CANADA CONCLUDES U24 WOMEN BASKETBALL LEAGUE FOUR NATIONS WITH LOSS TO AUSTRALIA

DATE

TIME

OPPONENT

LOCATION

August 15, 2017

3:30 AM ET

AUSTRALIA

Tokyo, Japan

TOKYO, JAPAN (August 15, 2017) - The Development Women's National Team fell to Australia 79-52 on Tuesday night to conclude the U24 Women Basketball League Four Nations 2017.

Ceejay Nofuente had a team high 13 points to go along with four steals and three assists.  Abigail Fogg finished second on the team in scoring with 11 points and five rebounds, while Paige Crozon, who led Canada in scoring in their first two games, had seven points and seven rebounds.

Canada had a much better start to the game on Tuesday, trailing Australia by only five points after the first quarter.  Despite a close second quarter, Canada found themselves down 37-27 at halftime.  Australia began to pull away in the third quarter, outscoring the Canadians 18-8 on their way to the victory.

Click here for the full team roster.

QUOTES

"Pleased with our team tonight in a lot of areas. We hung with Australia for quite a while and they are a very, very talented team. But when you play against a good team like that, you can't give up the rebounds we did and the free throws we did so that kind of buried us in a hole. We did play at a very good pace today and we showed that when we shared the basketball well we did good things. We just have to keep building towards better offensive efficiency at FISU and keep tidying up our defence" - Fabian McKenzie, Head Coach

"We're obviously upset about taking a loss but we're also very proud of the improvements that we're making along the way.  We have a very young group and we are definitely making some strides in the areas that we've been talking about like transition defence and getting more composure on offence." - Abigail Fogg

UP NEXT

Canada travels to Taipei City, Taiwan tomorrow to compete in 29th Summer Universiade.  Canada will open the tournament on August 21 at 3:00 AM ET against Portugal.  Follow Canada Basketball on Twitter for score updates. Click here for the complete tournament schedule.

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For more information, contact:
Matt Walker, mwalker@basketball.ca