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September 26, 2000

Canadian women finish 10th

 SYDNEY (CP-AP) -- The Canadian women's basketball team finished 10th at the Olympics after dropping a 67-58 decision to Cuba on Tuesday.

 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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