July 29, 2013, Klaipeda, Lithuania (ISN) – With a 75-64 victory over Japan, Huskie guard Kaylee Halvorson and the Canadian Junior Women’s National Team finished seventh at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women Sunday in Klaipeda, Lithuania.
Canada opened the game strong, building a nine-point lead after ten minutes of play. The team continued to stretch the lead heading to the locker room up 12 points at half. Japan battled back in the third quarter closing the gap to four points entering the final frame.
Canada refused to lose their lead closing out the final quarter with impressive shooting and solid rebounding to secure the win. Canada outrebounded Japan 68-33 in the game, resulting in 22 second-chance points.
Team Canada head coach Scott Edwards was proud of how the team battled throughout the tournament and in their final game, “Japan is a good team and a difficult match-up for us, but in the end, our size and rebounding effort won us the ball game,” said Edwards. “We are proud how our girls competed through eight tough matches; our athletes have gained incredible experience here throughout this championship.”
The United States captured their fifth straight title at the U19 World Championship for Women with a 61-28 win over France.
Halvorson had her best performance in the opening game of the Eighth Final Round. The 5-11 guard recorded six points, three rebounds and three assists in 14 minutes of action in a loss to China.
Halvorson was also member of last year’s junior women’s squad that finished fourth at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Gurabo, Puerto Rico.