TAIPEI CITY, TAIWAN (August 21, 2017) - The Development Women's National Team defeated Portugal 56-45 on Monday afternoon in their opening game of pool play at the 29th Summer Universiade.

Paige Crozon led Canada with a game-high 16 points and six rebounds, while Ceejay Nofuente added nine points.  Alex Kiss-Rusk dominated the glass for Canada, grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with six points.

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After trailing Portugal 28-22 at the half, Canada put on a clinic at both ends of the court in the third quarter, outscoring Portugal 22-8 to take a 44-36 lead into the fourth quarter.  Canada's lock down defence would continue in the fourth as they limited Portugal to just nine points in the final frame, en route to a 56-45 victory.

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"Shaky first half for us today but challenged them at halftime and they responded incredibly well. The young ladies connected really well in the second half on the court.  We've been talking about connection all summer and they had probably the best half of connected basketball we've seen.  Still have to work out some kinks for the next two round robin games but great start and we're looking forward to keeping things rolling."- Fabian McKenzie, Head Coach

"It was a great way to start the University Games.  We got the win today and we're looking to build on that tomorrow."- Paige Crozon


Canada plays Korea tomorrow morning Tuesday, August 22 at 8 AM ET. Follow Canada Basketball on Twitter for score updates. Click here for the complete tournament schedule.


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About the 2017 Summer Universiade

The Summer Universiade is a biennial international multi-sport event open to competitors who are at least 17 and less than 28 years of age as of January 1 in the year of the Games. Participants must be full-time students at a post-secondary institution (university, college, CEGEP) or have graduated from a post-secondary institution in the year preceding the event.