Langlois leads Canada’s women’s basketball team to 67-62 win over Italy

ARRAS, France — Canada’s women’s basketball team improved to 4-1 on their European tour with a 67-62 victory over Italy on Thursday.

Miah-Marie Langlois of Windsor, Ont., had 11 points and three blocks, while Miranda Ayim of London, Ont., added eight points and nine rebounds.

“Italy came and brought a lot of physicality to the game and a lot of defensive pressure, that disrupted our offensive flow,” said Canadian coach Lisa Thomaidis.

The Canadians are using the exhibition tour as a tuneup for next month’s Pan American Games and the FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament in August.

The game was tied 16-16 at the end of the first quarter. The Canadians opened up a small lead in the second and a three-pointer by Kim Gaucher at the buzzer sent Canada into the dressing room at halftime up 42-34. Canada went into the fourth up 58-45. Italy fought back with an 11-0 run to pull to within four, but Canada held on for the victory.

“It was definitely a grind but we toughed it out and exceeded our goals,” Langlois said.

Canada plays France on Friday. 

The Canadian Press