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With a brand new coach and an injured star, expectations for Canada’s ladies’s basketball crew on the World Cup had been cautious at greatest. Grouped with the second-, third- and fourth-place finishers from the Olympics, it appeared like a tall activity simply to succeed in the quarter-finals.
As an alternative, Canada wound up inserting fourth for its greatest end since 1986, falling in the bronze-medal game to host Australia. A profitable event like this was a very long time coming for the fourth-ranked Canadians, who introduced themselves on the worldwide scene with a run to the quarter-finals on the 2012 Olympics however did not progress within the ensuing years.
Roaming the Canadian sidelines for the primary time at a serious event, Victor Lapeña achieved nearly precisely what he was introduced in for, wanting reaching the rostrum. He instilled on the spot power, seemingly bringing pleasure again to a program in want. And the gamers tailored shortly to his ramped-up technique with out turning into overly aggressive, averaging the fourth-most steals and third-fewest turnovers per recreation.
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Since we’re speaking about Canadian sports activities on a CBC platform, let’s title the crew’s three stars:
- Bridget Carleton: Named to the event’s All-Star 5 alongside American stars A’Ja Wilson and Breanna Stewart, Carleton paced Canada with practically 13 factors per recreation whereas nailing 35.6 per cent of her three-pointers. Her event was highlighted by a 27-point efficiency (together with 7-of-8 from deep) in opposition to Mali. Like a lot of the crew, Carleton struggled to get a lot going within the semis in opposition to the U.S. or the bronze-medal recreation in opposition to Australia.
- Kia Nurse: Sidelined by a knee damage for the complete WNBA season, Nurse performed her first aggressive video games in 11 months on the World Cup. Slowly increase from a 20-minute restrict, she made essentially the most of her time, inserting second behind Carleton at 11 factors per recreation. Maybe the perfect signal for Nurse was a mixed 30 factors in two video games in opposition to the Aussies.
- Kayla Alexander: The previous longtime WNBAer regarded rejuvenated Down Beneath, the place she averaged a double-double throughout group play whereas ending second total in rebounds per recreation. Alexander anchored a Canadian defence which allowed the third-fewest factors earlier than the knockout rounds.
Canada’s subsequent huge activity — reserving its ticket to the 2024 Paris Olympics — begins with a pre-qualifying event in November 2023. Within the interim, it will use a number of worldwide home windows and subsequent July’s AmeriCup to proceed studying Lapeña’s system and constructing on the inspiration laid on the World Cup.
Fortunately for Canadian basketball followers, the anticipate extra fascinating video games is already over — the Raptors opened their pre-season final night time in Edmonton with a resounding win over the Jazz in entrance of a sold-out area, which guard Fred VanVleet mentioned gave him and his teammates the “rock-star therapy.”
Maybe fittingly, Canadian Chris Boucher led the way in which with a double-double for the Raptors. Guard Dalano Banton, who added 9 factors, and centre Khem Birch, who recorded 5 factors and 5 rebounds, are two different Canadians anticipated to make Toronto’s opening-night roster.
Throughout the NBA, the variety of impression Canadians in coaching camps continues to develop, from the likes of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Lu Dort in Oklahoma Metropolis to Memphis’ Dillon Brooks and Brandon Clarke. The Pacers even have a younger trio of Canadians, with rookies Bennedict Mathurin and Andrew Nembhard becoming a member of holdover Oshae Brissett.