Canadian women’s basketball team collapses late in exhibition loss to U.S.

For 3 quarters Canada seemed to be in cost and on the verge of handing the U.S. women’s nationwide team its first residence loss in practically 19 years.

Kia Nurse had a game-high 22 factors and the Canadians constructed up a 16-point lead over the US, however in the tip they could not maintain on because the People rallied for a 74-68 win on Saturday in an exhibition tune-up for the 2018 World Cup.

Canada got here out sturdy and led 22-9 after the primary quarter. The People chipped away and trimmed it to a 56-48 deficit heading into the fourth, then took over in the ultimate body to cruise to victory after the early scare.

The No. 1-ranked U.S. used a 10-Zero run halfway by means of the fourth to tie the sport 62-62 and Canada did not reply, going 1 for 11 from the ground through the stretch.

“Held them to 28 factors at halftime and we stopped making pictures in the second half,” mentioned Canada coach Lisa Thomaidis.

“The U.S. pounded us on the boards in the second half. We received some pictures and we have been proper there. We weren’t ready to knock them down on the finish.”

Nurse leads Canadian assault

Nurse completed 6 for 21 from the ground and hit 8-of-11 free throws to lead all scorers. Natalie Achonwa chipped in with 10 factors for Canada whereas A’ja Wilson had a team-high 15 factors and 10 rebounds for the U.S.

The People hadn’t misplaced a recreation on residence soil since 1999 once they dropped an exhibition contest at Tennessee. The U.S.’ final loss total got here in 2014 in France in a pre-world cup event.

“I did not fret the rating,” mentioned U.S. coach Daybreak Staley. “I knew, I used to be very positive we would make a run and positive we would get again in the sport.”

Thomaidis named her 12-player roster Wednesday forward of the two-game exhibition sequence in Bridgeport, Conn., that included a 76-69 victory over Japan on Friday.

The women’s World Cup is Sept. 22-30 in Tenerife, Spain.

The Canadian girls are ranked fifth in the world, and certified for his or her ninth World Cup look by profitable the FIBA AmeriCup event final summer time.

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