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Wales beats Azerbaijan in Luxembourg - Jul 11, 2008

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Wales - Azerbaijan 49:31

Welsh National Team celebrated a comfortable win over Azerbaijan in the lower playoffs at the European championship in Division C. Wales will now play against Scotland for the 5th spot tomorrow. Azerbaijan will fight for the 7th overall spot in the game versus Gibraltar. The teams entered the game trading baskets with neither side able to clear off. Alisultanova kept Azerbaijan ahead for some time. Wagstaff and Trott teamed up for 6 points in a row and Wales jumped ahead but Azerbaijan had the last laugh in the quarter. Musayeva and Biryuchkova scored 5 points and Azerbaijan led 14:13 at the end of the first frame. Yalland nailed a bunch of freebies early in the second stanza to regain the lead for Welsh side. Wales limited Azerbaijan to just 5 points in the second quarter and spurred ahead 23:19 at the interval. Jennings and Short gave Wales a 12-point advantage midway through the third frame. But Azerbaijan refused to surrender. Shimichenko and Zycova cut the difference to only 6 points late in the quarter. Shimichenko then nailed her second triple of the game and the margin was narrowed to a single point. But Trott, Jennings and Wagstaff crowned the period with 8 consecutive points and Wales led by 9 points heading into the final quarter. Wagstaff and Jennings made it a 46:31 game early in the fourth. Azerbaijan simply collapsed over the final minutes as they failed to score in the quarter and suffered a bitter loss. Rebecca Short nailed 14 points and pulled down 9 boards to lead Wales. Sarah Wagstaff provided 12 points in a winning case. Yana Shimichenko answered with 9 points for Azerbaijan.

Wales: Rebecca Short 14, Sarah Wagstaff 12, Kasey Jennings 7
Azerbaijan: Yana Shimichenko 9, Anastasiya Biryuchkova 6   

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