Basketball: Japan beaten by Canada for 2nd loss at women's World Cup

Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Japan fell 70-56 against Canada for its second straight Group B defeat at the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup on Sunday.

Japan, ranked eighth in the world, led briefly in the first period but was made to chase fourth-ranked Canada for the rest of the match at Sydney Superdome.

Bridget Carleton scored a game-high 19 points shooting 8-from-14 from the field, with Shay Colley also notching 13 as Canada won its third straight match. Maki Takada sank 11 for Japan.

Canada led 20-12 after the first period, and Saori Miyazaki's layup midway through the second period, which made it 22-20 to Canada, was the closest Japan came.

Japan managed 34 rebounds to Canada's 48 as it also failed to match its counterpart in shooting accuracy.

Japan has a win and two defeats from its three games and will face sixth-ranked France on Monday.

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