U18 Women defeated by Team USA in FIBA Americas final
VALDIVIA, CHILE - The U18 Women's National Team is coming up home with silver medals after losing 109-62 to Team USA on Sunday in the final of the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Women's Championship.
Canada's starters for the game were Mikaela Brewer, Hailey Brown, Mikaela Dodig, Alyssa Jerome and Aislinn Konig. Click here for full team roster.
Team captain Brewer paced Canada with 16 points on 7/12 field-goal shooting, while Jerome recorded 12 points and eight rebounds and Summer Masikewich had five points to go with six boards off the bench. Tyasha Harris had 18 points to lead six American scorers in double-figures. For game boxscore click here.
"We were beaten by a strong USA team that shot the lights out tonight,” said Canada's head coach, Carly Clarke. “We executed our game plan early but they wore us down towards the end of the first half and we were unable to rebound from it.
“We are extremely proud of what this team has accomplished and to bring home the silver medal. "
A seesaw first quarter saw 8 ties and 10 lead changes, with neither team ahead by more than three points. Jerome scored eight points early as Canada jumped in front 17-14, before Team USA closed the opening period on a 9-3 run to go in front 23-20.
The United States continued its surge, opening the second period with an 8-0 run to grab the first double-digit lead of the game. Brewer tried to keep her team in the game, scoring eight points in the quarter, but Canada found itself trailing 51-34 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Team USA more than doubled its lead, out-scoring Canada 33-14 to go in front 84-48 with 10 minutes remaining. The Americans won the fourth quarter, 25-14.
Prior to Sunday's contest, Team Canada was 4-0 at Americas, winning its games by an average of 27 points.
The second-place finish equals Canada's best results in the history of FIBA Americas U18 Women's Championships. By finishing in the top four at this tournament, Canada qualifies for next summer's FIBA U19 Women's World Championships.