Canada Claims Group C At FIBA U19 World Cup

The U19 Women’s National Team defeated Latvia 74-70 at the FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup in Italy. With this win Canada claims group C and remains undefeated, completing the group phase with a 3-0 record.

Aislinn Konig (Langley, BC) led Canada with a career-high 32 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists, hitting 10 three-pointers in Canada’s win. Shaina Pellington (Pickering, ON) had 15 points and 5 rebounds while Laeticia Amihere (Mississauga, ON) added 14 points and 5 rebounds.

“Today’s game was a real team effort. Everyone battled with such heart and determination despite the obstacles placed in front of us.” Koing said,”Today I had the hot hand but all the credit goes to my teammates because they were the ones finding me and trusting me to hit that shot. This was an important win for Canada and a great way to head into bracket play.”

After a slow start Canada trailed Latvia 21-19 in the first quarter. Latvia would head into half-time up 33-29, with Canada fighting back to take a 55-48 lead in the third. A back-and-forth final frame would see Konig hit a clutch three-pointer with 15 seconds to play as Canada held on for a 74-70 victory.