women finish 10th
(CP-AP) -- The Canadian women's basketball team finished 10th
at the Olympics after dropping a 67-58 decision to Cuba on
Yamilet Martinez had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Cuba
(2-4) outscored Canada 8-1 over the final 2:19 to finish ninth.
Canada (2-4) trailed 57-50 with five minutes left, but
got within 59-57 as Stacey Dales of Brockville, Ont., its
leading scorer in the tournament, was finally able to get
going offensively. She scored four points in the 7-2 run that
made it a two-point game with 2:36 left.
Cuba, despite having Martinez foul out and missing four
free throws over the final 1:45, was able to pull away as
Canada turned the ball over twice and missed two three-pointers
in its last four possessions.
Maria Leon also had 13 points for Cuba, which was making
its fourth Olympic appearance and failed to reach the quarter-finals
for the first time. Cuba finished sixth in 1996.
Tammy Sutton-Brown of Markham, Ont., had 14 points for
Canada, while Dales had 12 on 4-for-13 shooting against Cuba's
2-3 zone defence. Dales, who matched Sutton-Brown's nine rebounds,
entered the game averaging 11.8 points on 45 per cent shooting.
Canada, which lost out in a three-team tiebreaker with
Brazil and Slovakia to advance to the quarter-finals, finished
11th in 1996.
In Wednesday's quarter-finals it will be Australia against
Poland, Russia against Brazil, France against South Korea
and the United States against Slovakia.
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