U.S. hands Canada first loss in Olympic basketball

Gold-medal favourite Americans score 81-51 over Vernon's Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe and Team Canada in Rio.

Vernon's Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe led Canada with eight rebounds in an 81-51 loss to the U.S.A. at the Rio Olympics Friday.

Vernon's Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe led Canada with eight rebounds in an 81-51 loss to the U.S.A. at the Rio Olympics Friday.

Canada suffered its first loss Friday in Group B Olympic women’s basketball action in Rio, dropping an 81-51 decision to the U.S. in a battle of teams who entered the contest 3-0.

The Americans beat Canada by 40 in a pre-Olympic tune-up match in Connecticut in July.

Vernon’s Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe had six points for Canada and led her team with eight rebounds.

Canada, which has already qualified for the quarterfinals, wraps up preliminary round play Sunday against Spain.

Canadian basketball legend Bev Smith of Salmon Arm is an assistant coach for Team Canada.

Vernon Morning Star