Comeback Win for Canadian Women as They Defeat Spain at 2018 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships
Wheelchair Basketball Canada – Canadian women improve record to 1-1 at World Championship
(August 18, 2018 – HAMBURG, GERMANY) The Canadian Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team rebounded with a decisive 63-34 victory against Spain on Saturday, picking up its first win at the 2018 World Championships in Hamburg.
After a shaky start in the opening quarter, Canada flipped the script the rest of the way with a solid game at both ends of the court. The Canadians utilized their depth on the bench and a relentless push on defence to successfully shut down the Spain offense to secure the comeback victory.
“We have good players on the bench and who have worked hard all year. I have a lot of confidence in my bench and today they gave us another boost and different energy that worked well,” said Canadian head coach Marc Antoine Ducharme (Chambly, Que.).
Canadian Arinn Young (Legal, Alta.) once again paced the floor with a game-high 19 points. Teammate Cindy Ouellet (Quebec, Que.) had 14 points, while Kady Dandeneau (Pender Island, B.C.) dropped 10 points in just over 12 minutes of action.
“It was a big win and we needed that,” said Dandeneau. “It’s a good way to ease ourselves into our next game against Australia. It takes a lot to come back when you go down by 15 points. So, I think that was really good for our team. It brings us all together. Hopefully we can get a good start against Australia because that is where we have been struggling so far in the tournament.”
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The Canadian women will face Australia at 11:30 a.m. ET on Sunday in their next game, while the Canadian men are also back in action to take on host Germany at 12 p.m. ET.
Canadians can watch the games live on the Wheelchair Basketball Canada and Canadian Paralympic Team Facebook pages and through CBC Sports at cbcsports.ca.
About the 2018 World Championships
The 2018 IWBF World Championships feature 16 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams vying for the world title as the top athletes in the game showcase the elite skill, pure athleticism and dynamic speed that allows wheelchair basketball to captivate audiences around the globe. The event is a catalyst for promoting inclusion and marks the largest world championship in the history of the sport and one of the largest international parasport events outside of the Paralympic Games.
For more information visit wheelchairbasketball.ca or follow Team Canada along the journey to Hamburg on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Wheelchair Basketball Canada
Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the national sport governing body responsible for the organization of the sport in Canada. It is a non-profit, charitable organization that is committed to excellence in the development, support and promotion of wheelchair basketball programs and services for all Canadians from grassroots to high performance. Wheelchair basketball is a fast-paced, hard-hitting, competitive sport in which Canada is held in high esteem around the world for winning a combined six gold, one silver, and one bronze medal in the last seven Paralympic Games. For more information, visit www.wheelchairbasketball.ca.
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