LONDON—It will go down as the most significant Canadian women’s basketball victory in decades.
With a 79-73 triumph over Brazil Friday morning, Canada has qualified for the Olympic Games quarter-finals for the first time ever.
After seeing a 14-point disappear during a dreadful third quarter, Canada got things under control in a nervous fourth to improve its record to 2-2, and is guaranteed a berth in the elimination quarter-finals.
Canada still faces Australia to finish the preliminary round and won’t know for sure who they’ll play in the quarter-finals until Sunday.
The most likely scenario is a date with the powerful United States.
Canada looked to be in control, building a 14-point lead early in the third quarter before a series of turnovers caused by a Brazil press turned the game.
Brazil took its first lead early in the fourth before Canada settled down.
Pilypaitis and Kim Smith of Mission, B.C., had 14 points each for Canada.
Torstar News Services