Bridget Carleton is going to Tokyo.
The former Cyclone star was named a member of the Canadian women’s basketball team for next month’s 2021 Summer Olympics on Tuesday. This is Carleton’s first Olympic selection after she was a member of the country’s Olympic qualifying team.
“I am so proud of Bridget as she is now going to live out her dream to play for Team Canada in the Olympics,” Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly said in a statement. “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 averaged averaged 5.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 25.3 minutes per game while helping the Canadians finish 3-0 in the Olympic qualifying tournament. The Canadians are making their third-straight Olympic appearance.
Regarded as one of the greatest players in Iowa State women’s basketball history, Carleton played for the Cyclones from 2015-19, with her senior season being perhaps the best the program has ever seen. She averaged 21.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.2 blocks to cap a career defined by multiple All-American honors, a Big 12 Player of the Year Award, and the Cheryl Miller winner Award as the nation’s best small forward.
Canada’s Olympic slate will begin on July 26 when they face Serbia in group play.