TAIPEI CITY, TAIWAN (August 23, 2017) - The Development Women's National Team fell to Japan 85-65 Wednesday afternoon to complete the Preliminary Round at the 29th Summer Universiade.

Paige Crozon led Canada with 16 points, while Ceejay Nofuente added 14 points and eight rebounds. Mariah Nunes and Catherine Traer also added seven points each in the loss.

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Leading Japan 20-18 after the first quarter, Canada saw their lead evaporate in the second and trailed 37-30 heading into halftime.  Turnovers plagued Team Canada throughout the game as Japan extended their lead to 61-44 after three quarter of play.  Despite a close final frame, Canada couldn't close the gap.  

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"We had a great first half.  We were playing very, very well and gave up a few uncontested threes to give them a seven point lead at half.  Second half basically the wheels came off for us.  We didn't rebound the ball well, we didn't stop them from running the actions we prepared for and had done well in the first half.  We turned the ball over way too much.  Thirty one turnovers isn't going to win a whole lot of games for you so we need to refocus. We're into the medal round now so focus on what's coming up next and wash this one away and start again."- Fabian McKenzie, Head Coach

"It was a tough loss on our end. Unforced turnovers and being outrebounded and not enough shots taken on our end.  We just need to bounce back and take this one game at a time and regroup to take on whoever comes next."- Ceejay Nofuente


Canada moves on to the quarter-finals on Friday, August 25 (Time and Opponent TBD). 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.