Game 5

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Gurabo, Puerto Rico – Canada and Argentina knew what was on the line, a bronze medal and both teams played hard down to the final wire. With the game tied heading into the fourth, the game was up for grabs. Argentina pulled through in the end by limiting Canada to only four points in the final frame, 53-49.

Despite the loss, Canada was still able to qualify for next year’s FIBA U19 World Championship for Women in Lithuania. This marks the fifth consecutive time Canada has qualified for the FIBA U19 World Championship for Women.

Cheyanne Rodger had a team-high in points (13) and rebounds (8) for Canada in the game. Michelle Hudyn chipped in with eight points, six rebounds and three assists in the game.

From the tip, Canada stormed out of the gates and was able to quickly go up 17-4. Paige Crozon led the charge for Canada in the opening quarter by scoring six points. After the opening ten minutes, Canada led 20-9.

The tables turned in the second frame, as Argentina found their rhythm and began chipping away at the Canadian lead. In the final five minutes of the half, Argentina was able to go on a 17-2 run, capped off by a pair of late free-throws to give Argentina the 34-32 edge at the half.

In the third quarter, both teams were able to keep the game in arms distance. The lead never got larger than four points in the frame. Argentina hit a jumper with under a minute to go, to tie the game up at 45-45.

In the pivotal final frame, both teams locked it down defensively. Canada was only able to muster four points, while Argentina doubled Canada’s output to win the bronze medal, 53-49.

For box score, click here.

This concludes the junior women’s national team’s season. The team successfully qualified for the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship in Lithuania by reaching the semi-finals at the FIBA Americas U18 championship.


Game 4

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Gurabo, Puerto Rico – With a spot in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship game, Canada was unable to slow down the Americans as Canada was defeated, 95-46. Canada will play tomorrow versus Argentina for the bronze medal.

Paige Crozon scored a team-high nine points in the game.

USA was led by Morgan Tuck who scored a game-high 22 points.

In the first quarter, Canada started off strong as they were able to hit on their first two field goals in the game, but that seemed to wake up the Americans as they responded with a 16-4 run. By the end of the first quarter, USA owned the 24-8 advantage.

To begin the second quarter, USA was able to go on another lengthy run, 12-0, to give them the 36-8 lead. The Americans did not slow down as they went on another 12-0 late in the half to give them the 53-20 lead at the half.

The USA did not let up in the third quarter as they were able to double up on Canada’s 11 points to score 22 in the frame. USA took the 75-31 lead heading into the final ten minutes of the game. Canada had a big deficit, but kept on playing hard as they scored 13 points in the quarter. USA went on to win 95-46. USA will play Brazil in the finals following the bronze medal game tomorrow.

Canada shot 29.8 percent from the field, while USA shot 57.1 percent.

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Canada will play on Sunday, August 19, for the bronze medal against Argentina. The game will tip-off at 6:00 p.m. EDT and will be available to watch on the FIBA Americas website.



 Game 3

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Gurabo, Puerto Rico – With not only a berth into the semi-finals, but a spot into next year’s FIBA U19 World Championship on the line, Canada did not disappoint as they were able to defeat Mexico,61-40 . With the win Canada will play in Saturday’s semi-final against Argentina or U.S.A. The team also qualified to their fifth consecutive berth into the FIBA U19 World Championship.

In the game, Canada had three players score in double digits including; Paige Crozon(13), Kaylee Halvorson (12) and Cheyanne Roger (11). Michelle Hudyn grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.

Mexico was led by Maria Begona Faz Davalos who scored eleven points and added ten rebounds.

The game started off slow, as both teams had a tough time shooting the ball in the opening ten minutes. At the end of the quarter, Canada owned the 10-2 lead. Canada in the quarter shot 4-for-16 from the field, while Mexico shot 0-for-14.

In the second quarter, the teams were able to find their rhythm offensively compared to the opening quarter. Mexico cut the deficit to 17-15 with 1:33 left in the half, but Canada scored a quick six points to take the lead at the half, 23-15.

After halftime, Canada came out strong as they were able to separate themselves from Mexico. Canada was able to put 19 points on the board compared to Mexico’s seven points. Paige Crozon led the way Canada in the quarter by scoring nine points.

Canada entered the final frame with a 42-22 lead and never looked back, as Canada was able to cruise to a 61-40 win over Mexico. Canada held Mexico to shoot under 30 percent from the field in the game.

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Canada will play next in the semi-finals on Saturday. The opponent has not been named, but it will be either U.S.A. or Argentina. It will be decided after the Puerto Rico and Brazil game is played later tonight. Please check tournament website, for additional information.

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 Game 2

Gurabo, Puerto Rico – With the home crowd behind them, host country Puerto Rico jumped out the gates with a strong start to take an early lead in the first quarter.  Canada was able to weather the initial storm and ease into the flow of the game through good ball movement and inside baskets, highlighted by a backdoor cut and finish by Sarah-Jane Marois (Quebec, QC) early in the second quarter. 

In a physical match where both teams went back and forth, the two teams were notched at 31 after the first half.   Paige Crozon (Humboldt, SK) led all players in the first half with 9 points and 5 rebounds.  

Both teams struggled to make shots to start the second half, with neither team able to pull away from the other.  Canada however, finished the quarter with a 12-0 run to outscore Puerto Rico 19-7 in the frame by forcing turnovers and capitalizing on transition opportunities.

Canada never looked back in the 4th quarter, only allowing 5 points to Puerto Rico by keeping them out of the paint.  Michelle Hudyn (Kitchener, ON) recorded a double-double for Canada with 10 points and 10 rebounds.  Samantha Cooper (Sudbury, ON) also added 10 points and 6 rebounds. 

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Canada will now face Mexico tomorrow at 6:00pm EDT.  The game will be streamed again on the FIBA Americas website.  

 Game 1

 Gurabo, Puerto Rico – In Canada’s opening game of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women, Canada had a difficult time scoring in the second half which led to their loss against Brazil 56-46.

Canada’s scoring was led by Samantha Cooper (Sudbury, ON) who had nine points, while adding eight rebound and two assists. Taijah Campbell (Ajax, ON) scored six points and added a team-high eleven rebounds in the loss.

In the opening quarter Canada came out strong. Canada opened the game on a 14-2 run to gain the upper hand over Brazil. Canada finished the quarter with the 19-8 lead. Sarah-Jane Marois (Quebec, QC) led Canada with five points in the opening frame.

In the second, Brazil was able to battle back and closed the gap on the Canadian lead. Canada was up 29-12 with 5:57 left in the half, but Brazil was able to claw back into the game by going on a 12-2 run to close out the half. Canada still owned the 31-24 lead at the half.

Brazil was able to carry over the momentum from the second quarter. Four minutes into the third, Brazil completed the come back and over took the lead from Canada. Brazil was able to limit Canada to only five points in the frame, as Brazil ended the quarter with the 38-36 advantage.

Brazil’s defensive intensity didn’t let up, as Canada was not able to make a late fourth quarter push. Brazil went on an 11-0 run to build their lead to 51-39, which gave Canada a tough task to come back from. Brazil went on to take the game, 56-46. Canada did not help themselves as they shot 6-for-16 from the free throw line and only scored 15 points in the entire second half.

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Canada will play the hosts, Puerto Rico on Thursday, August 16 at 8:15 p.m. EDT. The game will be streamed online at FIBA Americas website and will be available to follow on FIBA Live-Stats.