Kia Nurse had a game-high 18 factors and 6 assists as Canada earned a bye into the quarter-finals of the FIBA Girls’s World Cup with a come-from-behind 71-60 win over France on Tuesday.
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe added 13 factors and 10 rebounds for the Canadians (Three-Zero), who completed on the high of their pool and earned a bye into Friday’s quarter-finals. Canada will face both host Spain or Senegal, who meet in a qualifying sport on Wednesday.
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“We perceive that successful he pool is nice however there’s a lot extra to return,” Nurse mentioned. “So to have the ability to put ourselves on this scenario to go in, have two days off, give us an opportunity to have the ability to scout slightly additional, get some observe in and work on issues we wish to get higher at, it is an ideal scenario.”
Canada, ranked fifth on the planet, trailed No. Three France by 15 factors within the first quarter and 10 factors on the half. However the Canadians chipped away on the lead within the third quarter earlier than taking the lead early within the fourth.
France hung round and tied the sport at 55 with about 5 minutes left within the sport earlier than Canada put it away with a 15-Zero run.
“I assumed we settled into our defence slightly bit extra (within the second half), I assumed we had been far more aggressive, defending the ball slightly bit higher,” Canada head coach Lisa Thomaidis mentioned. “Kia bought some steals and deflections. It wasn’t a matter of adjusting something, it was only a matter of taking part in our sport.”
Shay Colley added 12 factors for Canada whereas Natalie Achonwa had 9 factors and 10 boards.
Sandrine Gruda led France with 14 factors, whereas Olivia Epoupa had 13 factors and 7 rebounds.
Canada improved its all-time document towards France on the World Cup to Four-2 and bought a measure of revenge towards the crew that knocked it out of the quarter-finals on the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“Now we have quite a lot of historical past with France and knew it was going to be a troublesome sport, and this was one we wished to get,” Thomaidis mentioned. “On the finish of the day, it’s important to win each single sport.”
Canada may very well be in powerful within the quarter-finals if it faces No. 2 Spain, which did not advance immediately into the ultimate eight when it was surprised 72-63 by Belgium on Tuesday and completed second in its pool.
“For us it’ll be a matter of popping out and executing via no matter we have to,” Nurse mentioned. “I feel quite a lot of us are lucky to have performed in conditions the place perhaps we’re not the favorite within the gymnasium, and it is only a matter of making an attempt to verify we give attention to us.”