Representing your country on the national stage is a dream come true for most student-athletes. This month, All-Canadian Ceejay Nofuente is representing Canada on the hardwood, as she competes at the Taipei 2017 29th Summer Universiade.
Follow along as she writes about her experience in Taipei and playing for Canada Basketball.
# 8 - Game 6 vs. Czech Republic
#7 - Day off to Elephant Mountain
#6 - Game 5 vs. USA
#5 - Game 4 vs. Taipei
#4 - Game 3 vs Japan
"The REMATCH we've all been waiting for. Before the FISU games, we took a trip to Tokyo, Japan for a 4 Nations Tournament which included Canada, Australia, USA, and Japan and faced everyone in exhibition matches.
Despite losing all three exhibition games, we were able to establish our identity as a team, once we knew our strengths and weaknesses as a unit.
Anyways, facing Japan in our final pool game was on everyone's mind.
We started off the game great, leading after the first quarter 20-18; however, Japan had figured a way to get back in the game and took over the lead heading into halftime up seven.
Although we were down, we knew we weren't out just yet, it was still a single digit game. Multiple turnovers and extra chances allowed Team Japan to stretch its lead to almost 20 points. We pushed and we fought but couldn't make it out in the end and lost the game 85-65.
The tournament isn't over yet, just a different road to the medal round. Continue to stay posted to see how far we go on this journey."
Boxscore can be found here.
Nofuente's stat line: 14 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists in 25 minutes
#3 - Game 2 vs Korea
"After coming off a great win versus Portugal, we then had our second game versus Korea, which we knew wasn't going to be a walk in the park. We knew the game plan, we knew what had to be done, and we were ready for business.
The first half of the game we had a strong lead of 38-13, which resulted in everyone touches in the game. We finished the game with a score of 79-42 to help give us the automatic entry into the playoffs."
Boxscore can be found here.
Nofuente's stat line: 6 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists in 22 minutes
#2 - Game 1 vs Portugal
Fast forwarding to game time, we had started off slow which had us trailing at halftime by six points.
We then picked up the momentum at the onset of the third quarter, outscoring Portugal 22-8, with a score of 44-36 for Canada after 30 minutes.
We held Portugal to 17 points in the second half which helped us win the game with
Such an incredible experience was made even better with a victory in our first game."
#1 - Opening Ceremony
With over 11,000 athletes and 141 countries present, there was a sense of connection built through the power of sport. We couldn't be thankful enough to the spectators at the Taipei Arena for all the love and cheers they were giving to us as we entered the arena along with the other countries.
In addition to the march, the cultural performances that took place were beautiful to witness and to see all the effort and work that had been put into these opening ceremonies was a such a tremendous honour.
Stay tuned and continue to support me along my FISU games journey for game updates and pictures!"