Canada falls to USA, earns sil­ver medal

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

GWANGJU, South Korea — The Cana­dian women’s bas­ket­ball team claimed the Univer­si­ade sil­ver medal af­ter fall­ing 82-63 to the United States in the gold medal fi­nal at the 28th Sum­mer Univer­si­ade, Mon­day. Canada’s sil­ver medal is the pro­gram’s best re­sult at the games. Prior to tonight, their high­est fin­ish was a bronze medal on two oc­ca­sions in 1979 (Mexico City) and 1991 (Sheffield, Eng­land). “I am tremen­dously proud of our girls and their per­for­mance at these games,” said na­tional team head coach Fabian McKen­zie, who now goes back to his reg­u­lar job as coach of the Cape Bre­ton Univer­sity Capers women’s bas­ket­ball, team. “Our first sil­ver medal at the Univer­si­ade is a huge step for our pro­gram. I have had a won­der­ful sum­mer with these young ladies, and this truly has been phe­nom­e­nal.” The game started close, but the ta­bles turned in favour of the USA in the sec­ond quar­ter, as Canada strug­gled with turnovers and re­bounds. De­fen­sively, the USA built up 20 de­fen­sive re­bounds and six blocked shots in the first half to lead 31-23 head­ing into the break. “The dif­fer­ence was their abil­ity to get the ball in the paint and to run the floor,” added McKen­zie con­tin­ued. “We didn’t stop them from do­ing that and our of­fen­sive ex­e­cu­tion kind of died in the fourth quar­ter, and that re­ally hurt us.”

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