Canada loses heartbreak​er to Ukraine


Michel Belanger

July 9, 2013, KAZAN, Russia (Team Canada) (ISN) – Scoring just nine points in the final quarter, the Canadian women’s basketball team lost 59-57 to Ukraine Tuesday morning at the 27th Summer Universiade.

With the loss, the Canadians sit with a 1-1 record in Group C with just one game remaining in preliminary competition. Next up is a tilt versus 2011 silver medallist Taiwan (1-0) Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. local time (12:30 a.m. ET) 

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Leading 48-43 after three periods, the Canucks seemed to be in control heading into the final frame. However, Ukraine scored four straight points to open the fourth and stepped up its defensive pressure, forcing Canada into late, desperate shot attempts.

Olesia Malashenko led the charge draining eight points in the quarter including two straight baskets early on to give her country the lead for the first time since the second stanza.

After a Canadian foul with 30 seconds left, Ukraine had the ball at half court. A wide shot gave Canada the ball back with 7.7 seconds left on the clock. The red and white had two chances from point guard Miah-Marie Langlois and forward Lindsey Leddingham but both bounced off the rim.

“We grinded and nothing came easy,” said Fabian McKenzie from Cape Breton University. “I thought Ukraine fought harder and did all the little things in the game that you need to take care of to be successful. They just wanted it a little bit more than us during points of the game. We’ve only been together a short time, so it’s development for us. We need to park this one and put it behind us.”

Canada had trouble finding the net shooting just 32% in the game. Ukraine had complete control of the paint with a 44-25 advantage in rebounds, including 16 on offence. The winners shot 38% from the floor.

Down 19-13 after the first quarter, the Canadians took over the lead with a strong second frame, outscoring Ukraine 15-8 to head back to the locker room up 28-27.

Malashenko, Kateryna Dorogobuzova and Olga Maznichenko all recorded 12 points in the victory. Malashenko and Dorogobuzova had double-doubles with 11 and 10 rebounds, respectively.

Langlois of Windsor, Ont. (University of Windsor), led the Canadians with 14 points, followed by Rachelle Coward of Halifax (Charlestown Southern) with 12. Langlois also led the team with seven rebounds.

BOXSCORE: Canada vs Ukraine