Canada defeats Team USA in Pan Am Games Basketball Final

Canada defeats Team USA in Pan Am Games Basketball Final

Since the first Pan American Games for women in 1955, the USA has compiled an overall record of 78-15 and now owns five silvers medals, along with seven gold medals and two bronze medals.

TORONTO, Canada (July 20, 2015) – The 2015 U.S. Pan American Women’s Basketball Team (4-1) finished with a silver medal after coming up short and losing 81-73 to host Canada (5-0) in the gold medal game of the 2015 Pan American Games on Monday night at Ryerson Athletic Center in Toronto, Canada.

Golden Performance: Kia Nurse scored 33 pts to help Team Canada win their first Pan American Gold.

Univ. of Connecticut rising star Kia Nurse had an MVP performance against fellow UConn teammates Moriah Jefferson and Breanna Stewart as Canada defeated the US to win their first-ever Pan Am Games gold.  Nurse
scored a game-high 33 points to lead Team Canada to victory.

The USA led by as many as 11 points early in the second quarter but saw its lead erased by halftime when the score was 36-all, before a 26-15 third-quarter advantage gave Canada the lead for good.

Four U.S. players scored in double-digits, but 17 points and 11 rebounds from Breanna Stewart (Connecticut/North Syracuse, N.Y.) and a U.S. Women’s Pan American record 10-of-10 night at the free throw line from Linnae Harper (Kentucky/Chicago, Ill.), were not enough to help the USA overcome 33 points from rising University of Connecticut sophomore Kia Nurse, who also was 11-of-12 from the free throw line.

Earlier today, Cuba (3-2) edged Brazil (2-3) 66-62 for the bronze medal.

Team USA - Silver Medalists at the 2015 Pa American Games

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Denise J. Saul is the Founder/President of WSEN-Women's Sports & Entertainment Network.

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