The Canadian U17 women’s team is one step closer to medaling at the FIBA U17 Women’s World Cup with a big 70-49 win over host nation Hungary in the quarterfinals.
The matchup of top ten ranked programs was close through the first half, with Heléna Lilla Dodó scoring 14 points and Edina Strausz scoring 12 points and grabbing seven rebounds for Hungary.
The tides changed in Canada’s favour throughout the second half as they took control of the game, and their stars came back to prominence. Cassandre Prosper bounced back from an off game to post 21 points, eight rebounds, four steals and four blocks. Toby Fournier was back to her double-double ways with 10 points, 14 boards, four steals and five blocks.
Cassandre Prosper with one of her 4 blocks in the game for Canada (Courtesy FIBA)
Delaney Gibb also rounded back into form with 11 points, three assists and three steals. Summer Bostock had eight points in her best showing of the tournament as well.
Canada dominated in almost every key statistical measure. They led in offensive rebounds, grabbing 25 to Hungary’s 15, had 28 points off turnovers and 18 fast break points while holding Hungary to just two made baskets on the break.
The win sets up one of the most anticipated games of the entire tournament – the classic Canada vs. America match up in the semi-finals. The USA is one of three undefeated teams left in the tournament, along with Spain and France who each won their respective groups and have been the most dominant teams throughout the tournament.
America is coming off a massive 112-38 victory over Japan in the quarterfinals where Juju Watkins had 25 points on five-of-seven shooting from deep, along with nine rebounds, and Jadyn Donovan had 19 points.
The game against Canada will happen at 2 p.m. EST on Saturday, and be broadcast on FIBA’s YouTube Channel.
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