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Saturday, August 06, 2016

UConn's Nurse helps Canada win Olympic opener

The first Olympic experience for UConn guard Kia Nurse was a victorious one.

Nurse came off the bench to contribute five points (all from the foul line), two rebounds, four assists and a steal as Canada defeated China 90-68 in its Olympic opener on Saturday.

Nurse, still working her way back after undergoing sports hernia surgery after returning from the Final Four, was 0 for 6 from the field although she did connect on a 3-pointer midway through the second quarter that was ruled to come after the shot clock expired.

The victory for Canada, ranked ninth in the FIBA rankings, against No. 8 China was a key one since Canada still has to play the top-ranked United States and No. 3 Spain in Group B. Next up for Canada is an underrated Serbia team on Monday while the U.S. team, featuring five former UConn players, will play Senegal on Sunday at 11 a.m. in its Olympic opener.

A win over Serbia would put Canada in good shape to finish in the top three in Group B while would likely mean avoiding Australia in the quarterfinals.

Tamara Tatham had 20 points to lead four Canadian players in double figures.

"I thought it was a great way to start the tournament,” Canadian head coach Lisa Thomaidis said in a release. "We had contributions from absolutely everyone. 41 of our 90 points came from our bench and I think that just speaks to our depth of talent and ability to put different people in and see them contribute."

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