SYDNEY, Australia — Nira Fields scored 17 points on Friday after Canada’s women’s basketball team beat France 59-45 in the FIBA World Cup.
Shay Collie added 11 points and Kayla Alexander had 9 points and 14 rebounds for the Canadians (2-0).
Gaby Williams leads France with 13 points.
Fourth-placed Canada beat Serbia 67-60 to open the World Cup. Sixth-ranked France beat her third-ranked Australia in the host nation, 67-59.
Canada will face reigning Olympic silver medalists Japan (1-1) on Sunday. Japan beat Mali her 89-56 in the opener and lost to Serbia 69-64.
Friday’s win almost certainly qualified the Canadians for the knockout rounds as the top four teams in each group advance to the quarterfinals. Finishing high in the group will be key to avoiding the Americans.
Both teams struggled to score in the first half on Friday. The Canadians started the second quarter with an early 6-point lead, leading 15-9.
The Canadians found an attacking groove in the second half and finished with a 9–0 run in the final 1:45 interrupted by a three-pointer from Bridget Carlton. Fields’ driving layup with 15 seconds remaining sent Canada into the halftime break with a 29–17 lead.
The Canadians started the second half with an 8-0 run, capped off with a three-pointer from Corry that saw Canada lead by 20 points. France closed the gap to 13 points late in the third quarter, but Fields’ driving his layup gave Canada a lead to her 45–30 with one quarter to go.
The French chased back to within 11 points late in the fourth quarter, but it was as close as they came.
Following Japan, Canada will face Australia on Monday and Mali on Tuesday to round out the qualifying rounds.
Canada stays undefeated with win over France in FIBA Women’s World Cup
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