-up will advance to the FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2023, which is co-hosted by Israel and Slovenia.
IRELAND SQUAD: Ciara Bracken (Leixlip Amenities Liffey Celtics)*, Michelle Clarke (Killester), Dayna Finn (Trinity Meteors), Bridget Herlihy (Mark Basket Marbo Kinna, Sweden), Sarah Hickey (Waterford Wildcats)*, Rachel Huijsdens (DCU Mercy), Claire Melia (Trinity Meteors), Áine O’Connor (Leixlip Amenities Liffey Celtics), Orla O’Reilly (Waverly Falcons, Australia), Edel Thornton (Singleton SuperValu Brunell) (captain), Hannah Thornton (DCU Mercy), Sorcha Tiernan (Leixlip Amenities Liffey Celtics).