The cadette women’s national team got off to a slow start in the tournament, but have won back-to-back games to even their record at 2-2 after defeating Mali 77-42 Tuesday morning. Canada got off to a great start and never looked back.
“Mali is a team that competes for forty minutes; I thought we did a good job of battling and matching their effort level,” said head coach, Carly Clarke. “We still need to do a better job of taking care of the ball offensively and talking defensively, but I thought we were able to improve our habits today.”
Canada had three players score in the double digits including; Kia Nurse (14) of Hamilton, Kolbie Orum (13) and Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau (12). Emily Potter was one point shy of recording a double-double, as she recorded a game-high 10 rebounds.
In the opening frame, Canada started strong by knocking down an early 3-pointer by Caron-Goudreau to give Canada the lead. Mali was able to hang around, but with less than four minutes to go in the quarter, Canada went on a 14-0 run to finish the frame. Canada owned a 26-6 lead after the opening 10 minutes.
In the second quarter, Mali was bounced back a little, putting up 15 points in the frame to Canada’s 20. At the half, Canada had a 46-21 advantage.
In the third quarter, Canada much like it did in the first quarter, broke away with a 16-2 run to extend its lead to 39 points. At the end of the quarter, Canada was ahead 68-27.
With the game out of reach, Canada was able to play the entire roster and had 11 different players score in the game. Mali ended up winning the final quarter, scoring 15 points to Canada’s nine.