No player was born on the Canadian team when the country won its final medal at the Women’s Basketball World Cup. Now the Canadians are one victory away from achieving it for the first time since 1986, when they won the bronze medal.
Kia Nurse scored 17 points to lead balanced Canada to a 79–60 win over Puerto Rico in the quarterfinals.
“It’s very special,” said the nurse. “It’s been a process for us and we all feel the disappointment. The quarter-finals have been our limit for a long time, and to be able to cross that line… I think our country is at the grassroots level of basketball.” Getting very excited about the program and this is just the beginning of what we can achieve.”
On Friday they will face the United States, who beat Serbia, while France will face China and Belgium will face hosts Australia, to decide the second semi-final.
Canada and Puerto Rico were tied 4–4, before the Canadians scored the next 12 points and began a 22–7 series that decided the first quarter.
By halftime the lead had increased to 44-23. Puerto Rico failed to break into the second half due to Nurse’s part as Canada had only four turnovers in the entire match. After 11 months recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament injury, Nurse returned to the pitch to compete for her team in Australia. The match against Puerto Rico was his best World Cup game.
The defeat ended a fine tournament for Puerto Rico, which reached the quarterfinals for the first time in its history.
In USA’s win, Alyssa Thomas had 13 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists to help beat Serbia 88–55 in the Women’s World Cup quarter-finals.
Kelsey Plum had 17 points and Aja Wilson added 15 points to lead the American team (6-0), which will take on the winners of Canada and Puerto Rico in Friday’s semifinals.
The Americans won their games in the group stage with an average lead of 46.2 points. He did not face any challenge.
Serbia (3-2) was not intimidated and attacked from the start. He made the game’s first basket—it was the first time the United States had lost an entire World Cup.
And for the first 17 minutes the game was give and take. The United States failed to mount a single hot streak.
With 2:59 left in the first half and the American leading at five, Kahli went into the copper basket and was fouled. He fell heavily on his hip and took help from the team staff to leave the track.
Copper, who instigated the American attack, did not return.
Plum replaced him and both made free throws. It started a 12–0 run at the end of the first half, and the Americans entered halftime with a 50–33 lead.
Thomas had 13 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals in the first 20 minutes.
The United States extended their streak to 20 unanswered points in the third period before Serbia ended a nearly 8 1/2-minute offensive drought with a 3-pointer by Yvonne Andersson.
This reduced the deficit to 22 points, but the Serbs could not come close enough. Anderson led them with 14 points.