GUANAJUATO, MEXICO (August 23, 2021) - With a 76-25 win over Chile, Canada has not only advanced to the FIBA U16 Women's Americas Championship 2021 semifinals, but have also punched their ticket to the FIBA U17 Women's Basketball World Cup 2022 in Debrecen, Hungary.
"Today was a little bit rough to start but we found our way but we gritted it out," said head coach Cheryl Jean-Paul. "This group has just continued to fight for each other and I think that showed in their opportunities today that they kept creating for each other."
Cassandre Prosper continues to lead the tournament and team Canada in points scored with a double-double performance collecting 21 points and a staggering 16 rebounds. Delaney Gibb (15 points, 6 rebounds) and Sumer Lee (12 points, 4 rebounds) also both contributed in the win.
"We're so happy that we qualified for Worlds next summer and semifinals tomorrow," said Sumer Lee. "We just need to keep it up and hopefully we can get the gold."
Canada will fight for their chance to advance to the gold medal game when they compete in the semifinals tomorrow against the Argentina at 6:30PM ET.
All games at the FIBA U16 Women's Americas Championship 2021 are streamed live and free on the FIBA YouTube Channel. The FIBA U16 Women's Americas Championship 2021 in Guanajuato, Mexico runs until August 29th.