Canada Defeats Chile and Will Face USA in Finals at FIBA U16 Americas Women’s Championship 2019
Canada Basketball – AYSÉN, CHILE (June 21, 2019) – Canada defeated Chile 50-38 on Friday evening to advance to the finals at the Women’s FIBA U16 Americas Championship 2019.
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Isaline Alexander recorded a double-double in the semifinal victory with a game-high 16 points and 13 rebounds. Rosalie Mercille contributed 11 points while Avianna Thompson dropped 7 points in the win. Chile was led by Fernanda Ovalle who had 15 points.
Canada opened up the game with a 4-0 run and managed to lead by seven six minutes into the first quarter. Though efficient shooting from beyond the arc by Chile kept the game close throughout the quarter. After Chile successfully shot a three with 30 seconds left, the two teams ended the quarter tied 15-15.
Team Canada opened up the second quarter with a 7-0 run increasing the difference between the two teams. Both teams struggled to hit shots in the second quarter but Team Canada managed to outscore Chile 12-4 and entered the halftime up 27-19.
The third quarter ended with Canada up by just two as Chile got the best of the Canadians outscoring them 17-11. Despite the noisy home crowd Canada managed to stay ahead 38-36. After two successful free throws to open the fourth quarter, Chile remained scoreless for the rest of the game. Canada went on two score 12 points in the last quarter to advance to the gold medal game.
After defeating El Salvador in the quarter-finals, Canada qualified for the FIBA U17 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2020.
Canada is in Group B along with Ecuador, Brazil and Puerto Rico. Click here for the full tournament schedule.
Canada earned a silver medal at the FIBA U16 Women’s Americas Championship 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This will be Canada’s sixth appearance since FIBA U16 Women’s Americas Championship began in 2009, with the country medalling in each of their previous five tournaments.
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Canada will play the United States of America on June 22, 2019, at 8:150 pm ET. Fans can catch the game streaming live on FIBA YouTube or the Canada Basketball Facebook page.
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