Canadian SWNT Team turns in Strong Performance in loss against USA

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Bridgeport, Connecticut – Canada’s Senior Women Basketball Team suffered a tough 76-51 loss on Monday night against Team USA in an exhibition game as they continue their final preparations for the 2014 FIBA World Championship at the end of the month.

Canada had a strong start to the first and second quarters, as they were able to keep the game close with key defensive stops and strong team play. Trailing 35-31, Katherine Plouffe (Edmonton, AB) led the way for the Canadians at the half with 4 points, and Lizanne Murphy (Beaconsfield, QC) chipped in with 3 points of her own.

Team USA came out of the locker room on a 9-0 run to start the 3rd, as they were able to push the ball and execute on the offensive end, while forcing Canada to take tough shots. Down 57-41 heading into the fourth quarter, Canada was able to pick up the pace and battle hard, but weren’t able to overcome the large deficit, losing 76-51.

Team Canada’s Katherine Plouffe (Edmonton, AB) led all scorers with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists, while Tamara Tatham (Brampton, ON) poured in 10 points (4/6 FG). The USA was led by Nnemkadi Ogwumike who provided 10 points in the balanced attack.

“Nothing but positives to take away from tonight, said Lisa Thomaidis, Head Coach. We had a great 20 minutes against the best team in the world. At times our youth and inexperience showed but we remained composed through adversity when they picked up their defensive intensity in the 3rd quarter.  I’m proud of how we remained mentally focused and competitive against a tough opponent.”

Canada will now head to Spain this weekend, where they will face both Cuba (Sept.19th) and Spain (Sept.20th) in exhibition games, before heading to Turkey for the 2014 FIBA World Championship from Sept 27 to Oct 5.

Upcoming Team Canada Exhibition Games:

19th Exhibition Game vs. Cuba Logrono, Spain
20th Exhibition Game vs. Spain Logrono, Spain

2014 FIBA World Championship for Women (All games broadcast live on NBATV)

September 2014 Event: Location
27th Game 1 (Preliminary Round – Group B)
Vs. Mozambique, 7AM (ET)
Ankara, Turkey
28th Game 2 (Preliminary Round – Group B)
Vs. Turkey, 12PM (ET)
Ankara, Turkey
30th Game 3 (Preliminary Round – Group B)
Vs. France, 2:15PM(ET)
Ankara, Turkey
October  2014 Event: Location
1-5th Advancing Rounds – TBD Istanbul, Turkey

About Canada Basketball:

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Courtesy Canada Basketball

Drew Ebanks