Achonwa shines but Team Canada falls in women's hoops

Fighting Irish junior women’s basketball forward Natalie Achonwa (Guelph, Ontario/St. Mary’s Catholic) turned in a stellar performance on the hardwood for Team Canada

Achonwa had her best outing of this year’s Olympics, coming off the bench to score 14 points (5-10 FG) and grab a game-high eight rebounds, but it wasn’t quite enough as France edged Canada, 64-60, in Group B action on Wednesday morning at the Olympic Basketball Arena in London.

Five of Achonwa’s eight rebounds came at the offensive end, including two from missed free throws that she cashed into putback baskets. Achonwa drew a foul on the second of her offensive rebound buckets with nine seconds left, and converted the old-fashioned three-point play to bring Canada within 62-60, but France hit two foul shots one second later to hold off the hard-charging Maple Leafs.

Canada (1-2) returns to preliminary round action at 9:30 a.m. (ET) Friday against Brazil (0-3) at the Olympic Basketball Arena, with the Canadians likely needing one win in their final two group games to reach the quarterfinals. Friday’s game with Brazil will be televised live on the NBC Olympic Basketball Channel,

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