August 10, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Kia Nurse scored 14 points and Tamara Tatham added 13 as Canada clinched its second straight berth in the women's basketball quarterfinals, beating Senegal 68-58 on Wednesday night.

Canada's win also clinched a spot in the quarterfinals for the U.S., and the teams will play Friday with the unbeaten Canadians needing a better start than they managed against the African nation still looking for its first Olympic win in its second games.

Senegal (0-3) scored the first five points before captain Kim Gaucher finally knocked down the first shot for Canada (3-0) with 6:15 left in the first quarter. That was the first of 10 straight points as Canada took the lead for good and was up 17-10 after the first quarter and 33-24 at halftime.

Canada led by 15 early in the fourth quarter, but Senegal pulled within seven with 2:59 left giving its growing group of roaring fans hope of a first victory before Canada finished off the win.



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