Canada's 3x3 Women's National Team opened the FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series Quebec stop by going undefeated in Day 1 action. After taking down USA U24, New Zealand and Romania on Friday, Canada has advanced to the series stop semifinals on Saturday.
In the best battle of the day, Canada defeated USA U24 16-14 behind a 10-point performance from Katherine Plouffe as the Canadians took advantage of the USA U24 squad getting into early foul trouble.
Neither team led by more than three points throughout the game as Katherine Plouffe tied the game at six points apiece until Sydney Leah Taylor hit a two-pointer for the U24 team to move them in front 8-6 with 4:28 remaining.
Katherine Plouffe tied the game again at eight points after sinking two free throws. Hailey Van Lith scored off her own missed shot to put U24 in front, but Michelle Plouffe tied the game again after making one of two free throws.
Paige Crozon assisted a cutting Katherine Plouffe for an easy layup and then Crozon stole the ball from Van Lith and scored on a baseline layup to make it 12-10 Canada.
After another pair of free throws for Katherine, Canada led 13-11, but Van Lith drilled a two-pointer to get U24 within a point with 2:30 remaining. The score remained tight until the final buzzer, but Canada did not trail again.
A free throw for Crozon made it 16-14 Canada and Canada held off U24 to take the victory.
In Canada's first game of the day, the team defeated New Zealand 21-7 behind an 11-point performance from Michelle Plouffe and nine rebounds for Katherine Plouffe. Jamie Scott added six points and five rebounds in the victory.
After the two teams traded baskets and the score was tied at five points apiece with 7:38 remaining, Canada began to pull away. After a 7-1 run for Canada to move in front by six with 5:10 remaining, Emilia Ellen Meg Shearer scored what would be New Zealand’s final basket of the game with five minutes remaining. Canada closed the game on a 9-0 run, completing the victory with a shot from Michelle Plouffe to make it 21-7 with 44 seconds remaining on the clock.
Canada closed the day with a convincing 22-8 victory over Romania, as Crozon and Scott combined for 16 of Canada's 22 — including Scott's game-winning two-pointer to help the squad close the day undefeated.
Next up, the Canadians will play in the semifinals on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT against the winner of Italy and New Zealand. Fans can catch all of the action streaming live on FIBA’s YouTube channel.