Canada falls to United States in FIBA Women's U17 World Cup semifinals

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DEBRECEN, Hungary — Mackenly Randolph scored a game-high 14 points and the United States beat Canada 87-57 in the semifinals of the FIBA Under-17 Women's Basketball World Cup.

JuJu Watkins added 13 points and nine rebounds for the U.S., which led 27-9 after the first quarter.

Cassandre Prosper led Canada with 11 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocks.

Toby Lee Fournier added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Canadians.

The United States will face Spain in the final on Sunday, while Canada will take on France in the third-place game.

France suffered its first loss of the tournament when it fell 66-59 to Spain in the semifinals.

The U.S. reeled off 16 straight points to jump out to an early 21-3 lead as Canada went scoreless from the floor for nearly five and a half minutes of action

The U.S. won the second quarter by only a point, 18-17, but led 45-26 at the half, thanks to the lead built in the first quarter.

The Americans opened the second half on an 11-2 run to extend their advantage to 56-28 with 6:17 to go in the third quarter.

Sumer Lee followed up a block with a pair of free throws to begin a 6-0 run by Canada to get within 24 points with 4:37 remaining in the quarter. The Canadians closed the quarter with a free throw from Ajok Deng Obed Madol and an offensive rebound and putback from Summer Bostock to go into the fourth trailing 67-42.

Canada scored first in the fourth on a pair of free throws from Fournier, but the U.S. responded with a three from Watkins and then a layup from Breya Cunningham to extend their lead to 72-44.

A three-pointer from Jaloni Cambridge gave the U.S. a 31-point lead, the largest of the game, with 7:44 remaining and the Americans cruised to victory from there.

Canada finished with 29 turnovers, including 12 in the first quarter. The U.S. turned the ball over just 13 times and held a 31-6 edge in points scored off turnovers.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 16, 2022.

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