Title: Canada falls apart against Spain, loses in quarterfinals in 4th major tournament in a row
Date: September 28, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Canada’s disappointing fourth-quarter collapse in the quarterfinals of the FIBA Women’s World Cup.
There is no way around the disappointment Canada was feeling Friday night in Tenerife.
Coming off of an undefeated round robin in the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup, and one of the biggest wins in recent program history against France, the women’s senior national team faced their biggest test to date against Spain. No, it was not entirely fortunate that, because they tanked to avoid the United States’ side of the bracket, Spain was Canada’s reward for winning their pool, and so early in the elimination stage. They were going to have to beat a team like Spain or Australia to achieve their goal of competing for a medal.
Canada, which entered as a 3.5-point underdog in what amounted to a road game against a lively and spirited Spanish crowd, fought through difficulty on offence to go blow-for-blow with the world’s No. 2-ranked women’s team for three quarters, but then completely fell apart.
The degree to which Canada collapsed in such a pivotal quarter is almost overwhelming.