Day 3 in Vannes and Trelaze. The End of the Preliminary Round - Jun 17, 2013
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Turkey - Slovakia 66-48
Turkey claimed the third straight win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They rallied past Slovak Republic to earn the top spot in Group A. Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) stepped up with 12 points to lead the winners. Slovak Republic finished at 1-2 record in the third position in the standings but still made it into the next round. The teams stayed toe to toe throughout the first frame. The scoreboard read 12:12 at the first break [read more]
Turkey - Slovakia 66-48 Turkey claimed the third straight win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They rallied past Slovak Republic to earn the top spot in Group A. Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) stepped up with 12 points to lead the winners. Slovak Republic finished at 1-2 record in the third position in the standings but still made it into the next round. The teams stayed toe to toe throughout the first frame. The scoreboard read 12:12 at the first break. Turkey surged ahead in the second term. They opened the quarter on a 9:0 run to clear off. Turkey ran away to a 32:20 halftime advantage. They maintained it well throughout the third period. Turkey accumulated a 51:38 advantage heading into the fourth frame. The margin quickly grew at 20-point mark midway through the fourth frame and Turkey cruised to the win. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) notched 11 points, while Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) and Bahar Caglar had 10 points each in the win. Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) answered with 10 points for Slovak Republic. Lucia Kupcikova, Eva Kmetova and Romana Vynuchalova had 7 points each in the loss.
Montenegro - Ukraine 72-60 Montenegro earned the second win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They fired past Ukraine in Vannes today to jump at 2-1 record in Group A. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) was pivotal in the victory scoring 29 points, pulling down 6 boards and distributing 4 assists for the winners. Ukraine suffered the third straight loss and finished at the bottom of the standings. Ukraine looked solid in the first ten minutes. They posted a 14:8 lead midway through the starting frame. Ukraine entered the second period up by three points 19:16. But Montenegro opened the second term on an 11:3 rally to surge ahead. Dubrovina and Olexandra Kurasova stopped the rot for Ukraine and gave the lead back to the team. But Jelena Dubljevic capped the half with two free throws to ensure a 31:30 lead for Montenegro. Jelena Dubljevic and Snezana Aleksic took over late in the third term to give the Balkan team a 53:43 advantage. Jovanovic opened a 13-point lead for Montenegro early in the fourth frame. The margin gradually grew at 17-point mark and Montenegro never looked back en route to the victory. Iva Perovanovic (188-C/F-83) finished with 10 points, while Snezana Aleksic added 8 points for the winners. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) responded with 21 points for Ukraine. Olexandra Kurasova had 14 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.
Sweden - Spain 49-73 Spain wins Group B of EuroBasket 2013 with a perfect 3-0 record. The Spanish side overcame Sweden 73:49 in the last game of the Qualifying Stage as both teams advanced to the Second Stage. Not only Sweden needed this victory but only Russia that hoped for the Scandinavian side. Sweden opened the game with 16-12 lead and reached 9-point lead later in the second frame. Spain however looked better in the end of the half and tied the game at 30:30. The second half fully belonged to the Spanish side. The latter won the third period 19-10 and finished the game with massive 24-9 surge. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 17 rebounds, while Alba Torrens nailed 14. Amaya Valdemoro delivered 10 and Marta Xargay scored 8. Frida Eldebrink was the only player for Sweden to score in double figures as she brought 10 points. Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 8, while Louice Halvarsson produced 7.
Russia - Italy 72-66 Russia claimed the first win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They knocked down Azzurri on the final day of the preliminary round but could not guarantee the Second Stage appearance just yet. All depends on the outcome of Sweden vs. Spain now for Russia and Italy. If Sweden wins, Russia will qualify automatically. If Sweden loses that the Azzurri take the place in the next round. Russia had to win by as many as 7 points to secure the next round spot in any case. Russia dominated the opening quarter. They opened a 9-point lead after ten minutes 20:11. The Azzurri stopped the rot in the second term. They narrowed the deficit and trailed by five points at halftime 30:35. Italy went on a 10:0 run early in the third period to surge in front. The teams exchanged the lead for some time before Dotto capped the quarter with a jumper and gave Italy a 47:46 lead. Russia went on a 10:0 rally early in the fourth term to spur ahead. Petrakova and Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) opened an 8-point lead for Russia with under three minutes remaining 65:57. Petrakova then hit a three-pointer to make it an 11-point game. But Dotto and Kathrin Ress capped the regulation with four consecutive points and cut the deficit to 6 points. Marina Kuzina (195-C-85, agency: IPSA) connected for 15 points for Russia. Epiphanny Prince added 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) responded with 21 points for Italy. Kathrin Ress had 11 points in the loss.
France - United Kingdom 79-47 France continue their winning streak and win Group C of EuroBasket 2013 with a perfect 3-0 record. The hosts of the tournament overcame Great Britain 79:47 in the last game of the First Stage. Great Britain suffered their first loss and finished the group on the second place with 2-1 record. Both teams entered the game undefeated, but France was the favorite of the campaign. They won the first period 22-16 and added 11-6 in the second period. Moreover the second half also belonged to France. They won the third period 23-17 and then finished the game with a 23-8 surge. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) and Valeriane Ayayi (185-F-94) stepped up with 11 points each, while Edwige Lawson, Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) and Gomis added 10 apiece. Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87, college: Franklin Pierce) answered with 13 points in defeat and Lauren Thomas-Johnson netted 9. Kimberly Butler collected 6 points and 8 rebounds in the losing effort.
Serbia - Latvia 62-56 Serbia celebrated a vital victory over Latvia on the final day of the preliminary action at 2013 EuroBasket Group C. Both teams entered the game having suffered two defeats in the starting two games. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) scored 15 points and helped Serbia gain the victory that allowed them to advance into the Second Stage of the tournament. Serbia grabbed the initiative early in the game. They rolled to a 20:14 lead at the first break. Serbia kept Latvia at distance throughout the second period. They accounted for a 31:24 halftime lead. Babkina pulled Latvia within a single point early in the third term 30:31. But Serbia hung on to escape with a 43:36 lead at the final intermission. Jansone and Babkina erased the deficit midway through the fourth period. They evened things up at 48. However Matic and Jovanovic allowed Serbia to gain some breathing space at 55:50. Kristine Karklina sank four straight free throws to cut it back to one 56:57 with 57 seconds remaining. But Jelena Milovanovic and Rad came up with five free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Serbia. Rad notched 10 points, while Dajana Butulija (176-SG-86, agency: Interperformances) had 9 points in the win. Kristine Karklina answered with 17 points for Latvia. Anete Steinberga had 11 points in the losing effort.
Lithuania - Belarus 72-67 Lithuania opened win count at the 2013 EuroBasket. The Baltic team outgunned Belarus to improve at 1-2 record in Group D. Gabriele Gutkauskaite came up with 15 points to lead the winners. Belarus fell at 2-1 record after the loss. Lithuania eked out a 15:14 lead after ten minutes of action. The teams traded baskets throughout the second term. Lithuania secured a narrow 35:34 halftime lead. But Belarus finally picked up the tempo in the third term. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) and Kress gave Belarus a 41:38 lead. Alexandra Tarasava soon opened a 7-point lead for Belarus. They entered the fourth frame up by four points 55:51. However Lithuania used an 11:0 run midway through the fourth frame to gain a 64:61 advantage. Visgaudaite gave Lithuania a 71:64 advantage with 11 seconds remaining. Trafimava drained a three-pointer but Kamile Nacickaite (180-G-89, college: Drexel) answered with a free throw to seal the win for Lithuania. Mante Kvederaviciute (180-G-90) had 14 points, while Kamile Nacickaite contributed 11 points for the winning side. Alexandra Tarasava answered with 16 points for Belarus. Maryia Papova chipped in 13 points in the loss.
Czech Republic - Croatia 74-68 Czech Republic edge Croatia as both teams advance to the Second Stage. Czech Republic posted a 74:68 win and finished with 2-1 record. Croatia meanwhile ended up with 1-2 record in the third place having a win against Lithuania. Czech Republic started with 24-20 and added 13-12 rally in the second period. Moreover the Czechs grabbed a bigger lead due to 21-14 in the third quarter. Croatia managed to reply with a 22-16 rally and reduced to final 6 points. Katerina Hindrakova top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Veronika Bortelova as well as Michaela Zrustova (186-F-87) posted 12 each. Tereza Peckova (189-F-87) ended up with 9 points in the win. Iva Sliskovic and Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) replied with 13 points in defeat, while Antonija Misura followed them with 11 points. Jelena Ivezic delivered 10 points in a loss.
Russia packs home. No Eurobasket medals since year 1997 - Jun 17, 2013
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Russia has to stop their tradition of the Eurobasket pedestal. The team will have to pack home as they could not make it to the Second Stage. Last time Russia came back without medals was in year 1997.
Tonight Russia claimed the first win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They knocked down Azzurri on the final day of the preliminary round but could not make it to the Second Stage. All depended on the outcome of Sweden vs. Spain. Sweden lost to Spain and Azzurri took the place in the next round [read more]
Russia has to stop their tradition of the Eurobasket pedestal. The team will have to pack home as they could not make it to the Second Stage. Last time Russia came back without medals was in year 1997. Tonight Russia claimed the first win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They knocked down Azzurri on the final day of the preliminary round but could not make it to the Second Stage. All depended on the outcome of Sweden vs. Spain. Sweden lost to Spain and Azzurri took the place in the next round. Russia had to win by as many as 7 points to secure the next round spot in any case. Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers)'s effort was not enough for Russia. The absence of Abrosimova, Stepanova, Danilochkina and Arteshina cost a lot for the National Team.
Turkey - Montenegro 66-57
Turkey claimed the second straight win at the EuroBasket 2013. They overcame a slow start to knock down Montenegro for 2-0 record atop of preliminary Group A. Montenegro slipped at 1-1 record. Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) and Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80) notched 12 points each for the winners. Montenegro opened the game with a 12-0 run. Nevriye Yilmaz scored the first points for Turkey after 5 minutes of silence, but then Iva Perovanovic increased to 15-2 lead [read more]
Turkey - Montenegro 66-57 Turkey claimed the second straight win at the EuroBasket 2013. They overcame a slow start to knock down Montenegro for 2-0 record atop of preliminary Group A. Montenegro slipped at 1-1 record. Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) and Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80) notched 12 points each for the winners. Montenegro opened the game with a 12-0 run. Nevriye Yilmaz scored the first points for Turkey after 5 minutes of silence, but then Iva Perovanovic increased to 15-2 lead. Canitez scored 5 in a row for 15:7, while Nevriye Yilmaz reduced to 6 points. Dubljevic scored two free throws for 17:9 and Tugba Palazoglu later closed the first period at 21:12. Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored the first five points for Montenegro in the second frame, but Hollingsworth and Caglar scored for 26:16. Esmeral Tuncluer reduced to 28:20, while the teams later could not score for a decent amount of time. Tugba Palazoglu nailed three to break the silence at 28:23 and then Ivegin closed a 9-0 Turkish run for 29:28 at the halftime. Jovanovic and Jelena Skerovic put Montenegro in front at the start of the second half. But not for long though. Turkey quickly regained the lead and capped the third term on a 12:2 rally to post a 47:38 lead. Tugba Palazoglu stretched the lead to 11 points midway through the fourth frame. Jelena Skerovic pulled the Balkan team within six points 55:61 but Turkey calmly rallied to the victory in the dying seconds. Nevriye Yilmaz accounted for 10 points for the winning side. Jelena Skerovic answered with 16 points and 9 assists for Montenegro. Iva Perovanovic had 17 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.
Slovakia - Ukraine 75-68 Slovak Republic registered the first victory at the EuroBasket. They outscored Ukraine to improve at 1-1 record in Group A. Ukraine suffered the second straight loss to remain at the bottom of the ladder. Slovak Republic opened the game with a 4-0 run, but then Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) tied it all at 10:10. Dubrovina and again Alina Iagupova gave Ukraine 18:12 lead, while Matsko nailed three for 26:18. Dorogobuzova made two free throws for 28:20 at the end of the first period, but then Slovak Republic took control of the game. Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) tied the game at 31:31 and Slovakia erupted for 24-9 surge to take 44:37 at the halftime. Slovak Republic maintained the lead throughout the third term. They held Ukraine to 14 points in the period and ensured a 10-point lead heading into the fourth stanza. Slovak Republic led by as many as 12 points midway through the fourth term. But Zaritska scored six points in a row and Mircheva added two more as Ukraine got within 4 points 66:70 with under four minutes remaining. Tetemondova answered with a timely three-pointer to calm things down a bit. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) made it 75:68 for Slovak Republic with just under two minutes remaining and the teams went scoreless in the reminder of the contest. Klaudia Lukacovicova provided 23 points and 9 boards for Slovak Republic. Lucia Kupcikova added 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Alina Iagupova answered with 17 points but committed 8 turnovers for Ukraine. Olexandra Kurasova had 12 points in the loss.
Russia - Sweden 57-68 Sweden registered the first win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They defeated Russia to improve at 1-1 record in Group B. Ashley Key (177-G-85, college: N.Carolina St.) came up with 14 points to lead the Scandinavian side. Russia found themselves in an unexpected winless position at the bottom of the ladder 0-2. They must win against Italy tomorrow to stay in the title chase. Russia looked comfortable in the opening quarter. They gained an 18:14 lead at the first break. But Sweden did not allow their opponents to clear off. The Scandinavian team opened the second term on an 8:0 run to take a 22:18 lead. Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) came up with eight straight points for Russia late in the half to give them a 34:31 lead. But Sweden started the third term strong to regain the advantage. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) helped Sweden to a 51:41 lead late in the third term. Elisabeth Egnell opened the fourth frame with four consecutive points as Sweden grabbed a 55:41 lead. Soon Elisabeth Egnell provided the Scandinavians with a 65:49 advantage. Russia capped the regulation with six points in a row but could not avoid the loss at the end. Frida Eldebrink notched 12 points and 8 rebounds, while Elisabeth Egnell and Louice Halvarsson finished with 10 points apiece in the win. Epiphanny Prince responded with 16 points for Russia. Nadezhda Grishaeva had 11 points in the loss.
Italy - Spain 59-71 Spain grabbed the second consecutive victory at the 2013 EuroBasket in France. They overcame Italy for 2-0 record in Group B. Italy fell at 1-1 record after the loss. The teams went neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. Spain eked out a 15:13 lead after ten minutes. They broke through in the second frame. Spain used an 8:0 run to give Spain a 33:19 lead. They posted a comfortable 37:23 halftime advantage. Gil gave Spain a 19-point lead midway through the third term 51:32. Misciadri and Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) hit back-to-back three-pointers to narrow the gap. Giorgia Sottana capped the third term with a jumper to cut the deficit at 13-point mark. Giorgia Sottana and Fassina allowed Italy to get within 7 points 51:58 with under five minutes remaining. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) hit a pair of free throws and Amaya Valdemoro hit a triple as Spain got away with a comfortable win. Sancho Lyttle finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds to pace Spain. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) added 15 points, while Amaya Valdemoro added 12 points in the win. Giorgia Sottana answered with 13 points for Italy. Francesca Dotto had 12 points in the loss.
France - Serbia 76-32 France breezed to the second straight victory at the 2013 EuroBasket. The hosts demolished Serbia to stay undefeated in Group C. Gaelle Skrela (178-G-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 14 points to pace the winners. Serbia suffered the second straight loss and would have to win against Latvia on the final day of the preliminary round to stay in the title race. France gave no chance to Serbia. Les Bleus were assertive right from tip off. They cleared off to a 20:8 lead after ten minutes of action. Serbia found it difficult to deliver on the offensive end as France kept on running away in the second frame. Les Bleus ensured a 38:15 halftime advantage. More to come in the third term. Les Bleus did not slow down as they gained a comfortable 30-point lead at the final intermission. Les Bleus finished off their opponents with a massive 21:7 run in the fourth frame. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) netted 10 points, while Celine Dumerc added 10 for the winning side. Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) responded with 15 points for Serbia. Tamara Radocaj had 8 points in the loss.
United Kingdom - Latvia 69-56 Great Britain confirmed their impressive form at the start of 2013 EuroBasket. They outgunned Latvia to improve at 2-0 record in Group C. Latvia in the meantime slipped at 0-2. Kimberly Butler stepped up with 14 points and 9 rebounds before fouling out. Great Britain capped the first period with 9 points in a row to take a 16:10 lead. Clark opened a double-digit lead for Great Britain midway through the second term 29:19. Latvia bridged two halves with a 9:0 rally to cut the deficit at 2-point mark 30:32. Ieva Krastina made it 37:36 for Latvia midway through the third quarter. However Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87, college: Franklin Pierce) and Kimberly Butler helped Great Britain regain a 48:43 lead at the final break. Collins and Thomas-Johnson made it 59:48 for Great Britain midway through the fourth period. They kept Latvia at distance throughout the reminder of the contest and recorded a well-deserved win at the end. Johannah Leedham provided 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Azania Stewart added 9 points for the winning side. Ieva Krastina responded with 12 points for Latvia. Anete Steinberga and Liene Jansone had 11 points apiece in the loss.
Czech Republic - Lithuania 70-51 Czech Republic rejuvenated their 2013 EuroBasket campaign with a key victory over Lithuania. Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) posted 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners at 1-1 record in Group D. Lithuania fell at 0-2 record after the loss. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the opening frame 14:14. But Czech Republic went on a 9:0 run early in the second period to take a 30:16 lead. They dominated every facet of the game at the moment and rallied to a 39:22 halftime lead. Veronika Bortelova (172-G-78) and Hindrakova gave Czech Republic a 20-point advantage early in the third period. They maintained it throughout the reminder of the quarter to enjoy a 53:31 buffer heading into the fourth frame. The margin grew at 24-point mark before Czech Republic allowed their opponents to cut the deficit at 19-point at the end of the game. Veronika Bortelova and Ilona Burgrova chipped in 13 points apiece for the winners. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) responded with 13 points for Lithuania. Kamile Nacickaite had 12 points in the losing effort.
Croatia - Belarus 43-57 Belarus achieve second straight win at EuroBasket 2013. The team posted a 57:43 win over Croatia in the first game of Day 2. Katerina Snytsina and Sliskovic exchanged the early baskets in the game and then Ivezic nailed three for 9:9 in the opening tip. Veremeenko and Kress posted the last 4 points in the first period for 15:13 lead after 10 minutes. The teams exchanged the lead again and then Murauskaya tied it all at 22:22. Vrdoljak and Lelas meanwhile were perfect from the arc for 28:26 at the halftime. The third quarter was decisive in the game when Belarus erupted with an 18-7 surge. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) scored for 44:33, while Antonija Misura (178-F-88, agency: 1x1 Sports) closed the quarter for 44:35. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) opened the last period for 11-point lead and Lichtarovich increased to 48:35. Antonija Misura scored back-to back baskets for 50:41 while Yelena Leuchanka increased the lead back to 11 points. Kress scored for 55:41 with less than two minutes to go and then Papova made the final score in the game. Yelena Leuchanka top-scored for the winners with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Tatsiana Likhtarovich nailed 12 and Katerina Snytsina brought 11. Antonija Misura, Matea Vrdoljak and Jelena Ivezic scored 8 points each in the losing effort.
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