Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Amihere Scores 21 Points; Canada Books Spot in FIBA Women's U19 World Cup Semis

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Amihere Scores 21 Points; Canada Books Spot in FIBA Women's U19 World Cup Semis

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Canadian women through to U19 World Cup semis

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UDINE, Italy - Canada has clinched a spot in the semifinals of the FIBA women's U19 World Cup.

Laeticia Amihere of Mississauga, Ont., scored 21 points to lift the Canadians to a 68-65 victory over China in Friday's quarter-finals. Hailey Brown of Hamilton grabbed 13 rebounds.

The Canadians will face Russia on Saturday.

China cut the Canadians' 10-point lead to just two over the game's final 30 seconds before Canada sealed the victory.

"We talked a lot about weathering the storm and playing through adversity," said Canadian team coach Carly Clarke. "I thought we did a great job of keeping our composure when China got off to a hot start.

"Once we settled down, we were able to execute our gameplan on both ends of the floor. We are thrilled to move on and have the opportunity to play for a medal. …

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