CANADA DEFEATS CHINA 68-65 IN THE FIBA U19 WORLD CUP QUARTER-FINALS
July 28, 2017
10 AM ET
UDINE, ITALY (July 28, 2017) - The U19 Women's National Team defeated China 68-65 in the quarter-finals at the FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup in Italy. With this win, Canada advances to face Russia in the semifinals on Saturday, July 29, 2017 (time TBD).
This is the second appearance in the semifinal round for the U19 Women's Team with their last trip coming in 2009 (Bangkok, Thailand) where they went on to finish fourth.
Laeticia Amihere (Mississauga, ON) led Canada with 21 points and 5 rebounds while Hailey Brown (Hamilton, ON) had 13 points and 13 rebounds. Shaina Pellington (Pickering, ON) also had 12 points and 4 rebounds in Canada's win.
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Canada trailed China 21-10 after the first quarter but fought back to cut the lead by two at the half. Trailing 28-26 at the beginning of the third, Canada battled to tie the game 43-43 with two minutes to play in the quarter. Aislinn Konig (Langley, BC) hit a clutch three-pointer in the last minute of the third and Canada would hold their lead for the remainder of the game for a 68-65 victory.
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"Another great team win. We talked a lot about weathering the storm and playing through adversity. I thought we did a great job of keeping our composure when China got off to a hot start. Once we settled down, we were able to execute our game plan on both ends of the floor. We are thrilled to move on and have the opportunity to play for a medal. We are going to rest up, recover and prepare for our game against Russia tomorrow." - Carly Clarke, Head Coach
"I'm glad we pulled through and got the win today. We came in fighting and knew it was going to be a battle to the end. It was more of a redemption game for us because a lot of us played in the quarter-finals last year and fell short. Today's game was a great show of character and I'm excited to keep on playing and following in the men's footsteps."- Laeticia Amihere (Mississauga, ON)
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