Former Ute Gaucher Doesn’t Play As Canada Falls To Serbia

Jul 26, 2021, 4:46 AM

SAITAMA, JAPAN: Jelena Brooks #9 of Team Serbia celebrates with teammates Tina Krajisnik #33 (left)...

SAITAMA, JAPAN: Jelena Brooks #9 of Team Serbia celebrates with teammates Tina Krajisnik #33 (left) and Aleksandra Crvendakic #11 (right) after defeating Team Canada in the Women's Preliminary Round Group A game on day three of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on July 26, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

SAITAMA, Japan —  Sonja Vasic scored 16 points and Ana Dabovic keyed a late run to help Serbia beat Canada 72-68 in the Olympic women’s basketball opener for both teams. Former University of Utah star Kim Gaucher didn’t see the floor.

With the game tied at 58, Serbia scored nine of the next 11 points to take control.

Dabovic was involved on all of them, hitting two 3-pointers and also having a nifty backwards pass over her head as she was driving the lane to a wide-open Aleksandra Crvendakic in the corner, who made another 3. Canada was able to get within two, but could get no closer. Nirra Fields finished with 19 points to lead Canada.

Gaucher (nee Smith) played for the Utes from 2002-06, and is the school’s career leader in points scored, and also ranks in the top-10 all-time for career rebounds. Her #4 jersey currently hangs in the rafters in the Huntsman Center.

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Former Ute Gaucher Doesn’t Play As Canada Falls To Serbia