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Team Canada vs Team Serbia Game Recap
Team Canada got off to a winning start in their first game of group stage play. They defeated Team Serbia and improved to 1-0. They were able to handle Serbia after they got off to a slow start in the first quarter. After that, they were able to build a double-digit lead at multiple points of the game before they held onto a 7 point victory. They were led in scoring by Kayla Alexander who finished the game with 13 points and 7 rebounds. It was also Kia Nurse’s first game back from her ACL injury. All in all, Canada looked very good for their first game and now will face Team France in their second game of the tournament.
Team Canada vs Team France Game Preview
Team Canada will face France tomorrow morning at 4 am EST. The game will be televised on Rogers Sportsnet for Canadians. This will be a tough game for Canada as France is a tough opponent. They are currently ranked 6th in the FIBA Rankings. They already defeated Team Australia, the host nation in their first game. Australia is ranked 3rd in the world. That’s how good Australia is.
France has plenty of star talent. They have Gabby Williams who plays for the Seattle Storm and shines in international/overseas competition. It will be tough for Canada to slow her down. Not only that, they have talented guard in Marine Fathoux and forward Iliana Rupert. This will be true test for Team Canada. This game will show just exactly how much Canada has grown from previous tournament games.
Unfortunately, I do not think Canada will win this game. France has the ability to play at an elite level, a level in which Canada is still trying to reach. I believe that France will win this game by 10.