Canada off to semis at women's wheelchair hoops worlds
Cindy Ouellet leads Canucks to 63-47 win over Australia
Cindy Ouellet poured in 20 points and Janet McLachlan had 17 points and 15 rebounds to power Canada past Australia 63-47 on Thursday in Toronto for a spot in the semifinal of the Women's World Wheelchair Basketball Championship.
Katie Harnock added 17 points for the host Canadians, who outscored Australia 48-14 in the paint.
"We're fortunate to have a few players who can score," said Canada's head coach Bill Johnson. "In the past, we've had one or two, so that depth will be important moving forward."
Sarah Stewart led Australia with 12 points.
Australia erased an early 7-2 run to lead 9-8, but the Canadians rebounded to take a 19-14 advantage at the end the quarter.
The back-and-forth action continued in the second quarter with Australia tying the game at 27 before Canada regained its composure to go ahead 33-29 at halftime.
Australia trimmed the Canadian advantage to two points early in the third, but Canada responded with an 18-4 streak to distance itself 53-37 after 30 minutes of play.
Canada will play the Netherlands in Friday's semifinal. Australia will face China in the consolation round.