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Natalie Achonwa Bridget Carleton Canada Basketball WNBA

TORONTO — Canada’s women’s basketball practice ended on Friday with a halfcourt shooting contest.

Natalie Achonwa put $20 on the line. Her Minnesota Lynx teammate Bridget Carleton hit the winner, running down the court with arms outstretched in celebration.

The fact Achonwa and Carleton are at Canada’s training camp at all, during the WNBA’s brief all-star break, speaks volumes about the two veterans’ commitment to the national program.

“Natalie and I talked about it. Canada Basketball has been our priority,” said Carleton. “The WNBA schedule is so demanding, and we don’t get a lot of time with the (national) team. So any chance we do get, we want to take advantage of the time we have together to come here.

“(All-star) is our only break throughout the season. But it’s worth it.”

Added Achonwa: “We had a game on Wednesday and then Bridget I flew here. So practice yesterday, practice…


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