SYDNEY, Australia — Nirra Fields scored 17 factors on Friday as Canada’s ladies’s basketball crew stays undefeated on the FIBA World Cup after a 59-45 victory over France.
Shay Colley added 11 factors, whereas Kayla Alexander had 9 factors and 14 rebounds for the Canadians (2-0), who by no means trailed and led by as many as 20 factors.
Gabby Williams scored 13 factors to high France.
No. four Canada opened up the World Cup with a 67-60 win over Serbia, whereas sixth-ranked France upset host and third-ranked Australia 67-59.
Canada takes on Japan (1-1), the reigning Olympic silver medallists, on Sunday. Japan crushed Mali 89-56 of their opener earlier than dropping a 69-64 resolution to Serbia.
Friday’s win all however clinches a spot within the knockout spherical for the Canadians, since high 4 groups in every group advance to the quarterfinals. A excessive end within the group will probably be key to keep away from the People.
Each groups struggled to attain in an unsightly first half on Friday. The Canadians raced out to an early six-point lead and led 15-9 to begin the second quarter.
The Canadians discovered their offensive groove late within the half, ending with a 9-Zero run within the closing 1:45 punctuated by a three-pointer from Bridget Carleton. Fields’ driving layup with 15 seconds left despatched Canada into the halftime break with a 29-17 lead.
The Canadians opened the second half with an 8-Zero run, capped with a three-pointer from Colley that noticed Canada take a 20-point lead. France sliced the distinction to 13 factors late within the third quarter, however Fields’ driving layup put Canada up 45-30 with one quarter to play.
The French battled again to inside 11 factors late within the fourth quarter, however that was as shut as they might come.
Following Japan, the Canadians face Australia on Monday and Mali on Tuesday to wrap up the preliminary spherical.