Canada evens their record at the Oympic women’s basketball tournament

Bridget Carleton (Lorie Shaull, Wikimedia Commons)

Team Canada has regrouped and evened their record in the Olympic Women’s Basketball tournament. On Thursday in Tokyo (Wednesday evening in Canada), the Canadian squad pounded South Korea 53-74 after losing their first game of the tournament, 72-68 to Serbia.

In Canada’s win over South Korea, Bridget Carleton of Chatham, Ontario led the Canadians in scoring with 18 points. Two other Canadians reached double figures in points. Natalie Achonwa of Toronto, Ontario had 14 points, and Kayla Alexander of Milton, Ontario had 10 points. The leading rebounder for Canada was Achonwa with 10, while Achonwa also led Team Canada with five assists.

Achonwa and Carleton are teammates in the WNBA with the Minnesota Lynx. They are two of three players currently on Team Canada in the WNBA. The other is Kia Nurse of Hamilton, Ontario, who is with the Phoenix Mercury.

The Canadian women’s basketball team are one of two Canadian teams at the moment currently with a record of one win and one loss. The other is the Canadian women’s rugby sevens team. On Wednesday, the Canadians pounded Brazil 33-0, thanks to two tries from Keyara Wardley of Calgary, Alberta. However, Canada lost their second game, 26-12 to Fiji. On Friday in Japan, (Thursday in Canada), the Canadian women’s rugby sevens team plays France. Meanwhile, the Canadian women’s basketball team next plays Spain on Sunday in Japan (Saturday evening in Canada).

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