CANADA DEFEATS PUERTO RICO 75-59 AT THE FIBA WOMEN’S AMERICUP
|August 7, 2017||8:05 PM ET||Puerto Rico||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
Kia Nurse led Canada with 17 points and eight rebounds, while Katherine Plouffe added 14 points and four rebounds. Jamie Scott also had 11 points and five rebounds in Canada’s win.
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Canada established a 18-10 lead after the first quarter. Leading Puerto Rico 38-29 at the half, Canada would hold off Puerto Rico 57-41 in the third and maintain their lead for the remainder of the game.
With the victory, Canada extends their tournament winning streak over Puerto Rico to eight consecutive games, dating back to the 1995 American Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women.
Canada currently sits atop Group B with four points and have outscored the opposition 156-94 over the course of their first two games.
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“Puerto Rico gave us a lot of problems today. I thought their speed, quickness and ability to attack the rim, finish at the rim and draw fouls posed a lot of problems for our defence. Further to that, our shooting percentage was not where it needs to be successful at this level and so we have to go and have a look at things to see what the issue is there. We’re going to have to be better going forward. We will learn from this and look forward to playing Mexico tomorrow.” – Lisa Thomaidis, Head Coach
“Slow start, slow middle, slow end, but we grinded it out. We kept on pushing and we used our grit. It was a grinding kind of game. Puerto Rico came out strong and took a lot of one-on-ones. We have a lot of things to look over in film and just get better from this.” -Miah-Marie Langlois
Canada continues group play tomorrow on Tuesday, August 8 against Mexico at 3:05 PM ET. The game will be live streamed on FIBA’s YouTube Channel.Click here for the complete tournament schedule.
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