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Meet Laeticia Amihere: The first Ghanaian to be drafted to the WBNA

The 21-year-old was the eighth overall pick in the draft and becomes the first female basketball player from Ghana to be drafted to the WNBA

Canadian-born Ghanaian Laeticia Amihere is still dominating the headlines after being selected by Atlanta Dream in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WBNA) draft.

The 21-year-old was the eighth overall pick in the draft and becomes the first female basketball player from Ghana to be drafted to the WNBA.

Although her parents are from Ghana, Amihere represents the Canadian national female basketball team.

Amihere said, “it’s kind of the moment that defines your career. All the hard work you put in, it pays off and then you’re kind of reaping your harvest.
“I’m just super excited for that moment.”

The 6-foot-4 player is expected to hit the ground running in the WNBA following her rich experience with South Carolina women’s basketball team.

Biography

Laeticia Amihere was born to a Ghanaian father, Anthony Amihere, and an Ivorian mother, Georgette, in Canada.

She has two brothers, Benson and Kofi Amihere.

She debuted for Canada in 2015 with the cadet national team, winning Canada’s first ever gold at the U-16 FIBA America Championship. With the junior program in 2016, she competed in an exhibition series in Spain where she averaged more than eight points and ten rebounds per game.

That led into her outstanding performance at the 2016 U-17 FIBA World Championship, where Amihere led the tournament in blocks and rebounds. She was the top Canadian in points and rebounds per game, as the team finished seventh.

Amihere debuted with the senior national team in 2017 during an exhibition in Europe. She made her final appearance with the junior programme that year, leading the team to bronze at the U-19 FIBA World Championship. She was named to the tournament All-Star Team after averaging 11.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.

Her next appearance with Team Canada came at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in February 2020. She played in two games, helping Canada go undefeated to secure their third consecutive Olympic berth. Amihere was Canada’s leading scorer at the 2021 AmeriCup with 78 total points for an average of 13 per game as Canada finished fourth following an overtime loss to Brazil.

Amihere plays collegiately for the University of South Carolina. As a freshman in 2020, she was part of the first team in Gamecocks history to end the season ranked number one in the nation.

Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra with additional files from Sports Brief

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