An early tournament clash of undefeateds goes Saturday in Tokyo.
After their 61-35 rout of the host nation Japan, the Canadian Women’s Basketball team is back in action against Germany, Saturday at 4 a.m. eastern.
In the match, Canada was led by their defence, never trailing while they registered six steals, two blocks, and held Japan to just 8.75 points per quarter.
On the other end of the floor, Kady Dandeneau led the Canadians for the second straight game, scoring 19 points, including nine points from deep, and nine rebounds. Dandeneau has been the top player on Canada so far in the tournament, piling up 51 points in the team’s first two games.
“Kady is just Kady,” said coach Marc Antoine Ducharme when asked about Dandeneau’s play.
“She can score from everywhere. She did an amazing job from the bench.”
Outside of Dandeneau, Arinn Young and Cindy Ouellet contributed, each getting into double digits, adding 10 rebounds apiece and playing stellar defence.
For the Canadians to stop the German attack, they will have to slow the offensive play of Mareike Miller, who finished with 30 points in their first match and 21 in the second, as well as her running mate Katharina Lang, who scored 16 points against Great Britain.
With a win over the Germans, Canada will sit comfortably in first place, securing their spot in the
quarterfinals and setting themselves up for a run at the podium.
As a team offensively, the red and white were able to shoot 44 per cent from three, an aspect they will need to keep up as their next opponent has yet to connect from beyond the arc.
Coming into the third match of their Tokyo 2020 campaign, both Canada and Germany will be in a tough match, something neither has experienced yet in these games.