BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Canada will return from the Americas Women’s Under-18 Championship with a silver medal, but there were times on Sunday when the basketball team looked like they had a chance to upset the mighty American team.
Despite a 41-31 halftime lead in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Canadians closed the gap and edged the United States by just four points going into the final quarter. But the gold medalists had another gear and after Canada went 60-56 with just over nine minutes to play, the United States kicked into high gear and left the Canucks wondering what would have happened. could be.
The United States, which had no problems in pool play or the championship final, won 82-77 in a buzzer-to-buzzer battle.
The United States held a 20-16, 41-31, 57-53 lead.
T’yana Todd led Canada with 19 points, while teammate Mary-Anna Asare had 15. Cotie McMahon had a team-high 22 points for the United States, and Kira Rice scored 18.
RIM SHOTS: In Sunday’s bronze medal game, host Argentina beat Brazil 55-50. In Saturday’s semifinal, the United States dunked Brazil 84-40, while Canada beat Argentina 78-63. Todd had 14 points for Canada in the semi-finals, while Asare had 13.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 19, 2022
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