MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (August 8, 2018) – Team Canada fell to the USA in the FIBA U18 Women’s Americas Championship 2018 finals and secured a silver medal in a 84-60 loss.
The silver medal marks Canada’s third in a row at the FIBA U18 Women’s Americas Championship, earning one in Colorado Springs, USA in 2014 and Valdivia, Chile in 2016.
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Canada’s interior defence led the way in the opening quarter, forcing the USA into difficult shots and allowing the red and white to jump out to an early 18-14 lead.
However, despite their strong first quarter defence, Canada fell behind early in the second quarter as the USA dominated the fast break and earned their way to the free throw line, ultimately heading into halftime with a 39-31 lead.
Canada began the third quarter with a strong run, but quickly cooled off behind the defence of the USA. The USA’s offence continued to click throughout the frame, as they extended their lead to 64-40 heading into the fourth.
The fourth quarter was much of the same, as the USA continued to execute and eventually earned the 84-60 victory and the gold medal.
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“I was really proud of our team tonight, but we played a very tough USA team. We started the game really well, stayed true to who we were, and played with pride and passion. It was a good ending to the tournament for us.” – Head Coach Claire Meadows
“I’m just really proud of how far our team came. We got a clutch win against Argentina and battled hard again tonight. We didn’t get the outcome we wanted, but I’m very proud of our team for giving it their all.” – Christina Morra