MONTREAL, Quebec (Sept. 3, 2023) — Canada's 3x3 Women’s National Team have claimed yet another series stop victory.
After defeating Team USA 13-8 in the semifinals and USA U24 21-12 in the final, Canada went undefeated at the FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series Montreal stop, sweeping all three stops on Canadian soil this year as they picked up their sixth series stop win of the season.
Michelle Plouffe was named MVP in Montreal after scoring 11 points and hitting five two-pointers in the final. She finished 5-for-7 from beyond the arc as USA U24 connected on just two shots from deep as a team. Katherine Plouffe added seven points and seven rebounds in the win.
“It’s amazing to play in front of Canada, so thank you for coming,” Katherine Plouffe said to the crowd after the victory. “It makes a big difference to have Canadians supporting us. It’s super special to be able to have friends and family here so it always helps on the court. Shout out to our dad who is not here but who is watching.”
After the teams traded buckets to start, Michelle Plouffe stole the ball and hit her first two-pointer of the game to make it 3-2 Canada with 8:16 remaining. She then made it a four-point game after drilling a wide open two-pointer, but U24 came back and took a one-point lead after back-to-back two-pointers from Brink at the midway point. The USA lead didn't last long as Michelle Plouffe responded with another two of her own to make it 11-10 Canada with 4:35 remaining.
From there, Canada closed the game on a 10-2 run as Michelle Plouffe hit two more two-pointers, including one to put Canada up 20-12. Katherine Plouffe scored inside to give Canada the 21-12 victory.
In the semifinals, Michelle Plouffe had a game-high 13 rebounds to go with five points while Katherine Plouffe added four points, six rebounds and four highlights and Canada jumped out to an early 4-0 lead. After back-to-back buckets for Katherine Plouffe, Canada led 8-3. A two-pointer from Paige Crozon extended Canada’s lead to six with 1:37 remaining. Cierra Burdick scored on consecutive possessions for the USA, trimming Canada’s lead to four with a minute remaining, but Katherine Plouffe scored with 12 seconds remaining to put Canada up 13-8 as the USA ran out of time to try to complete a comeback.
After a hard-fought finals battle, Bosch talked about how Canada weathers the ups and downs of a 3x3 game.
“I think it’s having trust in your teammates,” Bosch said. “Trust that we’re all going to be able to work it out. When we have timeouts, we never get mad at each other, we talk through all the problems and try to solve them as fast as we can on the court. And we have so much fun.”
Series Stop MVP Michelle Plouffe dominated in Montreal, finishing in first place with the top player value (55.2), first place in highlights (27), rebounds (40), and key assists (19), while also finishing second in scoring (31 points).
Up next for Canada is the Women’s Series stop final in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia beginning Sept. 16.
“We’re going to go home, get some rest and then prepare to go win a final,” Michelle Plouffe said. “That’s the goal.”