Agunbiade Shines as Canada Doubles-Up Chile 66-33
June 25, 2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Basketball.ca) - Canada's Junior Women's National Team (JWNT) followed up their strong performance against Mexico with a convincing 66-33 win Thursday over Chile in their second game of round one of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Edmonton native Michelle Plouffe led the way with a double-double, posting 27 points and 11 rebounds while Cassandra Brown (Vernon, B.C.) added 14 points.
Canada again got off to a fast start as they were up 16-6 after the first quarter and 36-17 at the half. It was their defensive pressure that allowed the Canadians to completely take Chile out of the game as they held the South Americans scoreless in the third quarter.
Cynthia Luis led Chile with nine points as they had no players in double figures in scoring. The JWNT held their opponents to only 27 per cent from the floor while forcing them to commit 23 turnovers. The juniors recorded 15 steals in total as a team, with Michelle Plouffe, Rashida Tambilla and Megan Lukan each posting three.
The JWNT also outrebounded Chile 44-21, with Michelle Plouffe and Wumi Agunbiade leading the team with 11 rebounds each. Plouffe also grabbed six of the team's 17 offensive rebounds, which led to 13 second-chance points.
"I'm very pleased with our win today. We controlled the tempo and executed defensively versus a complex offence by Chile. We did a great job on the boards," said JWNT Head Coach Rich Chambers.
On the offensive side, the Canadians lived in the paint as they outscored Chile 38-14 in the painted area. They also moved the ball well as 66.7 per cent of their 24 made field goals were assisted. Katherine Plouffe and Lukan led the way with five assists each.
"We ran well at times and were able to attack inside and also get the ball to Michelle for some outside scores. All 10 players had significant contributions. We'll continue to build on the win, and hope to play our best basketball over the next three days," added Chambers.
With this win, Canada qualifies for the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship scheduled to be held in Chile. Canada hopes to remain undefeated in round one as they face off against Costa Rica in its third preliminary round match on Friday at 11 a.m. MT (1 p.m. ET).