Canadian women’s basketball in wait and see mode
The Canadian women’s basketball team – headed by Saskatchewan-based coach Lisa Thomaidis – dropped its final game of pool play 76-66 to Spain on Day 9 to finish 1-2.
Canada will now wait and see if they advance to the quarter-final round. In the Olympic tournament, teams that place first and second in each group and the two best third-placed teams in group play qualify for the playoff rounds. A variety of scenarios involving the remaining games could determine whether Canada advances.
“Certainly not the outcome we were looking for and now we’ll have to sit back and wait,” said Thomaidis in a Canada Basketball release. “We wanted to take matters into our own hands. We won two of four quarters [against Spain] and unfortunately we just dug ourselves into too big of a hole to get out of.”
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Olympic/Paralympic notes: Read the full Day 9 recap at Olympic.ca… Canada won two bronze medals on Day 9 including Andre de Grasse repeating as bronze medallist in the 100-metre dash and in the women’s individual medley relay women’s swimming… The last time the Tokyo hosted the Summer Games in 1964, a Canadian also won the bronze medal in the 100-metres – Harry Jerome of Prince Albert… Canada’s medal count is now at 14 (three gold, four silver and seven bronze).