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Wednesday, August 12, 2015
#FIBAAmericasWomen2015 – Day 3 was for the undefeateds
by: FIBA

EDMONTON (2015 FIBA Americas Women’s Championship) – The third day of competition in the FIBA Americas Women’s championship had every undefeated team of the tournament adding to the win column.

Argentina, Brazil, Canada and Cuba were all winners in the third day.

In a very physical game, Cuba was able to defeat Puerto Rico by a score of 65–58. The Puerto Rico, clearly outmatched, were able to stay in the game for 35 minutes, when Cuba mounted an 8-0 run that sealed the deal for the defending champs.

Yamara Amargo was once more a star for Cubans, with 26 big-clutch points. Cuba now has a 2-0 record in the competition.

Argentina announced itself as one of the dominating teams in the 2015 FIBA Americas Women's Championship after defeating Virgin Islands, 75-51. The South Americans lead the championship in field goal percentage and their offensive efficiency was never more apparent than against Virgin Islands. Their patience allowed them to find high-quality attempts that ended up primordially in the hands of veteran Gisela Vega, who scored 15 points, along with 7 rebounds in the win.

Canada’s impressive run on the first round of the FIBA Americas Women’s Championship continued with a victory over the Dominican Republic by the score of111–36. Intensity on defense and effective ball movement were key in a game that Canada dominated from tip-off.

Bench was key for the hosts, with 38 points coming from a second unit that was able to overpower the Dominicans. Miranda Ayim once again showed her value to the team, with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in the win.

To close the day, Brazil beat Ecuador 72-45 in a result that does not reflect the great job done by the Ecuadorians to stay in the game and battle against a Brazilian that was able to take over the game by imposing their physical presence in the paint. They dominated Ecuador 53-27 in the rebounding department.

Finally, both groups will enter the fourth day of competition with two undefeated teams each (Group A: Canada & Cuba, Group B: Argentina, Brazil) looking to cement their positions in the last couple of days and advance to the semifinals where at the very least they will have a second chance to make it to Rio 2016 at the very least.

The side that wins the title will qualify for the Rio de Janeiro Games and the teams that come in second, third and fourth will reach the FIBA Olympic Women's Qualifying Tournament.

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