MINSK, BELARUS (July 29, 2018) – Team Canada defeated Mali 58-50 on the final day of the FIBA U17 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 to finish the tournament in 9th place.
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Yvonne Ejim led the way for Canada, showing how it’s done offensively and contributing in all aspects defensively. She ended the day with a team high 12 points off of 66% shooting, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and a block in 23 minutes played.
Canada and Mali came out evenly matched throughout the first quarter but locking down inside the paint gave Canada a slim 15-12 lead going into the second quarter.
Canada outscored Mali 18-14 in the second quarter off of their 53% shooting and extended their lead to 33-26 going into the second half.
Post scoring continued to be Canada’s route on offence throughout the third quarter as they held their lead and were up 45-39 going into the final 10 minutes of regulation. Canada remained on top in the fourth and took the victory over Mali, 58-50.
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“We are disappointed with the overall placement in the tournament, but were happy with our effort and character to finish with 3 wins and show improvement in each game. There are many lessons to take away, and I look forward to watching each of our players continue to develop moving forward. Thanks to the amazing support staff and coaches for investing in these great young women” – Jodi Gram
“We faced a rough obstacle in our path which got us to a place we didn’t want to be in but we still persevered, pushed through and came back even better which is great for our team, and this journey will be unforgettable for us but also a teaching point in our careers so that we can be resilient and learn from this incredible experience” – Yvonne Ejim
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