Shayeann Day-Wilson continues to lead Team Canada and the entire FIBA U19 World Cup tournament in points per game, recording a double-double scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
Team Canada started off slow, struggling to get shots to drop and keep the lead, leaving them down 40-35 to Russia at half-time. In the second half, Canada picked up the pace from both an offensive and defensive standpoint and took control of the game.
"We showed great resilience and effort in the second half and battled back to win the game," McKenzie said. "Just a good overall effort in the second half to win the game."
Emma Koabel, the youngest of the Canadian team, had an impressive performance putting up 10 points alongside teammate Tara Wallack who recorded 10 points and 9 rebounds in the match up.
Defensively, Isaline Alexander and Deja Lee were key contributors to Canada's 68 total rebounds, picking up 10 rebounds each.
"Deja Lee was our player of the game - she had 10 rebounds and great defensive effort." said head coach Fabian McKenzie. "Isaline Alexander was a real big defensive presence as well."
"I gave it my all today and i'm proud of the way I played on defense and I feel like I helped my team get energy on offense," said Lee.
Canada will play the winner of Spain and Czech Republic tomorrow morning at 8:30AM ET to determine who will earn the 5th place ranking.
All games at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup are streamed live and free on the FIBA YouTube Channel. The FIBA U19 Women’s Ba sketball World Cup 2021 in Hungary runs until August 15th.