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(Toronto, ON) – The U16 Women’s National Team are heading to the gold medal game after defeating the host team Mexico 70-42 in the semi-final round of the U16 Americas tournament in Puebla, Mexico.

Alyssa Jerome had a monster game for Canada, with her first double-double of the tournament with 16 points and 16 rebounds in 21 minutes. Hailey Brown chipped in with 14 points and Shaina Pellington pulled down 9 rebounds in the win. Mexico’s Maria Ruiz was the standout, pouring in 13 points in 20 minutes of action. For a full boxscore, click here.

Canada found themselves trailing for most of the first quarter, Canada stayed in the game by pulling down 7 offensive rebounds in the quarter. In the final 22 seconds of the first, Canada finally took the lead, and went into the second quarter with a 27-24 lead.

The second quarter went back and forth both ways, Mexico threw different types of defences at Canada which at times caused confusion. However Canada would settle in took a 46-32 lead into half.

Canada started the half on a 7-0 run, but than went cold from the field. In a six-minute span, Canada did not score, however Mexico could not capitalize and Canada found themselves up 56-38 heading into the fourth. In the final quarter, Canada locked down defensively and held Mexico to 4 points, to seal the win.

Canada will now take on Brazil again, however this time in the gold medal game. Tip-off set for 9:00p.m. EST. The game will be streamed on youtube.com/FIBA

Canada has also earned a berth in the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championships. For full team roster and coaching staff, click here.

About Canada Basketball:

Canada Basketball is a private, not-for-profit corporation committed to excellence in leading the growth of the game domestically and in pursuing medal performances on the international stage.

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Drew Ebanks

Drew Ebanks

Drew Ebanks

Often referred to as Mr. Canada Basketball, Ebanks has been an integral innovator and personality in both amateur and professional basketball. With a High Honours Diploma in Radio & Television Broadcasting (Seneca College) and experience in the financial services industry, Ebanks’ diverse educational background and work experience has allowed him to maximize On Point’s potential in becoming a leading basketball media, promotional and lifestyle brand.

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