EDMONTON — Kia Nurse, Natalie Achonwa and Tamara Tatham each had 14 points as Canada continued to shine in round robin play at the FIBA Americas women's basketball championship with a 93-36 victory over Chile on Monday.
Canada, which is fresh off a gold medal win over the United States at the recent Pan American Games in Toronto, improved to 2-0 in the tournament. It opened the event with a 94-57 win over Puerto Rico on Sunday.
The Canadians got off to a 15-4 lead through the first five minutes and were up 27-10 at the end of the first quarter.
Canada seemed to get a bit complacent for the remainder of the first half, holding on for a 44-20 lead at the midmark. Achonwa led the way with eight first-half points.
The Canadians picked up the pace again in the third to lead 66-26 heading into the final quarter.
Catalina Abuyeres led Chile with 11 points.
Chile, ranked sixth in the Americas and 26th in the world, dropped to 1-1, having previously defeated the Dominican Republic 88-56 in their first round robin game.
Canada entered the 10-team tournament ranked third in the Americas and 10th in the world. It is seeking a berth in the 2016 Rio Olympics with either an outright win at the Americas tournament, or with a second place finish to Brazil, which was finally granted its host status at the Olympics after solving a dispute over money owed to FIBA at a meeting in Tokyo on Sunday.
The Canadians will now face the Dominican Republic on Tuesday before having a day off Wednesday. They'll play Cuba in their final round robin matchup on Thursday.
Notes — The Canadian women have put an emphasis on utilizing their entire bench for the tournament. In their first game against Puerto Rico, every Canadian player scored at least five points and the most any member of the team had was 11… Canada finished second to Cuba at the FIBA Americas tournament in Mexico in 2013. The only time they have won the event is also the other time they hosted, when the event was held in Hamilton in 1995.
Shane Jones, The Canadian Press