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Canada’s U18 Women’s National Team Wins Silver Medal at the FIBA U18 Women’s AmeriCup 2024

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Jun 24, 2024

BUCARAMANGA, Colombia (June 23, 2024) - Canada’s U18 Women’s National Team fell to the USA 69-80 in what was a tightly fought final and will bring home a silver medal for the seventh time out of their last ten appearances at the FIBA U18 Women’s AmeriCup.

Earlier this week, Canada defeated Argentina, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic to finish atop Group A in pool play. In the quarterfinals, they beat Mexico to punch their ticket to the FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2025. That was the team's goal since the beginning of the tournament, but they had their eyes set on a podium finish.

A tough win over Brazil put Canada in the gold medal game, where they would face the defending champions, the USA.

Olivia Leung started things for Canada, knocking down two threes within the first five minutes of the game, leading with 10 points at the end of the first quarter.

Although Canada finished the first quarter with a nine-point deficit, they picked up some steam, knocking down shots and getting to the rim, bringing the game to a one-possession difference. 

Jasmine Bascoe finished with a team-high 18 points and was everywhere for Canada, getting to her spots on the floor and finding her teammates. She was also named to the All-Tournament team, averaging 14.8 points and a tournament-high 4.7 assists per game this week.

The score was tied 36-36 until USA’s Joyce Edwards hit a buzzer-beating three going into halftime. Canada fought to keep it close with some nice moves from Nyadieng Yiech, Patricia Augustin, and Olivia Leung. 

Leung finished the game with 16 points on 5-10 from the field, and Yiech had another impressive showing, finishing with 13 points and 3-4 from three, including a bank shot three at the end of the buzzer.

From there, USA closed the game out, meaning Canada would finish second. The U18 Women’s National Team will bring home a silver medal on a strong note and look ahead to the FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2025 next summer.

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