Game 5 

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Amsterdam, Netherlands – The cadette women’s national team continued their hot streak by winning their third game when they defeated Korea (1-4) today, 74-61. With the win, Canada (3-2) finishes third place in Group A and qualifies for the quarter-finals, which will be played on Friday. Canada will face the second place finishers in Group B, which will be confirmed after the games are done today.

"It was a great battle for us today.  We turned the ball over too much, but we adjusted and handled Korea's pressure better as the game went on,” said head coach, Carly Clarke. “It was not pretty, but we found a way to get it done.  We are excited to be moving on the quarter-finals and have the opportunity to continually improve."

Canada had two players notch a double-double; Saicha Grant-Allen had a team-high 14 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, while Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau scored 13 points and added ten rebounds. Kia Nurse also scored 12 points, grabbed five rebounds, and dished out five assists.

Heejin Kim scored a game-high 18 points for Japan.

"When we stayed calm and broke the pressure, we got easy baskets.  When we rushed, our decisions and execution were not good enough,” said Canadian forward, Emma Wolfram. “We are very excited to be through to the quarter-finals and we will be ready for any opponent as long as we stay composed and play as a team."

Canada had a quick start to their game against Korea. Canada stormed out to a 13-2 lead to begin the game. Korea was able to respond in the final 3:24 in the opening quarter by going on a 10-2 run of their own to cut the deficit to 15-12 for Canada at the end of the opening ten minutes.

Korea was able to carry over their late first quarter run into the second. Korea was down 22-17 at the 6:24 mark of the second frame, but were able to tie the game up at 22-22 and continued onto a 16-2 run to gain the lead. At the end of the half, Korea took the 33-27 advantage into the locker room.

During halftime Canada made adjustments and were able to play their best quarter in the game going into the third. Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau was able to tie up the game for Canada 28-28, 3:29 into the frame. Canada continued on a 13-4 run to extend their lead to nine points heading into the final quarter.

In the fourth, Canada did not allow Korea to get close to their lead. Korea was able to make it a seven point game with under 2:00 to go in the game, but that was as close as they would get. Canada went on to win 74-61.

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Canada finished third in group A and qualified for the quarter-finals. Canada will take on the second place finishers in Group B. Please check the tournament website to see who Canada will face on Friday. 

Game 4

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Amsterdam, Netherlands – The cadette women’s national team got off to a slow start in the tournament, but were able to win back-to-back games to even their record to 2-2 after defeating Mali 77-42 earlier this morning. Canada was able to get off to a great start and never looked back.

"Mali is a team that competes for forty minutes; I thought we did a good job of battling and matching their effort level,” said head coach, Carly Clarke. “We still need to do a better job of taking care of the ball offensively and talking defensively, but I thought we were able to improve our habits today."

Canada had three players score in the double digits including; Kia Nurse (14), Kolbie Orum (13) and Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau (12). Emily Potter was one point shy of recording a double-double, as she recorded a game-high ten rebounds.

Mali was led by Awa Keita who scored a team-high eleven points and added eight rebounds in the game against Canada.

“We were more in control this game and got the post entries that we wanted.  I think we need to get back to communicating more on defense and be stronger with the basketball,” said Canadian forward, Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau.  “To prepare for Korea, we need to be ready for their fast play and to get the ball inside and rebound to use our size advantage." 

In the opening frame, Canada started strong by knocking down an early 3-pointer by Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau to give Canada the lead. Mali was able to hang around, but with less than four minutes to go in the quarter, Canada opened the game right open by going on a 14-0 run to finish the frame. Canada owned the 26-6 lead after the opening ten minutes.

In the second quarter, Mali was able to bounce back a little after a very slow start to the game. Mali was able to put up 15 points in the frame to Canada’s 20. At the half, Canada had the 46-21 advantage.

In the third quarter, Canada like the first quarter were able to break open the game once again. Canada was able to open the second half on a 16-2 run to extend their lead to 39 points. At the end of the quarter, Canada had the 68-27 lead.

With the game out of reach, Canada was able to play the entire roster and had eleven different players score in the game. Mali ended up winning the final quarter as they scored 15 points to Canada’s nine. Canada went on to win 77-42.

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Canada will finish up their group stage schedule with a game against Korea Wednesday, August 22 at 8:15 a.m. EDT. The game will be available to follow on FIBA Live-Stats. 

Game 3

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Amsterdam, Netherlands – The Canadian Cadette Women’s National Team played tough defense as they held Belgium (2-1) to shoot only 23 percent from the field, winning their first game at the FIBA U17 World Championship, 50-45. Canada improved their record to 1-2 in the tournament.

"It was great to get a win under our belt.  Our team put together an unbelievable defensive effort and held the tournament leading scorer to single digits,” said head coach, Carly Clarke.  “We literally got contributions from all 12 players, and hopefully this will create some momentum for us as we move forward in the tournament."

Emma Wolfram led Canada with a game-high 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Saicha Grant-Allen grabbed a game-high nine rebounds in the game.

“This was our first team win at the World Championship, and we battled for forty minutes to earn it.  Our team defense was the difference, as well as composure,” said Canadian guard, Kia Nurse. “Moving forward, we would like to see us improve our ability to make shots and we are looking forward to a day off to recover and see Amsterdam, and will be ready to come back and win."

In the opening quarter of play, Canada and Belgium were involved in a tight affair with the largest lead in the quarter being four points. Canada’s Christina Buttenham hit a late 3-pointer to give Canada the 15-14 advantage after the opening ten minutes.

Both teams stepped up their defense in the second quarter as both had a hard time scoring. Canada finished with eight points in the quarter and Belgium finished with six points. Belgium hit two late free throws to cut the deficit to Canada to three points at the half, 23-20. In the first half, Canada shot 24 percent from the field, while Belgium shot 13 percent.

The defensive affair continued in the third quarter with Canada holding Belgium to only five points in the frame. Canada entered the fourth quarter with a 34-25 lead. Canada extended their lead to eleven points early in the fourth. Belgium made one last push and cut the deficit to four points, but that was as close as Belgium would get, as Canada went on to win 50-45.

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Canada will have a day off tomorrow and will resume play on Tuesday, August 21 against Mali (0-3). Tip-off is set for 6:15 a.m. EDT and will be available to follow on FIBA Live-Stats. 

Game 2

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Amsterdam, Netherlands – Canada was in tough against the high scoring U.S.A. team. Canada was unable to keep up their attack as USA stormed by Canada 86-47. Canada’s record is now 0-2 at the FIBA U17 World Championship, while USA are undefeated, 2-0.

Canada was led by Kia Nurse who scored a team-high eight points and added six rebounds, while Emily Potter grabbed seven rebounds and scored seven points.

The Americans were led by Diamond Deshields who scored a game-high 29 points and added six rebounds and four assists in the victory over Canada.

Canada began the game fine with the high powered American team.  By the end of the first quarter, Canada was only down six points, 18-12. In the second quarter, USA went on a 17-2 run to break the game wide open. At the half, USA led 41-24.

After the half, Canada played a stronger third quarter. Canada scored 14 points, but USA was able to score 17 in the third. USA entered the fourth quarter with a 20 point lead, 58-38. The deficit was too much for Canada to overcome as USA went on to win 86-47.

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Canada will play Belgium (2-0) on Sunday, August 19 at 3:15 p.m. EDT. The game will be available to follow via FIBA Live-Stats.  

Game 1

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Amsterdam, Netherlands – The Canadian Cadette Women’s National Team did not get the start they were looking for at the FIBA U17 World Championship, as they lost their opening game 68-55 to Italy. The third quarter was where Italy made their run to separate themselves from the Canadian squad. Italy scored 18 points to Canada’s seven in the quarter and made it difficult for the Canadians to come back from.

The Canadian squad was led by point guard, Kia Nurse (Hamilton, ON) who scored a game-high 20 points and added three rebounds. Saicha Grant-Allen (Hamilton, ON) had a game-high 12 rebounds in the loss to Italy. 

"Italy shot the ball extremely well today and that dejected us a bit, which allowed them to slow down the tempo,” said head coach, Carly Clarke.  “We definitely showed some nerves, but it is a long tournament and we will learn from this, make some adjustments, and comeback ready to play the way we know we are capable of." 

In the opening half, Canada and Italy were neck and neck with each other. In the first quarter Italy started the game on a 6-0 run, but Canada seemed to calm their nerves and were able to battle back into the game. By the end of the opening ten minutes, Italy had the 18-14 advantage. With less than three minutes played in the second quarter, Hannah Jardine (St. John’s, NL) tied the game and continued to hit a free throw to give Canada the 21-20 advantage. The lead was short lived and by the end of the second quarter, Italy was ahead 35-30.

To begin the second half of play, Italy marched on a 16-3 run to release the game wide open. Canada struggled to put points on the board, as they only scored seven in the quarter. Entering the fourth quarter, Canada was down 53-37. This gave Canada a large task to come back from this deficit. Canada could not find a way to make a run on Italy in the final quarter, as Italy went on to win 68-55. 

"I thought our defensive intensity got better as the game went on,” said Canadian forward, Saicha Grant-Allen. “Our communication was strong at some points, but not consistent enough for a World Championship.  We are definitely more motivated than ever to play harder in our next game." 

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Canada will play U.S.A. next on Saturday August 18, at 3:15 p.m. EDT. The game will be available to follow on FIBA Live-Stats.