TORONTO, June 23, 2014 /CNW/ - Team Canada punched its ticket to the
quarter-finals before falling 64-53 to reigning Paralympic champion
Germany on Monday night at the 2014 Women's World Wheelchair Basketball
Championship at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto, Ont.
With a berth to the playoff round secure, Canada will now square off
against Great Britain for second place in Group B as the two sides with
identical 3-1 records meet at 6 p.m. ET on June 24 to close out the
Canada came out firing on all cylinders against the Germans in front of
the hometown crowd. Backed by the shooting finesse of Cindy Ouellet and
Katie Harnock, the Canadians held the 34-31 advantage at halftime in a
physical, seesaw battle.
Germany turned the tide in the third quarter as it took its first lead
of the game as the Canadians struggled to maintain their earlier
rhythm. The trend continued into the final quarter as Germany
ultimately pulled away to cement the win.
"If we are only going to beat them once in the tournament then we'd
rather it is in the playoff games. We missed a couple of shots and made
a couple of turnovers, and against a team as talented as Germany that
makes all the difference," said Team Canada Head Coach Bill Johnson, of
Ouellet, of Quebec City, Que., led all Canadians with 16 points while
Harnock, of Elmira, Ont., followed up with 12 points. Germany's one-two
punch of Marina Mohnen and Geshe Schuenemann drove the offensive attack
with 29 and 28 points, respectively.
The 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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