Preliminary round play concluded today at the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship for Women, as the two remaining undefeated sides in Group A–Canada and Cuba–matched up in a critical game that would determine the final group placing and all important crossover match up.
— Miranda Ayim (@AyimWhoAyim) September 25, 2013
The game started very sluggish for Canada, as they were outscored by a determined Cuban side 17-9 in the first quarter. Canada regained some of their footing in the second quarter, fighting back to enter halftime up by 2 points in an overall low scoring game.
The third quarter proved to be decisive as Canada held Cuba to only 2 points in the quarter; and ended up winning the game 53-40.
Miranda played 15 minutes in the game and scored 2 points while pulling down 5 rebounds. There were a few questionable fouls called against Mir in the second half, which limited her time on the floor.
Tamara Tatham led all scorers with 17 points.
With the win, Team Canada finishes on top of Group A and will meet the second place team–Puerto Rico–from Group B in the semifinals on Friday.
All teams will get the day off tomorrow.
Top 3 teams from this tournament will qualify for the 2014 FIBA World Championships for Women being held in Istanbul, Turkey next year.
Game Photos featuring Miranda: