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Canada Basketball – BRIDGEPORT, CT (September 8, 2018) – Canada’s Senior Women’s National Team fell to USA 74-68 on Saturday night to conclude a two-game exhibition series at Webster Bank Arena in Connecticut.

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Kia Nurse had a game-high 22 points, while Natalie Achonwa filled up the stats sheet with 10 points, a team-high 6 rebounds and 4 assists.  Achonwa, who plays for the Indiana Fever (WNBA), also recorded two steals and two blocks.  Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe added nine points in the loss.  

For the second night in a row, Canada used an early run to help establish the lead.  Canada scored eight unanswered points to build a 16-5 advantage and closed out the quarter with a 22-9 lead.

A back and forth second quarter saw Canada maintain a 12 point advantage heading into halftime, while limiting USA to just five field goals through 20 minutes of play.

USA responded in the second half, outscoring Canada 20-16 in the third to shrink the deficit to just eight points heading into the final quarter.

With Canada leading by 10 with 7:57 to play, the USA went on a 15-0 run to not only erase the deficit but take the lead on their way to the victory.

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“Obviously it was a battle out there and I think that was something that was great for us as a team.  We’ve only had our 12 in the last two games we’ve played. To get that chemistry, to get that battle of this game itself, in a test like that, was great for us.” – Kia Nurse

“Any time you get the chance to play against the world number one, it is a fantastic opportunity for our program and team, especially in our lead up to the World Cup.” – Lisa Thomaidis


With the conclusion of the two game series in Connecticut, the Senior Women’s National Team will continue their preparation for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 with a three game exhibition series against USA, France and Senegal in Antibes, France (September 15-17). 

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