Team Canada started out strong taking a commanding sixteen point lead into halftime, but a third quarter collapse put the game in jeopardy. Canada rallied back after Brazil took the lead in the third quarter to defeat Brazil 79-73.
Canada had a strong first quarter, going on a 10-0 run to end the first quarter. After going back and forth in the early part of the game, Canada pulled away after Brazil tied the game 8-8. Courtnay Pilypatis scored Canada’s first three-point shot since their victory against Great Britain on Monday. Lizanne Murphy scored a second three-pointer for Canada just minutes later plus two free throws. Natilie Achonwa drained a field goal near the end the quarter.
Brazil came back strong and fast to start the second quarter, going on an 7-2 run in the early going. Brazil started things off with a quick three-pointer and pulled within four points, though that would be as close as they would come in the half. After Canada pulled away several times, with Brazil closing the gap, until Canada went on a 10-0 run in the last four minutes of the half.
Canada’s lead was erased in the third quarter as Brazil nearly doubled up Canada. What was a sixteen point lead after the first half was reduced to a two point lead by the end of the third quarter. Brazil took their first lead of the game in the fourth quarter after a fast break was made for two points, Brazil’s Santos was fouled on the play and also scored the free throw. Souza and Santos led Brazil as they scored three times more than they did in the first quarter.
After more back and fourth play Canada pulled out to the lead and held on to take the victory.
Hamilton’s Shona Thorburn finished the game with ten points, including a three-pointer, two field goals and three free-throws. Thorburn lead the team in assists with eight.
Courtnay Pilypaitis and Kim Smith led Canada with fourteen points each, Tamara Tatham had thirteen points and Natalie Achonwa had eleven points.
With the victory Canada has an even 2-2 record with just one game left in the preliminary round. Canada will advance to the quarter-finals which take place Tuesday August 4th. Brazil, who dropped to 0-4 in the Olympics, will not advance.