TENERIFE, SPAIN – September 23, 2018 – New York Liberty guard Kia Nurse tallied a game-high 29 points as Canada Basketball’s Senior Women’s National Team defeated Korea, 82-63, to remain unbeaten in FIBA World Cup play.
Leading Korea 8-3 midway through the first quarter, Canada used a 7-0 run to take a commanding 15-3 lead. However, Korea briefly responded with a 4-0 run of its own cutting its deficit to just eight points at the end of the opening quarter.
Nurse began. “Coming out of the quick turnaround that we had from last night to this morning, we came out with the right energy and the right intensity and a focus that allowed us to get out early in transition and score a lot of points and defensively be disruptive.”
Canada exploded offensively in the second quarter, including a 17-0 run in which Nurse knocked down four consecutive three pointers on her way to 20 points in the frame. The Canadians entered halftime with a commanding 21-point lead, 45-24.
Despite multiple comeback efforts from Korea in the second half, Canada’s lead stood as it cruised to the 19-point victory.
Nurse’s 29 points came on 69-percent shooting. She also sank six attempts from distance on a 60-percent clip and generated four assists, three boards and two steals in 27 minutes.
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe finished with six points, six rebounds, one assist and two steals.
Following this victory, Canada will now face France on Tuesday in a first-place battle for Group A and a bye to the quarter-finals at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018. Fans can catch the action live on DAZN at 3:30 PM ET.