Canada goes 3-0 in pool play at FIBA 3×3 Women’s Series in Edmonton
Edmonton, Alberta (July 29, 2022) – The Canadian Senior Women’s 3X3 team went undefeated in Day 1 action at the FIBA 3×3 Women’s Series Edmonton Stop 2022 on Friday.
Canada went 3-0, earning wins against Romania, France and Force 10 (U.S.). The Canadians finished day one ranking first in points scored (21.0) and first in points allowed 13.7). Paige Crozon finished the day atop the scorers list (22 points) and player values list (28.7).
In the first game of the day, Crozon led all scorers with 13 points to lead Canada in a 22-8 win as Canada took control early. After jumping out to a 6-1 lead, they didn’t look back. Crozon was 5-for-7 on two-point shots in the game, and connected on a pair of back-to-back two-point shots to end the game 22-8 with 4:20 remaining.
In Canada’s second game of the day, the Canadians held on for a 20-17 victory against France. This was Canada’s first time seeing France since dropping a 16-13 decision in the gold medal game of the FIBA Women’s 3X3 Basketball World Cup 2022 in Antwerp, Belgium just over a month ago.
Unlike the opening game of the day for Canada, the match up against France was extremely close, with the teams exchanging leads and ties until a huge three from Crozon put Canada in front by three with 3:11 remaining in the game.
After another two for Canada, this time from Michelle Plouffe, Canada led by five with under a minute remaining. After a bucket for France, M. Plouffe connected on another three, this one extending the lead to six. After a layup from M. Plouffe and then a corner two from Crozon, Canada led 19-11 with 24 seconds remaining and France ran out of time for a comeback.
Crozon led the team in scoring against Force 10 with eight points in the win. Katherine Plouffe had a game-high 10 rebounds as Canada owned the glass 25-14.
In the team’s final game of the day, it was K. Plouffe who took over scoring duties from Crozon. K. Plouffe exploded for 11 points in a 21-16 victory for Canada against Force 10, shooting 10-for-11 from the floor in the game.
After a quick start for both teams, a layup for K. Plouffe, assisted by sister M. Plouffe, put Canada ahead 5-4 with 7:03 remaining. After a reverse layup from K. Plouffe, Canada extended the lead to two points.
After a two-point shot from Force 10’s Alexis Peterson tied the game at seven points apiece, K. Plouffe went to work, scoring on a two-point shot and then another layup. After an offensive rebound and putback for Kacie Bosch, Canada led 12-8.
After three straight layups for K. Plouffe, Canada held a 19-5 advantage with 2:35 remaining. A two-point shot from M. Plouffe gave Canada the win, 22-16 with 1:54 on the clock.
Canada shot 13-for-16 from inside the arc in the game, compared to just 10-for-20 shooting for Force 10. M. Plouffe had eight points, four rebounds and two blocked shots in the win.
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