February 25th, 2024

Canada women play waiting game after loss to Japan in FIBA Olympic qualifier

By The Canadian Press on February 11, 2024.

Canada's women's basketball team will need some help to qualify for the Paris Olympics. Kayla Alexander, left, and Laeticia Amihere, right, of Canada in action against Mawuli Stephanie of Japan during the women' basketball Olympic qualifying tournament third round match between Canada and Japan in Sopron, Hungary, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-MTI, Zsombor Toth

SOPRON, Hungary – Canada’s women’s basketball team will need some help to qualify for the Paris Olympics.

Bridget Carleton led the way with 19 points and eight rebounds but Canada fell to 1-2 dropping a pivotal game against Japan, 86-82, on Sunday in FIBA Olympic qualifying tournament action.

Kayla Alexander chipped in 16 points and 14 rebounds for fifth-ranked Canada, with Nirra Fields contributing 17 points and seven rebounds of her own.

Evelyn Mawuli and Mai Yamamoto led ninth-ranked Japan, the reigning Olympic silver medallists, with 21 points apiece. Japan booked its ticket to Paris with the win, along with helping Spain qualify.

Spain takes on Hungary in the final game of the tournament Sunday. Canada will need Spain to win in order to make its fourth straight Olympic appearance.

The four-team tournament is one of four qualifying competitions being played, with 10 of 12 Olympic spots available. The top three teams from Canada’s tournament can qualify.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 11, 2024.

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