(Beijing, China) The Canadian Women’s U25 National Wheelchair Basketball Team placed fourth at the 2015 Women’s U25 World Championship after a 61-53 loss to host China on Monday in Beijing.
“The team had the fight and desire for the full 40 minutes of the game,” said Ross Norton, head coach of the Canadian side. “We lost a bit of focus and China took advantage. The team has improved immensely over the week and our program has a very bright future.”
“The team had the fight and desire for the full 40 minutes of the game.”
With the bronze medal in play both Canada (2-5) and China (4-3) started strong and the Chinese held a slight 14-10 lead after the opening quarter. The teams battled to a deadlock in the second frame, with each side posting 14 points to give China the 28-24 lead at halftime. Canada was relentless in its attempt to take the lead in the second half, but China matched the intensity and outscored the Canadians by two points in each of the final two quarters to secure the win and take third place.
Arinn Young, of Legal. Alta., registered her fourth consecutive double-double for Team Canada as she tied for the top point producer of the game with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Teammate Maude Jacques, of Lac-Beauport, Que., added 13 points.
Jacques was later named to the world championship all-star team.
Great Britain (7-0) captured the gold medal with a 44-35 victory over Australia (5-2).
This marks the second consecutive fourth place finish for Canada at the world championship for junior women, after the team also placed fourth as the host nation at the inaugural event in 2011 in St. Catharines, Ont. The event takes place every four years.
The following athletes represented Canada (athletes’ city of residence indicated / returning players from the 2011 team denoted with a *):
#4 Corin Metzger (Elmira, Ont.)*
#5 élodie Tessier (St-Germain de Grantham, Que.)
#6 Helaina Cyr (Sherwood Park, Alta.)*
#7 Danielle Arbour (St. John’s, N.L.)
#8 Alarissa Haak (Sherwood Park, Alta.)*
#9 Maude Jacques (Lac-Beauport, Que.)*
#10 Zoe Hahn (Linwood, Ont.)
#12 Sara Black (Toronto, Ont.)
#13 Arinn Young (Legal, Alta.)
#14 Erica Gavel (Saskatoon, Sask.)
#15 Rosalie Lalonde (St-Clet, Que.)
Head Coach: Ross Norton (Edmonton, Alta.)
Assistant Coach: Simon Cass (Victoria, B.C.)
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About Team Canada
The Women’s U25 National Team develops the top young Canadian female athletes in preparation for the IWBF Women’s U25 World Championships, which take place every four years. Players must be 25 years old or younger to be eligible to compete. Canada hosted the inaugural world championship for junior women in 2011, where the Team Canada placed fourth.
About Wheelchair Basketball Canada
Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the national sports governing body responsible for the organization of the sport in Canada. It is a non-profit, charitable organization that is committed to excellence in the development, support and promotion of wheelchair basketball programs and services for all Canadians from grassroots to high performance. Wheelchair basketball is a fast-paced, hard-hitting, competitive sport in which Canada is held in high esteem around the world for winning a combined six gold, one silver, and one bronze medal in the last six Paralympic Games.