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Canada's women's basketball team came to the Tokyo Olympics trying to write a new chapter in this country's otherwise bleak international basketball history. It didn't start well. Canada lost to Serbia to kick off pool play at the women's Olympic basketball tournament, where Canada is aiming to capture its first medal in Olympic basketball since in Playing its first meaningful game together as a team since February , Canada appeared to be tight coming out of the gate, never really looking comfortable in the first half.

Despite shooting only 28 per cent in the first two quarters, they only trailed by eight points at halftime. Defence wasn't the problem. Canada forced Serbia into 28 turnovers but couldn't make shots when it mattered, converting an ice cold 5-for attempts from three-point range. Canada looked much sharper in the second half and, for a moment, looked like they were poised to take control of the game. Trailing midway through the third quarter, Kia Nurse sparked a run, scoring seven points and assisting on another basket, to give Canada its first lead since early in the game.

Down the stretch, a couple of missed free throws combined with some clutch Serbian shot-making sealed their fate. This Canadian team, a mix of rising stars and seasoned Olympians, came to Tokyo talking about changing Canada's basketball narrative after the team crashed out in the quarter-finals at the last two Olympics. Thomaidis says her team needs to build off some of the success it found as the game went on.

And fast. It's going to be very important for us to respond and come out strong against Korea. If Canada wants to play for a medal, winning its group is important. The top finisher will likely avoid a quarter-final matchup with the powerful U. S team. A variety of newsletters you'll love, delivered straight to you. Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted. By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses.

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