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Defensive collapse costs Canucks basketball loss


CanBasketball_CorpCanada’s Senior Women’s National Basketball team suffered a tough 56 – 53 loss to Korea in their second game of the Czech International Tournament in Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) Czech Republic as they continued preparations for the FIBA World Championship for Women.

“Korea is a tough team to play against. They have a distinct style that is quite different from any team we’ve seen thus far,” said Lisa Thomaidis, head coach.

“As much as our defense was solid in the first half, it let us down in the second. We need to regroup and prepare for a veteran Czech team tomorrow,” added the Dundas native after Wednesday’s game.

Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ont.) was Canada’s top scorer with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Kim Gaucher (Mission, BC) and Nirra Fields (London, Ont.) both added 9 points each. Miranda Ayim (London, Ont.) tied Tatham with 7 rebounds.

Canada with a strong first half and led 25-11. Tatham had eight points after two quarters.

Canada took a 45 to 37 lead into the final quarter and held the lead for over 39 minutes of the game before Korea got the upper hand in the last minute.

Junga Ja Sin was Korea’s top scorer with 15 points.

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