Having beat Argentina 58-41 on Saturday, Canada will continue to the final game of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Olympic qualifying tournament. Canada will play Japan for the last berth for Women’s Basketball at the London Olympic Games. Canadian head coach Allison McNeil says her team has spent the last few years working hard, and she is sure they will be ready for this last chance game.
Canada was leading Argentina 26-19 at the end of the first half, and played a strong fourth quarter to seal the win. Coach McNeil said she was pleased with the win, but knows she’ll have to do even better to beat Japan. Japan beat Korea 79-51 to advance to the final game. France, Turkey, The Czech Republic and Croatia tied up their slots with wins in their games on Friday.
Japan and Canada have each won two of their first four games. Canada is Number 11 in the FIBA world rankings, and Japan is ranked at number 15. Japan has depended on it’s a quick, up-tempo style, which has made it one of the highest scoring teams in the tournament, and the Canadians are going to have to slow them down if they want to win.
[Via Globe and Mail]