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Azerbaijan loses European championship in Division C opener - Jul 7, 2008

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Azerbaijan - Andorra 35:67

Azerbaijan and Andorra opened the European championship in Division C held in Luxembourg today. The teams got into preliminary Group A together with Luxembourg and Gibraltar. Andorra marked their dominance early on. They began the game with a 7:0 run. Azerbaijan posted their first points with almost three minutes gone in the quarter. Meira and Mun combined for the first 15 points from Andorra as they grabbed a 15:6 advantage midway through the first period. Zycova and Iskakova dropped 4 points for Azerbaijan early in the second period to cut the deficit. However Mun and Meira soon made it a 20-point advantage for Andorra. Iskakova capped the first half with a jumper and Azerbaijan trailed 19:38 at halftime. The teams scored just 16 points in the third stanza and Andorra enjoyed a 21-point buffer before the final stanza. Andorra easily kept their opponents at bay throughout the fourth frame and celebrated an impressive victory at the end. Mun and Meira led all scorers with 18 points apiece for Andorra. Pla and Hernandez had 11 points each in a win. Iskakova answered with 8 points and 5 steals for Azerbaijan. Zycova had 7 points and 9 boards in defeat. Andorra will next take on Luxembourg, while Azerbaijan will try to bounce back against Gibraltar.

Azerbaijan: Dinariya Iskakova 8, Yulia Zycova 7
Andorra: Nadia Mun 18, Patricia Meira 18, Alba Pla 11, Jennifer Hernandez 11  

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