Bronze first Canadian medal ever in under-19 women's basketball

Canada earned bronze at the women's basketball under-19 World Cup in Udine, Italy.
Canada earned bronze at the women’s basketball under-19 World Cup in Udine, Italy.  (Twitter)  

UDINE, ITALY—Laeticia Amihere had 13 points and 10 rebounds, leading Canada to a 67-60 victory over Japan for the bronze medal at the FIBA under-19 women’s World Cup on Sunday.

It was the Canadian women’s first medal at the under-19 level. Canada’s senior women’s team has finished third twice (1979 and 1986) at world championship, while the U19 men’s team earned its first gold medal at the World Cup in Egypt this month.

Hailey Brown added 12 points and Hanna Hall chipped in with 10 for the fourth-ranked Canadians, who were knocked out of contention for gold with a semifinal loss to Russia on Saturday. Japan lost its semi to the defending champion United States.

Himawari Akaho led third-ranked Japan with 13 points and 10 boards. Haruki Takahara also had 13 points and Kiho Miyashita added 12.

Canada led 14-10 after one quarter and took a 33-27 lead into halftime.

Japan scored 18 points in the third to narrow its deficit to five heading into the final frame but couldn’t catch the Canadians.

Canada shot 43.1 per cent from the field and sank 6-of-17 from three-point range. The Canadians outrebounded Japan 42-38.