Canada women's basketball team finishes round robin with loss to Spain

Spain's Cristina Ouvina (5), center, drives past Canada's Kia Nurse (5), left, during women's basketball preliminary round game at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, in Saitama, Japan. (Eric Gay/AP)

The Canadian women's basketball team finished round-robin play with a 76-66 loss to Spain on Saturday night.

Canada now sports a 1-2 record, with Serbia and South Korea squaring off in the final matchup of Group B. The top two in each group automatically advance, but Canada can still qualify for the knockout stage as a best-placed third-place team.

Now Canada will be watching Monday's games involving France and Australia who sit third in their respective groups. To reach the quarter-finals, Canada will have to hope their plus-seven point is better than one of the two other third-place finishers.

Against Spain, Canada struggled in the paint getting outscored 44-24 as centre Astou Ndour finished with a game-high 20 points. The Canadians tried to cut into Spain's lead heading into halftime trailing by only six points.

In the third quarter, however, Spain went on a 16-4 run to take a commanding 18 point lead. Canada tried to make a push with an 18-4 run but struggled to get any closer.

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