A 67-44 loss to the Netherlands on Wednesday has taken team Canada out of contention
for the gold medal at the 2016 Women’s Continental Clash in Worcester, Great Britain.
Tip-off time for the bronze medal showdown against the host nation is 5 a.m EST on Thursday.
It was essential for Canada to beat the Netherlands considering both teams came into the day sporting identical 2-1 records.
By opening this game on a 14-2 run, the Dutch put this critical game out of reach for the Canadian ladies early. To their credit, after trailing 35-13 at the midway point, the Canadian squad did produce a more spirited effort on the basketball court in the final half of the game as they were only outscored by one point, 32-31.
Leading the way for Canada was Cindy Ouellet (Quebec City, Que.) with 12 points and four rebounds, and Arinn Young (Legal, Alta.) with 11 points and five rebounds. Ouellet, making her third appearance at the Paralympics, is averaging 10.25 points through four games at the Continental Clash. Young, who is appearing at her first Games in September, is averaging 9.75 points.
Dominance in the paint lifted the Netherlands to their resounding win: The Dutch scored 42 points in the key while the Canadians only managed 24.
Mistakes by Canada also proved costly as the Dutch managed 20 points off of turnovers.
Even though Canada is entering tomorrow’s game as the reigning world champion — a title captured at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre in 2014 — it would be fair to say that Great Britain is the favourite to join the Netherlands and Germany on the medal podium as the Brits are 4-0 against Canada in exhibition games this season. However, the last two games have been close as only seven points separated the two squads in both both contests.
This will be the final match for Canada prior to the start of the Paralympic wheelchair basketball tournament on Sept. 7.
Stay connected to Report on Rio for a recap of the bronze medal game.
Photo credit: Canadian Paralympic Committee