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Friday, June 22, 2012

Leedham named to Olympic squad; Phillips left off

It's hardly a stunning announcement considering that she has led Great Britain in scoring for the last six friendlies but former Cheshire Academy star Johannah Leedham has been officially named to Great Britain's Olympic women's basketball team.

"Being selected in the final 12 as an individual is a very proud moment for me and is something I will cherish forever," Leedham said in a press release announcing the team's selection. "I'm really excited to be in the Olympic Village, I can't quite imagine how great it is going to be at the moment.

"For us as a team it is unbelievable. We have come so far in recent years and achieved what was needed to qualify for London 2012. We are so excited to be at the Olympics, we have worked so hard and all the girls definitely deserve their place. We can't wait to get going."

Leedham is joined by Dominique Allen, Rose Anderson, Kim Butler, Stef Collins, Temi Fagbenle, Chantelle Handy, Julie Page, Natalie Stafford, Azania Stewart, Rachael Vanderwal, Jenaya Wade-Fray

Leedham has emerged as Great Britain's most consistent offensive option during the Olympic tuneup games. She was named the MVP of the International Foundation Tournament played earlier this month in Turkey even though Great Britain lost to Turkey in the tournament.

The news was not as good for former Connecticut Sun guard Erin Phillips who was not named to Australia's Olympic squad.

Phillips played for Australia in the 2008 Olympics and 2010 World Championships but was not among 12 players named to the squad. Unlike Lauren Jackson, Liz Cambage and Jenna O'Hea, Phillips opted to play in the WNBA during the early part of the season. It's uncertain whether that had anything to do with Phillips being left off the squad.

Laura (Summerton) Hodges, who played 44 games with the Connecticut Sun during the 2005 and 2006 seasons and drew three starting assignments during the 2006 season, did make the squad.

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