Team Canada defeats the Dominican Republic at the FIBA women's Olympic pre-qualifier tournament in Edmonton, November 17th, 2019 (Photo credit: FIBA)Photo Credit: Fiba
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Canadian women go undefeated at FIBA Olympic pre-qualifying tournament

Team Canada completed the FIBA women’s Olympic pre-qualifying tournament with a dominant 110-60 victory over the Dominican Republic.

Canada finished the weekend with a 3-0 record in front a home crowd in Edmonton on Sunday. Already with a ticket to an Olympic qualifying tournament next February, the Canadian women did not let out against the Dominican Republic.

Basketball team cheering after a point

A strong sense of teamwork was present on the court again on Sunday evening in Edmonton. All 12 players hit the scoresheet, with six in the double digits. Sami Hill scored 16 points and had 3 rebounds, Shaina Pellington added 14, Bridget Carleton and Jamie Scott with 13 each, Ruth Hamblin and Natalie Achonwa added 11 apiece.

Game 2: Canada 84 – 80 Puerto Rico

Team Canada defeated Puerto Rico in their second game of the 2019 FIBA Women’s Olympic pre-qualifying tournament on Saturday in Edmonton.

With this win Team Canada advances to the final stage of Olympic qualification process and have officially booked their ticket to the FIBA Qualifying Tournament, taking place in February 2020.

Team Canada sings the National Anthem

Team Canada sings the National Anthem before playing their second game at the FIBA Olympic pre-qualifying tournament against Puerto Rico on Saturday November 16th, 2019. (Photo credit: FIBA)

The Canadians fought to the very end against Puerto Rico to take win 84-80 in their second game of the tournament on Saturday evening in Edmonton.

Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe lead the board with 27 points and 11 rebounds, Kia Nurse chipped in with 17 points and Miranda Ayim added 11 points to take the lead in this match. Although, Puerto Rico ranked 24th in the world, they put up a fight against Team Canada ranked 4th overall.

Game 1: Canada 110 – 53 Cuba

Kia Nurse scored 28 points to lead Canada to a 110-53 win over Cuba in their first game of the 2019 FIBA women’s Olympic pre-qualifying tournament on Thursday.

It was far from a one-woman show, though, as fourth-ranked Canada’s offensive depth proved to be too much for No. 26 Cuba in front of the Edmonton crowd. Miranda Ayim added 14 points while Natalie Achonwa, Jamie Scott, and Sami Hill scored 10 apiece in the win.

Miranda Ayim avoids defenders

Canada’s Miranda Ayim (9) tries to get through Cuba’s Anisleidy Galindo (56) and Nahomis Vargas (12) during second half action of FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre Qualifying Tournaments Americas 2019, in Edmonton, Alta., on Thursday November 14, 2019.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

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The Canadian women are seeking to qualify for their third consecutive Olympics. They finished eighth at London 2012 and seventh at Rio 2016.