Canada Win Bronze after edging Puerto Rico

Canada Win Bronze after edging Puerto Rico

Canada Win Bronze after edging Puerto Rico

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After losing to Puerto Rico in the Semi-Final of the 2021 edition of the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup and finishing fourth, Canada got their revenge with a 80-73 win to claim the bronze medal at the 2023 Women’s AmeriCup on Sunday evening at Domo de la Feria in León, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Canada led after the first quarter thanks to a 6-point performance from Sami Hill going 2-of-2 from beyond the arc, alongside 5 points from Shay Colley as 6 Canadians were on the scoreboard leading 22-17.

The boards were dominated by Canada both offensively and defensively, but Puerto Rico shot 42 percent from the floor with Arella Guirantes, the competition’s leading scorer, and Kaelynn Satterfield both tipping in 5 points for Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico started the sceond quarter on an 8-2 run to reclaim the lead, playing tough defense and denying Canada in the paint, forcing them to take long shots.

But Cassandre Prosper would not be denied, making her way to the basket and forcing contact to get the basket.

Puerto Rico kept pace as Mya Hollingshed was not just an offensive 11 points, but also contributed blocking shots down low to keep Canada from taking the lead back in a game that was tied on seven different occasions in the first half.

With the game tied at 31 with three minutes to play, Hill hit a buzzer-beater for Canada to take back the lead by one point despite Guirantes going off for 15 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists at the half.

Fields led Canada with 19 points as she was automatic from the top of the key, but it was Alexander’s 13-point, 19 rebounds double-double full of second chance points and offensive rebounds that lifted Canada to the win. Colley added 15 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks.

Guirantes led Canada with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, Hollingshed added 17 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals and Satterfield added 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting.