Canada trounces Hungary in FIBA Women’s Olympic Basketball Qualifier

Bridget Carleton (Lorie Shaull, Wikimedia Commons)

Team Canada has won its first game of the 2024 FIBA Women’s Olympic Basketball Qualifier. On Thursday from Sopron, Hungary, Canada trounced Hungary 67-55.

Four Canadians reached double digits in points. Minnesota Lynx forward Bridget Carleton of Chatham, Ontario led Canada with 18 points. Center Kayla Alexander of Milton, Ontario had 15 points, while Lynx forward Natalie Achonwa of Toronto, Ontario and point guard Shay Colley of Halifax, Nova Scotia had 10 points each. Alexander had a double-double as she had 13 rebounds. Colley led Canada with five assists.

This is a four team tournament in Hungary. The top three teams qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. Canada plays Spain on Friday and Japan on Sunday.

In other basketball news, the Raptors have made a trade with the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday. Toronto acquired guard Spencer Dinwddie from the Nets for guard Dennis Schroeder and power forward Thaddeus Young. Dinwiddie is joining his fifth NBA franchise. He was previously with the Detroit Pistons (2014 to 2016), the Nets (2016 to 2021, 2022 to 2024), the Washington Wizards (2021 to 2022), and the Dallas Mavericks (2022 to 2023). In 48 games this season, Dinwiddie is averaging 12.6 points per game, six assists per game, and 3.3 rebounds per game, and has a field goal percentage of .391, free throw percentage of .794, and a three-point percentage of .331.

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