By Ian Shalapata
(CAMP PENDLETON, CA) – A military base in southern California was home to the 2nd edition of the Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) World Women’s Military Basketball Championship. The tournament featured teams of military personnel from six nations including Canada, between July 23 and 31. Round robin play was held at Paige Field House in Camp Pendleton and started on July 25.
The Canadian women drew the United States for their first game and demonstrated why the Americans were the odds on favourites. The US disposed of Canada 82-25 with Nicolle Gaudet leading the Canucks with 13 points as the team was undone by committing 32 turnovers.
Canada’s second game was against Germany and resulted in another, although closer, loss. This time Sandy Edmison topped the Canadians with 13 points with Gaudet dropping 10 in a 57-54 defeat.
The losses mounted as Canada dropped a 65-43 decision at the hands of Brazil. Gaudet took over as high producer with 17 points and Edmison’s sister Abby connected for 15.
The result in game 4 continued Canada’s o-fer tournament as China dominated the women 93-37. Gaudet again led Canadian shooters, but didn’t break double digits as she was halted at 9.
Canada finished out the tournament by facing France on July 29. The French held the Canadian shooters to no more than 8 points in each quarter except the 2nd when Canada put up 11. Les francaise shot to a 66-27 triumph. Carley Lewis was Canada’s leading scorer with 6 points.
Brazil and the US finished the tournament with identical 4-0 records and were scheduled for a showdown at press time.