VICTORIA, British Columbia – Former Iowa State basketball standout Bridget Carleton is seeing her dreams come true, after she was named to Canada’s Senior Women’s National Team Olympic Roster, Canada Basketball announced Tuesday evening.
Carleton, a Chatham, Ontario, Canada native, was a member of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament team that went 3-0 and earned Canada its third-straight Olympic appearance. She averaged 5.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists, while averaging 25.3 minutes per game. Her selection to Canada’s Olympic roster marks her first selection to the Olympic team, which has been a long-held dream of hers.
“I am so proud of Bridget as she is now going to live out her dream to play for Team Canada in the Olympics,” head coach Bill Fennelly said. “I know she was disappointed it did not take place last summer but as always Bridget just kept working and getting better so she would be ready this summer. Bridget continues to make all of us at Iowa State proud and we will continue to follow her career.”
Carleton competed for the Cyclones from 2015-19 and was a four-year starter at Iowa State. She capped her career off with the best single season in Iowa State women’s basketball history, averaging 21.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.2 blocks. Carleton finished her storied career with a slew of honors, earning multiple All-America nods, Iowa State’s first Big 12 Player of the Year and being named the Cheryl Miller Award Winner, which honors the nation’s top small forward.
Carleton has competed for Team Canada since 2013, and first earned appearances on their Senior Women’s National Team Roster in 2016.
Canada will begin its quest for Olympic Gold on Monday, July 26 at 6:20 p.m. when they take on Serbia in the Group stage.