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Canada Basketball – BANGKOK, THAILAND (July 20, 2019) – Canada falls to Latvia 65-54 on Saturday morning to open the FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2019.

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Aaliyah Edwards was just shy of a double-double with a game-high 15 points and nine rebounds. Brynn Masikewich contributed 11 points and Taya Hanson contributed 10 points for Canada. Latvia’s Elizabete Anna Zumenta and Mara Mote both recorded 13 points in the win.

Canada remained in the lead for the majority of the low scoring first quarter. Strong defence on both sides of the ball made it difficult for either team to find the basket. With less than three minutes to go, Latvia managed to make it a one-point game and was down just 10-11 until two good free throws gave them the lead. A three-point shot at the 18-second mark gave Latvia the upper hand and they ended the quarter up 15-11.

To start the second quarter Canada worked hard to match Latvia and keep the deficit between the two teams as low as possible. Though both Latvia and Canada scored 15 points in the second quarter, Canada saw themselves trailing closely behind once again entering the half down 31-27.

Coming back hot after the break, Canada entered the third quarter and was able to tie the game within the first two minutes. Though shortly after Latvia went on a 7-0 run and took the lead 38-31. By the end of the third quarter, Latvia was up by 10.

Canada managed to score 16 points in the fourth quarter, just one less point than Latvia but their efforts were not enough as Latvia walked away with the 65-54 victory.  

Canada is in Group A along with Latvia, Mozambique and hosts Thailand. Canada earned a historic bronze medal at the FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2017 in Udine and Cividale del Friuli, Italy. The bronze was Canada’s first medal in eight appearances at the event since it began in 1985. Last summer, the team earned a silver medal at the FIBA U18 Women’s Americas Championship 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico. Canada is currently ranked 4th worldwide in the FIBA World Ranking Presented by NIKE.

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“It was a tough first game for us. I thought we had too many unforced errors in our play. Latvia played well and shot the ball much better. We will regroup and be ready for Mozambique tomorrow.” – Head Coach, Claire Meadows

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Canada will face Mozambique on Sunday, July 21, 2019, at 3:30 AM ET on day two of the group phase. Fans can catch the game streaming live on FIBA YouTube or the Canada Basketball Facebook page.

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