Canada's 3x3 Women’s National Team advanced to the semifinals at the FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series Montreal Stop semifinals after going undefeated in Day 1 action on Saturday.
Kacie Bosch, Paige Crozon, Katherine Plouffe and Michelle Plouffe are looking to notch Canada’s sixth series stop victory this season as they continue to be undefeated when playing on Canadian soil. Canada has already won the Edmonton and Quebec City stops this season.
In the team’s first victory of the day, they dominated against New Zealand in a 21-8 victory, shooting 15-for-18 from inside the arc as Michelle Plouffe had eight points, nine rebounds and seven highlights. Crozon added seven points while Katherine Plouffe had six points and five rebounds as Canada scored the first four points of the game and didn’t look back.
Canada’s second game of the day was against Poland and they didn’t let up for a second, earning another 21-9 victory as Crozon was lights out, finishing with a game-high 12 points as she connected on 4-of-5 two-pointers as Poland made just one two-pointer in 12 attempts as a team.
After a two-pointer from Crozon put Canada in front 3-1 early, a steal from Bosch ended with Crozon scoring on a layup to move Canada in front by three. A two-pointer from Crozon extended the lead to six points and then Crozon’s third two of the game extended Canada’s lead to double figures with 4:37 remaining. Poland wouldn’t get any closer than eight the rest of the way through. A bucket from Bosch gave Canada 19 points with 2:09 remaining. Back-to-back layups from Katherine Plouffe ended the game and secured a 21-9 victory for Canada.
In Canada’s final game of the day, they battled USA U24 and used a slow start by the Americans to grab a 15-10 win. Canada dominated the glass as Michelle Plouffe finished with 10 rebounds and Katherine Plouffe added six as the Canadians outrebounded U24 27-17.
Bosch found Katherine Plouffe for the first bucket of the game. A putback for Michelle Plouffe put Canada ahead by two and then Michelle Plouffe blocked Hailey Van Lith. After a free throw for Michelle Plouffe, Canada led by three until Van Lith scored USA U24’s first point of the game on a free throw with 7:31 remaining. A hard drive and score from Michelle Plouffe extended Canada’s lead to four points. After a free throw from Cameron Brink, Canada led by three, 6-3, until a layup from Van Lith at the midway mark.
Madison Scott brought USA U24 back within two after hitting a pair of free throws with 2:36 remaining. A tough finish from Crozon extended Canada’s lead to three points with under two minutes remaining and then a bucket plus the foul for Katherine Plouffe extended Canada’s lead to five, 14-9, with 47 seconds remaining. After a missed two from Michelle Plouffe, Crozon flew in for the offensive rebound and Plouffe scored on the putback and Canada went on to the 15-10 victory to advance to the semifinals.
Up next for the Canadians will be the semifinals on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 12:15 p.m. ET/9:15 a.m. PT. Fans can catch the action streaming live on FIBA's official YouTube channel.