Team Canada Eyes Semifinal Berth at 2015 Women’s U25 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship

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(Beijing, China) The Canadian Women’s U25 National Wheelchair Basketball Team inched closer to a semifinal berth at the 2015 Women’s U25 World Championship on Friday in Beijing thanks to a 51-47 victory against Germany.

Team Canada’s record sits at 2-2 with a final round robin game coming up at 1:30 a.m. ET on Saturday against Australia. The top four teams in round robin play will advance to the semifinals on Sunday.

Germany established the early lead by outscoring Canada 14-10 in the opening quarter. An evenly matched second period saw Germany take a narrow 26-21 advantage into halftime. Canada erased the deficit in the third quarter and held a one-point edge going into the final 10 minutes of play. The tightly contested game came down to the final quarter, where Canada outlasted Germany 14-10 on the scoreboard to secure its second consecutive win.

Arinn Young, of Legal, Alta., scored a game-high 26 points and 12 rebounds to record her first career double-double in international competition for Team Canada. Maude Jacques, of Lac-Beauport, Que., added nine points for the Canadian side.

The Women’s U25 World Championship is held every four years and Canada is one of six countries competing for the world title from June 30 to July 6, 2015 in Beijing. Canada placed fourth as the host nation at the inaugural world championship for junior women in 2011 in St. Catharines, Ont.

The following athletes are representing 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.)

To arrange interviews, please contact Courtney Pollock at 613-260-1296 ext. 203 or cpollock@wheelchairbasketball.ca.

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.

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