Kia Nurse drops game-high 17 points as Canada tops Puerto Rico

Kia Nurse, pictured above. (Nathan Denette/CP)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Canada has back-to-back wins to begin the FIBA women’s AmeriCup.

Kia Nurse scored a game-high 17 points to go along with eight rebounds as the Canadian squad downed Puerto Rico 75-59 on Monday for their second straight victory in group play.

Katherine Plouffe chipped in with 14 points off the bench while Jamie Scott added 11 points.

Canada opened group play with an 81-35 victory over Cuba.

The top three teams from the FIBA women’s AmeriCup will qualify for the 2018 FIBA women’s basketball World Cup in Spain.

Canada is currently ranked No. 2 in the Americas and sixth in the world by FIBA.