For its last preparation match before starting the Olympic tournament in Tokyo, the French women’s basketball team lost 80-76 after extra time against Canada.
It will therefore be a record of two victories and two defeats for the French women’s basketball team in preparation matches for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. After beating Spain and Puerto Rico and also losing against Spain, the daughters of Valérie Garnier lost this Wednesday against Canada in Tokyo: 80-76 after extra time. Unlike the meeting against Puerto Rico on Tuesday, Les Bleues, domineering inside, started the match very well, winning the first quarter 23-13 and leading 43-29 at halftime, but they struggled afterwards, losing the last two quarters 21-15 and 22-14, then overtime on the score of 8-4, in the wake of a Kia Nurse at 25 points (4/11 to 3pts) and 4 rebounds. The 16 lost balls (13 for Canada) particularly hurt the French women. Endy Miyem however managed a great game, with 19 points on the clock, 6 of 13 on shots and 8 rebounds in 27 minutes. Sandrine Gruda did not go far from the double-double either, with 11 points and 8 rebounds.
Miyem however wore the Blue
The twelve Bleues played between nine (Helena Ciak) and 29 minutes (Alix Duchet). Something to warm up before the start of the Olympic tournament, next Tuesday against Japan (3am, French time). “We were fine for 35 minutes. Even very well. We knew that adversity was going to be quite different with Canada, recognized Valérie Garnier on the FFBB website. We know this team which is very intense, very tough, very physical and I find it very good that we played this match before leaving for the Olympic Village. They have been in Japan since July 5 so probably better suited. We mostly fished at the end of the game. We did tests with five different ones. It’s a very good working session even if we always prefer to finish with a victory. There are a lot of very positive things and it was a good warm-up game, not a friendly game. This is the level that we will face. He lacked a bit of success on open shots but I think we took up the physical challenge. We struggled with their off-road defense which was not that difficult to attack but in a context of fatigue their hardness, which is greater than what we experienced at EuroBasket, bothered us. Nigeria during the group stage will be in this lineage. The game against Nigeria is scheduled for July 30, two days before the clash against the Americans.
The Canadians forced overtime to win the game
🇫🇷 76 🆚 80 🇨🇦 | #FRACAN
– French Basketball Teams (@FRABasketball) July 21, 2021
French markers: Fauthoux (5), Miyem (19), Chartereau (2), Gruda (11), Ciak (2), Michel (4), Ayayi Vukosavljevic (5), Rupert (5), Williams (7), Johannes (8) , Duchet (5), Tchatchouang (3)