Hungary - Belarus 62-59 Hungary did a great job against Belarus last night. The hosts celebrated 62-59 victory for 3-2 record in Group A of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. At the same time it was the first loss for Belarus, who stays No.1 in the pool with 4-1 score. Hungary was up 59-50 with less than 4 minutes remaining in the game. Visitors came closer soon, but after Alexandria Quigley made it 62-57 to Hungary, Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) came up empty with a three-pointer for Belarus, and a late jump-shot was too little too late for the visitors. Quarters: 16-11, 17-16, 13-17, 16-15. Dora Horti (195-C-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) led the winners with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) scored 14 points and Katalin Honti (175-G-87) helped with two less. In the loosing squad, Tatyana Troina collected 20 points and 7 rebs. Alexandra Tarasava (170-PG-88) scored 15 and Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) added 12 points, plus 9 rebs. Hungary will take a rest in Round 7, while Belarus will host Portugal.
Portugal - Ukraine 42-55 Very valuable victory for Ukraine in Round Six of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They cruised past Portugal on the road 42-55 improving to 3-2 record in Group A. Portugal stays the only winless team in this pool (0-5). Alina Iagupova (186-G-92, agency: LBM Management) top-scored in victory with 17 points and Lyubov Alyoshkina (203-C-81) had double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Olena Zherzherunova (191-C/F-78, agency: LBM Management) followed them with 9 points and 6 boards. The hosts did not have anyone with double digits in scoring. Ana Oliveira (176-F-83, college: UTSA), Sara Filipe (187-F-82) and Carla Freitas (170-G-80) stopped to 8 points each. Ukraine shined in the last ten minutes to take the victory in this game. Quarters: 10-15, 9-10, 14-13, 9-17. Ukraine will host Israel on Wednesday. Portugal goes to Belarus.
Serbia - Montenegro 72-56 Serbia crushed Montenegro last night in Round Six of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. It was comfortable 72-56 win for the hosts and now they have 3-2 record in Group A. Despite its first defeat, Montenegro stays on top of this group with almost perfect 4-1 score. Serbia shined in the second and last period to secure the victory in this game. Their key player was Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82), who registered double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 20. Tamara Radocaj (170-PG-87) (7 as) and Marina Mandic (181-G-83) netted 16 and 10 pts respectively. Visitors got 14 points and 9 rebs from Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83). Milica Jovanovic (189-F/C-89) and Snezana Aleksic (172-G-89) scored 11 pts apiece. Quarters: 15-16, 16-8, 16-17, 25-15. Serbia will take a rest in Round 6, while Montenegro will host Switzerland on Wednesday.
Switzerland - Estonia 68-63 Switzerland registered its second win in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They outplayed Estonia last night 68-63 improving to 2-3 record in Group B. Estonia dropped to poor 0-5. There are four more rounds to be played in qualifications. Switzerland moved 15 points clear, 56-41, on Giroud's jump-host midway through the third quarter, but Estonia had one more rally in them and when Anderson hit a jump-shot 1:33 from the buzzer the lead was down to just two, 63-61. Giroud and Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) then responded to hold off the Estonians and seal the win. Quarters: 29-18, 12-16, 15-18, 12-11. Karen Twehues drained 25 points in victory and Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) added 23 points, plus 10 rebounds. Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85) contributed with 12 pts to this victory. Triin Teppo (186-F/C-90) answered with 18 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Merike Anderson (180-F/G-81, agency: LBM Management) and Kerttu Jallai (180-F-90, agency: Regeneracom Sports) scored 16 and 10 pts. Switzerland will play in Montenegro on Wednesday. Estonia waits Poland.
Holland - Lithuania 42-63 Lithuania demonstrated its power against Holland last night. Visitors cruised to 42-63 victory in Almere for 4-1 record in Group C of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Lithuania shares the first place in this pool with Slovenia. At the other side, Holland says No.4 with just one win. The hosts made 13-8 lead in the first ten minutes, but Lithuania answered with 9-16 in Q2 and later jumped to 14-point lead with 10 minutes remaining in the game. Holland was not able to reply and Lithuania marched to the final 42-63 victory. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) had impressive night with monster double-double of 17 points and 19 rebounds (valuation 32!). Greta Sniokaite (180-G-91) had 12 points and Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) added 11 pts, plus 7 boards. Holland got 9 points from Tanya Broering (178-G-84) and Laura Kooij (184-F/C-82) collected 6 points, plus 10 rebounds, but she had poor shooting night. Lithuania will host Slovenia on Wednesday. Holland will take a rest in Round 7 and will play again next weekend.
Slovenia - Belgium 75-56 Slovenia was too strong for Belgium last night in Round Six of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. The hosts registered comfortable 75-56 win mostly thanks to great played third quarter of the game. Slovenia made 20-5 in this period and all after that was just the formality. Teja Oblak (171-G-90) had 19 points and 5 assists in victory, while Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) added 15 points and 9 boards. Nika Baric (169-PG-92) (6 as) and Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) (5 rebs) helped Slovenia with 11 pts each. Laurence Van Malderen (190-C-81, agency: LBM Management) had 16 points in loss and Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management) collected 14 pts and 8 rebs. Quarters: 17-17, 16-15, 20-5, 22-19. Slovenia improved to 4-1 record in Group C sharing the first place with Lithuania. Belgium has 0-5. Slovenia will play in Lithuania on Wednesday, while Belgium will host Slovakia and will try to grab the first win in qualifications. Round Eight will be played next weekend.
Bulgaria - Spain 51-79 Spain had an easy job in Pravetz last night. It was a Round Six game of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications and visitors celebrated huge 51-79 victory. They have 4-1 record now sharing the first place in Group D with Sweden. Bulgaria is still winless (0-5). Anna Cruz (173-PG-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 16 points in victory, Elisa Aguilar (177-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: G.Washington) had 13 and Laia Palau (178-G-79) posted 11 points. Bulgaria got 11 points from Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) (6 rebs) and Radoslava Bachvarova (183-F-87, agency: LBM Management, college: VCU). Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) had 9 points and 5 rebounds. Spain exploded in the first and last period to celebrate comfortable victory in this game. Quarters: 11-23, 21-20, 8-9, 11-27. Spain will host Sweden on Wednesday, while Bulgaria will take a rest in Round Seven. They will play again next weekend.
Sweden - Romania 93-78 Sweden registered fourth win in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. This time Sweden was better than Romania 93-78 in Round Six, which was played last night. After this victory Sweden jumped to 4-1 record sharing the first place in Group D with Spain. Romania faced with its third defeat in five games. Sweden took control on its rival from the very beginning and they made double digit lead already in the first quarter. It was plus 19 for Sweden at the halftime and despite Romania threatened in Q3 (16-25), the hosts managed to keep comfortable lead for rest of the way. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) exploded with 32 points and 6 rebounds in this game. Stefanie Yderstrom (172-G-90) scored 15 and Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 12 pts, plus 5 boards. Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, college: Drexel) had 23 points and 8 rebs in defeat, while Ancuta Stoenescu (169-G-80, agency: Data Plus Group) followed with 14 pts and 6 rebs. Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) was limited to 11 pts and 5 boards in this meeting. Sweden will play in Spain on Wednesday and it could be a decisive game for the first place in Group D at the end of qualifications. Romania will host Germany.
Italy - Latvia 60-57 Both teams had 3-1 record before this meeting. It was a Round Six of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications and Italy escaped with 60-57 home victory in Latina last night. Thanks to this win Italy stays alone on top of Group E with 4-1 record. Latvia dropped to the second place (3-2). It was a very exciting finish last night. Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) made a pair of free throws for Italy before Kristine Karklina (175-G-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports) hit back to make it 60-57 with 28 seconds left. Sottana missed for Italy to give Latvia a late chance, but Krastina came up empty with a three-point attempt. Quarters: 14-13, 17-9, 13-13, 16-22. Giorgia Sottana led the scorers in Italy with 18 points, while Sabrina Cinili (190-F-89) and Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) netted 10 points each. Latvia got 16 points and 6 boards from Anete Steinberga (187-F-90). Kristine Karklina and Ieva Krastina (175-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management) scored 12 and 9 points respectively. Italy will take a rest in Round 7, while Latvia will host Luxembourg. That game will be played on Wednesday.
Luxembourg - Finland 45-92 Finland had no troubles to beat Luxembourg last night in Contern. It was a huge 45-92 win for the guests, who now have 3-2 record in Group E of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Luxembourg faced with fifth loss for the same number of games. It was a game without a history. Finland took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 14-22, 13-14, 12-28, 6-28. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier) was the MVP of this game with valuation 39. She had 25 points and 18 rebounds. Tiina Sten (189-G/F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: St.John's) scored 18 pts (5 rebs) and Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta (175-G-91) added 11. Lisy Hetting (173-G-90) posted 12 points for the hosts. Their second scorer was Cathy Schmit (170-G-90) with 9 pts. Finland will host Greece on Wednesday, while Luxembourg will play in Latvia.
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Group A Latvia - Slovenia 77-66 Latvia edged Slovenia and claimed EuroBasket 2017 appearance. Six players scored in double digits as Latvia clinched the second position in Group A. Gunta Basko-Melnbarde (181-F-80, college: Siena, agency: Josep and Nicolas) posted 13 points to lead the winners. Latvia used 39:24 run in the second and third quarters to clear off for good. Kristine Vitola(193-C-91, college: UTEP) posted 12 points and 10 boards in the victory. Sandra Pirsic (196-C-84) respon... [read more]
Latvia - Slovenia 77-66 Latvia edged Slovenia and claimed EuroBasket 2017 appearance. Six players scored in double digits as Latvia clinched the second position in Group A. Gunta Basko-Melnbarde (181-F-80, college: Siena, agency: Josep and Nicolas) posted 13 points to lead the winners. Latvia used 39:24 run in the second and third quarters to clear off for good. Kristine Vitola (193-C-91, college: UTEP) posted 12 points and 10 boards in the victory. Sandra Pirsic (196-C-84) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds as Slovenia finished on top despite the loss.
Holland - Estonia 70-46 Netherlands finished the Qualifying Round on a high note. They topped Estonia for 3-3 record. Emese Hof (190-F/C-96) scored 14 points in the win. Netherlands established a 38:23 halftime lead. The Dutch side maintained the pressure throughout the second half and marched to the win. Jill Bettonvil (188-F-92) had 11 points and 9 boards in the victory. Laina Mesila-Kaarmann (186-C/F-87) responded with 19 points for Estonia.
France - Croatia 84-65 France celebrated the sixth straight victory at the Qualifying Round. They knocked down visiting Croatia to finish undefeated. Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) posted 17 points to lead the effort. France built a 46:25 halftime lead and cruised to the victory in the second half. Sarah Michel (180-SG-89) provided 13 points and 7 assists for Les Bleues. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) responded with 13 points for Croatia.
Albania - United Kingdom 55-97 Great Britain fired past Albania to finish third in Group C. Chantelle Handy (188-SF-87, college: Marshall, agency: Two Points) tallied 31 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Great Britain grabbed a 47:27 halftime lead. The visitors sank 50 points in the second half and iced the win. Ella Clark (190-F-92, college: Long Beach St.) added 16 points for the winners. Eliverta Bujari (168-G-86) responded with 13 points for Albania.
Montenegro - Italy 66-57 Montenegro beat Italy to seal their 2017 EuroBasket birth. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) notched 29 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Montenegro piled up a 31:23 halftime lead. They kept the Azzurri at bay throughout the second half and rallied to the win. Iva Perovanovic (188-C/F-83) tossed in 10 points for the winners. Laura Macchi (188-F-79) responded with 15 points for the Azzurri.
Serbia - Ukraine 82-88 Ukraine clinched the sixth straight win in the Qualifying Round. They outgunned Serbia on the road to top Group D. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) notched 22 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort. Ukraine got to a quick start. They secured a 49:39 halftime lead. Serbia pulled closer in the second half but could not rescue the game. Ganna Zarytska provided 20 points in the win. Sonja Petrovic responded with 24 points for Serbia.
Luxembourg - Germany 54-94 Germany fired past Luxembourg to earn the second win in Group D. Sonja Greinacher (188-F/C-92, college: Gonzaga) tossed in 25 points to pace the German team. The visitors piled up a 49:28 halftime lead. Germany kept the hosts at bay throughout the second half and eased to the win. Agnieszka Fikiel (194-F/C-87) delivered 15 points for the winners. Cathy Schmit (170-G-90) responded with 14 points for Luxembourg.
Slovakia - Hungary 49-68 Hungary toppled Slovakia to race to the fifth win in Group E. Tijana Krivacevic (196-F-90) delivered 19 points to lead the group leaders. Hungary established a 34:19 halftime advantage. They protected the lead throughout the second half and rolled to the victory. Courtney Vandersloot (173-PG-89, college: Gonzaga) had 9 points in the win. Zofia Hruscakova (190-F/C-95) responded with 11 points for Slovakia.
Iceland - Portugal 65-54 Iceland wrapped up their Qualifying campaign with victory. They rallied past Portugal at home court. Sigrun Amundadottir (181-C/F-88) notched 16 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Iceland secured a 31:29 halftime lead. The hosts limited Portugal to just 25 points in the second half and raced to the win. Gunnhildur Gunnarsdottir (176-G-90) delivered 12 points for the winners. Daniela Domingues (176-G/F-92) responded with 15 points and 8 boards for Portugal.
Switzerland - Bulgaria 48-72 Bulgaria snatched a road win over Switzerland for 2-4 record in Group F. Daniela Peteva (179-F-89) provided 19 points to pace the winners. Bulgaria accounted for a 31:29 halftime lead. The visitors went on a 41:19 run in the second half to rally to the win. Radostina Dimitrova (181-SF-94) had 18 points and 8 assists in the victory. Alexia Rol (181-F-89) responded with 15 points for Switzerland.
Turkey - Romania 64-54 Turkey outgunned Romania to clinch the top position in Group H. Tilbe Senyurek (190-C-95, agency: 1x1 Sports) posted 17 points and 6 rebounds in the victory. Turkey established a 34:27 halftime advantage. Turkey went on a 20:9 run in the fourth period to seal the win. Pelin Bilgic (175-G-94, agency: LBM Management) had 14 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, college: Drexel, agency: LBM Management) responded with 14 points for Romania.
Bosnia - Israel 62-80 Israel cruised past Bosnia on the road but failed to qualify to 2017 EuroBasket. Alysha Clark (178-F-87, college: Middle Tenn.St.) provided 24 points, 16 rebounds and 6 assists in the victory. Lev Tal stepped up with 21 points for the visitors. Bosnia recorded a 40:34 halftime lead. But Israel ignited a 46:22 run in the second half to snatch the victory. Lynetta Kizer (193-C-90, college: Maryland) responded with 19 points for Bosnia.
Sweden - Finland 94-45 Sweden coasted past Finland in the final game in Group I. Sweden therefore improved at 2-2 record in the second position in the standings but could not qualify for EuroBasket. Amanda Bazoukou (196-C-93, college: Minnesota) came up with 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the hosts. Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) added 16 points in the victory. Sweden dominated from start to finish outscoring their opponents in each quarter. Laura Lahtinen (175-G-86) and Evita Iiskola (183-F-93, college: Providence) responded with 11 points each for Finland.
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.
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