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.
Ireland produced a monster second quarter to reach the Semi-Finals of the FIBA Women's European Championship for Small Countries in Gibraltar. Mark Scannell 's team claimed the second quarter 27-12 against Moldova before finishing the job after the break with a 77-53 win. Ireland secured first place in Group A and can enjoy their two days off before the fight for the medals. Danielle O'Leary pulled all the strings on offence, finishing with 12 points and a game-high six assists in just... [read more]
Ireland produced a monster second quarter to reach the Semi-Finals of the FIBA Women's European Championship for Small Countries in Gibraltar.
Mark Scannell 's team claimed the second quarter 27-12 against Moldova before finishing the job after the break with a 77-53 win. Ireland secured first place in Group A and can enjoy their two days off before the fight for the medals.
Danielle O'Leary pulled all the strings on offence, finishing with 12 points and a game-high six assists in just 16 minutes of play. Claire Rockall (178-G-90, college: Iowa St.) rocked the arena with 11 points, seven rebounds and three steals, while Sinead Deegan (170-G-92) and Aine McKenna (165-PG-89) also finished in double digits, with 11 and 10 points respectively.
Natalia Burlacova played all 40 minutes for Moldova, scoring a game-high 14 points. Ala Gavrilita had 13 points and nine rebounds.
In Group B Malta got on board with a 67-42 win over Andorra. On Thursday, Malta will face Gibraltar with a prospect of all three teams finishing at 1-1. But Malta could clinch first place and a Semi-Finals berth with another performance like that they showed against Andorra.
Two Grimas led the way for Malta. Josephine and Christina combined for 25 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and seven steals. Ashleigh Stephanie Vella added 11 points for Angela Adamoli's team.
Nadia Mun Mas and Claudia Brunet Solano had 11 points apiece for Andorra, who now await their next opponent in the qualifying games for Semi-Finals.
Andorra almost blew a 50-35 lead in the final quarter against the home team as Gibraltar came all the way back to 50-46, only to see Nadia Mun Mas score three straight points to put it out of their reach in the final minute. Andorra won 54-48 with 12 points from Mun Mas and 15 more from Maria Bastida Albert. Joelle Moreno was excellent for Gibraltar, scoring nearly half of all the host team's points. She finished with 23 points, eight rebounds and four assists. ------------------------... [read more]
Andorra almost blew a 50-35 lead in the final quarter against the home team as Gibraltar came all the way back to 50-46, only to see Nadia Mun Mas score three straight points to put it out of their reach in the final minute.
Andorra won 54-48 with 12 points from Mun Mas and 15 more from Maria Bastida Albert.
Joelle Moreno was excellent for Gibraltar, scoring nearly half of all the host team's points. She finished with 23 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
There was no drama as Ireland ran away from Wales, getting an 84-43 win to start their campaign in FIBA Women's European Championship for Small Countries.
The Irish ladies used their one-two punch to defeat Wales. Sarah Woods had a game-high 19 points in just 22 minutes of play, while Aoife McDermott claimed a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double. Casey Grace also ended in double figures with 10 points. Laura Jane Shanahan finished with 12 points for Wales.
2017 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Day 4 - 4 months ago
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Group A Lithuania - Latvia 81-87 Latvia snatched a road win over Lithuania and improved at 2-1 record in Group A. Anete Steinberga (190-C-90, college: UTEP, agency: LBM Management) and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-SG-83) scored 21 points each to lead the winners. Lithuania jumped to a 43:35 halftime lead. But Latvia exploded with 52 points in the second half to rally to the win. Gunta Basko notched 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) responded... [read more]
Lithuania - Latvia 81-87 Latvia snatched a road win over Lithuania and improved at 2-1 record in Group A. Anete Steinberga (190-C-90, college: UTEP, agency: LBM Management) and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-SG-83) scored 21 points each to lead the winners. Lithuania jumped to a 43:35 halftime lead. But Latvia exploded with 52 points in the second half to rally to the win. Gunta Basko notched 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) responded with 31 points and 10 rebounds for Lithuania as they fell at 0-3 record.
Estonia - France 47-76 France claimed the fourth consecutive victory in Group B. They stunned Estonia in Tallinn tonight. Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88, agency: Comsport) recorded 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Les Bleues. France piled up a 39:17 halftime lead. Les Bleues never looked back en route to the win. Helena Ciak (197-C-89, agency: Comsport) provided 14 points for the winners. Mirjam Nikolai (178-G-86) replied with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Estonia.
Croatia - Holland 71-57 Croatia held off visiting Netherlands to take 2-2 record in Group B. Shavonte Zellous (178-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 20 points to lead the hosts. Croatia piled up a 46:27 halftime lead. Netherlands narrowed the gap in the second half but could not avoid the defeat. Marija Rezan (198-C-89) tossed in 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the win. Loyce Bettonvil (185-F/C-93) answered with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Netherlands.
United Kingdom - Montenegro 71-67 United Kingdom kept their EuroBasket hopes alive as they nipped Montenegro at home court tonight. Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87, college: Franklin Pierce) produced 28 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists as United Kingdom tied Montenegro at 2-2 record in Group C ladder. Montenegro enjoyed a 6-point lead heading into the fourth frame. United Kingdom however used a 23:13 run in the final quarter to snatch the win. Ella Clark (190-F-92, college: Long Beach St.) tallied 15 points and 12 rebounds for the home side. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Montenegro.
Albania - Italy 40-86 Italy remained perfect in Group C action. The Azzurri cruised past Albania on the road to take 4-0 record on top of the ladder. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Two Points) notched 14 points to pace the visitors. Italy cleared off to a 46:24 halftime lead. Italy went on a 40:16 second half run to ice the win. Cecilia Zandalasini (183-F-96) tossed in 13 points in the victory. Eliverta Bujari (168-G-86) answered with 13 points for Albania.
Luxembourg - Ukraine 52-85 Ukraine kept their Qualifying Round record perfect. They fired past Luxembourg on the road to gain the fourth straight win. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) clinched 18 points to pace the visitors. Ukraine opened a 40:27 halftime lead. They controlled the tempo in the second half and coasted to the win. Ganna Zarytska (187-F/C-86) dropped 14 points for the winners. Tessy Hetting answered with 18 points for Luxembourg.
Germany - Serbia 66-78 Serbia upset Germany on the road to take 3-1 record in Group D. Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) chipped in 21 points to lead the visitors. Germany grabbed a 40:38 halftime lead. However Serbia went on a 40:26 second half rally and clinched an important victory. Sasa Cado (178-G-89) banked in 18 points for the visiting side. Margret Skuballa (186-SF-87) responded with 15 points for Germany.
Iceland - Hungary 87-77 Iceland toppled Hungary in Reykjavik and improved at 1-3 record in Group E. Helena Sverrisdottir (184-F/G-88, college: TCU) provided impressive 29 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the hosts. Iceland accumulated a 46:35 halftime lead. The hosts protected the lead throughout the second half and raced to the win. Gunnhildur Gunnarsdottir (176-G-90) added 14 points for Iceland. Tijana Krivacevic (196-F-90) answered with 24 points and 9 rebounds for Hungary.
Bulgaria - Russia 50-76 Russia eased past Bulgaria for the fourth straight victory in Group F. Maria Vadeeva (193-C-98) notched 15 points to drive the visitors. Russia established a 35:25 halftime lead. Russia went on a strong 41:25 second half surge to seal the win. Tatiana Vidmer posted 14 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Zornitsa Kostova (176-G-82) and Jaklin Zlatanova (190-PF-88) answered with 13 points apiece for Bulgaria.
Switzerland - Greece 38-68 Greece earned the third victory in Group F. They beat Switzerland in Fribourg today. Styliani Kaltsidou (188-F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) came up with 17 points for the winners. Greece accounted for a 37:21 halftime lead. Greece did not loosen the grip in the second half and rolled to the win. Afroditi Kosma (187-F/C-83) chipped in 14 points for Greece. Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) answered with 11 points for Switzerland.
Belarus - Poland 79-62 Belarus avenged the loss in the opening round and beat visiting Poland for 2-1 record in Group G. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) notched 19 points and 8 rebounds for the home side. Lindsey Harding (173-G-84, college: Duke) produced 15 points for Belarus. The hosts grabbed a 46:25 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the win. Angelika Stankiewicz (170-SG-95, agency: Promotex) answered with 18 points for Poland.
Israel - Turkey 63-62 Israel nipped Turkey to improve at 2-2 record in Group H. Alysha Clark (178-F-87, college: Middle Tenn.St.) came up with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Israel. Turkey jumped to a massive 26:12 lead after the opening frame. But Israel picked up the tempo in the next periods. Israel pulled within a single point at the final intermission. Israel held the visitors to just 15 points in the fourth term and snatched victory. Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) provided 13 points for the home side. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) and Bahar Caglar (186-F-88) responded with 14 points each for Turkey.
Bosnia - Romania 77-63 Bosnia and Herzegovina opened win count in the Qualifying Round. They knocked down Romania for 1-3 record. Marica Gajic (187-F/C-95) posted 23 points for the home side. Bosnia and Herzegovina eked out a 34:33 halftime lead. Bosnia and Herzegovina however held their opponents to just 30 points in the second half and claimed the victory. Dragana Svitlica (190-C-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) tossed in 20 points for the winning side. Annemarie Parau (172-PG-84) topscored with 16 points for Romania.
Spain - Sweden 93-45 Spain punched their EuroBasket ticket as they stormed past Sweden for the third straight win in Group I. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) and Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) stepped up with 17 points each as Spain romped past Sweden. Spain accounted for a 49:18 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Laura Gil had 14 points for the hosts. Amanda Zahui (196-C-93, college: Minnesota) answered with 21 points and 11 rebounds for Sweden.
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