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Canada goes undefeated in Pool Play at FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series Eaubonne Stop



Aug 26, 2022

PARIS, France (August 26, 2022) -- The Canadian Women’s 3x3 team went undefeated in Day 1 action at the FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series Eaubonne Stop with victories against Mongolia and France U24.

In Canada’s first game of the day, Michelle Plouffe had eight points and six rebounds and Paige Crozon added six points and seven rebounds to lead the way in a 22-10 victory against Mongolia.

After falling behind 2-0 to start, Canada quickly went on a 10-1 run to go in front 10-3 with 6:05 remaining and they didn't trail again.

Canada shot 10-for-14 from inside the arc and 6-for-15 from deep in the win. Mongolia struggled from the floor, making just 3-of-11 attempts from inside the arc and 3-of-15 attempts from two-point range. Canada also owned the glass in the win, out-rebounding Mongolia 20-14.

After trading baskets, Plouffe hit a two-point shot, extending Canada’s advantage to nine points. Mongolia’s Chimeddolgor Enkhtaivan responded with a two-point shot of her own, but Crozon found Plouffe for another lay-in. Enkhtaivan connected on her second two-point shot of the game, but Mongolia couldn’t slow Canada as Kacie Bosh scored inside, making it 15-8 Canada with 3:18 remaining.

Back-to-back buckets for Plouffe extended Canada’s advantage to nine points, before Crozon scored on a drive down the lane, making it 20-10 with 1:49 remaining. Bosch then drilled a two-point shot to give Canada the 22-10 victory with 1:38 remaining on the clock.

In Canada’s second victory of the day, they defeated France U24 18-15 in a hard-fought defensive battle behind eight points apiece from Plouffe and Bosch. Again, Canada won the battle of the boards, out-rebounding France U24 22-14, including 10-5 on the offensive glass.

After Noémie Brochant scored for France U24 to start the game, Plouffe hit back-to-back buckets to put Canada in front by a point. Emma Peytour tied the game at two points apiece with a free throw for France U24, but Plouffe quickly hit a two-point shot to put Canada back in front by two with 9:10 remaining. The teams traded baskets until Bosch and Plouffe extended Canada’s lead to four points with 3:47 remaining.

Peytour connected on a two-point shot for France U24 to trim Canada’s lead to two points, before a free throw from Plouffe made it 11-8 Canada with 3:31 remaining. Another two-pointer for France U24, this time from Coline Franchelin, trimmed the advantage to a point. Océane Monpierre tied things at 11 points apiece with 2:38 remaining.

From there, Canada went to work. After free throws from Bosch and then a two-point shot from Catherine Traer, Canada led by four with 1:19 on the clock. Plouffe found Bosch under the hoop for an easy bucket and then Bosch was fouled on a drive to the rim and went to the line. After free throws for Bosch, Canada led 18-12 with 36 seconds remaining. France U24 would score twice more to trim the lead, but they ran out of time to complete a comeback as Canada held on for victory.

Canada will face France in the quarterfinals Saturday at 12:15 p.m. ET, live on FIBA 3x3 YouTube and Facebook.