Road To The Olympic Games


Canada edges Japan with Olympic women's basketball berth already secure

Kia Nurse had 19 points to lead Canada past Japan 70-68 on Sunday at a women's basketball Olympic qualifying tournament.

Canadian side punched ticket to Tokyo with rout of Sweden on Saturday

Kia Nurse, seen above on the left in this file photo from November, scored 19 points as Canada closed out the FIBA Olympic women's basketball qualification tournament with a 70-68 win over Japan in Ostend, Belgium, on Sunday. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press)

Kia Nurse had 19 points to lead Canada past Japan 70-68 on Sunday at a women's basketball Olympic qualifying tournament.

Natalie Achonwa scored 18 points and added eight rebounds and two assists as Canada swept the four-team tournament.

The Canadians qualified for this summer's Tokyo Olympics on Saturday with an 80-50 rout of Sweden.

After edging Belgium 61-56 on Thursday, Canada needed only to finish ahead of Belgium or Sweden in the four-team qualifying tournament to punch its ticket to Tokyo.

WATCH | Highlights from Canada's win over Japan:

Canada finished the FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament with a 3-0 record in Ostend, Belgium. 2:06

Ranked an all-time best No. 4 in the world, the Canadians have their sights set on the Olympic podium in Tokyo, after being ousted in the quarterfinals in both 2012 and '16.

Himawari Akaho led Japan with 16 points and Saki Hayashi had 15.

The Japanese had already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics as host nation.

The Canadian men's team needs to win its last-chance tournament in late-June in Victoria, B.C., to book its first Olympic berth since the 2000 Sydney Games.

WATCH | Miranda Ayim confident after Canada's perfect Olympic qualifier:

Ayim spoke to CBC Sports after Canada's 70-68 victory over Japan.  0:40

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