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CZECH REP. - EUROBASKET CHAMPIONS 2005
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Czech Republic Eurobasket 2005 Champion - Sep 12, 2005
Shchegoleva (195-F-82) (RUS)
Bibrzycka (184-F-82) (POL)
Gillespie (178-G/F-76) (FRA)
Pavlickova (190-C-77) (CZE)
Marcauskaite (196-F/C-82) (LTU)
Sandra Le Drean
Stankovic (177-G-74) (SRB)
Czech Republic - Russia
72:70 (18:24, 31:43, 55:60)
Nemcova (191-F-72) 18, Vecerova 12, Viteckova 12, Pavlickova 11, Machova 9,
Vesela 4, Klimesova 3, Kulichova 2, Uhrova 1, Hartigova DNP, Mokrosova DNP,
RUS: Stepanova 18, Arteshina 11, Rachmatulina 11, Korstin 9, Shakirova 9,
Abrosimova 8, Shchegoleva 4, Naymushina 0, Karpova 0, Karpunina DNP,
Sokolovskaya DNP, Kuzina DNP
That was what the fans were waiting for. You may say no surprise as Czech Rep.
team was the best for all the tournament. But the final game gave extra emotions
no one was expecting.
(191-F-72) hit a 3 pointer with just eight seconds remaining to the victory of
the Czech Republic over Russia. Czech Women NT won all eight of the games they
played in the tournament.
(191-F-72) completed a dream EuroBasket Women for the Czech Republic by burying
a three-pointer with just eight seconds remaining to lead her side to a
thrilling gold medal game triumph over Russia.
In a rematch of the final two years ago, Russia led by as many as 14 points in
the second half in Ankara, Turkey, but the Czechs staged a remarkable comeback
to clinch a 72-70 victory. The win means the Czechs won all eight of the games
they played in the tournament. Nemcova, the 32-year-old veteran centre whose
career had been jeopardy because of Achilles and knee injuries, battled back to
make the squad and rewarded coach
for the faith he showed in her. Nemcova's biggest moment came near the end when
she received a pass from Hana Machova and hit the biggest shot of her career for
a 71-70 advantage. Not known as a long-range gunner, Nemcova's three-pointer was
just her third make of the tournament. Going into the game, she was just 1/4
from behind the arc but against Russia she made 2/3. Russia quickly took the
ball up the court after Nemcova's clutch shot, but
Rakhmatoulina (180-G-76) was called for a turnover, giving the Czechs
possession with just three seconds remaining. Bobrovsky called timeout to
discuss the end-of-game strategy, and after his team inbounded the ball, two
seconds ticked off the clock before Rakhmatulina was able to foul
(190-F-82). The forward missed the first, but made the second and the Russians
were unable to get off a desperation shot in time. Nemcova led her team with 18
points on seven of 15 shooting from the field, including two of three from
behind the arc. Russia lost despite outrebounding the Czechs 41-27 in the game.
(202-C-79) put forth another excellent all-round effort with 18 points and 12
rebounds in a losing effort. She also blocked three shots.
Stepanova had a superb tournament, finishing as the fifth leading scorer at 18
points per game. Her 53.6% shooting from inside the arc was third best in the
tournament, as was her rebounding average of 9.6.
Crucially for the Czechs, their high-pressure defence paid dividends as they
forced their opponents into 19 turnovers - the biggest coming from Rakhmatulina
when Russia were looking for the winning basket near the end.
Spain - Lithuania
83-65 (Montanana 21, Fernandez 19, Valdemoro 15, Ferragut 12, Aguilar
10, Palau 6 - Valuzyte 13, Marcauskaite 13, Sulciute 11, Brazdeikyte 9, Briedyte
8, Zagurskyte 7, Baranauskaite 4)
Spain ended the EuroBasket Women on a high by beating Lithuania in Ankara on
Sunday to snatch bronze for the third time in a row. Having suffered a
disappointing semi-final defeat to the Czechs,
's team bounced back for a convincing 83-65 win. Lithuania have the consolation
of being one of Europe's five representatives at the FIBA World Championship for
Women 2006. The Baltic country, like Spain, secured its passage by reaching the
semi-finals. Spain began the bronze medal clash like a whirlwind, scoring the
game's first nine points. A pair of
(178-F-81) free throws with a little more than a minute toplay in the opening
quarter gave them a 19-5 advantage. Lithuania twice closed to within eight
points in the second quarter, but they would get no closer the rest of the way.
George Washington) had 21 points and
(178-F-81) 19 for Spain, while their veteran
(184-F-76) poured in 15 points, grabbed five rebounds, dished out four assists
and came up with five steals. Spain won bronze at the 2003 EuroBasket after
staging a late comeback against Poland. They should be among the medal
contenders in Brazil at next year's FIBA World Championship. Iveta Marcauskaite
and Sandra Valuzyte each had 13 points for Lithuania.
France - Latvia
85-62 (Dumerc 16, Le Drean 12, Sauret Gillespie 11, Godin 10,
Hermouet 9, Melain 7 - Jekabsone 23, Kublina 11, Eglite 8, Basko 7, Azace 6)
France salvaged their EuroBasket Women experience with an 85-62 demolition of
Latvia on Sunday to finish fifth in the tournament and qualify for the FIBA
World Championship for Women 2006. Alain Jardel's team proved they were among
the better sides in Ankara, and possibly the unluckiest of all after finishing
second in Group A to the Czech Republic and then being drawn against Russia in
the quarter-finals. Russia, the defending champions, had been upset by Lithuania
and Spain, but against France in the quarter-final, they finally discovered
their rhythm. France beat Latvia and clinched their passage to Brazil with ease.
They trailed 10-4 early in the game and then went on a 21-1 run over the next
five-and-a-half minutes to lead 25-11 with 2:04 left in the opening quarter. By
half-time, the French had stretched their advantage to 47-27 and Jardel's team
cruised home. All but one of the French players saw action and scored, with
(169-G-82) pouring in a team-high 16. Latvia's
(176-F-83), who confirmed her superstar status in this EuroBasket Women, led all
scorers with 23 points. The 1.76 Jekabsone, who plays for French giants Bourges,
averaged 19.6 points per game, 5.3 rebounds and four assists.
Poland - Turkey
82-71, OT (Bibrzycka 27, Trzesniewska 14, Wielebnowska 13, Miedzik 9,
Krupska-Tyszkiewicz 9 - Yilmaz 24, Ivegin 16, Kimyacioglu 8, Yigit 6)
In the battle for seventh place, Poland needed overtime but defeated Turkey
82-71. Here again the heroes of the game were Polish Bibrzycka and Turkish
Yilmaz, who lead their teams with 27 and 24 points respectively.
Serbia & Mont. - Greece
79-65 (Stankovic 18, Matovic 14, Vujovic 13, Veselovski 10, Skerovic
8, Matic 6 - Samorukova 15, Sarekgou 11, Gkouzini 10, Stachtiari 8)
Serbia & Montenegro defeated Greece 79-65 in the fight for ninth place, and
Germany avoided the wooden spoon by hammering Romania 98-64.
Serbia and Montenegro team had lots to prove and they get easy victory over
ambitious Greek team to take 9th place in the tournament. Both Greece and Serbia
and Montenegro were hoping for higher positions. Especially Serbia and
Montenegro can feel very disappointed.
Germany - Romania
98-64 (Frohlich 24, Breitreiner 14, Askamp 13, Muller 11 - Vass 25,
Nagy 9, Vescan 7)
Romaniia did not avoid the last position. German team controlled entire game and
the final result was not in doubt at all.
Russia and Czech Republic will play for gold - Sep 11, 2005
As it was
predicted, Czech Rep. beat Spain in the semifinals 76-66. But they faced nervous
last 2 minutes as Spanish team did not give up. The other semifinal game was a
revenge of Russian team, who lost in preliminaries to Lithuania 67-80. This time
Russia prevailed 65-50 and they will face Czech Rep. for gold.
Russia - Lithuania
65-50 (Shchegoleva 22, Rakhmatulina 13, Stepanova 11, Abrosimova 6,
Naymushina 6 - Valentine 12, Valuzyte 10, Marcauskaite 9)
Shchegoleva (195-F-82) poured in 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds as
Russia triumphed 65-50 over Lithuania to book their place in the final of the
EuroBasket Women. Igor Grudin's team may have taken a while to flex their
muscles in this tournament, but they did not hold back against Lithuania, who
earlier beat them in the group stage. Shchegoleva and her team outrebounded
Lithuania 49-29 in the game, with 13 of those Russian rebounds coming on the
Russia, who are without veteran
(196-F-72) in Turkey, lost twice in the group stage and did not look like the
powerhouse team that captured a gold medal at the EuroBasket two years ago in
Greece. After entering the quarter-finals as the third seed, they laid waste to
France and have now ended the gold medal hopes of Lithuania, while gaining a
little revenge at the same time.
(170-G-78) had 12 points to pace the Lithuanians, who will now try to win a
bronze medal on Sunday.
The team's three-point shooting let Lithuania down in this game. They made just
six of 27 (22%), but the big difference in this game was on the boards.
At least the Baltic country can console themselves with the knowledge they have
already booked a place for FIBA World Championship for Women 2006 in Brazil as
one of Europe's top five sides.
Czech Rep. - Spain
18, Pavlickova 15, Viteckova 13, Vesela 9, Nemcova 8 -
26, Palau 15, Montesdeoca 8, Fernandez 6)
The Czech Republic held on to beat Spain 76-66 to set up a re-match of the 2003
EuroBasket showdown which saw them lose to Russia.
Just like two years ago,
team has reached the title game with an unblemished record in the competition.
The Czechs had to survive a nervous final two minutes against a resilient
Spanish side which closed to within five points.
(182-F-79) led the winners with 18 points and also grabbed eight rebounds while
(184-F-76) had a game-high with 26 points.
A statistic that will haunt
team is the three-point shooting percentage. They were six of 23 from behind the
arc (26%) while the Czechs were a far more efficient 10 out of 21 (47.6%).
While the Czechs go for gold against the Russians on Sunday, Spain must regroup
for the bronze-medal game against Lithuania.
Spain won the bronze medal two years ago by beating Poland, however, they have
lost to Lithuania once already in this month's EuroBasket.
They accomplished their main goal of FIBA World Championship for Women 2006
qualification by reaching the semi-finals, as the top five sides from the
competition will travel to Brazil.
France and Latvia kept alive
their´hopes of reaching FIBA World Championship 2006 in Brazil by winning
important games on Saturday.
The top five sides from Europe qualify for next year's tournament in Brazil and
both France and Latvia were knocked out of medal contention on Friday when
losing quarter-finals. On Saturday, the French edged Poland 73-71 while Latvia
scraped past Turkey 81-78. France and Latvia will now square off on Sunday in
the battle for fifth place.
Wielebnowska's three-pointer had given the Poles a 64-62 advantage with six
minutes and 38 seconds remaining but France hit back with Nicole Antibe scoring
two field goals in succession for a 66-64 lead.
The French, led by Antibe's 16 points, then held on for a gritty victory.
(176-F-83) poured in 30 points for Latvia as they narrowly defeated hosts
Spain face the Czech Republic and
Russia take on Lithuania in semi-final action on Saturday.
All four of those teams have earned their places at the FIBA World Championship
France - Poland
73-71 (Antibe 16, Sauret Gillespie 15, Hermouet 11, Le Drean 11 -
Bibrzycka 22, Wielebnowska 16, Trzesniewska 11)
Latvia - Turkey
81-78 (Jekabsone 30, Kublina 14, Azace 8, Eglite 7 - Yilmaz 28,
Horasan 13, Ivegin 11)
9-12 Places games:
Serbia and Montenegro seems to be placed in that group by mistake They show the
best performance of the day beating easily Germany 73-57. Greece will try to
face them after they got important victory over Romania 67-61.
Greece - Romania
67-61 (Maltsi 26, Sarekgou 21, Limoura 7 - Vass 19, Dragusin 13, Toma
Yldika Vass (Romania): "We knew the game would be hard and tough. We couldn't
keep our game on in the first period we were leading. We are very disappointed
that we lost and will concentrate on tomorrow's game now."
Haralambos Papazoglou (Head Coach Greece): "We met tough oponents in Bursa so we
were well prepared for Ankara. We payed well against Czech Republic and France.
Today, we were more passionate than Romania and so we won. We were good at
deffense. Losing 9 balls in the first ten minutes was our only mistake.From that
moment on the competition was tough. We did our best."
Serbia & Montenegro - Germany
73-57 (Matic 17, Vujovic 14, Skerovic 11 - Frohlich 19, Harder 9)
Lithuania, Spain, Russia and Czech Rep. to the semis - Sep 10, 2005
know the semifinalists of the Eurobasket 2005. Spain and Czech Republic had easy
victories over Latvia and host Turkey. Russia prevailed over France, and
Lithuania mostly thanks to the 4th quarter, managed to defeat Poland.
Lithuania - Poland
67-58 (Valentiene 16, Marcauskaite 14, Brazdeikyte 11 - Bibrzycka 30,
Lithuania staged a dramatic comeback in the fourth quarter to stun Poland 67-58
and reach the semi-finals of the EuroBasket Women in Turkey.
The Poles, who won the additional qualifying tournament to reach this event,
finished fourth in their group to reach the last eight and looked to be heading
for an upset of Lithuania. Not only are the Lithuanians now within touching
distance of a medal at the EuroBasket Women.
Spain - Latvia
69-50 (Valdemoro 17, Aguilar 13, Fernandez 7 - Azace 11, Jansone 10)
Spain were a number too strong for Latvia in the quarter-finals of EuroBasket
Women in Ankara on Friday.
Spain, who are seeking to equal or improve on their bronze medal in 2003,
overwhelmed Latvia in a dominant first half performance in which they outscored
their opponents 39-21.
The contest saw the competition's leading scorers, Spain's Amaya Valdemoro (23.6
ppg) and Latvia's Anete Jekabsone (19.6 ppg) go head to head.
Spain will now face either Czech Republic or Turkey in Saturday's semi-final.
Latvia's medal hopes are over, but they will still have the chance of finishing
5th, enough to qualify for the World Championships in Brazil next year.
Russia - France
70-56 (Stepanova 22, Arteshina 15, Rakhmatulina 12 - Dumert 10,
Sauret Gillespie 10)
There was to be no revenge for France on Friday in Ankara at EuroBasket Women.
The French were looking to avenge their 2003 quarter-final EuroBasket Women loss
to Russia, but came up short as Russia posted a well deserved 56-70 victory.
After a close first 30 minutes Russia's dominance on the boards began to tell in
the final period.
The French matched Russia basket for basket in the third and were right in
contention, but they wilted in the fourth period against the tough Russian
France shot 3/11 in the final ten minutes while Russia hit 9/12.
For the game, Russia outrebounded France 39-26.
Russia are still on course to repeat as champions, a feat which no team has
achieved since the Soviet Union won their 17th consecutive (and final) European
title in 1991.
France will be looking to overcome their dissapointment by grabbing the final
qualifying spot for the 2006 World Championship in Brazil.
Czech Rep. - Turkey
86-60 (Nemcova 20, Vecerova 12, Vesela 11 - Kimyacioglu 12, Yilmaz
The Czech Republic ended the medal hopes of host Turkey on Friday by marching
into the last four.
The Czechs, silver-medal winners two years ago, clinched an 86-60 triumph to
remain unbeaten in this event. Despite playing in front of a hostile crowd in
Ankara, Jan Bobrovsky's team had too much class and now meet Spain in the
semi-finals. With the two sides averaging over 70 field goal attempts per game,
the contest was always going to be a high scoring affair. Turkey's plan, just as
in all their other games, was to get out on the break and run as much as
possible. However, against a Czech Republic team featuring plenty of heavy
offensive artillery, Turkey found it difficult to keep up and quickly fell
behind. The victory means the Czechs have qualified for the FIBA World
Championship Women 2006 in Brazil. Turkey have fully justified their place in
the EuroBasket Women and still have a chance to reach Brazil but they must
finish fifth with five qualifying places on offer for European teams.
Day 5 Games - Preliminary Round ends - Sep 8, 2005
finished the preliminary stage as the only undefeated team in the tournament.
's team won all of their games with huge confidence and the only question is who
will be able to challenge them for the gold medal.
Group B is way more leveled. Lithuania and Spain seem to be in the best shape.
However Russia and host Turkey have also high aspirations.
Group A (Bursa):
Latvia - Czech Rep.
45-76 (Teilane 12, Jekabsone 12 - Viteckova 18, Pavlickova 15, Vesela
10, Kulichova 10)
The Czech Republic will go into the EuroBasket Women quarter-finals in Ankara as
the only unbeaten team in the competition after thrashing Latvia on Wednesday.
(190-F-82) poured in 18 points as the Czechs won 76-45 for their fifth triumph
in as many Group A games. No team has come close to upsetting
's Czechs so far similar to their tournament two years ago when they suffered
their only defeat in the final to Russia.
Greece - Poland
49-59 (Samorukova 16, Maltsi 15 - Bibrzycka 19, Krupska-Tyszkiewicz
12, Karpinska 11)
Poland will advance to the quarter-finals of EuroBasket Women following their
49-59 win against Greece on Wednesday in Bursa. The win is a sweet reward for
Poland, who only secured their spot in the tournament thanks to victory in the
additional qualifying tournament ahead of Slovakia and Ukraine. Reaching the
quarter-finals would normally be par for the course for a Polish side which won
the event in 1999 and finished in 4th place in 2003. However, without 213 cm
Malgorzata Dydek (213-C-74) on the floor, the Polish are a different
proposition for opponents. Dydek is currently in the WNBA where her team, the
Connecticut Sun, are in the conference finals. The Polish Federation were hoping
that early elimination from the play-offs, would free Dydek up for the long trip
to Turkey and EuroBasket Women.
Bibrzycka (184-F-82) top scored with 19 points for Poland who will play
Lithuania in the quarter-finals on Friday. The best Greece can hope for is 9th
position, a dissapointment for an up-and-coming side who were hoping to show
they belong with Europe's top teams in 2005.
France - Germany
79-48 (Godin 14, Antibe 13, Dijon 12 - Frohlich 12, Askamp 9)
France had few problems in their final Group A encounter in Bursa on Wednesday
night against Germany. After a close first half, France stepped up a gear in the
third period and the Germans found it impossible to keep up. France now face
Russia in an intriguing quarter-final match-up. The last time the two sides met
in official competition was during the quarter-finals of EuroBasket Women 2003,
when Russia triumphed, 79-66, on their way to the gold medal.
Group B (Izmir):
Serbia & Montenegro - Russia
69-86 (Veselovski 15, Vujovic 14 - Shakirova 20, Stepanova 19+12r,
European champions Russia ended a two-game losing streak with an 86-69 mauling
of Serbia & Montenegro in Izmir. Igor Grudin's team, stung by losses to Spain
and Lithuania, hit back in grand style with a battling victory which they needed
in order to ensure qualification to the quarter-finals. Superstar center
(202-C-79) won the battle of the boards, collecting 12 rebounds while Elen
Shakirova picked up a match-best 20 points. Russia have not been at their best
so far in the competition, but the team will not be panicking just yet. In 2003,
Russia dropped games to Slovakia and Spain in the preliminary round. However,
they saved their best for the second stage of the competition, beating France,
Spain and the previously unbeaten Czech Republic to claim the gold medal.
Romania - Lithuania
56-92 (Toma 18, Dragus 8, Parau 7 - Bimbaite 18, Valuzyte 16,
Valentiene 14, Baranauskaite 13)
Lithuania's march towards the last eight of EuroBasket Women continued apace on
Wednesday as they crushed Romania 92-56. Following on from their defeat of
defending champions Russia on Tuesday, Lithuania again impressed in Izmir. The
first quarter was surprisingly edged 21-20 by Romania but Lithuania dominated
thereafter, aided by a 12-point run around the interval.
(179-G-83) poured in a team-high 18 points for the victors while Iveta
Marcauskaite dragged down six rebounds. Defeat was harsh on Romania's
(190-C-74) as she managed 18 points and 11 rebounds. Romania have yet to win a
game, suffering five consecutive defeats.
Spain - Turkey
78-64 (Valdemoro 16, Fernandez 15, Montanana 15 - Yilmaz 19, Yigit 9)
(186-F-76) was again the star for Spain as Domingo Diaz's side went into the
last eight on the back of a 78-64 defeat of Turkey. Valdemoro, the leading
scorer in the tournament and an early candidate for MVP, poured in 16 points and
also pulled down eight rebounds to nullify the threat of Turkey's
(195-C-80), the outstanding player on the court. Nevriye scored 19 points and
grabbed 16 rebounds but her efforts were wasted by a Turkey team who trailed
from the second minute. Despite the loss, coach
Cem Akdag will
be happy that his side will play in the quarter-finals, an impressive
achievement for a side that is playing in its first ever EuroBasket Women.
Day 4 Results - Sep 7, 2005
managed to maintain perfect record, having no problems in the game against
Germany. Polish team confirms to be in a bad shabe being crushed by France by 20
points. Latvia proved to be in a good shape getting easy victory over Greece
In Group B a game of th eday was between two candidates for the medal positions:
Russia and Lithuania. However Lithuanians were better this time and beat Russia
80-67. Spain managed to defeat Serbia & Montenegro in another interesting game
of the day. However the most spectacular was a geme between host Turkey against
Romania. Tuurkish team managed to save 2-points victory in the final seconds.
Czech Rep. - Germany
76-50 (Viteckova 16, Uhrova 11, Klimesova 9 - Frohlich 10, Schultze 10)
There were no suprises in the opening contest following the rest day in Bursa on
Tuesday as Czech Republic cruised to an easy win against Germany, 76-50. The
Germans were always going to have their work cut out against a Czech Republic
side whose goal is to make the final, a feat they achieved in 2003 when they won
the silver. It was plain sailing the rest of the way for Czech Republic, as
Germany failed to threaten. Czech Republic will look to take a 100% record into
the quarter-finals as they take on Latvia in their final preliminary round game
Latvia - Greece
76-47 (Jansone 21, Kublina 21, Jekabsone 18 - Samorukova 10, Sarekgou 8)
Latvia's small band of vociferous supporters were given a treat in Bursa on
Tuesday as their side demolished Greece 76-47. There are no more than 30 of the
team's most loyal fans in Bursa, but they have made their presence felt with
their passionate and colourful support of their team during EuroBasket Women.
The fans were given plenty to shout about as Latvia dominated Greece from the
opening tip. Kublina finished with 21 points while Jansone also contributed 21
along with 15 rebounds. Latvia, who are competing in only their second
EuroBasket ever, will take on Czech Republic on Wednesday in a true test of
their quarter-final aspirations. Greece will take on Poland in a match-up which
could decide which team grabs the final quarter-final spot in Group A.
Poland - France
63-83 (Kobryn 11, Szott 11 - Le Drean 20, Melain 11, Sauret Gillespie
France completed day 4 of action in Bursa at EuroBasket Women with a convincing
win against additional qualifiers Poland. The French seem to have fully
recovered from their demoralising 46-65 loss to Czech Republic on the first day
of the competition and had little trouble shrugging off Poland. After a shaky
start, France grabbed control of the game for good with 2 minutes to play in the
first quarter. Sandra Le Drean finished with a team high 20 points for France
while Audrey Sauret had 11 and 8 assists. Celine Dumerc and Cathy Melain also
dished 6 assists apiece. France face Germany in their remaining Group A
encounter and will expect nothing less than a comfortable win. Poland face
Greece in what is a straight up elimination contest with the winner advancing to
Russia - Lithuania
67-80 (Korstin 15, Arteshina 13 - Marcauskaite 25, Valuzyte 18,
Russia's title defence is looking very shaky after being dealt a second straight
defeat in the EuroBasket women by Lithuania. Forty eight hours after falling to
Spain in overtime, Igor Grudin's team collapsed in the third quarter against the
Lithuanians and lost 80-67. Lithuanian center Iveta Marcauskaite had a superior
performance with a game-high of 23 points - 15 of those coming in the
first-half. Lithuania take on Romania on Wednesday while Russia meet Serbia &
Serbia & Montenegro - Spain
52-69 (Veselovski 9, Matovic 8 - Valdemoro 26, Fernandez 12,
Spain brushed aside Serbia & Montenegro in Izmir for their third successive
triumph at the EuroBasket Women. Once again it was the Amaya Valdemoro show as
the veteran forward poured in 26 points and pulled down six rebounds while also
handing out six assists to propel her side to a 60-52 win. Spain will seek their
fourth consecutive win on Wednesday against hosts Turkey while Serbia &
Montenegro complete their Group B campaign against defending champions Russia.
Turkey - Romania
66-64 (Yilmaz 18, Horasan 18, Tungluer 11 - Dragus 20, Dragusin 13)
This time lady luck was shining on Turkey as the hosts clinched a last-gasp
victory over Romania to retain hope of qualifying for the quarter-finals. Turkey
were edged out in the final minute by Lithuania on Sunday but clinched a 66-64
win on Tuesday to go 2-2 in Group B with a game remaining. Russia and Serbia &
Montenegro, also 2-2, play each other in the final preliminary round game while
Turkey must take on an in-form Spain side.
Day 3 Games - Czech Rep. the only undefeated team - Sep 5, 2005
is the only undefeated team left after Spain beat Russia in overtime game 83-77
in their run for Group B leadership.
France still aims on medal position beating Latvia with confident 67-50. Poland
managed get their first victory at the tournament beating Germany 66-56.
Group A (Bursa):
Germany - Poland
56-66 (Frohlich 14, Ishaque 11 -
Bobrzycka 19, Wielebnowska 11, Miedzik 9, Kobryn 9)
After 2 losses, Poland finally opened their 2005 EuroBasket Women account with a
win against Germany on Sunday in Bursa. Poland, who grabbed the last competition
spot through the additional qualifying tournament, looked tired in their first 2
contests which resulted in losses to Latvia and Czech Republic.
However, they found their legs against Germany, producing a key third quarter
run to break open a previously close game.
Arkadiusz Koniecki (Head Coach Poland): We had to win this game to reach the
quarter finals. I am happy to win and I am upset because we won against a
friendly team. Now I am going to make my plans for the next games. We still have
a chance to reach the quarter finals, so we want to take adandage of it.
Olaf Stolz (Head Coach Germany): First of all, congratulations to Poland. We had
4 games with Poland in this summer. It was a good chance to play with them
before the tournament. They deserved to win today. We made too many mistakes.
They got all offensive rebounds and scored from them. Chirstine Ishaque tried to
stop Bibryzcka but she couldn’t be stopped because she played so well. It seems
almost impossible to win both against Czech Republic and France, however we’ll
try to keep our game for 40 mins not 35 mins.
Greece - Czech Rep.
54-61 (Maltsi 13, Samorukova 11 -
Pavlickova 14, Viteckova 13, Machova 12)
Czech Republic maintained their 100% record at EuroBasket Women with a 54-61 win
against a much improved Greek outfit. Greece were among the minnows of
EuroBasket 2003 and struggled to a 9th place finish. However, just 2 years later
and after a strong showing at the 2004 Olympics, Greece have been transformed
into a team that can take on Europe's best. Czech Republic were put under the
cosh by the new-look Greeks for 27 minutes, before they produced a 12-2 run in
the final quarter and clinically snuffed out any hopes of a Greek win.
Haralambos Papazoglou (Head Coach Greece): It is very diffucult to play against
teams like Czech Republic. If you are not focused for 40 minutes, it is very
hard to win. We lost our concentration and missed some easy shots. As a result
we lost the game. I am happy with our performance. We are going to play our last
two games more concentrated and better than today
Jan Bobrovsky (Head Coach Czech Republic): Greece did not play typical Greek
basketball today and at the beginning it is surprised us. We were not able to
score in the first period and Greece took advantage of it. Before the game we
talked that we must not underestimate our rival and we tried to concentrate on
the game. However it took us a while before we got into the game. Greece played
very good basketball today.
France - Latvia
67-50 (Sauret Gillespie 12, Le
Drean 10, Melain 10 - Jekabsone 15, Basko 11)
Latvia were unable to keep up their winning start to the EuroBasket Women as
they slipped to a 67-50 defeat against France. Anete Jekabsone put in another
game-high scoring performance with 15 points for Latvia but not even that could
prevent what ultimately proved to be a comfortable victory for the French.
Audrey Sauret Gillespie led an evenly-balanced offensive effort from France with
12 points while Catherine Melain also played a key role, grabbing 10 rebounds,
making seven assists and three steals, as France celebrated their second win in
Group B (Izmir):
Romania - Serbia & Montenegro
50-63 (Vass 19, Dragusin 11 -
Veselovski 15, Jokovic 9, Kovacevic 8)
Serbia & Montenegro have bounced back following their opening defeat by winning
consecutive games after Sunday's 63-50 triumph over Romania in Izmir.
Zoran Kovacevic (Serbia & Montenegro Coach): We played well in some periods and
badly in some periods. Even our rival had a 14 - 0 run at one point. But finally
we were able to find a balance in the game and finally were able to win. We had
3 games in a row and we won 2 of them and we will have 2 tough games more. Our
goal is to struggle and fight and win these games.
Valerian Ioan (Romania Coach): I do not want to make an excuses for our loss by
using our team's young age and lack of experience. But it is true that my
team’s youth and the lack of international exprience caused problems also in
this game. Nevertheless, we made a good effort in the last period. Hopefully we
will be in the first 9 teams.
Spain - Russia
83-77, OT (Valdemoro 26, Montanana
17, Fernandez 14 - Stepanova 21, Korstin 12)
Russia avoided defeat against Turkey but Spain did not let the defending
champions off the hook in their EuroBasket women showdown on Sunday in Izmir.
(203-C-79) sent the game to overtime with a basket two seconds from the end,
however, Amaya Valdemoro and the Spanish stormed to an 83-77 triumph in the
Stepanova had a team high of 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Spain take on Serbia & Montenegro on Tuesday while Russia meet Lithuania.
Lithuania - Turkey
82-76 (Sulciute 17, Valuzyte 16,
Brazdeikyte 11 - Yilmaz 18, Vardarli 14, Yigit 12)
Lithuania took a step towards the quarter-finals in a wide open EuroBasket Women
Group B in Izmir on Sunday night, defeating home side Turkey 82-76. The top four
teams in the group are all 2-1 after 3 games, while Turkey are still within
reach of the quarter-finals in 5th place. The Turks lost a close game to Russia
on Saturday evening, and the contest against Lithuania was just as tight. Egle
Sulciute had a game high 17 points for a Lithuanian side that shot a sizzling
9/15 (60%) from three-point range.
Day 2 Games - Sep 4, 2005
Latvia and Russia are only left undefeated teams. Especially Czech Rep. and
Russia seem to be in a very good shape. Czech Rep. crushed Poland 64-47, while
Russia uypset host Turkey 91-87. Important game between Serbia / Montenegro and
Lithuania, where players from Serbia were slightly better 77-74.
Latvia - Germany
77-67 (Jekabsone 25, Kublina 18, Basko 10 - Frohlich 25, Munck 14,
Latvia picked up their second successive EuroBasket Women victory in Bursa on
Saturday, putting together a strong fourth quarter to outlast Germany 77-67.
Germany, who lost their opening contest against Greece on Friday, made the game
a contest, but Latvia proved to be too strong down the stretch. Raivo Otersons
(Latvia Coach): Germany played much better than yesterday. It was a hard game.
We scored our opportunities and fast-breaks. It was a very important game and we
are happy that we won.
Olaf Stolz (Germany Coach): First of all I want to congratulate Latvia. In the
first half we had lots of problems in transition and we missed a lot of easy
shots. It was very hard to get the control after we fell behind. Actually the
score was very close for a long time but we couldn’t play because of Latvia’s
great offense. They hit 72% of their shots in the paint, so it got very hard to
Czech Rep. - Poland
64-47 (Pavlickova 16, Viteckova 14, Nemcova 11 - Bibrzycka 13,
The Czech Republic looked unbeatable for the second day running on Saturday as
they hammered Poland 64-47 in Bursa. Less than 24 hours after their resounding
victory over France, the Czechs took a while to hit their stride but once they
did, there was no hope for the Poles. Michaela Pavlickova led four Czechs in
double figures with 16 points and she also had eight rebounds.
Jan Bobrovsky (Czech Republic Coach): Thanks for compliments for us. This game
was much better for Poland to prepare for tomorrow. We are going to have to work
hard to win the next game because Greece has a better team than before (in
Arkadiusz Koniecki (Poland Coach): I want to congratulate Czech Republic, they
are a powerful team. We have a very important game with Germany tomorrow. Both
of us lost two games, so we are at the same level. If we win the Greece game too
we are going to be able to play in the quarter finals in Ankara. We have to
fight more than we do. The Czech Republic game was a very important experience
for us because there is a big difference between the two teams.
Greece - France
56-71 (Gkouzini 18, Serekgou 10 - Sauret Gillespie 17, Le Drean 14,
France picked themselves up off the canvas following their thrashing by the
Czech Republic and beat a determined Greece 71-56 on Saturday in the EuroBasket
Les Bleues, considered gold medal contenders before the tournament, were
hammered by the Czechs 65-45 on Friday.
It was a different story one day later for Alain Jardel's team.
Spain - Romania
98-53 (Valdemoro 20, Fernandez 13, Montanana 12 - Dragusin 15, Vass
Spain crushed Romania 98-53 to get their EuroBasket adventure on track. Domingo
Diaz's team came out determined to make amends following their narrow defeat
against Lithuania in their opener.
Domingo Diaz (Spain Coach): I have a lot of praise for the team. They are young
and are energetic players. Furthermore, Romania had no real bench depth. On the
other hand we could bring other players on and keep the tempo going.
Valerian Ioan (Romanian Coach): We struggled hard to try to win the game,
however, we were unable to beat Spain. Moreover the lack of our key four players
really affected the whole team negatively.
Serbia & Montenegro - Lithuania
77-74 (Dabovic 15, Jokovic 13, Stankovic 11 - Valuzyte 19, Sulciute
Serbia & Montenegro suffered a late collapse but held on to beat Lithuania 77-74
on the second day of the EuroBasket Women in Turkey. Playing in Izmir where all
of the Group B contests are being staged, solid performances from Lithuanians
Sandra Valuzyte and Egle Sulciute were not enough for the Baltic side to claim a
second consecutive triumph following their opening victory against Spain.
Russia - Turkey
Stepanova (203-C-79) 27, Abrosimova 16, Shchegoleva 12 - Yilmaz 26, Ivegin
Home side Turkey nearly pulled off the upset of the 2005 EuroBasket Women in
Izmir on Saturday night against European champions Russia. In 2001 Turkey hosted
EuroBasket Men and the national team used that event to launch themselves onto
the international scene as a major force, winning the silver medal. Although it
is too early to talk of more Turkish medals, the women's team in 2005 seem to be
following the same path as their male colleagues. Turkey are debutants at this
level, having never qualified for the final round of EuroBasket Women.
Nonetheless, they served notice in their opening game, an 81-69 defeat over
Serbia & Montenegro, that despite their lack of experience, they would be a
force to be reckoned with. Against Russia, the Turkish did nothing to dispell
that notion, taking the reigning champions to the wire before Russia pulled out
a 91-87 victory in the final minutes of a fascinating encounter.
1 Results - Sep 3, 2005
Poland - Latvia 62-75
Poland: Agnieszka Bibrzycka 20, Elzbieta Trzesniewska 12, Beata
Krupska-Tyszkiewicz 10, Elzbieta Miedzik 6, Anna Wielebnowska 5, Agnieszka Szott
5, Ewelina Kobryn 4, Aleksandra Karpinska 0, Agata Nowacka 0, Natalia Mrozinska
0, DNP: Pawlak; Coach: Arkadiusz KONIECKI
Latvia: Anete Jekabsone 28, Liene Jansone 14, Gunta Basko 12, Ieva Kublina 5,
Ieva Tare 4, Zane Teilane 4, Evija Azace 4, Elina Zike 3, Zane Eglite 1, Anita
Mikale 0, DNP: Eibele, Brumermane; Coach: Ravio OTERSONS
France - Czech Rep. 45-65
FRA: Sauret-Gillespie 7, Melain 9, Le Drean 7, Antibe 2, Godin 4, puis Dumerc 2,
Lesdema 2, Dijon 4, Gomis 2, Ndongue 4, DNP: Hermouet et Koechlin; Coach: Alain
CZE: Vesela 6, Vecerova 4, Nemcova 9, Machova 14, Viteckova 14, puis Uhrova 1,
Pavlickova 6, Borecka, Kulichova 11, Klimesova 0, DNP: Mokrosova, Hartigova;
Coach: Jan BOBROVSKY
Germany - Greece 61-66
GER: 4, Ishaque 7, Harder 12, Frohlich 11, Askamp 5, puis Breitreiner 3, Munck
12, Schultze 0, Muller 7, Glaser 0, DNP: Katona, Weber; Coach: Olaf STOLZ
GRE: Deli 0, Gkouzini 6, Maltsi 28, Sarekgou 9, Samorukova 10, puis Limoura 8,
Vasileiou 2, Kyriakopoulou 3, DNP: Kalentzou, Stachtiari, Kosma, Stavridou;
Coach: Xaris PAPAZOGLOY
Romania - Russia 60-92
ROM: Dragusin, S. 16, Toma, G. 10, Vescan, B. 9
RUS: Shchegoleva, T. 20, Stepanova, M. 15, Sokolovskaya, I. 11
Lithuania - Spain 74-69
LTU: Brazdeikyte (13), Valentiene (19), Baranauskaite (4), Marcauskaite (15) y
Valuzyte (6) --cinco inicial-- Zagurskyte (-), Kausaite (-), Bimbaite (-) y
ESP: Montesdeoca (8), Palau (8), Aguilar (-), Valdemoro (27) y Ferragut (2)
--cinco inicial-- Fernandez (6), Xantal (3), Martínez (3), Montañana (9) y
Turkey - Serbia and Montenegro 81-69
TUR: Horasan, Y. 21, Ivegin, S. 17, Yilmaz, N. 13, Tungluer, E. 10
SRB: Matovic, I. 14, Jokovic, A. 12, Stankovic, B. 11, Skerovic, J. 10
1938 Roma: 1. Italy, 3. Poland
1950 Budapest: 1. Soviet Union
1952 Moscow 1. Soviet Union
1954 Belgrade: 1. Soviet Union
1956 Praha: 1. Soviet Union
1958 Lódz: 1. Bulgaria
1960 Sofia: 1. Soviet Union
1962 Miluza: 1. Soviet Union
1964 Budapest: 1. Soviet Union
1966 Sibiu: 1. Soviet Union
1968 Catagna: 1. Soviet Union, 3. Poland
1970 Rotterdam: 1. Soviet Union
1972 Varna: 1. Soviet Union
1974 Cagliari: 1. Soviet Union
1976 Clermont Ferrand: 1. Soviet Union
1978 Poznan: 1. Soviet Union
1980 Banja Luka: 1. Soviet Union 2. Poland
1981 Ancona: 1. Soviet Union 2. Poland
1983 Budapest: 1. Soviet Union
1985 Vicenza: 1. Soviet Union
1987 Kadyks: 1. Soviet Union
1989 Varna: 1. Soviet Union
1991 Tel Aviv: 1. Soviet Union
1993 Perugia: 1. Spain
1995 Brno: 1. Ukraine
1997 Budapest: 1. Lithuania
1999 Katowice: 1. Poland
2001 Orlean: 1. France
2003 Patras: 1. Russia
2005: Bursa: 1. Czech Rep., 2. Russia, 3. Spain