Canada's 3x3 Women's National Team fell to China 22-13 in the semifinals of the FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series Stop in Bordeaux, France on Thursday. The loss was the first in four contests for the team in Bordeaux, and came after an 19-14 victory against Neftchi in the quarter-finals earlier in the day.
Katherine Plouffe had 10 points and seven rebounds in the loss as the Canadians went cold from outside, finishing just 1-for-12 from beyond the arc compared to 5-for-12 from long range for China, while struggling with China’s size around the basket.
Lili Wang led China with 10 points as she connected on four two-point shots.
China opened the game strong, scoring the first two baskets of the game. A drive from Plouffe trimmed the deficit to six points, but China quickly answered back.
Early foul trouble for Canada, coupled with an eight-point China lead by the midway point was too much for the Canadians to overcome.
Canada continued to battle, chasing down loose rebounds and trying to create extra possessions. A two-pointer from Plouffe, Canada’s lone two in the game, trimmed the deficit to four points, but China responded with a two of their own and went on to victory from there.
In Canada’s quarter-finals victory over Neftchi, Paige Crozon led all scorers with eight points to go along with three rebounds. She shot 5-for-10, including 3-for-7 from beyond the arc while recording three highlights and a blocked shot. Plouffe added six points and seven rebounds as Canada jumped out to a quick start behind a two-pointer from Crozon to open the scoring.
After a steal from Scott, Plouffe scored inside to put Canada up 3-0 and then a drive from Crozon made it a four-point lead for Canada. Neftchi came back to take a brief three-point lead, 9-6, with 5:16 remaining, but Canada used a 6-0 run with buckets from Jamie Scott bookending back-to-back two-pointers for Plouffe and Crozon to move Canada back in front. They wouldn’t trail again, going on to pick up the four-point victory.
Despite falling in the semifinals, Plouffe and Crozon finished second and third, respectively, in Top Player Value for the series stop. Plouffe’s 34 points and 31 rebounds placed her second on the scoring and rebounding leader lists as well.
Next up, the Canadians are heading home where they will compete on home soil in the FIBA Women’s 3x3 Women’s Edmonton Series Stop in Edmonton, Alberta beginning July 29. Fans can catch all of the action live on the FIBA 3x3 YouTube channel.