Belarus - Israel 69-61 There was no mercy for Israel in Minsk at the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round. Belarus overcame the visiting side 69:61 in Day 3 for a perfect record on top. It was the game for the top position in Group A. The hosts started with 19:18 and led one points at the halftime. Troina and Levitsky exchanged for 34:33 score on the board. Cohen later gave the guests 35:34 lead, while Troina tied the game at 39:39. Anufryienka and Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) closed the period at 54:47 for Belarus. Trafimava and Tarasava scored for 63:54 and Anufryienka brought 65:58. Doron meanwhile was the last to score in the game for the final result. Anastasiya Veremeenko led the way with 20 points and Troina nailed 15. Tarasava delivered 10, while Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) and Haradzetskaya scored 6 each. Cohen finished the game with 17 points in defeat, while Doron posted 16. Levitsky netted 12 and Zairy poured in 9.
Hungary - Portugal 80-45 Hungary wins the initial game in Miskolc at the start of day 3 of the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round. The host overcame Portugal 80:45 as the latter fell at 0-3 record. Narrowly beaten at Belarus in their first game a week ago, Hungary blew away the Portuguese in Group A. They started with 23:12 in the first period and never looked behind after. Portugal bounced back with 13-11 in the second frame as Carla Freitas (170-G-80) closed the half at 34:25. The third quarter became decisive as the hosts erupted with 30-14 burst to take 64:39 advantage. Another 16-6 in the last stanza brought them their first victory in the group. Nagy-Bujdoso top-scored for the inners with 18 points and Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) nailed 17. Honti posted 11, while Horti added 9. Carla Freitas replied with 14 points in the losing effort, while Oliveira and Nascimento poured in 6 apiece.
Montenegro - Poland 59-50 Montenegro pull away from Poland at the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round. The winners improved to 3-0 record on top of Group B after 59:50 win. Poland meanwhile fell at 1-1 record. Montenegro won the opening period 15:8 as Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) made a jump shot. Aleksic nailed three for 21:13 and Skerovic made the same at 25:15. Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) and Skerovic later closed the half at 33:21. Montenegro continued their dominance and added 17-13 in the third period. Poland responded with 16-9 in the last period but could reduce only to 9. Murphy top-scored for the winners with 12 points for the perfect record. Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas), Aleksic and Jelena Dubljevic each added 11. Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort.
Serbia - Switzerland 88-64 Serbia opened win count at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down Switzerland at home court to improve at 1-1 record in Group B. Marina Mandic delivered 18 points to lead the home team. Switzerland fell at 1-2 record after the loss. Serbia started to build their lead steadily right from the start. They accumulated a 49:32 halftime lead. The Swiss team cut the deficit in the third term. They got within 13 points at the final break. But Serbia quickly regained control and gave no chance for the visitors in the fourth period. Nevena Jovanovic and Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82) contributed 16 points each for the hosts. Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) answered with 19 points for Switzerland. Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85) finished with 13 points in defeat.
Lithuania - Slovakia 78-64 Lithuania rolled over Slovak Republic in Kaunas for 2-1 record in Group C. The Baltic side celebrated a 78:64 victory to hand the opponents their first loss at the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round. It was a key game in the group and brought so much interest in the Lithuanian city. The guests took 18:17 lead after the first ten minutes and then Vynuchalova sent the teams to the lockers at 35:34. Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) later tied the game at 41:41 and then Paugaite brought 46:45 for the hosts. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) and Nacickaite closed the third period at 54:51. No matter how hard the Slovakian side tried to catch up with Lithuania, they could not win the game. Marina Solopova and Linkeviciene were perfect from the free throw line and then Paugaite brought the final points for the winners. Linkeviciene chipped in with 21 points for the winners and Marina Solopova added 19. Gintare Petronyte posted 17, while Paugaite had 10. Vynuchalova ended up with 13 points for the guests and Kupcikova scored 11.
Slovenia - Holland 68-52 Slovenia recorded the third straight win at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They outscored Netherlands at home court to take 3-0 record on top of Group C. Nika Baric accounted for 18 points to pace the winners. Slovenia ensured a quick start. They held Netherlands to 7 points in the first quarter to pile up a 12-point lead. Slovenia increased the tempo in the second frame. They cleared off to accumulate a massive 28-point advantage. Netherlands however did not say die. The Dutch team went on a 25:15 run in the third frame to cut the deficit. They managed to narrow the distance even further in the fourth period but came up short of victory at the end. Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) netted 12 points, while Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) delivered 10 points for the winners. Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) answered with 16 points for Netherlands. Natalie Van Den Adel had 11 points in the loss.
Spain - Germany 66-39 Spain demolish Germany in Avila at the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round. After a loud upset from Swede, Spain bounced back with 66:39 win over the German side. Spain went on an early lead and Ouvina brought 16:12. Elisa Aguilar (177-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: G.Washington) closed a 6-0 run early in the second, while she later nailed three for 29:14. Mankertz managed to send the teams to the lockers at 35:21 at the halftime. In the second half Spain played even better in defense. Both teams nailed 11 points each in the third quarter, while Spain limited the opponents to just 7 points in the last stanza. Spain won the last period 20-7 and celebrated the second win in Group D. Elisa Aguilar led the way with 12 points and Valdemoro netted 11. Ouvina and Palau followed them with 8 apiece. Bar finished the night with 13 points in defeat and Breitreiner scored 7.
Bulgaria - Sweden 60-80 Sweden continue their winning streak at the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round. The Scandinavian side overcame Bulgaria 80:60 in the start of Day 3. Sweden produced an offensive start and took 29:24 after the first 10 minutes. Stanoeva however gave the hosts 34:33 lead and Georgieva kept the advantage at 40:39. On top 41-40 at half, Sweden poured in the first six points of the second half and ended up outscoring the Bulgarians 21-9 in the frame to take command for good. Halvarsson and Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored for 71:53 and Andersson brought 73:55. Sweden added 18-11 in the second frame for the final success. Frida Eldebrink erupted with 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Halvarsson followed her with 12. Yderstrom and Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 11 points each. Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) ended up with 18 points in defeat, while Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) collected 9 points and 13 boards. Georgieva posted 8, while Peteva had 7.
Italy - Luxembourg 86-37 Italy posted the initial win at the 2013 EuroBaket Qualifying Round. They hosted Luxembourg and gained a convincing victory. Italy are now at 1-1 record, while Luxembourg slipped at 1-2 in Group E. Ilaria Zanoni (180-G-86) scored 16 points to lead well-balanced effort from the Azzurri. Italy cleared off in the opening quarter. The hosts outscored Luxembourg for a 22:8 lead. Italy boosted the margin in the second frame. They ensured a 48:23 halftime advantage. Italy dominated in the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 46 points and obviously never looked back en route to the win. Lavinia Santucci and Martina Crippa (175-G/F-88) provided 10 points each for Italy. Nadia Mossong answered with 13 points and 9 rebounds for Luxembourg. Tessy Hetting had 11 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.
Latvia - Greece 63-46 Latvia claimed another impressive win in Group E of the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round. The Baltic side overcame Greece 63:46 in Riga. Latvia opened the game with 19-9 burst and never looked behind after. Krastina brought 22:9 early in the second, while Liene Jansone (191-F/C-81, college: Siena) nailed 3 for 27:11. Krastina and Tamane later closed the half at 37:22. In the third period the tempo had slowed down as both teams nailed 8 points. It gave Latvia 45:30 advantage after three quarters. Krastina and Eibele scored for 56:34 and Karklina nailed three later for 61:44. Papamichail and Karklina brought the last points for their teams as the board showed 63:46 at the end of the game. Tamane top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Liene Jansone added 13. Krastina notched 12, while Karklina had 8. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort as Greece fell at 1-1 record. Papamichail scored 11 and Sotiriou chipped in with 10.
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]
Eurobasket.com All-European Championship for Small Countries 1st Team 2016
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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