Complete History: GB U20 Women at the European Championships -

Complete History: GB U20 Women at the European Championships

We take a look back on Great Britain’s history of competing at the Under-20 Women’s European Championships.

GB’s first summer venture at the U20 Euros came in 2006 and they would secure promotion to Division A four years later by winning gold in Macedonia.

They spent two summers in the top-flight before dropping back down to Division B, where they will once again compete as they head to Ireland in early July.

Vanessa Ellis, Sergio Lara-Bercial and Damian Jennings all had two-year spells in charge before Frans Griffioen, Matt Johnson, Pete Buckell and Karen Burton each had a summer at the helm.

Current GB Senior Women’s Head Coach Chema Buceta returns for a second summer with the Under-20’s, keeping a close eye on the next set of players aiming to make the step up as many have done previously.

Here’s a year-by-year recap of GB Under-20’s at the European Championships:


The first year of the GB Under-20’s in the Euros began with a convincing win against Ireland with four wins from their first five. Jo Leedham fired in 30 points to edge GB past Belarus, while Angelina Browne had a huge double-double of 25 points and 16 boards in a win against Switzerland. GB had a combined 46 points from the Leedham sisters in a QF win before losing to Serbia & Montenegro in the last four. 4th (5-3).

Roster: Siobhan Prior; Amelia Watkins; Rose Anderson; Emma Camp; Rehana Khalil; Helen Naylor; Johannah Leedham; Jennifer Leedham; Angelina Browne; Kate Butters; Kate Loftus; Siobhan Moore

Leaders: Jo Leedham 18.5ppg – Browne 13ppg – Jen Leedham 2.3apg


 Jo Leedham led GB to an impressive 3rd placed finish in Lithuania, averaging 22.1 points per game in the tournament. After splitting their opening two games, GB won their next two with Lauren Thomas-Johnson and Leedham leading the way before a 76-66 success over Poland in the QF. A loss to Montenegro followed with Leedham netting 26 points in a victory against Portugal to secure bronze. 3rd (5-2).

Roster: Siobhan Prior; Kelsey Bardsley; Lauren Thomas-Johnson; Harriett Yea; Kirsty Leedham; Helen Naylor; Lauren Lindsay; Verity Peets; Nicola Blakeway; Johannah Leedham; Emma Camp; Kashmere Joseph

Leaders: Jo Leedham 22.1ppg – Jo Leedham 8.6rpg; Jo Leedham 3.0apg


After back-to-back semi-final showings, the third summer at the Euros proved a difficult experience for GB. Harriett Yea had 22 points in an opening loss to Romania before heavier defeats followed against Hungary and Slovakia. GB finished winless as they fell to successive defeats against Portugal to close out the tournament. 10th (0-6).

Roster: Annie Rowan; Harriett Yea; Cristal Turner; Leah Deehan; Rose Anderson; Kashmere Joseph; Verity Peets; Dominique Allen; Emma Macready; Yemi Oyefuwa; Mairi Buchan; Mrashi Karumba

Leaders: Anderson 9.8ppg – Joseph 4.8rpg – Anderson 3.7apg


GB endured another difficult start to a Euros with two opening losses before overcoming Portugal in their third clash behind double-doubles from Harriett Yea and Mary Durojaye. A narrow one-point defeat against Belgium was then followed by convincing victories against Austria and hosts Macedonia to finish inside the top 10. 9th (3-3).

Roster: Nicola Avery; Harriett Yea; Ruth Davison; Mary Durojaye; Leah Deehan; Erica Woods; Kelsey Bardsley; Tazmin Barroilhet; Charlotte Stoddart; Hannah Shaw; Dominique Allen; Kashmere Joseph

Leaders: Yea 13.8ppg – Durojaye 8.5rpg – Barroilhet 2.0apg


A golden summer followed for GB as they secured promotion to Division A with an impressive tournament victory. GB made a 3-0 start before losing to the Czech Republic in their final group game. After getting past Israel, GB defeated Portugal to advance beyond the semi-final stage for the first time and held their nerve for a 47-46 triumph in the final. 1st (6-1).

Roster: Katrin Chiemeka; Josephine Salmon; Hannah Shaw; Mary Durojaye; Renee Busch; Rebecca Allison; Ella Clark; Charlotte Stoddart; Mairi Buchan; Kristie Shiels; Tazmin Barroilhet; Kashmere Joseph

Leaders: Buchan 10.7ppg – Buchan 7.7rpg – Allison/Shiels 1.7apg


Damian Jennings remained in charge to lead GB’s first venture in Division A and they more than held their own. Victory over Latvia was enough to send them through, despite a 50-point loss to Spain and GB pulled off a stunning 62-50 win against France in the second round to reach the last eight. However, they were well beaten by Russia in the midst of losing their last four games. 8th (2-7).

Roster: Katrin Chiemeka; Erin McGarrachan; Deanne Hayward; Ella Clark; Renee Busch; Rebecca Allison; Josephine Salmon; Jessica Hurd; Kathryn Taylor; Kristie Shiels; Temi Fagbenle; Gemma Bullard

Leaders: Fagbenle 9.0ppg – Fagbenle 8.3rpg – Busch 2.1apg


In the year of the London Olympics, GB came crashing back down to Division B without a win to their name. A six-point opening defeat to Russia was followed by gradually more emphatic defeats with a 25-point haul from Jess Hurd against Serbia one of the positive displays. GB lost twice to Italy, Portugal and Latvia in the 13th-16th classification to end up rock bottom. 16th (0-8).

Roster: Femi Hamilton; Lana Doran; Rosie Hynes; Renee Busch; Maisie Elston; Fran Whitby; Gemma Bullard; Erin McGarrachan; Jennie Rodgers; Cheridene Green; Vanessa Akra; Jessica Hurd

Leaders: Hurd 11ppg – Green 8.8rpg – McGarrachan 1.6apg


Back in the second tier and there was to be no immediate return. GB were edged out by Macedonia in their first game and humbled by the Czech Republic on their way to an 0-5 start. However, Shequila Joseph finished with consecutive double-doubles to lead GB to back-to-back wins over Romania and Portugal for a satisfying ending. 8th (2-6).

Roster: Flo Ward; Megan Lewis; Rosie Hynes; Billie Lucas; Leah McDerment; Hilary Wood; Melita Emanuel-Carr; Shequila Joseph; Whitney Allen; Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby; Kaityln Lewis; Claire Paxton

Leaders: Joseph 10.3ppg – Ottewill-Soulsby 9.8rpg – Joseph 1.9apg


For the first time in seven years, GB had two players averaging double digits on points in a strong balanced scoring attack. They defeated Norway in the opener before losing four of their next five. GB had contrasting victories over Portugal and Romania – their smallest and largest ever winning margins – and signed off with a win against Israel as Janice Monakana netted 20 points. 7th (4-5).

Roster: Whitney Allen; Megan Lewis; Lauren Milligan; Hannah Peacock; Sarah Thomson; Janice Monakana; Melita Emanuel-Carr; Shequila Joseph; Cheridene Green; Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby; Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott; Claire Paxton

Leaders: Monakana 10.6ppg – Green 8.8rpg – M Lewis 2.1apg


Another testing summer in which GB enjoyed just one win to their name. Four of their first five losses were all decided by eight points or less with GB edged out by the likes of Austria, Montenegro and Sweden. The tournament ended on a high following eight defeats with Sarah Thomson and Georgia Elliott-King netting five triples apiece in a combined 36 points as GB eased past Romania to avoid bottom place. 9th (1-8).

Roster: Robyn Lewis; Megan Lewis; Bethany Sarson; Freya Szmidt; Mollie Campbell; Sadie Russell; Sarah Thomson; Georgia Elliott-King; Kirsten Simpson; Hannah Peacock; Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby; Evelyn Adebayo

Leaders: Adebayo 8.8ppg, Adebayo 7.8rpg – R Lewis 3.6apg


Ten years on from the first summer of GB’s Under-20s at the Euros and there were a number of future stars on display. Kennedy Leonard poured in 22 points in a win against Israel and after a 1-3 start, GB produced a storming finish with Savannah Wilkinson top scoring in comfortable victories over Romania and Montenegro to secure fifth place. 5th (3-3).

Roster: Abigail Johnson; Saide Russell; Jessica Davies; Kyla Nelson; Georgia Gayle; Gabby Nikitinaite; Bethany Sarson; Savannah Wilkinson; Kennedy Leonard; Paige Robinson; Amelia Stevens; Sam Clement

Leaders: Leonard 12.7ppg, Johnson 8.0rpg, Leonard 3.5apg

Overall record at the U20 European Championships: 28-52 (17-18 in games decided by 10pts or less)

Head Coach Win/Loss Record: Vanessa Ellis 10-5 (67%); Sergio Lara-Bercial 3-9 (25%); Damian Jennings 8-8 (50%); Frans Griffioen 0-8 (0%); Matt Johnson 2-6 (25%); Pete Buckell 4-5 (44%); Karen Burton 1-8 (11%); Chema Buceta 3-3 (50%)

Biggest wins: 33pts, 57-24 v IRE (2006); 30pts, 75-45 v ROM (2014); 28pts, 85-57 v MAC (2009); 27pts, 74-47 v SUI (2006); 24pts, 74-50 v ISR (2016)

Heaviest defeats: 55pts, 38-93 v SVK (2008); 50pts, 31-81 v ESP (2011); 46pts, 50-96 v CZE (2013); 37pts, 42-79 v BEL (2013); 35pts, 52-87 v BIH (2015)

Most points (overall): Jo Leedham- 303, 20.2ppg; Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby- 199, 7.6ppg; Cheridene Green- 159, 8.8ppg; Jess Hurd- 138, 7.6ppg; Hannah Peacock- 121, 6.7ppg

Most points (individual tournament): Jo Leedham – 155, 22.1ppg (2007); Jo Leedham- 148, 18.5ppg (2007); Lauren Thomas-Johnson- 119, 17.0ppg (2007); Jess Hurd- 99, 11.0ppg (2012); Angelina Browne- 95, 11.9ppg (2006), Janice Monakana- 95, 10.6ppg (2014)

Most points (single-game): Jo Leedham- 30 v BLR (2006); Jo Leedham- 27 v POL (2007); Jo Leedham- 26 v NED, POR x2 (2007), Lauren Thomas-Johnson- 26 v SUI (2007); Angelina Browne- 25 v SUI (2006), Jo Leedham- 25 v LTU (2007), Jess Hurd- 25 v SRB (2012)

Most rebounds (overall): Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby- 193, 7.4rpg; Cheridene Green- 158, 8.7rpg; Angelina Browne- 104, 13.0rpg; Jo Leedham- 100, 6.7rpg; Hannah Peacock- 97, 5.4rpg

Most rebounds (individual tournament): Angelina Browne- 104, 13.0rpg (2006); Cheridene Green- 79, 8.8 rpg (2012 & 2014); Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby- 78, 9.8rpg (2013); Evelyn Adebayo- 70, 7.8rpg (2011)

Most rebounds (single-game): Cheridene Green- 17 v BUL (2014); Angelina Browne- 16 v SUI (2006), Evelyn Adebayo- 16 v GRE (2015); Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby- 16 v MNE (2015); Angelina Browne- 15 v SLO (2006)

Most assists (individual tournament): Robyn Lewis- 32, 3.6apg (2015); Rose Anderson- 22, 3.7apg (2008); Kennedy Leonard- 21, 3.5apg (2016), Jo Leedham- 21, 3.0apg (2007); Siobhan Prior- 20, 2.9apg (2007); Renee Busch- 19, 2.1apg (2011); Megan Lewis- 19, 2.1apg (2014).

Statistics via FIBA Archive
Images: FIBA Europe

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