CANADA DEFEATS LATVIA 74-70 TO CLAIM GROUP C AT THE FIBA U19 WORLD CUP

 

DATE

TIME

OPPONENT

LOCATION

July 25, 2017

10:15 AM ET

Latvia

Cividale del Friuli, Italy


CIVIDALE DEL FRIULI, ITALY (July 25, 2017) - The U19 Women's National Team defeated Latvia 74-70 at the FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup in Italy. With this win Canada claims group C and remains undefeated, completing the group phase with a 3-0 record.
 

Aislinn Konig (Langley, BC) led Canada with a career-high 32 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists, hitting 10 three-pointers in Canada's win. Shaina Pellington (Pickering, ON) had 15 points and 5 rebounds while Laeticia Amihere (Mississauga, ON) added 14 points and 5 rebounds.

Click here for the box score.

After a slow start Canada trailed Latvia 21-19 in the first quarter. Latvia would head into halftime up 33-29, with Canada fighting back to take a 55-48 lead in the third.  A back-and-forth final frame would see Konig hit a clutch three-pointer with 15 seconds to play as Canada held on for a 74-70 victory.

Click here for the full team roster.

QUOTES

"We knew going into this game Latvia was going to be a challenging matchup. They are a tough defensive and disciplined team. We were happy to grind out a win and we knew it would be a forty-minute battle. Ace had a very special performance with 10 threes and it was exciting as a team to work together to get her the ball to make open shots. We are continuing to buy into that process of togetherness. It's great to take home first place in our pool and we look forward to playing in the round of 16 tomorrow."  - Carly Clarke, Head Coach

"Today's game was a real team effort. Everyone battled with such heart and determination despite the obstacles placed in front of us. Today I had the hot hand, but all the credit goes to my teammates because they were the ones finding me and trusting me to hit that shot. This was an important win and a great way to head into bracket play." - Aislinn Konig (Langley, BC)
 

UP NEXT

Canada moves on to the Round of 16 and will play Mexico tomorrow on Wednesday, July 26 (Time TBD). The game will be live streamed on our Facebook Page. Click here for the complete tournament schedule.

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