The host nation will play for the Gold Medal at the 2014 Women's World Wheelchair Basketball Championship. The Canadians earned their place in the tournament finale with a gutsy come-from-behind 75-74 victory over the Netherlands.
The win secures Canada a seventh-straight podium appearance at this event.
The game opened with a flurry of activity as both sides looked to gain an early advantage. A close opening period saw Team Netherlands come away sporting a slim 20-16. Team Canada responded in the second to briefly go ahead, but the Dutch answered to take the frame by two and push the gap to 40-34 at halftime.
A resilient Canadian side came out in the third with a sturdy defensive effort. The team held the Netherlands to 12 points while tallying 17 to pull within one. Down 52-51 to open the final frame, Team Canada pieced together a quick 8-2 run to build a five-point advantage, but the Dutch answered to keep the game close.
The tight contest -- which never featured a lead larger than eight -- came down to the game's final moments. A Cher Korver basket with just under ten seconds left put the Netherlands ahead 74-73. After taking the inbounds pass, Katie Harnock sent it across to Janet McLachlan who potted her 12th field goal of the game with 0.8 seconds remaining to complete the comeback.
Following the thriller, Harnock of Elmira, Ont. commented on Canada's mindset in the match. "I think we always just believed it would come together for us. I've said it a few times, this is the best I think we've ever played. All of us are really hitting our stride and even when they were up by four or six, there was never a feeling that they could take it away from us. There was always a belief we could bring it back."
Vancouver, B.C. native McLachlan led the Red and White by notching 25 points, corralling 18 rebounds and collecting seven assists. Harnock added 22 points, six rebounds and five helpers. Cindy Ouellet finished with a double-double of 16 points and 14 assists, marking the third time the Quebec City, Que. product has established a new personal best in assists in this tournament. Inge Huitzing had a game-high 33 points for the Netherlands, while Mariska Beijer contributed 28 points and 10 rebounds.
The winner of the second semifinal match between Germany and Team USA will face Canada for the gold medal in tomorrow's afternoon affair; tip-off is slated for 3 p.m. The loser will take-on the Netherlands for the bronze medal at 1 p.m.