The Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team, featuring Kamloops’ Jessica Vliegenthart, dumped Mexico 74-53 in a consolation game at the Paralympic Games in London on Thursday.
The victory means Canada will play China for fifth place today. Canada, which lost a quarterfinal to the U.S., finished fifth at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing.
Canada was once again led by Vancouver’s Janet McLachlan, who had 24 points and 13 rebounds for her sixth double-double in as many games.
Vliegenthart, 29, played an even 20 minutes in the victory, making the only shot she tried — a two-pointer — and also grabbing two rebounds and earning one assist.
Australia will meet Germany in today’s final. The Aussies beat the U.S., 40-39 in a semifinal, while Germany defeated the Netherlands 49-46 in the other.