Round Two of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications - Jun 16, 2012
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Israel - Ukraine 73-58 Israel celebrated the first win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They fired past Ukraine at home court in the opener. Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) unleashed 28 points and dished out 6 assists to lead the winners. Israel cleared off in the opening quarter. The hosts held Ukraine to 10 points to take a 7-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Israel arrived at halftime up by 7 points 35:28. Neither side was able to dominate in the third quarter. The scoreboard read 49:42 at the final break. Israel delivered 24 points in the final stanza and left Ukraine afar to rally to the victory. Katia Levitsky (190-PF-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) knocked down 11 points and grabbed 10 boards for the hosts. Alina Iagupova (186-G-92, agency: LBM Management) answered with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Ukraine. Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) had 12 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
Portugal - Belarus 53-82 Belarus celebrated the second straight win at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They toppled Portugal on the road in Group A. Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebound to lead the winners. Belarus secured a stunning start. They unloaded 28 points in the opening quarter to build a 12-point lead. Belarus limited their opponents to 10 points in the second frame to accumulate a 45:26 halftime lead. Belarus maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They piled up a 27-point lead with ten minutes remaining. Belarus never slowed down in the final term and rallied to the victory at the end. Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85, agency: LBM Management) accounted for 11 points, while Zhanna Horodetskaya and Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) provided 9 points each in the win. Sofia Silva (187-C-90) answered with 12 points for Portugal. Carla Nascimento provided 11 points in the loss.
Poland - Estonia 77-52 Poland tipped off their 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying campaign with victory. They overcame Estonia in Krosno tonight in the opener. Izabela Piekarska (196-C-85, college: UTEP) scored 14 points to pace the home team. Poland set the tone early in the game. They outscored Estonia 23:10 in the first quarter. Poland kept their opponents at bay throughout the second quarter. The hosts arrived at halftime up by 17 points 36:19. Estonia could not recover in the second half. They allowed Poland to stretch the lead to 20 points with one quarter remaining. Poland did not slow down rolling to a confident win at the end. Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) delivered 11 points, while Magdalena Losi (173-F-80, agency: Promotex), Weronika Idczak, Martyna Koc, Szott had 8 points each in the win. Kerttu Jallai (180-F-90, agency: Regeneracom Sports) reacted with 11 points for Estonia. Kati Rausberg provided 9 points in the loss.
Switzerland - Montenegro 67-82 Montenegro eased to the second win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualification Round. They shot down Switzerland to improve at 2-0 record on top of Group B. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) knocked down 29 points and distributed 8 assists to lead the winners. Switzerland fell at 1-1 record after the loss. Montenegro proved the strength in the opening quarter. The Balkan team gained a 27:13 lead at the first intermission. The Swiss team stopped the rot in the second frame. The hosts cut the deficit at 8-point mark at the interval 37:45. Montenegro however regained control in the third term. They dropped 23 points in the quarter to extend the lead to as many as 12 points. Montenegro limited the hosts to 11 points in the fourth frame and sealed the victory at the end. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) notched 24 points, while Milica Jovanovic (189-F/C-89) added 11 points in the winning case. Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) answered with 19 points for Switzerland. Karen Twehues had 17 points in the loss.
Slovakia - Belgium 64-49 Slovak Republic successfully starts EuroBasket Qualification in Group C. The team overcame Belgium 64:49 in Kosice for 1-0 record. The latter meanwhile fell at 0-2 record. Both teams nailed 21 points in the opening period and Vynuchalova opened the second frame for 23:21. She scored another 5 points for 29:25, while Erin Marie Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) brought 37:30. Katarina Tetemondova (188-F/C-88) later closed the half from the free throw for 8-point advantage. Slovak Republic added 12-9 in the third frame for 50:39 and Kupcikova scored for 52:42 early in the fourth. The hosts won the period 14-10 and celebrated their first victory. Jalcova paced all the winners with 14 points and Erin Marie Lawless added 13. Vynuchalova posted 8, while Kupcikova chipped in with 7. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management) replied with 11 points in defeat and Strubbe posted 10.
Slovenia - Lithuania 79-68 Slovenia registered the second straight win at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down Lithuania in Kranjska Gora to improve at 2-0 record on top of Group C. Teja Oblak (171-G-90) orchestrated the victory scoring 19 points for the hosts. Slovenia opened the game aggressively. They knocked down 25 points in the first frame to take a 3-point lead. Lithuania quickly denied the deficit. They held the home side to 12 points in the period to level things up at 37. Slovenia adjusted defence in the third term. They held the Baltic team to 13 points and surged ahead for a 56:50 lead at the final intermission. Slovenia stayed in charge throughout the fourth quarter and drove to the victory at the end. Maja Erkic posted 13 points, while Nika Baric (169-PG-92) delivered 12 points and 8 assists in the winning effort. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) answered with 22 points and 9 rebounds for Lithuania. Sandra Linkeviciene and Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) banked 10 points apiece in the loss.
Germany - Romania 70-60 Germany starts EuroBasket Women Qualification with the win over Romania. They overcame the opponents 70:60 for 1-0 record. The Romanian side meanwhile fell at 1-1. Germany opened the game with 5 consecutive points and Bar later brought 12:2. Greinacher closed the period at 18:7, while Bar added two for 26:15. Romania started to play better and after 25-18 in the frame trailed only 36:32 at the halftime. They tried really hard but could not come closer to the hosts. Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) brought 55;48 after three quarters and then Menz scored for 63:49. Fikiel and Ancuta Stoenescu (169-G-80, agency: Data Plus Group) were the last players to score for their teams. Bar top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Fikiel netted 13. Breitreiner scored 9, while Richter and Sarah Austmann added 8 apiece. Pavel collected 18 points and 18 rebounds in the losing effort. Ancuta Stoenescu also scored 18 and Marginean notched 16.
Sweden - Spain 78-69 Sweden shock Spain in Sodertalje in Day 2 of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. The Scandinavian team celebrated a surprising 78:69 win for 1-1 records. Sweden scored the first 5 points in the game and Eldebrink brought 17:9. Palau and Elisa Aguilar (177-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: G.Washington) managed to reduce to 20:18 and Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed three for 22:21 early in the second. No matter how hard the guests tried to recover, they could not catch up with the hosts. Eldebrink and Andersson closed the half at 43:35 and then Halvarsson brought 48:37. Nordstrom shock the opponents for 60:42 and Hamilton nailed two for 66:46. Sweden did not mind 10-22 in the last stanza and won the game. Eldebrink top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Halvarsson netted 17. Aili nailed 9, while Andersson posted 8. Amaya Valdemoro replied with 13 points in the losing effort, whilst Cruz and Ble had 11 each.
Luxembourg - Latvia 60-95 Latvia takes 2-0 record in Group E of the EuroBasket Women Qualification. The Baltic side overcame Luxembourg 95:60 for the top position. Luxembourg suffered their second loss in the group. Hetting and Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky) gave the first lead for the hosts, but it was their last one. Tamane later scored for 15:6 and Eibele brought 20:8. It became clear about the winner later in the frame when Steinberga closed it at 29:11. Jansone and Karklina scored for 35:18, while Putnina delivered two for 42:22. Tamane sent the teams to the lockers at 53:27. Latvia also added 24-13 in the third period and did not mind 18-20 in the last stanza. Jansone top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Krastina posted 15. Tamane delivered 11, whilst Horelika and Putnina notched 10 apiece. Nadia Mossong ended up with 16 points in the losing case and Lynn Kauffmann (174-PG-94) added 10.
Greece - Finland 72-49 Finland is upset in Maroussi in the second game of the EuroBasket Women Qualification. The Finnish side lost to Greece 49:72 and fell at 1-1 record. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier) gave the guests their first lead but as it became clear after it was their last one. Greece responded with a 15-0 run and Skiadopoulou later scored for 20:5. Kalentzou nailed three for 30:9 and Dimitrakou made two free throws for 38:16. Katerina Sotiriou (187-F-84, agency: FCM) and Papamichail scored for 50:18 early in the third, while Taru Tuukkanen and Sten reduced to 54:29. Wilson scored for 61:36 and Leino brought 69:44. Lehtoranta was the last to score in defeat as the teams finished the game in Maroussi. Dimitrakou poured in 15 points in the losing effort and Katerina Sotiriou scored 11. Chatzinikolaou and Afroditi Kosma (187-F/C-83) delivered 10 points each in a win. Taru Tuukkanen collected 15 points and 13 rebounds in defeat and Sten nailed 14.
Best Player: Christina Grima (175-G/F-89) of Malta Best Guard: Christina Grima (175-G/F-89) of Malta Best Forward: Ala Gavrilita (182-F/C-83) of Moldova Best Center: Josephine Grima (193-C-84) of Malta 1st Team G/F: Christina Grima (175-G/F-89) of Malta G: Sarah Woods (174-G-88) of Ireland G: Sarah Wagstaff (173-G-86) of Wales F/C: Ala Gavrilita (182-F/C-83) of Moldova C: Josephine Grima (193-C-84) of Malta 2nd Team PG: Claudia Brunet (168-PG-96) of Andorra G: Natalia Burlakova (1... [read more]
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Malta overturned a 10-point halftime deficit to claim gold in Tercentenary Sports Hall. Ireland finished second, Moldova took the bronze. Malta stepped up the defence in the second half of the Final after Ireland had been leading 39-29 at the break, but managed to only&n... [read more]
Malta overturned a 10-point halftime deficit to claim gold in Tercentenary Sports Hall. Ireland finished second, Moldova took the bronze.
Malta stepped up the defence in the second half of the Final after Ireland had been leading 39-29 at the break, but managed to only score 20 more points in the final two quarters. Malta took the lead with a 22-11 third quarter and ran away with it 16-9 in the fourth period to get the 67-59 success.
Claire Rockall (178-G-90, college: Iowa St.) gave Ireland a 55-51 lead with eight minutes to go. Malta answered with an 8-0 run, but could not break the Irish until the final minute of the game. Aine McKenna (165-PG-89) hit a three-pointer to bring Ireland back within three (59-62). Malta's Stephanie De Martino (184-F-93) missed her shot on the ensuing possession, but Sarah Pace (165-PG-88) was in the right place and grabbed the crucial offensive rebound. Ashleigh Vella (185-F-90, college: Idaho St.)'s second-chance points took the game out of Ireland's reach.
De Martino led all scorers with 16 points. Christina Grima (175-G/F-89) finished with 15, while Josephine Grima (193-C-84) and Vella each added 14 points for Malta, who won their first gold at the Championship since 2010.
Ireland took home silver medals for a fourth time, the first three coming from 1989 to 1993. Rockall led the team in scoring with 14 points in the final.
Moldova won the battle for third after a 66-50 triumph against Andorra. Ala Gavrilita (182-F/C-83) (25 points, 11 rebounds) and Natalia Burlacova (23 points, 10 rebounds) were too much to handle for Andorra's defence. Gibraltar finished in fifth, winning their final game 61-47 over sixth-placed Wales.
Ireland and Malta had no trouble in their respective Semi-Finals against Andorra and Moldova. Both teams remained perfect at the tournament ahead of their Sunday showdown. Malta held Moldova under ten points in each of the last three quarters for a 90-30 win. All 12 players got on the score sheet for Malta, but Stephanie De Martino (184-F-93) was the game hero. De Martino almost outscored the whole Moldova team, as she needed less than 19 minutes of play to produce 25 points on 9-of-14 sh... [read more]
Ireland and Malta had no trouble in their respective Semi-Finals against Andorra and Moldova. Both teams remained perfect at the tournament ahead of their Sunday showdown. Malta held Moldova under ten points in each of the last three quarters for a 90-30 win. All 12 players got on the score sheet for Malta, but Stephanie De Martino (184-F-93) was the game hero. De Martino almost outscored the whole Moldova team, as she needed less than 19 minutes of play to produce 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field. Christina Grima (175-G/F-89) and Ashleigh Vella (185-F-90, college: Idaho St.) were also in double figures with ten minutes each. Coach Angela Adamoli gave each player at least ten minutes on the floor, with Grima playing a team-high 22:28 minutes. Ala Gavrilita (182-F/C-83) scored ten of Moldova's 30 points on the night. Ireland also managed to give the starters some rest, as they cruised to an 86-45 success against Andorra. The middle two quarters were key, Ireland winning them by a combined score of 41-15, before taking the foot off the gas in the last ten minutes. Aoife McDermott (185-C-91) collected a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, seven of them being at the offensive end. Grainne Dwyer (180-F-84) and Sarah Woods had 11 points apiece. Claudia Brunet (168-PG-96) was the best performer for Andorra, ending with ten points. Sunday's program will see Gibraltar and Wales in the fifth place game, followed by Andorra and Moldova in the bronze medal match. The 2016 FIBA Women's European Championship for Small Countries will end with a battle of unbeaten teams. Malta last won the title in 2010. Ireland had three consecutive silver medals from 1989 to 1993.
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