Canada and the USA triumphed in the women’s wheelchair basketball semi-finals of the Santiago 2023 Parapan Am Games to advance to the Final.
Canada Dominant Against Argentina
Canada left no room for doubt as they powered their way to the final with a resounding 76-36 victory over Argentina. Arinn Young led the charge with an outstanding performance, contributing an impressive 29 points. Cindy Ouellet showcased her versatility with a double-double, amassing 18 points and delivering 11 assists. The commanding win sets Canada on course for a chance at gold.
USA’s Defensive Mastery Against Brazil
In a closely contested first quarter against Brazil, the USA elevated their defensive prowess to secure a 60-30 triumph. Rose Hollerman and Becca Murray displayed their scoring prowess with 16 and 12 points, respectively. Ixhelt Gonzalez made a significant impact coming off the bench, adding 10 crucial points to the scoreboard. With a stifling defense that limited Brazil to just 18 points in the final three quarters, the USA now sets their sights on a title clash against arch-rivals Canada.
A Rivalry Renewed
The final between Canada and the USA promises to be a showdown of epic proportions. With memories of the 2022 Americas Cup and the Lima 2019 Parapan Games, where Canada emerged victorious, the USA is eager to turn the tide and avenge past defeats. The stakes are higher than ever as the victor not only claims gold but also secures direct qualification to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.
Paris 2024 Paralympic Games Berth at Stake
The anticipation is palpable as the winner of the final will not only stand atop the podium but also earn a direct ticket to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. For the runner-up, hope remains alive with a spot at the last-chance qualification tournament, the IWBF 2024 Women’s Repechage, scheduled to take place in Osaka, Japan next April.
Bronze Medal Clash: Argentina vs. Brazil
As Canada and the USA prepare for the ultimate showdown, Argentina and Brazil will battle for bronze, promising another intense and spirited matchup on the Santiago court.
The Santiago 2023 ParapanAm Games Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Final is set to be a historic encounter, with both teams eyeing glory and a passage to the prestigious Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.