Justine Colley had 11 points and delivered in the clutch to help Canada’s women’s basketball team kick off the World University Games on a winning note.
Colley, an East Preston native who stars for the Saint Mary’s Huskies, finished second in team scoring in a 52-50 win over Poland in Shenzhen, China, yesterday.
The 20-year-old guard scored five consecutive points in the game’s dying minutes to turn a 48-45 deficit into a 50-48 lead.
“The seas parted in the lane, and I was told by our coaches in that situation to make something happen,” Colley said of her drive to the hoop for the game’s go-ahead points.
“We weren’t executing well throughout the game offensively, but we were able to pull together down the stretch and finish.”
Colley, a first-team all-Canadian last season with a nation-leading 25.8 points per game average went five for seven from the free throw line and had four rebounds and three assists.
Canada, 1-0, is back in action today against Russia.
A win will advance the squad to the quarter-finals.