Canada gets in women’s basketball win column
Canada’s senior women’s national basketball team – led by Saskatchewan-based head coach Lisa Thomaidis – improved to 1-1 at the Tokyo Olympic Games after cruising past the Republic of Korea 74-53 on Day 6 of competition.
The red and white used a balanced attack with three players in double digit scoring and nine players on the scoreboard. Bridget Carleton led the Canadians in scoring with 18-points, seven rebounds, four assists and a block shot, while Nathalie Achonwa recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. She also added a team-high five assists.
“We certainly have a lot of respect for Korea, having played Spain so tightly a few days ago they had our attention,” said Thomaidis post-game in a Canada Basketball release. “They’re such a quick, dynamic team and [they] are a lot to defend [against].”
Canada never trailed in the game but Korea kept it tight through the first half with Canada leading by just five points at 33-28. In the fourth, Canada outscored Korea 25-14 to run away with the game. The Canadians also outrebounded Korea 54-32, including 22-9 on the offensive glass to outscored their opponents 15-6 in second chance opportunities.
Next up, Canada will take on Spain in group phase action on Day 8 at 7 p.m. (SK time), streaming live and free on CBC Gem.
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Wog competes in semifinal
Swimmer Kelsey Wog competed in the 200-metre breaststroke semifinal. The Regina-born athlete did not advance.
Full results, visit the official Olympics website.
Borgerson’s athlete competes in 25-metre air pistol qualifications
Rockglen coach Lisa Borgerson and Canada’s lone shooting athlete Lynda Kiejko competed in the 25-metre air pistol precision qualifications. Kiejko is 41st after an average scored of 9.367 in precision. Qualification continues on Day 7 with rapid qualifications.
For full results, visit the official Olympics website.
Olympic/Paralympic notes: Read the full Day 6 recap on Olympic.ca… Saskatoon’s Michael Linklater, a former world-ranked 3×3 basketball player and champion with the Saskatchewan Rattlers and University of Saskatchewan Huskies, made his debut as analyst for the sport at the Olympics on CBC… Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssens won Canada’s first medal of the Olympic rowing regatta with a bronze in women’s pair, the first medal in the event since Barcelona in 1992… Canada’s No. 1 ranked beach volleyball duo Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes finished atop their pool to advance to the Round of 16… Canada’s medal total is now at 10 (two gold, three silver, five bronze).