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Holly MacKenzie

Canada Women's 3x3 squad finish Day 1 action in Hungary undefeated to advance to quarter-finals

Canada's 3x3 Women’s National Team opened play at the FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series Debrecen stop with an undefeated Day 1 on Sunday to advance to the event quarterfinals.

Canada was represented by Keishana Washington, Samantha Cooper, Cassandra Brown and Saicha Grant-Allen in Hungary and the team had a solid first showing together.

The Canadians began the day by outlasting Austria 20-18 thanks to a balanced team effort in a game that was defined by two scoring runs, one from each team. Grant-Allen finished with eight points and four rebounds and Cooper added six points and eight rebounds. Anja Fuchs-Robetin led Austria with 11 points and six rebounds in the loss.

Canada was a perfect 10-for-10 from inside the arc and 4-for-11 from deep. Austria was 9-for-25 from inside the arc but just 1-for-19 from two-point range while racking up 16 offensive rebounds off of those misses compared to just three offensive boards for Canada.

With the game tied at two points apiece early, Canada used a 9-0 run to take an 11-2 lead on a two-pointer from Brown. Brown scored on a reverse layup to make it a 10-point lead at the midway point and then a block and a two-pointer from Cooper made it 16-4 Canada. Cooper made free throws to put Canada up 18-7 with 2:35 remaining.

A lay-up for Grant Allen made it 20-9 for Canada with 2:09 remaining, but it was here that things flipped. With their backs against the wall and Canada on the verge of closing out the victory on their next basket, Austria kept Canada scoreless the rest of the way through as they scored the next nine points of the game to get within two, 20-18, narrowly missing out on a comeback as time expired.

In the team’s second game of the day, Canada defeated Egypt 21-13 behind a 10-point performance from Washington and eight rebounds from Grant-Allen. Canada shot 13-for-32 in the win compared to just 7-of-32 shooting for Egypt.

The game was close early. With Canada trailing by four, 3-7, with 6:28 remaining, the Canadians reeled off nine straight points, capped by Washington hitting a two-point shot to make it 12-7 with 4:11 remaining. After another bucket from Washington and then two free throws, also from Washington, Canada led 16-9 with 2:39 on the clock.

Free throws for Egypt’s Nadine Selaawy brought Egypt within five, 18-13, with 1:28 remaining, but Grant-Allen scored to get Canada within striking distance and then Washington hit a two-pointer to secure the 21-13 victory with 39 seconds remaining on the clock.

Up next for the Canadians is a meeting with Lithuania in the quarter-finals on Monday at 12:10 p.m. ET / 9:10 a.m. PT. Fans can catch all of the action streaming live on FIBA’s YouTube Channel.