SWNT WILL PLAY JAPAN FOR FINAL BERTH INTO OLYMPICS

 

Game 5 vs. Japan

 

Game 4 vs. Argentina

ANKARA, TURKEY – With Canada’s Olympic dreams on the line, Canada was able to come through and beat Argentina 58-41. With the win, Canada will play on Sunday, July 1, at 11:00 a.m. (EDT) against Japan, for the last berth into the 2012 London Olympics.

Courtnay Pilypaitis (Orleans, ON) led the way for Canada with 12 points, while Lizanne Murphy (Beaconsfield, QC) chipped in with eleven points in the victory over Argentina.

In the first quarter, neither team was able to separate themselves from each other. In the quarter, the largest lead either team had was only four points. Canada was led by Krista Phillips (Saskatoon, SK) and Lizanne Murphy who both scored four points each in the opening frame. Canada took a slim 16-15 lead to the second quarter.

In the second quarter, both teams relied on their defense, as both teams combined for only 14 points in the frame. Canada was able to win the battle on the glass as Canada out rebounded Argentina 23-14. Courtnay Pilypaitis was able to hit a jumper at the buzzer to give Canada the 26-19 lead at the half.

Canada came out hard to start the second half as Chelsea Aubry (Kitchener, ON) and Courtnay Pilypaitis were able to hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Canada a 32-21 lead, early in the third. Canada’s defense continued to overwhelm the Argentinian offence as they were only able to score six points in the third.

Canada entered the fourth quarter with a 36-25 lead. Canada continued to dictate the game, as Argentina was only able to get as close as ten points to Canada’s lead. Canada finished with a 58-41 win.

For box score, click here.

Canada will play tomorrow versus Japan with the last berth into the 2012 London Olympics on the line. Tip-off is set for 11:00 a.m. (EDT). To watch the game go to FIBATV.com or to follow the game, go to FIBA Live-Stats. 

Game 3 vs. Croatia 

ANKARA, TURKEY – In a very close game, Croatia was able to hit key free-throws late in the fourth quarter to defeat Canada, 59-56. Canada will have one last opportunity to claim a berth into the 2012 London Olympics. They will need to win two consecutive games starting Saturday, June 30, against Argentina .

In the game, Canada was led by Courtnay Pilypaitis (Orleans, ON) who scored a team-high eleven points and grabbed five rebounds, while Teresa Gabriele (Mission, BC) scored nine points and recorded seven rebounds in the game.

In the opening quarter, Canada came out strong by gaining the early 6-0 lead over Croatia. Croatia then took a timeout and was able to battle back from the early deficit to Canada. Shona Thorburn (Hamilton, ON) hit a late 3-pointer to tie the game 16-16, but Croatia hit a late free-throw to take the lead heading into second quarter, 17-16.

In the second frame, Canada had a tough time solving the Croatian defense as it took Canada over four minutes to score the opening points in the quarter. The Canadian defense was able to hold off Croatia’s offence from making a run in a very defensive quarter. Croatia took the lead into halftime, 33-26. Lizanne Murphy (Beaconsfield, QC) led the Canadian team in the half with six points, all coming in the second quarter.

To start the second half, Canada came out strong and was able to find a way to score against the Croatian defense on a consistent basis. With 3:29 left in the quarter, Alisha Tatham (Brampton, ON) hit a jump shot to give Canada its first lead since the opening quarter. Canada entered the final frame with a 46-41 advantage.

In the fourth, Croatia reclaimed the lead four minutes into the quarter after Iva Ciglar hit a 3-pointer, as Croatia began the frame on a 13-6 run to take the lead 56-52. Canada cut the deficit to two points with 1:38 to go in the game, but Croatia was able to hit their free-throws down the stretch to win the game, 59-56.

For box score, click here.

Canada will have one last chance to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. Canada will play tomorrow against Argentina at 1:15 pm EDT. Canada will need to win two consecutive games in order to claim the final berth into the 2012 London Olympics. The game will be available to watch online on FIBAtv.com and can be followed on FIBA Live-Stats 

Game 2 vs. France 

ANKARA, TURKEY – France came out strong in the opening quarter as they were able to take a commanding lead and never looked back, as Canada’s Senior Women’s National Team fell to France, 56-47. Canada’s record in the FIBA World Olympic Tournament is now 1-1.

Canada once again had a balanced attack and was led by Tamara Tatham (Brampton, ON) and Shona Thorburn (Hamilton, ON) who each scored seven points in the game for Canada. Krista Phillips (Saskatoon, SK) chipped in with six points and eight rebounds.

“We really battled hard tonight against a very good team in France,” said head coach, Allison McNeill. “When we cut the lead to six points I thought we had a chance to pull through, but we just didn’t make enough shots and our shooting percentage showed it.”

“I’m proud how our team executed tonight and we were very tough defensively,” added McNeill.

In the opening quarter, Canada struggled as they began the game 0 for 7 from the floor while France’s offence came out strong. Canada shot 21 percent in the quarter compared to France’s 81 percent. France began the game on a 16-3 run and at the end of the quarter, France led 21-11.

In the second frame, Canada was able to slow down the French offence, but was unable to cut into the French lead. Canada was able to hold France to only 14 points in the quarter and was able to keep the game in reach. France took the lead into the locker room, 35-24.

In the third quarter, France and Canada played a tight quarter with little room for either team’s offence to operate in. France scored 13 points while Canada recorded 12 in the frame, as France took the lead heading into the fourth, 48-36.

In the fourth, Canada was able to cut the deficit down to six points with just under four minutes to go in the game, but that was as close as Canada would get to France, as they held on to the 56-47 win.

For box score, click here.

Tomorrow, Canada will have a rest day while the final game in Group D will be played between France and Mali. The crossover for Group D will be with Group C. The top two teams in Group C will be Croatia and Korea. They play against each other tomorrow and the winner will win Group C.

To watch CBC feature on the Canadian Senior Women's Basketball Team, click here.   

Game 1 vs. Mali

Ankara, Turkey – Canada was able to dictate the game from start to finish and opened the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament with a convincing 89-23 win over Mali.

Canada was led by Courtnay Pilypaitis (Orleans, ON) who recorded a double-double with 15 points and ten assists, which were both game-highs. Kim Smith (Mission, BC) scored 11 points, while Miranda Ayim (London, ON) had 10 points in the game.

“We are happy to get our opening game under our belts and get the nerves out,” said head coach, Allison McNeill. “Mali showed a lot of heart and played very hard throughout the game."

“It was great to see all our players on the score sheet tonight. I’m happy that we got through this game and we are looking forward to playing France tomorrow,” added McNeill.

To begin the first quarter, Canada seemed to have a few nerves as they went down 6-3 early in the opening frame. After that, Canada was able to go on a 19-0 run to end the quarter, giving Canada the 22-6 advantage after the opening ten minutes.

In the second quarter, Canada was able to run their offence very efficiently and the defense was also up to task as they limited Mali to four points. Canada was led by Kim Smith who scored nine points in the opening half. Canada also had eleven different players score in the half and by the end, Canada had the 46-10 advantage.

In the second half, Canada continued to control the game. They were able to keep producing offensively by scoring 19 in the third quarter and 24 in the final quarter. Canada was able to play all their players in the game and each player recorded at least two points in the game.

For box score, click here.

Canada will play tomorrow against the eighth ranked France team (2:15 p.m. EDT). The game will be available to watch online at FIBATV.com and also to follow onFIBA Live-Stats.

To watch CBC feature on the Canadian Senior Women's Basketball Team, click here.