Kalisha Keane Leads Team Canada at 2009 World University Games
July 1, 2009
Michigan State women's basketball rising junior Kalisha Keane (Ajax, Ontario) is representing Canada at the 2009 World University Games on July 1-12 in Belgrade, Serbia. Keane is one of 11 student-athletes on the squad made of up both Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) and Canadian-born NCAA players. In addition to Keane, two other NCAA student-athletes made the team - Vermont's Courtney Pilypaitis and Delaware's Vanessa Kabongo.
Keane is making her fourth appearance on Team Canada, having also represented her home country at the 2009 FIBA U21 World Championships, 2006 U20 FIBA Americas Qualifier and 2004 World Qualification Tournament.
Friday, July 10
Team Canada concluded play at the 2009 World University Games today, beating Mozambique, 83-65, to finish 15th. Keane was second on the team with 13 points, going 4-of-8 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line. She also added five rebounds, a tournament-best five steals and a block.
For the tournament, Keane led Team Canada in scoring with 12.0 points per game, finishing with a 44.3% (31-of-70) field goal percentage and an 89.5% (17-of-19) mark from the free throw line. She also led the team with 2.0 steals, was second with 1.9 assists and fifth with 5.1 rebounds during the seven games. Over her final five games, Keane had a 12-to-3 assists-to-turnover ratio.
Wednesday, July 8
Team Canada fell to Turkey, 104-81 today and will wrap up the 2009 World University Games on Friday at 5:30 p.m. (11:30 a.m. ET) against Mozambique in the 15th-place game. Keane has another solid game, finishing second on the team with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field. She also led the team with four assists (only one turnover) and grabbed four rebounds. Keane also hit all four of her free throw attempts.
Monday, July 6
Team Canada won its first game at the 2009 World University Games, topping Mozambique, 76-58. Keane had seven points, led the team in assists again with three (with no turnovers), pulled down five rebounds and posted three steals. She was 3-of-10 from the field and hit her lone free throw attempt. Team Canada will now play Turkey on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. (11:30 a.m. ET) in the 13th-16th place bracket.
Sunday, July 5
Team Canada lost a close game to Hungary, 81-79 in the consolation bracket. Keane had seven points, a team-best three assists, two steals and a rebound in the loss. She shot 3-of-8 from the field. Team Canada will face Mozambique on Monday at 3 p.m. (9 a.m. ET).
Friday, July 3
Team Canada finished its competition in Group B today with an 80-50 loss to Australia. Keane, who battled foul trouble, scored eight points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field, including 1-of-2 from 3-point range. She also added two rebounds and two assists in the loss. Team Canada will face Hungary in the consolation bracket on Sunday at 8 p.m. (2 p.m. ET).
Thursday, July 2
Team Canada dropped its second game in as many days, falling to Japan, 90-78. However, Keane posted a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds, both team-highs. She shot 8-of-15 from the field and went 4-of-4 from the line in the loss. Keane also added two steals and a block. Team Canada will wrap up Group B play tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. (6:30 a.m. ET) against Australia.
Wednesday, July 1
Team Canada opened pool play at the 2009 World University Games with a 85-79 loss to Slovakia. Keane was second on the team with 14 points, shooting 5-of-10 from the field, including 1-of-3 from behind the arc, and hit all three of her free throw attempts. She also added seven rebounds, third on the team, and one steal. Team Canada will face Japan tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. (6:30 a.m. ET).
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