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Canada Basketball – SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO (September 26, 2019) – Team Canada finished the Group Phase of the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019 with a 4-0 record following a 78-50 win over Dominican Republic on Thursday night.

With the victory, Canada finishes first in Group A and will face Brazil in the semifinals on Saturday at 5:30 PM ET.

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Bridget Carleton finished the night with a game-high 15 points and five rebounds to lead Canada to victory. Jamie Scott scored 14 points for Canada, while Kayla Alexander recorded her third double-double in four games with 11 points and 10 rebounds.  Miranda Ayim also had 11 points in the win.  Three players from the Dominican Republic finished tied with nine points.

Leading 13-8 midway through the opening quarter, Canada used a modest 5-0 run to stretch their advantage to 10 points with under two minutes to play.  At the end of the first, Canada led Dominican Republic 20-11.

With a 10-point advantage early in the second, Canada rattled off an 11-0 run, their largest of the night, to take a commanding 36-15 lead.  Despite scoring just three more points in the quarter, Canada entered halftime up by 15 points.

Canada’s lead grew to 25 late in the third quarter as Jamie Scott knocked down a triple. For the second consecutive quarter, Canada scored 19 and entered the fourth leading 58-38.

In the fourth, Canada maintained the defensive intensity they showed through much of the game, limiting Dominican Republic to just 12 points, as they cruised to the 28-point win.

Entering the tournament as two-time defending FIBA Women’s AmeriCup champions, Canada has found a spot on the podium in seven of the last eight competitions dating back to the 2003 FIBA Americas Championship for Women in Culiacan, Mexico.

As part of the Women’s National Team Competition System, the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019 will qualify the top 8 teams to the FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments in November.

The FIBA Women’s Pre-Qualifying Tournaments in Americas will qualify the top four teams for the four global FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020, taking place in February 2020.  Canada will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with a top three finish in their group in the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020.

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UP NEXT

Team Canada will face Brazil in the semifinals on Saturday, September 28 at 5:30 PM ET. Fans in Canada can catch the game streaming live on DAZN.

QUOTES

“Obviously it was good to finish pool play with a win and finish 4-0 heading into the semifinals.  I think everyone contributed and we went through a bunch of different things in preparation for the semifinals.” – Bridget Carleton

“Dominican made it tough for us to get into our stuff.  They mixed up defences, they sagged off things and they made it tough on some others.  Those are tough games to play in but I thought we responded pretty well and worked hard and came out with the win.  We’re happy to go 4-0 and move on to the semis.” – Lisa Thomaidis

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