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Tokyo Olympics: Canada Women's National Team falls to Spain, awaits other results to see if they advance

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Kia Nurse, Astou Ndour [Getty Images]

The Canada Women's National Team lost a tough one to Spain, 76-66, to fall to 1-2 in the Group Stage of the Tokyo Olympics.

Although it felt like a must-win game, because a win would have solidified a spot in the Quarter-Finals, Canada's medal hopes are still alive if things fall in their favour.

For more on the game and what's next for Canada, we have you covered with takeaways below.

Spain's Astou Ndour's dominance continues

Spain's Ndour has been the most unstoppable player at the Tokyo Olympics.

The 6-foot-6 center has had her way in every game she's played, averaging an Olympics-best 22.7 points per game - more than six full points per game than the next-closest player. Her 10.0 rebounds per game are also the second-most in the tournament, asserting her dominance with two 20-point double-doubles in three games.

This game was no different than the first two for Ndour, who finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds on an efficient 9-for-11 shooting from the field. She was also stellar on defence with three steals and two blocks, making her impact felt all over the floor.

Behind Ndour's performance, Spain advanced to a perfect 3-0 to win Group A.

Canada's shooting struggles

Canada couldn't get much to fall in this one, shooting 24-for-64 (37.5%) from the field as a team. While they did knock down 45.5 percent of their 3-pointers (5-11 3FG), the free throw line was unkind to the Canadians, shooting 13-for-19 (68.4%) for the game.

Kia Nurse led the team in scoring with 14 points, but her inefficiency continued, shooting 4-for-10 from the field. She has been Canada's leading scorer at the Olympics, averaging 13.0 points per game, but she has shot 33.3 percent from the field for the tournament.

Natalie Achonwa joined her in double figures with 11 points but she also shot 3-for-10 from the field, struggling to get shots to drop. Achonwa continued to stuff the stat sheet the way she has the whole tournament, though, adding six rebounds, two assists and two steals. She is averaging 8.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game through the Group Stage.

What's next?

With Canada falling to 1-2, they will have to await the results of other contests to know if they will advance to the Quarter-Finals. While they are out of contention of a top-two finish in their group, they can still claim one of the two Wild Card spots available, which will come down to point differential.

Canada's point differential of +7 places them in a favourable position to advance, but with the other two groups still having one game to play, things could change.

In Group B, Japan (1-1, -13 point differential) and France (1-1, +21) are still jockeying for second place. France has a tough matchup against the group-leading United States, while Japan faces last-place Nigeria. The team that doesn't finish in the top-two of this group is likely to claim one of the two Wild Card spots.

In Group C, Belgium and China are both 2-0 and will advance to the Quarter-Finals, but Australia (0-2, -17) are still a threat to claim one of the two Wild Card spots. They face off against Puerto Rico (0-2, -77) with an opportunity to pull off a 25-point win to swipe one of the Wild Card spots from Canada.

For Canada, all eyes will be on that Australia-Puerto Rico game for a chance to advance to the Quarter-Finals.

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