CANADA FINISHES PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE WITH A LOSS TO AUSTRALIA
(Photo: Charles Krupa/AP Photo)
LONDON, ENGLAND – Canada dug themselves a hole to start the game against the second ranked Australia Team and were unable to recover as Australia took the game, 72-63. Canada closes the preliminary stage with a 2-3 record, while Australia finishes with a 4-1 record.
Canada was led by Kim Smith’s impressive shooting performance as she shot 5-of-7 from the field and collected 17 points in the game. Teresa Gabriele and Shona Thorburn chipped in with nine points each in the contest.
Australia was led by Liz Cambage who scored 19 points, while Lauren Jackson had 18 points and added 9 rebounds in the game.
Canada didn’t get the start they were looking for; as Australia was able to dictate the early part of the game by gaining the 12-0 lead to start off. Canada finally got on the board four minutes into the game. The damage was done, as Australia owned the 24-10 advantage after ten minutes of play.
Canada was able to play a better second quarter slowing down the Australian attack and was able to crack the Australian defense. Canada went on a 6-0 run to cut Australia’s lead to eleven points. At the half, the score was 35-22 for Australia.
To begin the second half, Canada came out strong as they were able to chip away at the deficit. Canada found a way to consistently score on the Australian defense and were able to make a 16-6 run to finish the frame. The 19 point lead Australia held earlier in the game, was down to five entering the final frame.
Canada continued to ride their momentum they had from the third quarter in to the final frame. Kim Smith began to heat up as she hit numerous shots down the stretch. Canada was able to make it a 55-53 game, but that was as close as they would get, as Lauren Jackson hit her free-throws down the stretch to seal the victory for Australia.
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Canada will play in the quarter-finals on Tuesday against the first place team from group A. The time and team have not been announced yet. Please check tournament website to confirm.