Canadian hoops women win two at World Cup

TENERIFE, Spain – Canada made it two wins in as many outings at the FIBA World Cup women’s basketball championship tournament Sunday with an 82-63 victory over Korea.

Canada jumped ahead early, leading 18-10 at the end of the first quarter and 45-24 at halftime. The Canadians were up 61-40 at the end of the third quarter.

Guelph native Natalie Achonwa struck for five points and she also had three rebounds and three steals.

Kia Nurse led Canada with a 29-point outing while Miranda Ayim netted 13.

Canada had opened the tournament with an 81-50 victory over Greece Saturday.

The Canadians took control in the first half, leading 23-10 at the end of the first quarter and 51-25 at halftime. That margin went up by two to 66-38 at the end of the third quarter.

Achonwa started and scored eight points and had four rebounds, two steals and a block.

Kim Gaucher led Canada with 16 points while Nirra Fields had 13, Nurse 12 and Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe 11.

Canada and France are tied for the Group A lead at 2-0 while Greece and Korea are both at 0-2.

Canada is to play France Tuesday.

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