CANADA DEFEATS MOZAMBIQUE TO ADVANCE TO SEMIFINALS AT COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Canada Basketball – TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA (April 9, 2018) – Canada’s women’s Commonwealth Games (2-1) defeated Mozambique (0-3) 85-53 on Monday night to advance to the semifinals at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Ruth Hamblin and Daneesha Provo each recorded a team-high 13 points, while Ceejay Nofuente chipped in 12 points and a game high six assists in the victory. Alex Kiss-Rusk added ten points and eight rebounds for Canada.
A strong start from a determined Canadian team saw them carry a 17-point advantage into the second quarter. Despite being outscored 15-17 in the second, Canada led 43-28 at the half. Thanks to some clutch shooting from beyond the arc, including four late three-pointers to end the third quarter, Canada led by 30 points after three quarters en route to the victory.
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Canada is Pool A along with Australia (3-0), England (1-2) and Mozambique (0-3).
With the win, Canada, along with Australia, will proceed to the semifinals, while England and Mozambique will play the top two teams from Pool B – New Zealand (3-0) and Jamaica (2-1) – in the qualifying finals.
“One of the big things we had touched on from the first two games is putting ourselves in a better position to start. We had talked about the elements we thought would allow that to happen and we’re pretty pleased today that we had a better first five minutes to both the first half and second half.” – Steve Baur, Head Coach
“We were able to bounce back after the loss last night and come together as a team and end pool play out on a strong note with a win.” – Ceejay Nofuente
Canada will now travel to the Gold Coast where they will face the winner of England vs. Jamaica (Tuesday, April 10 21:00 / 7:00 AM ET) in the semifinals on Friday, April 13 at 18:30 (4:30 AM ET). The game will be streamed on DAZN. Click here for the complete tournament schedule.
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