GB Senior Women go down to Canada in Logrono -

GB Senior Women go down to Canada in Logrono

Great Britain Senior Women lost their penultimate warm-up game before EuroBasket Women 2015 after Canada collected a 73-45 success in Logrono.

The FIBA Women’s World Championship Quarter Finalists got onto the front foot early and didn’t look back as GB struggled to recover from a pedestrian start.

Canada leapt out into a 20-6 lead towards the end of the first period to take control, but an ‘and-1’ play by Erin McGarrachan gave GB some impetus heading into the second quarter.

Needing an improvement at both ends of the floor, GB duly delivered with a strong display as a triple from Chantelle Handy and a basket by Rachael Vanderwal got them rolling.

They outscored the Canadians 15-8 and cranked up the defence to drag themselves back into the contest.

But just as they were dreaming of pulling level, Canada scored six of the last seven points in the half to take a 34-22 lead into the interval.

When the action resumed, Canada picked up where they left off and extended their advantage to 54-36 heading into the final quarter.

GB tried in vain to claw their way back, but found it difficult against some impressive Canadian defence, as the North American side eased to victory.

Ella Clark put in another strong display and missed out on a double-double by one rebound after scoring 11 points.

Rachael Vanderwal accumulated a team-high 12 points and Dominique Allen racked up the milestone of securing her 50th cap.

“It continues to be difficult for us with some of the knocks and injuries that we are carrying,” stated head coach Peter Buckle after the final buzzer had sounded.

“It was just one of those nights when nothing dropped for us and our [shooting] percentages were down.

“But the important thing is that we got open looks and lots of the looks that we were looking for.

“I also felt that because of this, we took a step forward from what happened against Spain and we are developing each aspect of our game – including physically.

“We still have a couple of very important players to come back into the team and in this last warm-up game, we will be looking to knock down a few more shots and value possession of the ball.”

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GB don’t have much time to reflect after this match-up, since they will play their last preparation game before EuroBasket Women when they lock horns with Poland on Saturday 30 May at 09.00 (UK Time).

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