Carleton has 27 points to lead Canada to win over Mali at FIBA women’s World Cup


SYDNEY, Australia – Bridget Carleton scored 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Canada’s women’s basketball team 88-65 over Mali at the FIBA World Cup.

Kayla Alexander had 19 points and 14 rebounds for the No. 4 Canadians (4-1), in their final game of the preliminary round. Kia Nurse and Aislinn Konig added 11 points apiece.

Canada’s opponent in the quarterfinals was to be determined by later games Tuesday.

The Canadians’ one loss in Group B came to host Australia. They beat Serbia, France and Japan.

The United States went 5-0 to finish atop Group A.

The quarter-finals are Thursday, while the semifinals are Friday and the medal games on Saturday.