Canada Defeats Korea 91-45 In FIBA U19 World Cup Opener

The U19 Women’s National Team defeated Korea 91-45 in their opening game of the FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup in Italy.

Shaina Pellington (Pickering, ON), Hailey Brown (Hamilton, ON), Alyssa Jerome (Toronto, ON), Summer Masikewich (Calgary, AB), Sarah Donovan (London, ON) and Laeticia Amihere (Mississauga, ON) all contributed 10 points in Canada’s win.

“We were a little sloppy to get the game started today. There were some nerves and anxiety being our first game, but once we settled in we did a good job of defending and rebounding the basketball.” Head Coach Carly Clarke said, “We had a size advantage that we used well and that was demonstrated in our offensive rebounding and number of free throw attempts. Lots of clean up to be better tomorrow against France but a great first win in the tournament.“

Canada only lead by 1 point after the first quarter but continued to build their lead throughout the game. Leading Korea 38-22 at the half, Canada pulled away in the second half en route to a 46-point win.