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Canada finishes group stage undefeated at FIBA Women’s AmeriCup with win over Dominican Republic

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Cassandre Prosper had 13 points as Canada downed the Dominican Republic 88-48 on Wednesday at the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup basketball tournament in Léon, Mexico.

Prosper shot 75 per cent from the floor and was one of four Canadians to score in double digits, along with Yvonne Ejim (11 points) and Aaliyah Edwards and Aislinn Konig (10 points each).

Canada, ranked No. 4 in the world, finished the preliminary stage of the tournament atop Group B with a 4-0 record.

Yenifer Jimenez led the Dominican Republic (0-4) with 13 points.

Canada improved its all-time record against the Dominicans to 7-0.

The Canadians will face the fourth-place team from Group B in the quarterfinals. Their opponent won’t be known until Wednesday night’s game between Venezuela and Argentina.

The top country at the Women’s AmeriCup outside of the United States will earn a spot in the qualifying tournament for the 2024 Paris Olympics. The next four best teams will get a berth in the regional pre-qualifying tournament.

Canadian roster

Guards:

  • #1 Aislinn Konig — Langley, B.C.
  • #2 Shay Colley — Brampton, Ont.
  • #4 Sami Hill — Toronto
  • #12 Syla Swords — Sudbury, Ont.
  • #21 Nirra Fields — Montreal
  • #30 Taya Hanson — Kelowna, B.C.

Forwards:

  • #3 Merissah Russell — Ottawa
  • #8 Cassandre Prosper — Montreal
  • #9 Yvonne Ejim — Calgary
  • #24 Aaliyah Edwards — Kingston, Ont.

Centres:

  • #10 Emily Potter — Winnipeg
  • #14 Kayla Alexander — Milton, Ont.

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