Sr. Women Claim 3rd at North American Cup

NA CupAfter finishing Day #1 with a record of 2-1, Canada ended their round-robin play with a 66-59 loss to the eventual #1-seeded Netherlands. Despite falling to the Dutch, Janet McLachlan still filled the basket early and often, scoring 37 points.

Finishing round-robin play slotted in #3 seed, Canada needed to best #4-seeded USA in order to face #1-seeded Netherlands for a spot in the North American Cup finals. Although the Sr. Women defeated USA 65-62 a day earlier, a similar result was not in the cards for the Canucks – the Americans prevailed 64-49. McLachlan posted a double-double (24 points, 12 rebounds), while Tracey Ferguson scored 8 points, and Kendra Ohama chipped in with 6 points in the losing effort. The loss meant Canada would not be able to end the tournament higher than 3rd-place finish.

Moving past a disappointing Day #2, Canada squared off against Great Britain on the morning of the final day of the tournament, with the winner progressing to the bronze-medal match. Canada had luck against the Brits earlier in the tournament (55-49 win on Day #1), and continued their winning ways on Day #3, defeating Great Britain 51-36. McLachlan led the way for Canada with 15 points and 20 rebounds, while Katie Harnock added 11 points and 6 assists.

After falling in triple-overtime to USA, the #1-seeded Dutch would need a rematch with the Canadians to determine the tournament’s bronze-medalists. Forgetting about their Day #2 loss to the Dutch, Canada put on a dominant performance to defeat the Netherlands by a score of 65-46. Once again, it was McLachlan’s offensive output of 28 points and 13 rebounds that buoyed Canada, while Cindy Ouellet added 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists.

In the end, Germany claimed the North American Cup, defeating their hosts, USA, 54-42.

Following the North American Cup, the Sr. Women are headed to Mexico City, Mexico, to take part in a training camp and exhibition matches with the Mexican national wheelchair basketball team, as the Canadians continue to ramp up their training efforts prior to the Paralympic Games.

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