TEAM CANADA FALLS TO USA IN SENIOR WOMEN'S EXHIBITION GAME
BRIDGEPORT, CT (September 8, 2018) - Canada's Senior Women's National Team fell to USA 74-68 on Saturday night to conclude a
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Kia Nurse had a game-high 22 points , while Natalie Achonwa filled up the stats sheet with 10 points, a team-high 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Achonwa, who plays for the Indiana Fever (WNBA), also recorded two steals and two blocks. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe added nine points in the loss.
For the second night in a row, Canada used an early run to help establish the lead. Canada scored eight unanswered points to build a 16-5 advantage and closed out the quarter with a 22-9 lead.
A back and forth second quarter saw Canada maintain a 12 point advantage heading into halftime, while limiting USA to just five field goals through 20 minutes of play.
USA responded in the second half, outscoring Canada 20-16 in the third to shrink the deficit to just eight points heading into the final quarter.
With Canada leading by 10 with 7:57 to play, the USA went on a 15-0 run to not only erase the deficit but take the lead on their way to the victory.
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"Obviously it was a battle out there and I think that was something that was great for us as a team. We've only had our 12 in the last two games we've played. To get that chemistry, to get that battle of this game itself, in a test like that, was great for us." - Kia Nurse
"Any time you get the chance to play against the world number one, it is a fantastic opportunity for our program and team, especially in our lead up to the World Cup." - Lisa Thomaidis
With the conclusion of the two game series in Connecticut, the Senior Women's National Team will continue their preparation for the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2018 with a three game exhibition series against USA, France and Senegal in Antibes, France (September 15-17).
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