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Canadian Women 3x3 squad remains undefeated in Hungary, move to Olympic Qualifying Tournament Quarterfinals



May 18, 2024

Canada's Women’s 3x3 Team has advanced to the quarterfinals of the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Debrecen, Hungary. Canada earned its spot in the quarterfinal with a 17-11 victory over Czechia on Saturday. The Canadians were led by a seven-point, seven-rebound, five highlight performance from Katherine Plouffe as well as six points and five rebounds from Michelle Plouffe and five rebounds from Kacie Bosch as Canada outrebounded Czechia 20-13 in the win.

“When we stick to our game plan good things happen,” Bosch said. “We started off aggressive and good things happened. When things start to take a turn, that's when we have to evaluate what’s going well, what’s not, but our defence was superb the whole time. We did a really good job of taking away their twos which was a big key for us.”

Canada scored the first three points of the game and quickly went ahead by eight points before Czechia scored its second point of the game. The Canadians continued to roll as an offensive board from Bosch led to a layup for Michelle Plouffe to give Canada a 10-2 advantage with 5:10 remaining. Bosch extended Canada’s lead to nine with a layup of her own.

“I know my role on this team is to try to get us as many possessions as possible,” Bosch said. “The hustle plays keep my energy up, too. I know our offence is in really good hands when Katherine, Michelle and Paige, especially when they’re on fire, it gives me fire. Knowing that my role is to make those hustle plays and play solid defence, I was really happy with how it went.”

Czechia had no answer for Katherine Plouffe. Paige Crozon found her inside for a bucket and then Plouffe scored again on a drive to the basket. After a two-pointer from Kateřina Suchanová trimmed Canada’s advantage to four with1:25 remaining, Plouffe grabbed her own offensive rebound and scored on a putback to extend the lead back to five. A Plouffe-to-Plouffe connection ended with a layup for Michelle to close the game with a 17-10 victory.

Canada is now a perfect 3-0 in Hungary and will play in the quarterfinals on Sunday, May 19 at 11:15 a.m. ET/ 8:15 a.m. PT, opponent to be determined.

“I’m excited to see what we’re going to do and who we’re going to play,” Bosch said.

The day wasn’t as pleasant for the Canada's 3x3 Men’s National Team who dropped a 21-11 decision to a red-hot France squad that couldn’t miss from deep. France finished 8-for-13 from beyond the arc, while the Canadians made just one of 11 attempts from long range. Raphael Wilson had 10 points to lead all scorers as he finished 4-for-6 from deep. Jerome Desrosiers had five points to lead the Canadians in the loss.

France began the game with a two from Wilson and continued firing from deep, making six of their first seven shots from two-point range to open a 13-4 advantage with 5:58 remaining as Canada struggled to find an offensive groove. Wilson’s fourth two-pointer of the game extended France’s advantage to 11 points and Canada wouldn’t get any closer than nine the rest of the way through.

The defeat dashed Canada's hopes of qualifying for the Olympic Games.