ISTANBUL, Turkey – The Canada Senior Women’s National Team opened the Zafer Cup exhibition tournament with a 62-55 win over Australia in Istanbul, Turkey.
“Today was a tremendous team win," said head coach Lisa Thomaidis. "We displayed such toughness to defeat a very strong Australian team. I can’t say enough about the resilience and the poise that our team had. We had a great performance from Tamara Tatham but a lot of different players contributed. Our guard play was excellent and I am looking forward to the next games.”
Tatham scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the victory to lead Canada. UCLA junior Nirra Fields scored 10 points and had two rebounds, two steals, one block and one assist.
Canada won the first quarter 16-14. Forcing turnovers gave the Canadians opportunities at easy baskets early in the game.
Heading in to the locker room, Canada held a 37-32 lead over the Australians, with scoring revolving around points in the paint and two three-pointers.
The third quarter was a continuation of the solid Canadian defense, holding Australia to only 12 points in the quarter. Canada bumped the margin to six, leading 50-44 with one period remaining.
Canada put the Australian team away in the fourth, pushing the lead to double-digits midway through the period. The final score was 62-55.
The next game for Canada will be against the host nation, Turkey. Tip-off is set for 12:00 p.m. EST on Aug. 23. For live stream and live stats information please check Canada's Facebook and Twitter feeds approximately 30 minutes before tip.