Big win for the women at the worlds
It was the most important half of basketball for a Canadian women’s team in a very long time.
From down seven at the half after trailing by 13 in the first half, Canada rallied to take the lead inside of five minutes and went on to beat China 65-61 at the women’s world basketball championships Friday morning.
How about huge because it all but assures Canada will move on to the second round, which is no small accomplishment given the group of first-round teams they had to face.
China would need to beat Australia on Saturday (an upset of biblical proportions) while Canada loses to Belarus to keep the Canadians from advancing. And seeing the Aussies are touted to play for gold, that’s a huge stretch.
Kim Smith had 25 points for Canada – she was 11-for-17 from two-point range – while Tamara Tatham (11 points) and Krista Phillips (9) helped key that rally to start the second half.
We’ll be talking to coach Allison McNeill and a player or two in a couple of hours and will get back with as many more details as we can.