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Canadian women get 1st hoops win, beat South Korea 74-53

The Canadians never trailed with Natalie Achonwa having a double-double in her second game back from a knee sprained playing for her WNBA team Minnesota.
Canada's Natalie Achonwa (11), left, and South Korea's Ji Su Park (19) scramble for a rebound...
Canada's Natalie Achonwa (11), left, and South Korea's Ji Su Park (19) scramble for a rebound during women's basketball preliminary round game at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in Saitama, Japan. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)(Eric Gay | AP)
Published: Jul. 28, 2021 at 11:42 PM EDT
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SAITAMA, Japan (AP) - Bridget Carleton scored 18 points, and Canada got its first victory of the Olympic women’s basketball tournament Thursday, beating South Korea 74-53. This is the third straight Olympics for Canada, currently ranked fourth in the world. The Canadians never trailed with former Notre Dame star Natalie Achonwa having a double-double in her second game back from a knee sprained playing for her WNBA team Minnesota. JiSu Park had 15 points and 11 rebounds for South Korea. Canada opened Group A play with a loss to Serbia, the bronze medalists at the 2016 Rio Games. South Korea lost to reigning silver medalist Spain in its first Olympics appearance since 2008.

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