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Canada captain Jerome waiting for historical moment to sink in

UDINE/CIVIDALE DEL FRIULI (FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup 2017) - Alyssa Jerome is still coming to terms with making history for Canada by landing a bronze medal at the FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup.

The Canada captain had to help pick her team up off the canvas after they were demolished in the Semi-Finals against Russia on Saturday.

That made their 67-60 triumph in the 3rd-Place Game against Japan on Sunday all the more impressive.

"It was a great battle because Japan are a really good team and it was tough for us. We bounced back from the big loss against Russia to show we can be successful in adversity," she said.

"It [the loss to Russia] was such a disappointment and we're glad we could recover and end in this way. But, we got the job done and it has been a great journey for all of us - the players, the coaches and the staff.

"It feels amazing and we're excited that we are playing our part in showing that Canada Basketball are on the rise. It was a great tournament, played in great venues and in a great location."