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Canada Women's Basketball Goes 1-1 at Olympic Qualifier

June 27, 2012

ANKARA, TURKEY - Junior Michelle Plouffe of the Utah women's basketball team and former Utes Shona Thorburn and Kim Smith all featured for Canada's Senior Women's National Team this week at the FIBA World Olympic Tournament, helping the team to a 1-1 mark in group play.

Canada opened the tournament with an 89-23 victory against Mali on Monday. Plouffe came off the bench to play approximately 10 minutes, scoring two points, pulling down four rebounds and making a steal. Smith also came off the bench and nearly tallied a double-double in just 18 minutes, contributing 11 points and eight rebounds. Thorburn started the game, leading the team with five assists, while adding four points, three rebounds and three steals in 19 minutes of action.

Canada followed with a 56-47 loss to France in game two on Tuesday. Thorburn started once again and tied for team-highs of seven points and two assists, while collecting two rebounds as well. Plouffe earned a place in the starting lineup as well and finished with three points, while corralling six rebounds. Smith came off the bench to score six points and collect one rebound in 22 minutes of action.

The team now awaits the result of the final group game between Mali and France to learn whether it has advance to the quarterfinal round. For additional stats and recaps, please visit www.basketball.ca.



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