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Canada beats Kenya 19-12 to open the Olympic women’s 3×3 basketball qualifier

UTSUNOMIYA, Japan – Paige Crozon had a team-high 10 points Friday as Canada opened with a 19-12 victory over Kenya in an Olympic women’s basketball 3×3 qualifying tournament. Crozon was effective from long range with four two-pointers.

UTSUNOMIYA, Japan – Paige Crozon had a team-high 10 points Friday as Canada opened with a 19-12 victory over Kenya in an Olympic women’s basketball 3×3 qualifying tournament.

Crozon was effective from long range with four two-pointers.

Twin sisters Michelle and Katherine Plouffe each had six rebounds in the win.

After a good start, Crozon scored six straight points to give Canada an 11-5 lead with 5:59 remaining.

Kenya responded and a Victoria Reynolds bucket cut Canada’s lead to 12-10.

Katherine Plouffe answered with a bucket, then Crozon drilled her fourth two-pointer of the game to cut the lead to five, and Canada locked in defensively from there.

Canada, which also includes Kacie Bosch, must win the tournament to qualify for the 2024 Paris Games. The Canadians face the Netherlands on Saturday.

“It was a good opening for us and highlighted some things we want to improve and grow as we progress through the tournament,” Crozon said.

“It was a good way to knock off some rust and play together. We look forward to building on that.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 3, 2024.

The Canadian Press