Leading team Canada once again was Shayeann Day-Wilson who contributed a staggering 31 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists alongside Yvonne Ejim who had a double-double performance with 20 points, 10 rebounds.
“We had a tough start, but we picked ourselves up towards the second half and we just played our game and played our style,” Day-Wilson said.
The ability to draw fouls and get to the line was the game changer for Canada, with the team shooting 73% from the line and Day-Wilson adding 16 points to Canada's overall score off free throws.
“Shayeann Day-Wilson was amazing." said head coach Fabian McKenzie. "This was a great win for our team."
Aicha Dia (8 points, 5 rebounds) and Tara Wallack (7 points, 6 rebounds) helped Canada offensively, with Izabella Zingaro (6 rebounds) and Isaline Alexander (8 rebounds) coming forward as key players for Canada from a defensive standpoint.
"The efforts [Zingaro and Alexander) put forth rebounding and defending was just phenomenal." said McKenzie. “They were great team players for us and it made a huge impact on the game."
Canada will now have a day of rest before they go to battle against Mali on Tuesday, August 10th at 8:30AM ET.
"They have a lot of athleticism so we have to match that and play our game and keep it rolling, " Day-Wilson said on their match-up against Mali.
“Mali is incredibly athletic, incredibly tough defensively. We’re going to have to go to battle and hope that what we do can take the win," added McKenzie.
All games at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup are streamed live and free on the FIBA YouTube Channel. The FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2021 in Hungary runs until August 15th.