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FIBA women’s quarters set

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

FIBA women’s quarters set

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ISTANBUL (AP) – Canada advanced to the quarter-finals of the women’s basketball World Championship for the first time in 20 years after knocking off the Czech Republic 91-71 yesterday.

After finishing 12th at the 2010 World Championships which were hosted by the Czechs, Canada have seen steady improvement over the past four years led by a talented young group of players.

Kim Gaucher scored 17 points to lead Canada, which will play Australia tomorrow.

In other quarter-finals qualifying games, China topped Belarus 72-67, Serbia edged Cuba 86-79 and France beat Brazil 61-48.

France’s win set up a rematch against the United States. The French team handed the Americans a rare loss on September 21 when the teams played an exhibition game in Paris.

The Chinese team will face Spain next, while Serbia will play host Turkey.