Nurse, Grant-Allen lead Canada to quarter-finals

The cadette women’s national team’s hot streak continued, winning its third game, 74-61, over Korea on Wednesday (Aug 22). With the win, Canada (3-2) finishes in third place in Group A and qualifies for the quarter-finals, which will be played on Friday (Aug 24).

“It was a great battle for us today. We turned the ball over too much, but we adjusted and handled Korea’s pressure better as the game went on,” said head coach Carly Clarke. “It was not pretty, but we found a way to get it done. We are excited to be moving on the quarter-finals and have the opportunity to continually improve.”

Canada had two players notch double-doubles; Hamilton’s Saicha Grant-Allen had a team-high 14 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, while Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau scored 13 points and added 10 rebounds. Hamilton’s Kia Nurse also scored 12 points, grabbed five rebounds, and dished out five assists.

Heejin Kim scored a game-high 18 points for Korea.

Canada had a quick start to the game, storming out to a 13-2 lead. Korea responded in the final 3:24 of the opening quarter by going on a 10-2 run to cut the deficit to 15-12 for Canada at the end of the opening 10 minutes.

Korea carried over its late first quarter run into the second. Down 22-17 at the 6:24 mark of the second frame, Korea tied the game 22-22 and continued onto a 16-2 run to take the lead. At the end of the half, Korea was up 33-27.

During halftime Canada made adjustments and played its best quarter in the game going into the third. Caron-Goudreau tied the count for Canada 28-28, 3:29 into the frame as Canada built a 13-4 run to extend the lead to nine points heading into the final quarter.

In the fourth, Canada held Korea in check, allowing the opposition to get within seven points with under two minutes left in the game.