TORONTO, June 22, 2014 /CNW/ - Team Canada captured its third
consecutive win at the 2014 Women's World Wheelchair Basketball
Championship with a 76-53 victory over China on Sunday at the Mattamy
Athletic Centre in Toronto, Ont.
The Canadian side stormed out of the gate with a sense of purpose,
burying China on the scoreboard en route to a 43-26 lead through two
quarters. The momentum and physical tone of the game carried over into
the second half, as the Canadian women continued to fight through
China's defence and drive hard to the basket.
"It was a really good team win," said Quebec City, Que. native Cindy
Ouellet. "We just have really great team chemistry. We need to keep
working together and follow our game plan and try to get a win in our
The trio of Janet McLachlan, Ouellet and Katie Harnock led the Canadian
effort on both sides of the ball. McLachlan, of Vancouver, B.C., posted
a double-double with 27 points and 17 rebounds. Ouellet set the tone
with her lightning-quick speed and also tallied a double-double with 20
points and a career-high 12 assists. Harnock, of Elmira, Ont., also
added 15 points in the win.
The Canadian victory erased the sting of a loss to China in the last
meeting between the two teams, which took place at the London 2012
Paralympic Games and forced Canada to settle for sixth place.
Team Canada will next face reigning Paralympic champion Germany at 8
p.m. ET on Monday, June 23.
The hometown Canadian women are in pursuit of an unprecedented seventh
consecutive podium finish at the world championship, and the tournament
is Canada's first major test on the road to the Toronto 2015 Parapan
American Games and the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
The tournament runs June 20-28 and is the largest women's world
championship in history, featuring teams from Australia, Brazil,
Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico,
Netherlands, Peru and the United States.
All games of the competition are being webcast live online through CBC
Sports' free desktop video player and SportsCanada.TV's digital
platforms, as well as through the official tournament website. Tickets
are also on sale online and at the Mattamy Athletic Centre box office.
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About the Event
Over 400 athletes, coaches, officials, delegates, and volunteers will
attend the 2014 WWWBC that features 12 participating countries.
Canadians can catch a sneak peek at the top 12 female wheelchair
basketball players in Canada, including emerging local talent and
highly decorated stars, preparing to compete in one of the most
fiercely competitive and exciting spectator sports to be played at the
Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
About Team Canada
Team Canada is in pursuit of an unprecedented seventh straight podium
performance, remarkably, having medalled at every single world
championship including the capture of four consecutive gold medals
(1994, 1998, 2002, and 2006), and bronze medals in 1990 and 2010.
About the Host
Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the host of the 2014 Women's World
Wheelchair Basketball Championship. The event marks Canada's fourth
opportunity to host a landmark international wheelchair basketball
championship - having previously hosted the Men's World Championship in
1994, the inaugural U23 Men's World Championships in 1997, and the
first-ever U25 Women's World Championships in 2011.
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