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Canada beats France, remains undefeated at FIBA women's World Cup

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SYDNEY, Australia — It took less than five minutes for Canada's women's basketball team to turn Friday's World Cup game versus France into a romp.

The Canadians' 17-0 run that straddled the second and third quarters surprised even coach Victor Lapena. "17? I didn't know," Lapena said, with raised eyebrows, in the post-game press conference. "Fantastic." Nirra Fields scored 17 points, while Kayla Alexander had a game-high 14 rebounds plus nine points and the Canadians (2-0) beat France 59-45 to remain the only undefeated team in Group B.

Shay Colley added 11 points for the Canadians, who never trailed and led by as many as 20 points. "We played really good team basketball today, especially on the defensive end, we were really locked in on the game plan, what the coaches asked of us," Alexander said.

Gabby Williams scored 13 points to top France. The Canadians' victory came two days after a 67-60 win over Serbia, and all but clinches a spot in the quarterfinals as the top four teams in each group advance.

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