Canada Falls to China in Game two of Asia Exhibition Series
Canada Basketball – Guangzhou, China (August 3, 2018) – The Canadian Senior Women’s national team lost to China 73-56 on Friday in game two of the 2018 Asia Exhibition Series.
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Ruth Hamblin played 28 minutes for Team Canada against China and in that time she was able to put up a team high 15 points with 2 steals.
Canada and China started evenly matched both offensively and defensively, playing their own styles of play effectively to keep it within a 5-point difference. Within 4 minutes left of the quarter China began to pressure Canada more and force more missed shots and turnovers, extending their lead and ending the first quarter ahead 20-12.
Canada battled back early in the second quarter to shrink China’s lead to as low 2 points. The early push proved to be unsustainable for Canada against a fast paced China offence as China pushed back and went into half-time leading 35-29.
Canada continued to fight in the third quarter, tying the game with 4 minutes left in the quarter and ending the third trailing 49-45. China pushed further ahead in the fourth quarter to seal the victory, 73-56 over Canada.
“It’s always a great opportunity to play China, especially in China. They turned up the defensive pressure early in the game and, in doing so, showed us what we need to work on going forward. Regardless of the result, I feel we built on what we learned in the first game and will bring these lessons on the road with us to Japan.” – Miranda Ayim
“Tonight had some positive elements we can take forward with us. We were better defensively than last game and gave ourselves a chance versus a good team. We also learned some valuable lessons around our execution versus ball pressure that we want to take forward to Japan as we continue to grow.” – Head Coach Steve Baur
The Senior Women’s national team will now travel to Nagaoka and Takasaki, Japan for the final two games of the Asia Exhibition Series which will take place on August 5th and 7th.
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