“Today was a tremendous team win. We displayed such toughness to defeat a very strong Australian team. I can’t say enough about the resilience and the poise that our team had,” said head coach Lisa Thomaidis.
“We had a great performance from Tamara Tatham but a lot of different players contributed. Our guard play was excellent and I am looking forward to the next games.”
Tatham (Brampton, Ont.) scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the victory.
Canada won the first quarter 16-14. Forcing turnovers gave the Canadians opportunities at easy baskets early in the game.
Heading in to the locker room, Canada held a 37-32 lead over the Australians, with scoring revolving around points in the paint and two three-pointers from the Senior Women.
The third quarter was a continuation of the solid Canadian defence, holding Australia to only 12 points in the quarter. Canada bumped the margin to six, leading 50-44 with one quarter remaining.
Canada put the Australian team away in the fourth quarter, pushing the lead to double-digits halfway through the period. The final score was 62-55.
“We attacked very well today. We got a lot of points in the paint, we were aggressive and got a lot of offensive rebounds,” said Tatham. “Defensively, we stuck to our game plan and came out with physicality. I think we still have little things to improve upon in our execution, but it was a good game for us.”
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