TORONTO, June 21, 2014 /CNW/ - Team Canada is 2-0 after cruising past
Brazil 63-25 on Saturday at the 2014 Women's World Wheelchair
Basketball Championship at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto, Ont.
Canada pressured the young Brazilian side early and went on a 16-3 run
in the middle of the opening quarter and never looked back en route to
a 42-17 lead at halftime. While the offence got it done in the first
part of the game, the Canadian defence took over in the latter half to
limit Brazil to eight points.
"We pride ourselves on our defence, so we put a lot of work into our
defence in the past year or so," said Team Canada Head Coach Bill
Johnson, of Winnipeg, Man. "We know that there's going to be days where
that's not going to be as easy and that's why we really want to be able
to fall back on our strong defence."
Janet McLachlan, of Vancouver, B.C., led all players with 21 points
while teammate and Quebec City native Cindy Ouellet followed suit with
11 points. Rookie Arinn Young, of Legal, Alta., also chimed in with 10
points. Brazil's Perla Assuncão tallied a team-high seven points.
Canada will collide with China in its next match at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday,
The hometown Canadian side is 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.
Complete Results - June 21, 2014:
China - 61, Japan - 55;
Netherlands - 77, France - 21;
United States - 64, Mexico - 29;
Canada - 63, Brazil - 25;
Australia - 90, Peru - 10;
Germany - TBD; Great Britain - TBD.
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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