Canada dropped a 16-13 decision to France in the women’s gold-medal game at the FIBA 3×3 Basketball World Cup on Sunday in Antwerp, Belgium.
France led 15-13 when Marie-eve Paget went to the foul line with 3.1 seconds on the clock. She missed her first free throw but made good on the second for the country’s first women’s title and first medal since it picked up silver at the inaugural tournament in 2012.
Canada appeared set to tie the contest 15-15 in the final minute but Katherine Plouffe clipped ankles with an opponent while driving to the net.
Laetitia Guapo’s free throw opened up a 12-7 lead for France with 4:30 remaining. But the Canadians couldn’t narrow the deficit as Katherine Plouffe missed a shot in tight and Paige Crozon failed to connect from the two-point arc.
Hortense Limouzin made it 14-8 before a resilient bunch from Canada stepped up its play.
Strong work by Katherine Plouffe and her sister, Michelle, moved the Canadians to within 14-12 with 2:05 to play following a missed deuce by Paget.
But they couldn’t draw even as the sisters missed a free throw and layup while France came up big defensively.
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The Frenchwomen gained a measure of revenge earlier Sunday with a 17-16 win over China following a 16-14 loss in last year’s Olympic bronze-medal contest.
We grinded to the finish. I’m so proud of this team.— Canada’s Michelle Plouffe on Sunday’s semifinal win over Lithuania
Meanwhile, the 13th-ranked Canadians held on for a 16-14 semifinal win over Lithuania after leading by as many as nine points with just under four minutes left.
With under 10 seconds left, Michelle Plouffe of Edmonton missed a layup but a key block in the final seconds secured the victory.
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‘We wanted to get to the podium’
“I think it’s one of the hallmarks of this team, having the ability to remain calm,” Plouffe said after the game. “We grinded to the finish. I’m so proud of this team.
“I feel like the goal has been accomplished. We wanted to get to the podium.”
Michelle Plouffe gave the Canadians a 16-12 advantage before her sister, Katherine, missed a jumper with 45 seconds on the clock.
Lithuania made it a two-point game after Martyna Petrenaite connected on two foul shots.
Canada started the contest with purpose, fresh off a 14-10 quarter-final upset of the two-time champions from the United States on Saturday.
After Lithuania made it 3-3 from the foul line, Canada went on a 9-1 run capped by a Crozon two-pointer to make it 12-4. Katherine Plouffe extended the margin to 15-6.
Published at Sun, 26 Jun 2022 16:33:41 +0000