Canada Defeats Mexico to Remain Undefeated at FIBA U18 Women’s Americas Championship 2018
Canada Basketball – MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (August 3, 2018) – Team Canada defeated Mexico 65-54 to remain undefeated after group play at the FIBA U18 Women’s Americas Championship 2018.
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Roxane Makolo led the team in points and rebounds against Mexico, shooting 31% and earning herself a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds along with 1 steal.
After jumping out to an early 7-2 lead, Canada contained Mexico late in the first quarter and gained the lead heading into the second frame, 17-13.
The high intensity play from Canada continued to find success in the second quarter as Canada pushed the score to 34-19.
Mexico battled back throughout the third but were unable to keep pace with Canada as they sustained their lead and went into the final 10 minutes leading 48-37. Canada remained ontop in the final quarter of play to seal the victory over Mexico and remain undefeated finishing group play.
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“That was a hostile environment and I think the team did great on overcoming this environment and just playing our game and just continuing to push until the end to get the win” – Roxane Makolo
“I was really proud of how our team played and competed in a tough environment. I think moving forward we need to tighten up some things defensively but again it was another great team effort and another great international experience for us and we have to look forward pretty quickly to our game in two days” – Head Coach Claire Meadows
With the win, Canada advances to the quarter-finals of the FIBA U18 Women’s Americas Championship first in their group at 3-0. They will now go on to play Chile in the quarter-finals on Sunday August 3rd.
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