(Toronto, Ont.) Team Canada punched its ticket to the quarter-finals before falling 64-53 to reigning Paralympic champion Germany on Monday night at the 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto, Ont.
With a berth to the playoff round secure, Canada will now square off against Great Britain for second place in Group B as the two sides with identical 3-1 records meet at 6 p.m. ET on June 24 to close out the preliminary round.
Canada came out firing on all cylinders against the Germans in front of the hometown crowd. Backed by the shooting finesse of Cindy Ouellet and Katie Harnock, the Canadians held the 34-31 advantage at halftime in a physical, seesaw battle.
Germany turned the tide in the third quarter as it took its first lead of the game as the Canadians struggled to maintain their earlier rhythm. The trend continued into the final quarter as Germany ultimately pulled away to cement the win.
“If we are only going to beat them once in the tournament then we’d rather it is in the playoff games. We missed a couple of shots and made a couple of turnovers, and against a team as talented as Germany that makes all the difference,” said Team Canada Head Coach Bill Johnson, of Winnipeg, Man.
Ouellet, of Quebec City, Que., led all Canadians with 16 points while Harnock, of Elmira, Ont., followed up with 12 points. Germany’s one-two punch of Marina Mohnen and Geshe Schuenemann drove the offensive attack with 29 and 28 points, respectively.
The Canadian women are in pursuit of an unprecedented seventh consecutive podium finish at the world championship, and the tournament is Canada’s first major test on the road to the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games and the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
The tournament runs June 20-28 and is the largest women’s world championship in history, featuring teams from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru and the United States.
All games of the competition are being webcast live online through CBC Sports’ free desktop video player and SportsCanada.TV’s digital platforms, as well as through the official tournament website. Tickets are also on sale online and at the Mattamy Athletic Centre box office.
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