Canada into women's World Cup semis for 1st time since 1986

No one on Canada's roster was alive when it last won a World Cup medal. Now, Canada needs one victory to earn a medal for the first time since 1986.

On Thursday, a balanced Canada team beat Puerto Rico 79-60 in the quarterfinals. Kia Nurse led the way with 17 points.

“It's really special,” Nurse said. “It's been a work in progress for us and we all felt the disappointments. Quarterfinals have been our downfall for a long time and to be able to get over that hump.

I think our country is continuing to get really excited about basketball in the grassroots programs and this is just the start of what we can accomplish.”

On Friday, they will play the U.S., who beat Serbia 88-55.

“It’s always our goal to win a quarterfinal and make it to the semifinals. The medal rounds is where we want to be,” Canada's Bridget Carleton said.

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