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Sunday, July 01, 2012

Pilypatis leads Canada into Olympics

Former Vermont star Courtney Pilypatis had 21 points and six assists to lead Canada to a 71-63 win over Japan to clinch final spot in the Olympic women's basketball tournament.

Pilypatis had five 3-points including a huge trey midway through the fourth quarter when Japan had sliced a double-digit Canada lead to three points. Pilypatis also drew the assignment on Japan's top offensive player Yuko Oha. Oha, who had 20 points in Saturday's win over Korea,was held to 11 on Sunday. Canada's two active college players (Notre Dame's Natalie Achonwa and Michelle Plouffe of Utah) did not play.

Canada joins the Czech Republic, Croatia, France and Turkey as qualifiers out of the tournament held in Ankara, Turkey.

The Czech Republic, which upset Australia en route to reaching the title game at the 2010 FIBA World Championships, Croatia and Turkey have been placed in Group A at the Olympics with the U.S., Angola and China. France and Canada will be in Group B with Australia, Brazil, Great Britain and Russia.

The U.S. will open up against Croatia on July 28 at 4:45 p.m. London time. Then the U.S. will play Angola  on July 30 at 10:45 p.m. London time. The U.S has the 10:45 p.m. time slot for round robin games against Turkey on Aug. 1 and Czech Republic on Aug. 3 before wrapping up play in Pool A with a 4:45 p.m. game against China on Aug. 5

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