Canada, Henderson to face USA for FIBA 18U Women’s AmeriCup gold medal

Taliyah Henderson manuevers past a defender from Brazil in the FIBA 18U Women’s AmeriCup semifinals at Colombia (FIBA photo)

Canada, with Salpointe senior Taliyah Henderson as one of its starters, will face USA on Sunday night for the championship of the FIBA 18U AmeriCup at the Coliseo Bicentenario in Bucaramanga, Colombia.

Canada defeated Brazil 85-46 and USA beat Argentina 109-32 in the semifinal round Saturday.

Canada and USA are each 5-0 in the event that started Monday. The championship game is at 6:10 p.m., Tucson time.

Salpointe senior Taliyah Henderson cheers on her Canadian teammates during their win over Brazil in the FIBA 18U Women’s AmeriCup semifinal round (FIBA photo)

Henderson, a 6-foot-1 versatile player who is rated the No. 21 Class of 2025 prospect in the nation by ESPN, had five points and six rebounds in Canada’s win over Brazil.

She is averaging 9.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in her initial experience with international basketball, representing Canada for the first time.

By advancing to at least the semifinals of the AmeriCup, Canada qualifies for the FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup next year. Henderson will likely be part of that team.

Her stats through the first five games of the AmeriCup:

6/19Dominican Republic216-102-32-56316
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