It’s next stop London for the Canadian women’s basketball team.
Two days after being upset by Croatia in the quarterfinals, they had to do it the hard way and on Canada Day no less, but for the first time since 2000 the Canadian women’s basketball team will be taking part in the women’s Olympic basketball tournament.
They knocked off Argentina 58-41 yesterday to get to today’s final. Courtney Pilypaitis scored 21 points and handed out six assists in the 71-63 win over Japan to clinch the final berth available in the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Ankara, Turkey.
The Canadians shot 48% for the game and lit it up from three point range, knocking down 9 of 19 attempts from behind the arc.
They get to savor their win for a few days and contemplate what life will be like in the Olympic Village before preparing for tough Group B Olympic competition that will include games with 2008 silver medalists Australia, Brazil, 2008 bronze medalists Russia, 2010 FIBA Women’s World Championship runner-up Czech Republic and host nation Great Britain.