Canada's 3x3 Women's National Team is happy to be home.
Playing in front of a packed crowd, Canada went undefeated in Day 1 action at the FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series Edmonton Stop on Saturday.
Canada opened the day with a dominant 22-10 victory over Poland behind an 11-point, five-rebound effort from Michelle Plouffe, six points from Paige Crozon and five points and six rebounds from Katherine Plouffe.
Poland’s Klaudia Gertchen scored the first bucket of the game, but Crozon quickly came back with a two-pointer to put Canada in front 2-1 and the Canadians never trailed again.
Katherine Plouffe scored and then found Michelle Plouffe inside for the bucket while being fouled. After making the free throw, Canada led by four. After Poland got within two, 8-6, with 4:14 remaining, Canada closed on a furious 14-2 run to take the victory.
Crozon scored inside and then drilled a two-pointer to begin the run. Crozon then tracked down an offensive rebound and Katherine Plouffe scored through contact. A two from Michelle Plouffe extended the advantage to 10 points, 16-6, with under three minutes to play.
After missing on a drive to the basket, Michelle Plouffe grabbed her own offensive rebound and scored while being fouled. She made two free throws to put Canada in position to end the game, leading 20-10, with 1:23 remaining.
From there, she hit a two-pointer to seal the 22-10 victory with 1:13 remaining on the clock.
In Canada’s second game of the day, Katherine Plouffe’s seven points, eight rebounds and two blocks led the way in a 16-8 win over Japan. She recorded eight highlights and four key assists in the win, while Crozon added five points as the Canadians held Japan to just five made field goals. Kacie Bosch added two points, two highlights and three rebounds as Canada out-rebounded Japan 24-15, including 10-6 on the offensive glass.
The game was close early, as things were tied at four points apiece until a lay-up for Katherine Plouffe moved Canada in front. With both teams struggling to score, Crozon snapped the drought with a two-pointer for Canada. She then found Bosch under the basket for a lay-in to extend the advantage to four, 8-4, with five minutes remaining.
Back-to-back blocks for the Plouffe sisters stifled Japan’s offence and then Katherine Plouffe found a cutting Crozon for a layup to extend the advantage to six. Crozon scored inside again and then Plouffe scored on a drive. A layup from Plouffe moved Canada in front by 10. Japan would hit a two-pointer as time expired to trim the deficit to single digits, but Canada picked up the victory to finish Day 1 undefeated.
Next up, the Canadians will face Chile in the quarter-finals on Sunday, July 30 at 3:00 pm ET/ 12:00 pm PT. Catch all the action streaming across CBC digital platforms, including the free CBC Gem streaming service, cbcsports.ca and CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices or FIBA 3x3's YouTube Channel.