The Senior Women’s National Team defeated Brazil 84-45 in the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2017 semifinals Saturday night. With the win, Canada advances to Sunday’s gold medal game where they will face the winner of the second semifinal between Argentina and Puerto Rico.
The victory also qualifies Canada for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 in Spain.
“We’re really happy to be qualifying for our fourth consecutive world championships and that’s the first and foremost goal coming into these FIBA Americas tournaments.” Head Coach Lisa Thomaidis said after the win, “So to be heading into the final, we’re excited about that. It was fun to watch eight different players hit threes and see our bigs come up with some nice plays. I just thought we played really well as a team. We showed some good improvement from the last game we played and we’ll have to show some more improvement tomorrow in the final. Overall, I’m pretty pleased with how we played.”
Nirra Fields and Kia Nurse each had a game high of 16 points while Miranda Ayim added 15 points and eight rebounds. Shay Colley and Michelle Plouffe also chipped in seven points each in Canada’s win.
“It was a really fun game to play.”Miranda Ayim said after the win “I feel like all the work we’ve been doing in the group play all came together tonight and we just need to continue on this road for the game tomorrow.”
Canada established a 24-12 lead after the first quarter. Leading Brazil 41-22 at the half, Canada pulled away in the second half en route to a 39-point win.
The victory over Brazil was Canada’s second consecutive at the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup (formerly FIBA Americas Championship for Women). In their previous meeting, Canada defeated Brazil 83-66 in the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship for Women, snapping a streak of six straight head-to-head victories for Brazil that began in 1999.
While the team will be focused on defending their title from 2015, Canada has also clinched a berth in the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup (formerly FIBA World Championship for Women) in Spain from September 22-30, 2018.
The biggest international women’s basketball competition, the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup brings together the 16 best teams from across FIBA’s four regions – Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe.