Canada beats France 59-45 at 2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup

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Team Canada has improved to a record of two wins and zero losses at the 2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Sydney, Australia. On Friday, in a dominant team performance, Nirra Fields of Vancouver, British Columbia led the Canadian offensive attack with 17 points as Canada beat France 59-45.

Fields was one of two Canadians to reach double digits in scoring. The other was Shay Colley of Halifax, Nova Scotia, who had 11 points.

Where Canada had its most convincing edge over France in the match came down to offensive rebounding. As a team, Canada had 19 offensive rebounds, while France only had six. Kayla Alexander of Milton, Ontario led Canada with six offensive rebounds and eight defensive rebounds for 14 rebounds overall. Alexander and Colley led Canada with three assists each.

Another major reason for the Canadian win was because of the questionable decision making when it came to shot selection by France. The French team took several low percentage shot attempts in the first half. Instead of driving to the basket, they attempted many shots from around the perimeter, that did not go in.

With the win, Canada improved to a record of two wins and zero losses. The Canadian women are the only team at 2-0 in Group B. They next play Japan (1-1) on Sunday.

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