A pair of Washington State basketball players have joined the Canadian U19 team in Hungary for the World Cup this week. Freshman Tara Wallack and Sophomore Jessica Clarke have helped Canada, who currently sit in first in their group as they prepare for the round of 16 which begins Wednesday.
Canada, the fourth ranked team in FIBA started out the tournament with a 1-point loss to Japan on Saturday. Wallack finished going two of five from the field and finished with four points, two rebounds, an assist, and a steal. Clarke came off the bench and went three for five for six points, six rebounds, and a block.
The Canadian team rebounded on Sunday to win their first game of the tournament in a 79-71 victory over the Czech Republic. Both Wallack and Clarke started with Wallack finishing with seven points. She went four of six from the line and hit a three while hauling in six rebounds and two steals. Clarke hit hit just one shot from the field and went one of two from the line, she also had three rebounds.
Wallack and Clarke will hit the floor one more time during the group stage as they take on Mali today. Two of the other three countries in their group are tied with Canada with 3 points while Mali sits in fourth with two points. All four teams from the group stage will move on the the round of 16 which begins on Wednesday.
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For the first time in camp, the Cougars held a full 11-on-11 period. Two of them, actually. Although the team isn’t engaging in full-contact practices yet – and quarterbacks will be off limits even when they do – it was the first time QBs had to deal with a pass-rush and throw from a congested pocket.
Washington State duo of sophomore Jessica Clarke and freshman Tara Wallack will take the floor for Canada.