The Senior Women’s National Team defeated Paraguay 86-64 to complete the Group Phase undefeated at the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2017. With the win, Canada claims top spot in Group B and moves on to the semifinals where they will face the second place finisher from Group A on Saturday (time TBD).
Nirra Fields led Canada with a game high 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Katherine Plouffe added 12 points and four rebounds. Michelle Plouffe also chipped in nine points and a game high 13 rebounds in Canada’s win.
“Honestly I’m just proud of my team. We came out and weren’t great offensively and defensively, but we pushed through.” Fields said after the game, “A lot of games aren’t going to go entirely how we planned, so how we responded was the most important.”
Canada established a 26-14 lead after the first quarter and would fight to hold a 41-37 at the half. Canada would extend their lead to 66-51 in the third and maintain their lead for the remainder of the game.
Thursday’s game was just the second time Canada has ever faced Paraguay in the tournament. In their only previous meeting back in the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship for Women (Neiva, Colombia), Canada dominated Paraguay 77-26.
With a victory in the semifinals on Saturday, the defending champions would not only advance to Sunday’s gold medal game but also qualify for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 in Spain.