Saitama, Japan (AB) – Bridget Carleton scored 18 points and gave Canada its first victory of the Olympic women’s basketball tournament by beating South Korea 74-53 on Thursday.
The Canadians were in the lead throughout the game, which was tight in the opening minutes.
They finished the first quarter with a 16-15 advantage and came to the break before 33-28. Canada brought the game under its control with a 10-0 offense, which was 49-39 after three periods.
Natalie Azonova doubles – 14 points and 10 rebounds – finished for Canada. Despite security on his right knee and forward was comfortable, he was injured on June 12 by WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx. Kyla Alexander added 10 points for the Canadians.
Jisu Park, a member of the Las Vegas Aces, scored 15 points and 11 rebounds for the South Koreans. Lisul Kang and Danbi Kim added 11 points each.
The Canadian team that lost to Rio 2016 bronze medalist Serbia began Group A activity, losing to South Korea’s current Olympic runner – up in the first summer since 2008.
Canada will finish the group stage against Spain, while South Korea will face Serbia on Sunday.
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