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Final Standings
1. Russia
2. Spain
3. Belarus
4. Latvia
5. Czech R.
6. Lithuan.
7. Belgium
8. France
9. Italy
9. Turkey
11. Germany
11. Serbia
13. Croatia
13. Greece
13. Israel
13. Romania

Qualifying Round Standings
Group E
1. Czech R. 4-1
2. Latvia 4-1
3. Belgium 3-2
4. Lithuan. 2-3
5. Turkey 1-4
6. Germany 1-4
Group F
1. Russia 4-1
2. Spain 4-1
3. France 3-2
4. Belarus 2-3
5. Italy 1-4
6. Serbia 1-4
 



Russia won European Championships for Women 2007 (Photo: Fiba)

Preliminary Round Standings

Group A
1. Czech R. 3-0
2. Latvia 2-1
3. Turkey 1-2
4. Israel 0-3
Group B
1. Belgium 3-0
2. Lithuan. 2-1
3. Germany 1-2
4. Romania 0-3
Group C
1. Russia 3-0
2. France 2-1
3. Italy 1-2
4. Greece 0-3
Group D
1. Spain 3-0
2. Belarus 2-1
3. Serbia 1-2
4. Croatia 0-3

MVP: Amaya Valdemoro

Russia the 2007 European Championships winner (Photo: Fiba)

Eurobasket 2007 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
1 Wauters, BEL 19.7
2 J-Zogota, LAT 17.2
3 Valdemoro, ESP 15.8
4 Frohlich, GER 15.0
5 Viteckova, CZE 14.9
Rebounds Per Game
1 Stepanova, RUS 10.0
2 Fröhlich, GER 8.7
3 Wauters, BEL 8.1
4 Osipova, RUS 7.6
5 Veremeenko, BLR 7.6
Assists Per Game
1 Lawson-Wade, FRA 4.3
2 Vardarli, TUR 3.8
3 Wambe, BEL 3.4
4 Marchanka, BLR 3.3
5 S-Gillespie, FRA 3.2

 
 
   Eurobasket.com All-European Championships 2007 Awards
All-Tournament 1st Team


Valdemoro


Stepanova


Arteshina


Jekabsone-Zogota


Martchenko

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships MVP:
Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) of Spain

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships 1st Team
Amaya Valdemoro of Spain
Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) of Russi
Olga Arteshina (190-F-82) of Russia
Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) of Latvia
Natalia Martchenko (168-G-79) of Belarus

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships 2nd Team
Ann Wauters (194-C-80) of Belgium
Linda Froehlich (188-F/C-79) of Germany
Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) of Czech R.
Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) of Russia
Ana Montanana (186-F-80) of Spain

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships 3rd Team
Edwige Lawson (167-G-79) of France
Irina Osipova (196-C-81) of Russia
Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83) of Belarus
Iveta Marcauskaite (196-F/C-82) of Lithuania
Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) of Turkey


   Russia are the champions (74- 68) - Oct. 7, 2007
Maria Stepanova opened the scoring from the charity stripes with barely 20 seconds on the game clock. Amaya Valdemoro hit a trey to open her account after a 2-minute-barren spell. Olga Arteshina caused Spain all kinds of trouble early on in the first quarter as her side dominated proceedings (15-5). 3-pointers from Ana Montanana and Elisa Aguilar kept Spain in touch. Russia were not letting anything go and when Ekaterina Demagina wrestled with a host of Spanish players on the floor before somehow feeding the ball out to Svetlana Abrosimova to score (23-13).
In the second period there were no easy shots for anybody as space was difficult to find. Ilona Korstine used all her experience to draw Cindy Lima into fouling her so that she could get to the foul line. Cindy Lima picked up her second foul after the official called her block as a shooting foul. Nothing was going right for Spain at this point in time and Arteshina was left open and hit a trey to extend her side's lead (31-15). A Spanish time-out was called and shortly after Amaya Valdemoro and Elisa Aguilar returned to action. Elisa Aguilar used her pace to go on a break but her legs were too fast for her hands and she lost the ball and Russia scored on the counter attack. Amaya Valdemoro then hit a 3-pointer for Spain. But this achievement did not improve Spain's situation when Lima took a knock from Stepanova that winded her. She left the game as a time-out was called (33-18). The match was rather rough with elbows flying about but in between Russia played excellent fluent basketball and went into the interval with a 20-point advantage (44-20).
A more positive Spanish team came out after the break with an opening 8:3 run, the Russian score came from a trey by Korstin (47-32). Igor Grudin called a time-out because his players were having difficulties with the new Spanish defence. Laia Palau was becoming more and more influential as she gave the impression of gliding at her opponents as she knocked down a 3-pointer as her team fought back.(49-37). Elisa Aguilar was fouled by Arteshina at mid-court in an action that appeared worse than it was. The game calmed down for a while but once again Spain brought it back to life. Amaya Valdemoro's first trey failed, Lima picked up the rebound and the ball was recycled and then Amaya Valdemoro fired the ball in from the same spot where she had failed before. Afterwards Irina Osipova hit a jumper for Russia. 8 seconds still remained and Monatanana made it down the court fast enough to complete a fast break and draw the foul. She missed the free-throw but won the offensive board and managed to get the ball to Palau who was then fouled. Palau made her free-throws and the Spanish deficit was reduced to 6 points (53-47).
In the fourth quarter Palau got the Spanish going as she hit another basket but it was Marta Zorro's difficult jump shot that got the fans excited (53-49). When the going got tough Russia could rely on Korstin to bail them out, and she did so with back to back scores (59-49). Explosive action by both sides set up a nail-biting finish with Russia leading (65-58) in money time. Lima, who was having a great battle with Stepanova, was called for a foul. Stepanova missed both free-throws but Korstin was fouled in the melly and this time there were no mistakes. Spain quickly got the ball in their own end and Lima was fouled and was ice cold from the charity strip. Then after Amaya Valdemoro hit a jumper followed immediately with a shot from down under after Lima recovered an offensive rebound to make it a 4-point game (69-65) with 51 seconds left on the clock.
Amaya Valdemoro once again drove into the lane and fired off a difficult jump-shot. Yet just as it appeared that the ball would drop, it lipped out. Osipova picked up the rebound and got the ball to Abrosimova who in turn delivered a pass to Tatiana Shchegoleva. She finished it up with a lay-up (71-65). The remaining seconds were played out on the free-throw line with the Russians holding their nerves to win (74-68).


   Belarus take Bronze - Oct. 7, 2007
No time for pleasantries in this match with both sides putting points on the board in the first minute. Latvia without Gunta Basko and with Ieva Tare and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota heavily strapped changed their offensive tactics from previous games which resulted in them hitting three treys (13-8). Anatoliy Buyalskiy noticed this variation and immediately called for a time-out. It appeared that his tactic was to use the pace of Natalia Marchanka . The result was two back to back baskets and assists for Marchanka as Belarus went on an 8:0 run to go in front (16-13). This time a time-out by Ainars Zvirgzdins resulted in Latvia regaining control as they finished the period with the last 4 points to lead by a single point (17-16).
An 8:0 run at the start of the second period for Belarus (still without a trey) was put to hold by Liene Jansone as she muscled her way into the paint and managed to draw a foul while completing the score. She was back again a few seconds later at the end of a fast break to bring her side to within 2 points (24-22). A Belarus time-out was called and on resumption Marchanka hit her team's first three-pointer of the evening. Belarus hit a second trey and put together an 8:2 run to finish with a reasonable lead (32-24) at the interval. Jensone scored all the points for her side in this period.
Jansone was kept under check during the 3rd quarter and Latvia's only points came from Jekabsone-Zogata as Belarus continued in increasing their advantage (43-26) midway through the period. Latvia's injury problems became a real handicap and they struggled until Ieva Tare came on and injected some fire into their attack which enabled them to reduce their deficit (55-37).
Latvia continued to work on bringing the score down all during the last period and the game reached its climax on the back of a 4-point play by Ieva Kublina (61-57). Belarus weathered the storm when TatyanaTroina hit a trey the victory for Belarus was more or less secured (66-59). The end was less dramatic as Belarus held on to win Bronze. (72-63).



   Czech Republic Crush Lithuania (93-54) - Oct. 7, 2007
Right from the start Hana Machova set her mark on the game with three treys, a fast-break lay-up and an assist in the opening phase of the game with the Czech Republic racing out to an early lead (17-6). Milda Sujanova put an end to the 11:0 run with a jump-shot in the paint. Lithuania went through a nice phase but were not able to claw back much and trailed (28-12) at the end of the first quarter after Machova passed out to Eva Viteckova who hit a 3-pointer.
There was no break for Lithuania in the second period as they managed to score only 6 points while completely being dominated in all sectors of the game. A 9:0 run at the end of the period allowed the Czech Republic to pass the 30-point-advantage mark (49-18).
Jan Bobrovsky was not happy that Lithuania was beginning to find a rhythm after his side conceded 8 straight points and called a time-out (57-32). With order restored Lithuania finished the period with a second 30-point lead (66-36).
The final period was just a formality and both coaches offered us the possibility of viewing their bench players. Katerina Elhotova used this opportunity as she scored 10 points in less than 3 minutes. With this victory (91-54) the Czech Republic have taken the last European ticket for the Olympic pre-qualifying tournament.



   Belgium finish on a high with a victory against France for 7th Place - Oct. 7, 2007
Midway through the first period the game was evenly balanced (11-11). Ann Wauters (194-C-80) scored 9 of the first 14 points for Belgium and was given a round of applause by all the spectators when she was taken off for a breather. After several lead changes, France won the first period (19-18) off a jump-shot from Celine Dumerc.
There was a lot of running to start the second period but not much luck for either side in the scoring department, although Belgium had gone ahead (22-21). Wauters made her return just under 5 minutes break and immediately dished out an assist. Edwige Lawson-Wade hit her second trey of the afternoon to tie the game (24-24) for the ninth time. Marjorie Carpreaux came off the bench and also hit a trey, followed up with a fast-break assist to Wauters giving Belgium the largest lead of the contest (31-24). Jacques Commeres called for a time-out in order to break the rhythm of their opponents. As nothing appeared to get better for France, Commeres used a second time-out. With only 1 point scored in almost three minutes of play it was the turn of Laurent Buffard to use a time-out. France did break the dead lock in the last minute with 4-of-4 from the charity stripes on visits from Emmeline Ndongue and Lawson-Wade.
Belgium switched to a zone which kept France at bay for the first half of the third quarter, while they scored 9 unanswered baskets (41-28). Isabelle Yacoubou scored the first field goal in over 10 minutes of play, she followed up with a second score right under the basket. Krissy Bade, off the bench, hit a shot from just within the arc to complete a 6:0 run. The pace of the game picked up and Wauters continued to cause problems for France as she added more points to her tally or by creating space for her team-mates such as Sara Leemans to profit as Belgium hung on to their lead (45-36). 8 points from Sandrine Gruda including a period-ending-buzzer-beater drew the sides level (47-47) going to the final period.
Dumerc scored for France but Belgium hit back almost immediately with a trey from Anke De Mondt. Wauters showed another piece of class as she saved a ball from going out with a behind-the-head pass to Ilse Van den Vonder. Belgium more adventurous play enabled them to hold the lead (58-53). France's only working combination Lawson-Wade - Gruda kept France in the game but as money-time approached a Kathy Wambe-trey put Belgium in the driving seat (66-57). Gruda and Lawson-Wade combination was the only offensive option that worked for France but it was enough to combat Belgium who went on win (72-63).



   Spain join Russia in the final after overcoming Belarus (70-54) - Oct. 6, 2007
Sviatlana Volnaya scored the first points of the game from down-town but it was the early defensive duties accomplished by Anastasiya Veremeenko on Amaya Valdemoro, including a block, tfor Belarus to go into an early lead (7-0). Spain's first-point only arrived after a team time-out: Ana Montanana was on hand to open their account after nearly five minutes of play. Valdemoro then lost her marker to score on the very next attack and from that moment Spain was back in the game. A 7:0 run that included a trey from Montanana and a jump shot from Valdemoro took them into the lead (11-9). But Natalia Marchanka put Belarus back in front briefly with a shot from the land of many but it was Spain that dominated affairs. When both sides abandoned the inside game, it became a 3-point shoot -out with Tatyana Troina hitting the last on the buzzer as Belarus trailed (18-15).
Tatyana Troina started the second period with a similar shot to the one that finished the previous quarter but this time just within the 3-point line. Cindy Lima was keeping Belarus out of the paint with some tough physical defence, leaving Belarus no option but to shoot from outside. This they accomplished time and time again but Spain also have players that can shoot from the distance so they more or less neutralised each other out and Spain maintained a reasonable lead (28-22). Anatoli Buyalski appeared to see what was happening and called a time-out. His side reverted back to the plays of the first round of games with a couple of big baskets (2 + 3) to make it a 1-point game. Valdemoro can also hit big shots and obliged with a trey but the joy was short lived as Spain left Troina open in the corner who hit her second 3-pointer and her teams sixth of the game. Spain went in the interval leading (33-30) due to Lucila Pascua managing to score a rear inside basket.
Pascua was back to open the scoring for Spain but it was an excellent 3-pointer from Elisa Aguilar that got the crowd on their feet. Ana Montanana's perseverance in the box won her a trip to the line. She hit the free-throws and Spain were up by 10 points (40-30). Veremeenko showed her class as she managed to spin and put in a reverse lay-up right under the basket while drawing the foul. Aguilera was left open again for Spain and restored the 10-point advantage with her third from beyond the arc. Spain increased their advantage to 15 points thanks to two pieces of magic by Valdemoro (50-35). Katsiaryna Snytsina was not having a great game but if you leave her open, she will score, and scoring she did. This inspired Yelana Leuchanka who threw her weight around and scored her team's next 5 points. Troina once again scored the last points of the period to reduce their deficit to 7 points at the end of the quarter.
Belarus scored after seven seconds in the final period and then that was it for another five minutes as Spain went on a 12:0 run before Veremeenko ended the drought (64-49). Once again experience was the difference as Spain negotiated the final few minutes without allowing Belarus any chance of destabilising them and hence qualify for the final (70-54).


   Russia overpower Latvia to qualify for r EuroBasket 2007 final (67-36) - Oct. 6, 2007
Latvia started the match aggressively and after a 5:0 run led (10:4). Natalia Vodopyanova ended the sequence with one of her trademark jump-shots. Still Latvia continued to shoot well from the floor. And then after a baseline trey from Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (15-7) Russia became more physical in their approach and clawed back all but one of their deficit by the end of the first period (17-16). Gunta Basko had to leave the field for some treatment after colliding with Svetlana Abrosimova and her absence was felt during the Russian late run.
Basko, back at the start of the second period, strengthened the Latvian's defence as they hustled the ball away from the tall Russian forwards time and time again. Finally Maria Stepanova managed to find room to score a basket for her side. The Russian lead did not last long because Jekabsone-Zogota hit back on the back of a fast break and then Basko came up big in the inside to lay up for them to go back in front (21-18).
Natalia Vodopyanova hit a jump-shot just inside the arc to give her side the lead (22-21) and not to loose it again. From this point onwards Latvia found it more and more difficult to crack the Russian zone and conceded 5 more points by the interval as Russia finished the first half on a 9:0 run (27-21).
In the third period solid defence by both sides made scoring difficult but Russia found a solution in Olga Arteshina who hit two treys and an inside jumper (37-26). Russia increased their advantage and opened the first significant lead in the game. Without Jekabsone-Zogota scoring Latvia's offence went lame. In contrast the Russian's well balanced offensive options allowed them to finish the third quarter with a 10:3 run to take a massive 18-point-advantage (47-29) into the final period.
Latvia have a team concept which is admirable but today with both Basko and Jekabsone-Zogota carrying knocks (picked up during the first half of this match) the team did not have the fire power or craft to deal with the focused Russian players in the last period. The final result is a little hard on Latvia but you have to admire the discipline and concentration of the whole Russian team as they finished with a flourish to win (67-36).
Boxscore


   Czech Republic end the Olympic dream for Belgium (75-50) - Oct. 6, 2007
A first-quarter blitz by the Czech Republic was more than enough for them to take control of the game. Belgium, despite a spirited 2nd and 3rd period, lacked the experience necessary to disable their opponents and will now meet France for 7th place. The Czech Republic will meet Latvia in the match for the last ticket for the Olympic qualifier competition next year.
Jan Bobrovsky's girls were not in a charitable mood in the first period as they kept Belgium off the scoreboard for the first 2 ½ minutes as they opened (6:2) and went to punish them further for another six minutes scoring 11 unanswered points. Belgium managed to find the basket to bring some respectability to the score line (20-7) at the end of this quarter.
In the second period Belgium, more aggressive, started to play with authority. Marjorie Carpreaux was given a short run at the beginning of the quarter and although not able to make any points herself gave her coach some ideas how his players should play the game. Neither side was able to dominate the other for any period of time and the Czech Republic only managed to increase their advantage by 2 points at the break (39-24).
The 3rd period was more of the same between both sides with the highlight of a back-board trey by Michaela Uhrova (46-33). She also hit the end-of-period-buzzer-beater trey after scrambling the ball off the floor for her side to go into the final period with a comfortable advantage (58-37).
Laurent Buffard decided to allow his bench players to run the floor in the final period. Their experienced opponents maintained their advantage (64-45). If anybody had told Carpreaux that the game was over she forgot it as she chased down Michaela Uhrova and blocked her as she went for a lay-up. Michaela Uhrova went down and her coach decided that was enough for her for the day. Bench players from both teams finished the game.
Boxscore



   No Olympic Games for France as Lithuania come back from the dead to win (67-65) at the wire - Oct. 6, 2007
France lost a 14-point lead in the last 13 minutes of the match and to make matters worse they only managed only 2-of-8 from the foul line in the final period. Last but not least France allowed Egle Sulciute two scores from the land of many in the last 60 seconds to hand the victory to Lithuania.
At the beginning of the encounter Edwige Lawson-Wade picked up an offensive rebound and went coast to coast to finish with a jump shot to open the scoring. The fight in the center by the big players resulted in Sandra Dijon picking up two fouls after only 2:40 of play. Emmeline Ndongue came on for her and was soon in action as she completed a lay-up of a Lawson-Wade assist in a 6:0 sequence that appeared to put France in command (12-5). Lithuania scored again from the free-throw line before finally hitting a field goal (7:30 into the game) by Iveta Marcauskaite. France's malediction from beyond the arc continued and allowed Lithuania the opportunity to come back by the end of the opening quarter and trail only by a single point (14-13).
An 11: 0 spread over two periods put Lithuania in the driving seat (20-14): Agne Ciudariene put Lithuania in front after a nice turn-around jump shot followed by a Lina Brazdeikyte lay-up and completed by a trey from Iveta Marcauskaite. France, unable to pick off second- chance rebounds finally stopped the leakage with a Sandra Le Drean jump shot. Then she was again on hand to complete an 8:0 run with a steal to restore the lead (22-20). Emmeline Ndongue, just like Sandra Dijon before her, picked up a second personal foul, giving the chance for Isabelle Yacoubou to come into the game.Youthful exuberance or not, she made an immediate impact inspirering Sandrine Gruda who performed some of her best defensive actions as both sides went end to end. The pace of the game accelerated which suited Lawson-Wade - as she inspired her team-mates with some slick runs and passes - to conclude the period with a 3-point-buzzer shot (33-27) as part of a 7:0 run by France.
Yacoubou, decisive on the defensive boards, fed the ball out to Lawson-Wade who in turn delivered a nice pass for Gruda to finish up and conclude the 9:0 sequence. Lithuania, always dangerous in open play, did not drop their heads but had problems containing Yacoubou while France reached the magical 10-point lead (44-34). Some sloppy play from France resulted in two turnovers and Lithuania was back in the game. Clemence Beikes hit a trey from a pass from Lawson-Wade to maintain France's advantage. Later on Sandra Le Drean finished off another French fast-break move orchestrated by Celine Dumerc (51-40). France extended their advantage to a maximum 14 points. As so often France went off the rails and Lithuania hit 9 consecutive points to cut their deficit to 5 points. Just at the end of the third period France went into the last period with a 7-point lead due to a mix-up in the Lithuanian defence that allowed Sandra Dijon to pick the ball out of the hands of Egle Sulciute right under the basket and score.
The final quarter belonged to the team of Algirdas Paulauskas as his team did not give up whereas France's poor shooting from the charity stripe during the stanza was to prove costly as the match came to its conclusion with Egle Sulciute playing a big part. She was allowed room in the French paint to make it a 2-point game in favour of France (60-58). Gintare Petronyte took a risk of tugging Gruda's shirt in the paint. Although Gruda made the shot, the official had already blown for an unsportsmanlike foul and disallowed the basket. Gruda only made one the free-throws.
The final act was a match-up between Lawson-Wade who hit back to back 2-point jumpers while Egle Sulciute hit back to back treys. And with her second one she gave Lithuania the lead (66-65) with 12.67 seconds remaining. France had the chance to win the match but messed up their last attack and with that the game was gone. Sandra Valuzytze hit one of her free-throws leaving France 1.96 seconds left to find a solution.
What was more remarkable in Lithuania's last minute hold-up was that both Rima Valentiene and Marcauskaite had already fouled out.
Boxscore


   Spain beat Belgium 72-53 - Oct. 5, 2007
Spain had a cracking start with 3-pointers for Amaya Valdemoro and Elisa Aguilar and 2-of-3 from the charity stripes for Amaya Valdemoro in a 9:0 run. Kathy Wambe was not having luck herself but Nele Deyaert was on hand to pick up second-chance points as Belgium came quickly back and put together also a 9:0 run to go in front (15:14). The game, already played at a fast pace, went up a notch with Ann Wauters yet having all the time to strike a try from the top of the arc and then Kathy Wambe hit a jumper from the base line just inside the arc as Belgium overtook Spain (20-16). Then Amaya Valdemoro scored her ninth point, which turned out to be the last score of the period (20-18).
The intensity of the match picked up during the second period and turnovers were normally punished by baskets. Ann Wauters lost the ball in her own area and seconds later Ana Montanana leveled the score (20-20). Isabel Sanchez hit a typical 3-point and it appeared that Spain was about to run riot. This was not the case as Belgium dug deep and when Laurence Van Malderen hit a trey from a pass from Kathy Wambe in a 6:0 run that put them back in front (29-25). Evaristo Perez called for a time-out and when things did not work on the next play, he brought back Amaya Valdemoro and Laia Palau (178-G/F-79). These two player injected some pace in the attack and Spain was back in front after a 3-pointer by Aquilar and a jump shot by Montanana. Wauters very active put her side back in the lead but this was short lived because Palau made a pair of free throws for Spain to go into the break leading (32-31).
Wauters and Amaya Valdemoro continued to lead by example at the start of the third period, Wauters tied the game (32-32) for the last time in the match before Amaya Valdemoro hit a trey for Spain. Palaiu became more decisive extended her teams advantage. A flourish of points from both sides kept the crowd on their feet. Spain still continued to lead (43-38) and Laurent Buffard called a time-out as if he sensed something in the air. On resumption Kathy Wambe hit a Jump shot to make it a 3-point game. This was to be as close as the game got despite the excellent defence work of Wauters including a double block on Cindy Lima (192-C-81). Spain went on a 9:0 run concluded by a bomb from beyond the arc (52-40). Belgium battled honourable to keep the score to 10 by the end of the third (54-44).
Belgium gifts from turnovers and fast breaks never allowed them to really get back into the match and with key players having a certain number of fouls, they could not match their opponents and by the time Isabel Sanchez was allowed to play with the ball and the Belgium defence before waltzing in to finish an uncontested lay-up (61-46) the game as a contest was over. Laurent Buffard took out his key players allowing the bench players to experience a quarterfinal of a major competition.
Spain went on to win the match (72-53)
Amaya Valdemoro finished with a game high 19 points with Montanana, not far behind on 17 points. Wauters finished also with 19 points plus 10 rebounds and Nele Deyaert contributed 10 points.
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   Russia knock out Lithuania (75-58) - Oct. 5, 2007
You can not expect to concede 52 rebounds especially 21 on the offensive boards and expect to win the game, this number of rebounds is not acceptable, we are supposed to defend better and box out was the remark of Algirdas Paulauskas while Marcauskaite added that we wanted to stop the offensive threat of Stepanova but when you look at the sheet five other players hit double digits. Lithuania had an excellent start to the game in which they hit successive shots in the opening spell, a percentage that dropped by the end of the game.
Lina Brazdeikyte's three-ball just under a minute of the tip-off was the type of score needed to get this match started. With that little advantage her side played with more confidence than Russia in the opening minutes. Both teams traded basket for basket until Iveta Marcauskaite hit a trey just on the stroke of five minutes (18-12). Lina Brazdeikyte hit her second 3 of the game to extend their advantage to 9 points. Tatiana Shchegoleva made her entry into the match and although not successful in scoring muscled her away round the box and was the catalyst in her side's revival and by the end of the period Lithuania's advantage was only 4 points (31-28).
Now warmed up Tatiana Shchegoleva scored her first points of the match, but a fired-up Lina Brazdeikyte replied in kind for her side. The pace of game was rather slow which initially suited the Russians as Tatiana Shchegoleva brought them back to within 1 point (29-28) of the lead. The game played by both sides was technically fine but for the neutral spectators it went through a boring phase, as both teams cancelled each other out. After a passive period the match started to come to life with once again Lina Brazdeikyte as the catalyst doing all the work before handing the ball over to Agne Ciudariene who finished the job. Ilone Ilona Korstine (183-G-80), quiet till now, became more active and ejected more pace into the game and eventually Russia managed to tie the game through Shchegleva (35-35). Lithuania went in the break with a 2-point lead after Sandra Valuzyte hit a pair of free-throws.
Russia looked different at the start the 3rd quarter and used the pace of Ilona Korstine to brilliant effect as they hit Lithuania (8:2) to take the lead for the first time. Aigirdas Paulaukas (Lithuanian head coach) immediately called for a time-out. After the technical discussion, Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) became the got-to-lady and she responded immediately with her first trey of the match. This action sparked the Russians and the match was launched: Olga Arteshina hit a couple of shots from down-town as she took on Rima Valentiene in this department. Lithuania led (50-49) after the shoot-out but then suffered a 10:0 hammering to lose their hold on the game as Russia went into the final period leading (59-52).
Russia continued their dominance and put 10 points between themselves and Lithuania (62-52). Sandra Valuzyte broke the final quarter for her side with a 3-point play (2+1) but things did not get any better for them because it was now the turn of Maria Stepanova to step up as Russia maintained a tight hold on the game and extended their advantage by another 5 points (73-56).
With the match in their pocket Russia played out the remaining time and booked their place in the semi-final with a (75-58) win.
Olga Arteshina finished the game with 17 points in a nicely balanced Russia offensive attack with 5 other players in double digits. Lithuania had only two players in double digits.
Igor Grudin is not a man of many words and was just glad to have won this game because quart finals are special matches, if you lose you play for 5-8th and if you win you are in the top for fighting for the medals. It maybe because of this factor that the team did not play well at the beginning of the match but the second half was another story as we started to score and dominate the boards so all that is left is to congratulate the team on the victory. Ilona Korstin mentioned that the results of the first night quarterfinal shocked them and put them a little under pressure so of cause they are happy that they won the game.


   Latvia are the first team to qualify for the semi-final after beating France (66-62) - Oct. 4, 2007
When you get the chance to speak to the players from Latvia, they tend to speak about team dynamics and the role of each player in the team, when you try to probe them about individuals or about themselves you draw a blank wall. In this match on two occasions key members of squad had to leave the court for treatment the other players continued with the attitude of business as usual. When France cracked the Latvian zone at the start of the game, they simply changed the system and continued as if nothing happened . It was not that France played badly today , they just played against a slightly better oiled machine.
In 2005 Latvia missed out on chance to go to the World Championship after losing out to France for fifth place, today France now have to fight once again for fifth place in order to qualify for the 2008 Olympic qualifier tournament. Latvia are already qualified for that but now they have other objectives.
Latvia adopted a zone defence from the start but it was France through Edwige Lawson-Wade after a patient build up around the perimeter scored the first points she drove in to the paint and hit a jump shot. Latvia replied on their first attack through Anete Jekabsone-Zogota , who shortly after pulled up after touching her hamstring and left the field for a short while. Audrey Sauret Gillespie on her 200th appearance scored with her first shot of the game followed by Sandra Dijon mid-distance jumper and with that France appeared to be in control leading (6-2). Ainars Zvirgzdins called an early time-out and changed the defensive system. Gunta Basko came into play and ran cycles round the French defence and then pulled a jumper over her club team mate Sandra Dijon. This moved inspired her team-mates and with the return of Jacobson-Zagota, Latvia went on a 7:0 run to lead at the end of the first period (13-10).
Clemence Beikes made her entry into the match and made her presence felt as she fed Isabelle Yacoubou for a simple jump shot. France still have problems beyond the arc but had no problems with mid-range shots and eventually tied the game (16-16) with a Edwige Lawson-Wade jump shop. Latvia have a simple but very efficient switch play around the arc and they employed it to good effect to give Ieva Tare all the time in the world to stroke a perfect three (19-16) for Latvia to go back into the lead, for what turned out to be for good. Then after this good sequence of play, the game became rather scrappy and it remained scoreless for almost 4 minutes with the only incident a fourth personal foul for Zane Eglite. Seeing the expression on the Latvian head coach times is enough to scare anybody and not for the first time in thie competition Latvia stepped up with some clutch 3-point shooting this time by Liene Jansone, who nailed two either side of a Gunta Gunta Basko jump shot as they went on a 9:2 flourish to go into the locker room with a comfortable lead (28-18).
Latvia scored the first two points of the 3rd period before what has become a rarity in this tournament, a 3-point score from France. Clemence Beikes scored this shot (on the 18th attempt by France in the last two games until this point in the game). This shot appeared to give Sandrine Gruda some inspiration as she started to throw her weight about for France. Latvia maintained their advantage as France having to chase the game exposed themselves to counters, allowing Latvia to maintain a handsome lead (36-27) after 15 minutes of play. Having not much luck on the inside, France went for perimeter shooting and Sandra Le Drean hit a second trey for France. The intensity picked up and bodies began to fly all around the floor but the most serious incident occurred when Gunta Basko and Sandrine Gruda collided in mid air going for a rebound under the French basket. Gruda was called for the foul and was immediately taken out of the game for a rest while Gunta Basko left the game to receive some treatment.
Ieva Tare kept the Latvia momentum going with some solid work in the paint for her side while Isabelle Yacoubou continued to throw her body about under the offensive board for France and win free throws (41-36). Just when it appeared that France would get close , they dropped their defensive guard allowing Anete Jekabsone-Zogota to get free and the sentence was immediate another trey. France finished the quarter on a high with a pair of free throws from Emilie Gomis and jump shot from Sandra Le Drean , which left Latvia with a 4-point lead going into the final period.
Gunta Basko capped off a 9:0 run by Latvia with a three-ball (53-40) that appeared to have killed France off, but Audrey Sauret Gillespie had other ideas and hit a couple of treys as France started a late charge and reduced the deficit (62-55) with just a little of two minutes remaining. Neither team was able to score until the game was well into the last minute. Edwige Lawson-Wade made a pair of from the charity stripes as the game headed to its I have to foul you to stop the game clock stage. In turn she then fouled Gunta Basko who also kept a cool nerve at the stripes. On the next play Dumerc hit France's sixth trey of the night (64-60). Gunta Basko then missed her next set of free throws giving a chance for France to come right back, Celine Dumerc again was decisive as she managed to draw a foul while attempting another 3-point shot. She managed to hit 2-of-3 shots from the foul line to set up an exciting final few seconds. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota made no mistake with her free throws (66-62). France had less than 10 seconds left to find a solution and both Dumerc and Lawson-Wade tried to hit from the land of many and draw a foul at the same time to no avail.
Gunta Basko (17 pts) was one of 4 players in double digits for Latvia Janson (14), Jekabsone-Zogota (12) and Tamane (12).
Audrey Sauret Gillespie scored 10 points and dished out 6 assists and Sandrine Gruda with 14 points led the French scoring.
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   Belarus knock out the Czech Republic (52-46) - Oct. 4, 2007
The one word that come from the players of Belarus is that they are a team, they do not want to talk about their individual performance. Yelena Leuchanka and Natalia Marchanka in separate interviews after the game made similar statements , it is not about statistics, the scoreboard shows that we won. They also mentioned that the enormity of this result has not sunk in yet bet maybe in a couple of hours time it will. Ivana Vercerova from the The Czech Republic, summed up the result after the game "we did it ourselves" For the first time since the start of this competition Belarus showed emotion after the game which was nice to see.
No fireworks in the opening period with the defending champions dominating affairs (10-2) for the first five minutes. Growing in confidence Belarus stated to cause the defending champions problems and found their mark after the Czech team missed some easy shots. Natallia Marchanka got the Belarus shooting machine started with a shot from down town which immediately resulted in a time-out for the Czech Republic. This short interruption of the game did not make much difference for The Czech Republic as they still looked out of sorts and only recovered at the end of the period after seeing their lead cut to 1-point before Hana Machova restored order for her side with a trey to give them a four point lead at the (15-11) at the end of the first period.
Katsiaryna Snytsina started the second period with a score from beyond the arc and Belarus' comeback was complete when Marchanka hit a second 3 just in front of the arc to take the leadfor the second time this evening. Machova responded in kind with another trey but for her sides the lead was short-lived as Belarus began to show another side to their game with points coming from all angles of the court to edge in front (25-23) at the midway point in the period, reaching a maximum lead of 7-points before conceding some of their advantage to lead by 4-points at the break.
A very tactical third period only came to life in the last four minutes as the Czechs trailing (39-33) started to use their slight height advantage in the paint to good work as they scored the last 8 points of the half to regain the lead (41-39) going in the final period.
We had to wait 4:27 seconds for the first score in the final quarter and once again it was Natallia Marchanka finding something special as she weaved through a host of bodies to a lay-up to tie the game (41-41). Snytsina put Belarus back in front 90 seconds later with a nicely executed jump shot just inside the arc. Jan Bobrovsky called a time-out, but nothing changed offensively as the Czechs were not able to get anybody inside. Snytsina was not able to drive the lanes and took an off-balanced jump shot that hit the mark. The pace of the game suddenly increased but once again Belarus survived a Czech Republic raid and then somehow Natallia Marchanka managed to hit another trey (48-41). Jana Vesela stopped the Belarus' sequence with a lay-up. Eve Viteckova ( hit a 3 with 51 seconds remaining to set up a tension packed finale. Katsiaryna Snytsina held her nerves at the free throw line to sent Belarus into the semi-final.
Katsiaryna Snytsina finished with 10 points while team-mates Natallia Marchanka and Yelena Leuchanka added 11 apiece. Jana Vesela led her team in scoring with 11 points:
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   France sends Serbia Home - Oct. 3, 2007
Millica Dabovic was causing France difficulties early on as her in-your-face style troubled France when her team took an early lead (14-7) midway through the first quarter. France forced to run after the score, leaving the back door open for their opponents to exploit. Even when the backdoor was closed Serbia found a way to get the ball to Ivana Grubor who profited from some unselfish work of Sonja Petrovic to hit the first 3-pointer of the match (21-12). Yet France did not panic and slowly the deficit came down.
Sandra Le Drean scored twice and with Emilie Gomis' fast-break-counter-attack-lay ups made it a 3-point game. Millica Dabovic still had the last say of the period as she made a pair from the charity stripe for Serbia to lead (23-18) at the end of the first period.
At the start of the second quarter Grubor was left open again and put away another trey to the annoyance of Jacques Commères. Maybe his reaction was needed to spear France into offensive action as they went on to hit 11 unanswered points to take the lead (29-25) for the firs time in the game. Jovica Antonic, the Serbian head coach and master technician, needed a time-out to calm his players. It worked as his team tied the game on the next two plays. Sandrine Gruda restored the lead for France, before she was blocked by Monika Veselovski. Afterwards Ana Perovic tied the game once more after she was allowed to walk in behind the defence for a simple lay-up (31-31). The officials spoilt the flow of the game a bit with some strange calls in a hard finish to the end of the quarter with most of the points for both sides coming from the charity stripes. France finished with a 6:0 run before going to the locker room leading (39-34).
The first 6 points of the third period came from Serbia but lost their rhythm by a Lawson-Wade steal and lay-up to finish. The teams traded baskets (47-42) with France maintaining the advantage although the game had become niggley due to some poor officiating.Audrey Sauret-Gillespie and Miljana Musovic clashed heads in a chase for the ball which split Audrey forehead open. Following this incident the game became even rougher. France was having trouble shooting the ball from outside the paint, so they went to work on penetrating the zone and finished the quarter on an 11:5 run to extend their lead (56-47).
Both sides had to work hard in the final period to score anything. France had a Sandrine Gruda on form today as she was in no mood to let anything get away from her, hence the advantage was maintained (66-55).France once again left the floor open and Petrovic hit a 3-pointer which once again annoyed Jacques commeres. Emily Gomis responded with a rear French mid-distance shot (68-58) with the game 20 seconds into money time.
France once again left the floor open and Petrovic hit a 3-pointer which once again annoyed Jacques commeres. Emily Gomis responded with a rear French mid-distance shot (68-58) with the game 20 seconds into money time. France went on to win (68-60) and will now play Latvia in the first game in the new PalaTricalle Arena in Chieti.
Sandrine Gruda scored 16 points and Emilie Gomis added 14 points for France while Ivana Grubor (3-of-3 from 3 point range) paced Serbia with 17 points . Ana Perovic adding 12 points and Marina Puskar chipping in 11 points also finished in double figures.


   Brutal acceleration in the final period by Russia was enough to see off Spain - Oct. 3, 2007
The only score in the first 2 minutes came from the charity stripes. Lucila Pascua scored the first field gaol of the match as she managed to work herself inside the paint. Maria Stepanova showed her soft touch with a delicate 3-pointer to put Russia back in front, while Olga Arteshina added a second 3-pointer moments after. Anna Montanana responded with a trey for Spain as to say we can also hit 3 pointers, too.
Russia leading with (7-5) changed offensive tactics that allowed Ilone Korstin to find room under the basket to score her first points of the match. The pace which was never slow picked up and it was end to end stuff with moments of brilliance from both sides and both were made to work hard for every point. Maria Stepanova scored 9 of her team's 16 first period points and already took 7 rebounds as they led by 3 points at the end of the first period (16-13).
Marta Zurro brought it back to a one-point game right from the start of the second period. Points were next to impossible to come by and Russia still led (18-17) midway though the period. Laia Palau put Spain briefly in front as an offensive mix-up by Russian was exploited by her as she went from one end of the court to the other and finished with a lay-up. Russia's only response came from the free-throw line to regain the lead. Nuria Martinez restored Spain's lead from beyond the arc. It was not easy for either side to penetrate each other's area and even when they succeeded it was impossible for the players to control their speed in executing lay-ups, the ball simply bounced back off the backboard. Russia went into the interval leading (24-22) thanks to Stepanova hitting one of her trademark's jumpers during the last minute.
Amaya Valdemoro was very active for Spain at the start of the 3rd period as they traded basket for basket in an exciting phase in which both sides made shots that they missed in the first half of the match. Russia managed to extend their advantage (37-30) before Spain, through Montanana and Palau, hit back to back scores for Spain (37-35). The scores remained close through the remaining of the period as the contest Stepanova - Valdemore intensified with 9 and 10 points respectively during the quarter. Russia's advantage was now 3 points (45-42) going into the final period.
A brutal acceleration in the Russian offensive play put them in the driving seat as their advantage grew (56-45) with just five minutes left on the clock. Spain for the first time in the competition could not find a way back into the match and will now face Belgium in the quarter final.
Russia will play Lithuanian in their quarterfinal match after winning (64-49)
Stepanova top scored with 19 points and she also toped the rebound statistics with 12. Irina Osipova and Svetlana Abrosimova also made double digits with 13 and 10 respectively. Amaya Valdemoro scored 14 points for Spain.


   Italy the hosts are out of Eurobasket  - Oct. 3, 2007
Belarus abandoned their outside game from the off and went for the inside strength of Marina Kress and Anastasiya Verameyenka while Italy opened with a pair of treys by Francesca Modica in a hectic opening session. Belarus alternated their defensive systems between zone and player to player that disturbed the Italian attack while giving themselves more opportunities on the fast break. Belarus led (19-15) after the first period without hitting anything from down town.
The second period opened with Modica hitting her 3rd 3 of the evening quickly followed by another Italian attack orchestrated by Giorgia Sottana as she drove to the basket and then passed out to the open Dubravaka Dacic who completed the move to put Italy back in front (21-20). This lead was short lived as Veremeenko concluded yet another Belarus fast break to go back in front. Both teams started to play exciting defence, one such action came from Laura Macchi chasing back Natallia Anufyienka to knock the ball away just as she was to lay up. Unfortunately this defensive action was not rewarded because off the inbound Katsiayna Snytsina was on hand to score the first 3-pointer for Belarus which gave them the first significant lead midway through the second quarter (28-23). Belarus picked up so many second or third rebound chances to slowly extend their advantage to go into the interval leading (38-30).
No let up for Italy as Belarus hit two quick baskets to start the third quarter. Italy then went to the perimeter option of Raffaella Masciadri but her two attempts fell short and then she was stripped by Olga Podobed. Afterwards Yelena Leuchanka scored from the resulting pass under the boards (44-32). Gianni Lambruschi called for a time-out. Italy did not have much answer for their opponents and attempted 11 shots in total from the land of many but did not make one, ironically Belarus continued to work from inside and went into the final period leading by 12 points.
Nataliya Trafimave opened proceedings in the final period with a 3-pointer and when Nataliya Marchanka controlling the pace of the game hit her trey (56-40) the writing was on the wall for Italy. Modica ended the 3-point drought for the hosts and gave the fans some hope that a comeback was possible (60-43).
Belarus showed another facet to their game today as they not only worked well the offensive boards but showed that they can play at pace. Italy just did not have any luck today as shot after shot either hit the rim or lipped out as the host crashed out (66-51).



   Turkey and German say goodbye to EuroBasket 2007 - Oct. 3, 2007 
Band she was instrumental in nearly all the good actions of her side in their close defeat. When she was on the court , Lithuania was always uncomfortable. Nevriye Yilmaz was the main beneficial of her performance as she put in a stunning display as she finished with a game high 20 points in what turned out to be a losing cause.
Germany competition has seen them at the wrong side of many close games in this edition of Eurobasket. Linda Frohlick always positive and a leader on the court has nothing but good things to say about her team-mates, while herself and Martina Weber are the big names in the team but in their last match lets talk about Alexandra Muller who finally found her scoring touch and gave a masterly display in a difficult cause.



   Spain-Russia. Preparation for the Final? - Oct. 3, 2007 
Spain and Russia will meet tonight in the battle for the first place....so far in the group. The game is scheduled for 18.30. Belarus and Italy will struggle for the last ticket to the Quarterfinals from Group F. Thier game is the opener of the last day of the Qualifying Round. France faces Serbia in another important game for both teams as Serbia still has chances to advance.
Spain remains the only undefeated team and in order to prove the superiority the team has to beat another favorite, Russia. The latter is still on the way to show the 'expected' game from what they want to. A win over Spain however will make them a favorite number 1 for the Gold.
Belarus-Italy is another event the spectators are waiting for. For Belarus it is already a minimum that the team advanced to the Qualifying Round. For sure the team will not stop on that and try to upset the hosts. For Italy it is a must to advance to the Quarterfinals and probably they will do their best for it.
Serbia in order to advance will have to beat France and as hard as they can, as then three teams will have 2-3 record and only two of them will qualify. So far France is the favotire, however Serbia knows the word 'sensation', that they presented in the game against Russia.


   The last day of Group E - Oct. 2, 2007
Lithuania-Turkey 67:61 (16-15, 18-15, 13-19, 20-12)
Lithuania grabbed the last ticket from Group E to qualify for the quarter-finals of the EuroBasket Women. In a win-or-die game the Baltic team overcame Turkey 67:61. Agne Ciudariene (188-F-79) led the winners with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) produced 12, while Lina Brazdeikyte (185-F/G-74) added 11. Nevriye Yilmaz (196-C-80) came back after a back injury and top-scored in the losing effort. She poured in 20 points and made 13 rebounds for Turkey.
Lithuania will continue the battle for the higher spot than 9th. In the last game of the group the team beat Turkey and took their place there. The Baltic team had hard time in the opening quarter but finished it with 16:15. Later on Egle Sulciute scoring eight and Lina Brazdeikyte and Milda Sauliute weighing in with seven apiece, helped the Baltic side take a 34:30 lead at the interval.
It was a good beginning of the first half when Lithuania opened up a 45:36 lead midway through the third quarter. Turkey however made a 13-2 run to stay in front after three quarters, 49:47.
The last quarter was a tough one and only in the end Lithuania grabbed the win. After 61:61 Rima Valentiene nailed a three and then Marcauskaite repeated from the arc to set up the final 67:61 score.
Lithuania: Agne Ciudariene 12+9 rebs, Rima Valentiene 12, Lina Brazdeikyte 11
Turkey: Nevriye Yilmaz 20+13 rebs, Yasemin Horasan (190-F/C-83) 11, Nilay Yigit (170-G-79) 11

Belgium-Czech Republic 70:72 (21-19, 17-16, 20-23, 12-14)
Czech Republic survives in the Group E and finishes first in it. After a loss from Germany the team escaped from Belgium winning 72:70. The latter had a great game as well and due to the game they show in this tournament can easily struggle for the medals. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) (190-F-82) led the winners with 22 points. Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) netted 14, while Vesela added 11 and 7 rebounds. Ann Wauters (194-C-80) collected 22 points and 12 rebounds.
It was another battle of the tournament that deserved a high honor. This tournament is very tough for the Czechs and we can prove it in the next three games for the team.
Belgium won the opening quarter 21:19, having 21:15 with 2 minutes remaining. Van Malderen made it 28:21 in the beginning of the second, but Czech Republic reduced again. Both teams went to the lockers with 38:35 for the Belgian squad.
Ann Wauters gave her team another spurt to make 56:51 in the center of the third. Deyaert saved the team at 58:58 as both teams entered the last period.
Ann Wauters again brought Belgium the biggest lead at that time, 66:58 with less than 6 minutes remaining. Czech Republic made a 14-2 run to grab the 72:70 win.
Belgium: Ann Wauters 22+12 rebs, De Mondt 13, Kathy Wambe (174-G-81) 13
Czech Republic: Eva Viteckova 22, Petra Kulichova 14, Vesela 11+7 rebs

Latvia-Germany 60:47 (23-13, 8-19, 17-5, 12-10)
Latvia finished Group E with 4-1 record which is the second place in the group. In the last game of the group the team beat Germany 60:47. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) led the winners with 16 points. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) ended up with 15, while Tare nailed 10. Martina Weber (196-F-82, college: Iona) top-scored for Germany with 11 points.
Latvia went to sleep at the start of the second period and Germany took full advantage and put together an (10-0) run and tied the game 23:23 with less than 2 on the game clock with a 3-point bomb from Alexandra Muller. Latvia went back in front almost immediately on a fast break counter from Liene Jansome. The game slowed down after this and was not pretty but Germany continued to work away and took the lead 29:28 through Martine Martina Weber and then extended their advantage from Linda Frohlich. In the rest of the game Latvia felt comfortable in the court and led the game to 60:47 win.
Latvia: Gunta Basko 16, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 15, Tare 10
Germany: Martina Weber 11, Frohlich 10


   Chances before the last day of Group E - Oct. 2, 2007
A very interesting situation is in group E as three teams have 3-1 record and three others 1-3. As you know there are 4 teams that will advance to the Quarterfinasl and for sure it is Czech Republic, Latvia and Belgium. Lithuania and Turkey will struggle for the last ticket from the group and only Germany lost all the chances to advance.
Czech Republic-Belgium is the key game of the day. There are however some 'if' for each team. Czech Republic will finish on the first spot if they just win the game. Belgium, in order to place first should beat Czech Republic and hope that Germany beat Latvia. Latvia will need a win over Germany and the victory of Belgium over the Czechs to finish first.
The key players of the teams are ready for the last day of the Qualifying Round. It is for sure Ann Wauters (194-C-80) in Belgium, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) in Latvia and Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) in Czech Republic. The teams will have some advantages and disadvantages before Group F. Good news is that they would have more time for preparation as they play a day earlier. Bad news is that the teams from Group F will know who they will play with and try to do their best in order to meet the team that is weaker.
Even though that Czech Republic and Russia were the favorites before the tournament, Spain feels in a better shape so far. The latter is the only undefeated team in the tournament.



   Italy is still alive, while Russia is back on track - Oct. 1, 2007
Serbia-Italy 43:64 (12-17, 8-14, 13-16, 10-17)
The question is how can you beat Russia and then lose to Italy, by more than 20 points. Serbia proved that it is possible and depends on the preparation and the mood. Italy had a stronger desire to win as it was the only chance for the hosts to stay alive before the Quarterfinals. Francesca Modica (175-G-81) led the winners with 13 points. Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) nailed 11, while Laura Macchi (187-F-79) and Ress added 10 points each. Tamara Radocaj (168-G-87) and Miljana Musovic (180-G-87) scored only 7 points in the losing effort. Three teams have 1-3 record in the group and there is only one ticket for them to the Quarterfinals.
Ress and Laura Macchi scored six points apiece as Italy led 17:12 going into the second quarter. Federica Ciampoli then buried Italy's first three to spark the Azzurre on a 14-8 run as they led by 11 at the break. Serbia trailed by 20:31 at the half time.
Nothing specific had happened in the second half as the hosts dominated in the court. With a tough defense they left Serbia in the 40-s. If Italy beat Belarus on Wednesday, the team will finish fourth in the group. Serbia needs Spain to beat tonight France and then upset France again.
Serbia take on France in their last Group F qualifier on Wednesday while Italy meet Belarus.
Serbia:Tamara Radocaj 7, Miljana Musovic 7
Italy: Francesca Modica 13, Giorgia Sottana 11, Laura Macchi 10+9 rebs, Ress 10

Russia-Belarus 87:73 (24-15, 17-16, 27-9, 19-33)
Russia beat Belarus 87:73 at EuroBasket Women in qualifying round Group F. The win gave the opportunity to improve at 3-1 and have a chance to finish first in the group F. Russia will have to beat Spain in the last day of the Qualifying Round. In the game over Belarus Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) paced the winners with 21 points. Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) collected 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Olga Sokolovskaya (173-G-91) and Irina Osipova (196-C-81) added 10. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) top-scored for Belarus with 18 points.
Russia being upset by the loss from Serbia and the fact that Italy smashed Serbia before their game started to play offensive basketball. The team reached the result already in the first quarter, 24:15. Ilona Korstine scored some important baskets and led her team to 41:31 at the half.
The third quarter was the benefit for the favorites as they had 27:9 in it. Abrosimova made sure her team has enough before the last quarter, nailing a two, 68:40.
Belarus produced a very good last quarter winning 33:19. Even that was not enough to cut the deficit. Russia moves on, while Belarus will have to beat Italy in the last game of the group in order make it to the Quarterfinals.
Russia: Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) 21, Maria Stepanova 15+11 rebs, Olga Sokolovskaya 10, Irina Osipova 10
Belarus: Yelena Leuchanka 18, Katsiaryna Snytsina (188-F-85) 14

France-Spain 53:63 (9-13, 20-16, 17-11, 7-23)
Spain remains the only undefeated team in the tournament. In the tough game against France the favorites overcame 63:53 due to the last quarter. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) was on top with 17 points. Sanchez nailed 15, while Lucila Pascua (196-C-83) added 13. Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) finished with 13 points in the losing effort.
The players of Evaristo Perez made another good team's job and won to France. Amaya Amaya Valdemoro was a lady on a mission tonight as she hyped herself and her team up when it mattered most, she gave a classic example of if you do not first succeed the try again.
France: Sandrine Gruda 13, Ndongue 8
Spain: Amaya Valdemoro 17, Sanchez 15, Lucila Pascua 13


   Spain remains the only undefeated team in Eurobasket 2007 - Oct. 1, 2007
Three more days are left before the end of the Qualifying Round. This means that only one game is left for each team in Group E and two games for the teams in Group F. The next three some teams will struggle for the better places under the sun, while others try to get the last tickets into the Quarterfinals.
Spain remains the only undefeated team in the tournament, however many specialists do not predict the total win for the Spanish squad. In Group F it is the only team that for sure advanced to the Quarterfinals due to the brilliant games of Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76). Tonight Spain will face France that is a tough team and if the latter wins they will take a first spot in the group. Russia will probably have also 3-1 after the game against Belarus and that will mean that three teams might have 3-1 record on top. Belarus will still have chances even if the team lose to Russia tonight.
Italy in order to stay alive will have to beat Serbia. The latter is still on fire after a triumph over Russia. Serbia created a sensation in Eurobasket 2007 beating Russia 67:65 and improved to 1-2 in Group F. Russia lost for the first time in the tournament and now has 2-1. Milica Dabovic (175-G-82) led the winners with 28 points scoring most important points in the end of the game.
All the teams that are left in the tournament can make it to the Quarterfinals.


   Spain remains the only undefeated team in Eurobasket 2007 - Oct. 1, 2007
Germany-Turkey 63:76 (15-22, 13-22, 13-16, 22-16)
Turkey beat Germany in Group E of the 2007 EuroBasket Women qualifying round. Having 0-3 record Turkey is still on track to the Quarterfinals. Yasemin Yasemin Horasan (190-F/C-83) (190-F/C-83) led the winners with 18 points while Birsel Birsel Vardarli (173-G-84) added 14 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals to lead a balanced Turkish attack. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) top-scored for the German squad with 19 points. On Tuesday, Germany face Latvia and Turkey take on Lithuania as both Germany and Turkey still have chances for the quarter-finals.
Germany: Anne Breitreiner 19, Martina Weber (196-F-82, college: Iona) 16
Turkey: Yasemin Horasan 18, Birsel Vardarli 14, Tuncluer 13

Czech Republic-Lithuania 75:67 (19-24, 16-21, 21-11, 19-11))
Czech Republic luckily deserved a win against Lithuania 75:67. Trailing by 10 points at the half, the favorites could win the game. Remembering also the loss from the Germans it was a hard time to recover. Hopefully last two quarters would bring the team more confidence in the next games. Lithuania dropped at 1-3 and has the same result as Turkey and Germany. Marketa Mokrosova (178-F-81) and Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) led the winners with 13 points each. Hana Machova (182-F-79) supported them with 8 points and 8 rebounds. Lina Brazdeikyte (185-F/G-74) top-scored for the Baltic State with 13 points.
Oh, well with such games from Czech Republic and Russia we would hardy see them in the final again. Lithuania that was thrashed by the Belgians and Latvians could give a real battle to the favorites. After 3-0 the Baltic team lost the confidence and trailed by 7:11. Bach-on-track in the game Lithuania produced a 9-0 run to finish the first at 24:19. Briedyte gave her team 41:32 that was at that time a real sensation. Moreover Marcauskaite's jump-shot sent the teams with 10 points deficit for Lithuania.
For Czech Republic it was not the end of the game. The team produced a 21:11 in the third quarter to tie at 56:56 in the end of it. Lithuania never saw then the game leading the score. Czech Republic pushed the tempo to finish the game at 75:67.
Czech Republic: Marketa Mokrosova 13, Eva Viteckova 13, Hana Machova 8+8 rebs
Lithuania: Lina Brazdeikyte 13, Agne Ciudariene (188-F-79) 12, Egle Sulciute (190-C/F-85) 12

Latvia - Belgium 69:66 (11-18, 15-10, 28-16, 15-22)
Latvia secured their spot in the final round and become the first team in EuroBasket 2007 to beat Belgium. After a 69:66 win, the Baltic team can even struggle for the first place in the group. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) led the winners with 27 points. Liga Jansone (-84) produced 15, while Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) added 14. Ann Wauters (194-C-80) had a great game for Belgium with 30 points and 9 rebounds. Three teams now in Group E have 3-1 record including Belgium and Latvia.
Belgium used a 6-0 run to dominate in the opening quarter. Ann Wauters carried Belgium to an 18:11 lead in the end of it.Belgium continued to score at will and stayed on top 28:26 at the half time.
Latvia that was led by Anete Jekabsone-Zogota took off on a 14-2 run in the next five minutes of which Anete Jekabsone-Zogota had seven. Nevertheless Belgium managed an 11-2 run in the following three minutes almost to tie the game at 63:65.Anete Jekabsone-Zogota's four free throws in the ned of the game brought Latvia a third win.
Latvia will take on Germany tomorrow, while Belgium will fight for a better position against the Czech Republic. If belgium beat Czech republic and Latvia overcome Germnay, then Latvia will finish first in the group. If Czech Republic wins over Belgium, then the defending champions will be first for sure.
Latvia:Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 27, Liga Jansone 15, Gunta Basko 14
Belgium: Ann Wauters 30+9 rebs, Nele Deyaert (186-F-79) 8, Kathy Wambe (174-G-81) 8


   Group F: the first games of the Qualifying Round - Sep. 29, 2007
Italy - Spain 64:79 (18-25, 14-22, 15-16, 17-16)
Spain remains undefeated in Eurobasket 2007. In the first game of the Qualifying Round the team upset the hosts 79:64. Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington) led the winners with 17 points. Ana Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) produced 16, while Sanchez added 11. Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort. A three-ball by the latter closed the gap to 32-26 midway through the second quarter, and after an Isabel Sanchez jumper from the left made it 34:26, Zara pulled up at the top of the key and cut the deficit to 34:28 in the first half. Italy got no closer than 12 points in the second half.
Italy: Raffaella Masciadri 16, Zara 13, Kathrin Ress (193-F-85, college: Boston Coll.) 13
Spain: Elisa Aguilar 17, Ana Montanana 16, Sanchez 11

Serbia - Russia 67:65
Serbia creates another sensation in Eurobasket 2007 as yesterday Germany beat Czech Republic 54:47. Serbia overcame Russia 67:65 and improved to 1-2 in Group F. Russia lost for the first time in the tournament and now has 2-1. Milica Dabovic (175-G-82) led the winners with 28 points scoring most important points in the end of the game. Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) nailed 18 and made 11 rebounds for Russia, while Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) collected 16 points and 11 rebounds.
First half was the preparation for the second as both teams stayed together most of the time. Russia was the favorite of the game, however could not deserve it.
In the last quarter it was the game between Maria Stepanova and Milica Dabovic. Even their team mates tried to find the leaders of the teams for the final shots. After two jump shots, Milica Dabovic nailed a three with 4.25 remaining. At that time Serbia took a 57:53 lead, while Russia took a timeout. The timeout did not give enough time to rest for the Russian squad as right after it Shchegoleva received unsportsmanlike foul that gave Serbia 1 more point from Puskar's free throw.
It was Maria Stepanova's time again to reduce the score. She made another jump-shot with 2.44 remaining. Milica Dabovic replied with the same jump-shot to take 60:55 lead. As Russia understood that Maria Stepanova's effort would not be enough they saw Ilona Korstine to help the team. She scored 4 points in a row, however Serbia had 2 more points from Milica Dabovic who scored 2 free throws. Olga Arteshina (190-F-82) nailed two three pointers in a row to tie the score at 65:65 with 7 seconds remaining. Milica Dabovic nailed two points with 2 seconds in the fourth quarter and as it became clear in the last. Maria Stepanova's shot did not reach the basket.
Serbia: Milica Dabovic 28, Ivana Grubor (185-F/C-84) 8
Russia: Maria Stepanova 18+11 rebs, Ilona Korstine 16+11 rebs, Olga Arteshina 8

Belarus-France 60:72 (18-15, 15-26, 16-12, 11-19)
Belarus National team lost the first game of the Qualifying Round of Eurobasket. After two nice victories Belarus had to admit the loss from France 60:72. Only due to the last quarter the favorites could celebrated the win.Anastasiya Verameyenka (191-C-87) led Belarus with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Natalia Marchanka (168-G-79) and Tatyana Troina (187-C-81, college: S.Carolina) supported her with 9 points each. Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) top-scored for the winners with 17 points. France moved to 2-1 in Group F while Belarus dropped to 1-2.
A splash of emotions after the previous wins still energize Belarus in the first quarter that the team won 18:15. Katsiaryna Snytsina gave Belarus a 20:17 lead early in the second quarter, before France took over. The favorites went on a 16-3 run, before Belarus started to hit from the outside led by five points from Nataliya Trafimava , but France still managed to finish the first half up 41:33.
Four points in a row nailed Belarus in the beginning of the third quarter. The team stayed with 4 points behind and kept the same difference in the end of the quarter. Merchanka's lay-up finished the third quarter at 49:53. France however won the fourth 19:11 to have better chances for the Quarterfinals.
Belarus: Anastasiya Verameyenka 15+9 rebs, Natalia Marchanka 9, Tatyana Troina 9
France: Sandrine Gruda 17,Emmeline Ndongue (194-F-83) 12, Sandra Dijon (195-C-79) 10


   Qualifying Round: one of the favorites is defeated - Sep. 28, 2007
Germany-Czech Republic 54:47 (17-14, 8-12, 13-12, 16-9)
Germany defeats Czech Republic which was the brightest sensation of the tournament so far. In the first day of the Qualifying Round the German team overcame 54:47. The victory was achieved due to the win in the last quarter when the underdogs beat the favorites 16:9. Linda Froehlich (188-F/C-79, college: UNLV) (188-F/C-79, college: UNLV) paced the winners with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) netted 10, as Dorothea Richter (176-G-83) and Weber posted 8 points each. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) top-scored for Czech Republic with 15 points. The favorites are still with a positive 2-1 record, while Germany is 1-2.
When Germany scored 3 first points of the game, it was not time to worry as the Czechs answered with 7-0 run. Germany still won the first quarter having 17:14 in the end of it.
The Czechs took a control in the second quarter, however their lead was limited. Jana Vesela (194-F-83) sent the teams to the lockers making a jump-shot, 26:25.
With a tough third quarter it was Mokrosova who tied the score for the favorites at 38:38. The final quarter brought more interest as spectators could see another German team. After 43:45 the team made an 8-0 run and upset Czech Republic for the first time since 2003, when Russia overcame them in the Final.
Germany: Linda Froehlich 18+10 rebs, Anne Breitreiner 10, Dorothea Richter 8, Weber 8
Czech Republic: Eva Viteckova 15, Jana Vesela 10

Turkey-Belgium 63:85 (10-29, 16-20, 20-23, 17-13)

Belgium started the Qualifying Round beating Turkey in the Group E in Vasto.Turkey missed greatly their second-leading scorer and leading rebounder Nevriye Yilmaz, who didn't play at all with a back injury. A 17-0 run in the opening tip led the favorites to the 85:63 win. Laurence Van Malderen (194-C-81, agency: LBM Management) led the winners with 16 points. Anke De Mondt netted 15, while Wauters added 13. Yasemin Horasan (190-F/C-83) produced 17 points in the losing effort.
Belgium that was the favorite before the game opened the score on the board. After Turkey tied at 2:2, Belgium Produced 17-0 run that led to 19:2. That was another 17-0 run as in the previous game Belgium made the same with Romania. Evelien Callens's three-pointer pushed the cushion to 23 points but Turkey closed to within 29:10 after one period.
Belgium continued to dominate in the court and increased to 49:26 at the half. A Anke De Mondt three-pointer increased the lead to 28 points early in the third. Belgium won the third as well with 23:20. Only in the last quarter when the result was clear, Turkey could make 17:13 score. Belgium is the first team to reach 3-0 in group E.
Turkey: Yasemin Horasan 17, Esmeral Tuncluer (171-G-80) 7, Sebnem Nezahat Kimyacioglu (182-F-83, college: Stanford) 7
Belgium: Laurence Van Malderen 16, Anke De Mondt 15, Wauters 13

Lithuania-Latvia 46:76 (9-15, 14-20, 11-22, 12-19)
Latvia won the game that should win in the first Qualifying Round of Eurobasket. The team beat another Baltic State, Lithuania 76:46. The latter looks bad in comparison with the previous championships, however still stays on track. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) led the winners with 20 points. Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) nailed 16, while Jansone and Tare produced 10 points each. Iveta Marcauskaite (196-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Illinois) top-scored for Lithuania with 18 points.
Lithuania first scored in the game and had some points lead with less than 5 minutes remaining. Latvia however made an 8-0 run to finish the first at 15:9. The team did not stop and Tamane doubled the digits with 33:23. Ieva Kublina gave Latvia 12- points deficit at the half time.
Another horrible quarter for the Lithuanians sent them to -20. Jansone with a jump-shot made the score 53:33. That was in the center of Latvia's 13-1 run. Dreimane's three in the end brought Latvia 76:46 win.

The games of Group F will be played tomorrow.
Lithuania: Iveta Marcauskaite 18, Agne Ciudariene (188-F-79) 14
Latvia: Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 20, Ieva Kublina 16, Jansone 10, Tare 10



   Latvia beat Lithuania 46-76 - Sep. 28, 2007
Lithuania - Latvia 46:76 (9-15, 14-20, 11-22, 12-19). Latvia plays the Qualifying Round beating Lithuania in the Group E in Vasto. Latvia dont give a chance for their opponent to shown their game. They started with a tough offence and defence in the first period. After that Latvian`s played strong and grabbed all important rebounds(47-27). After the half time, Lativans trying to be better team on court.
They extending the lead up to 23 points at the end of three quarters (57-34). For the winners Anne Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) scored 20 pts and makes 5 assists,
Zane Tamane grabbed 9 rebounds and makes 5 assists. For the opponents Iveta Marcausaite added 18 pts and grabbed 6 rebounds. After Day 4th Latvia is on 3rd place in Group E. Next game is on 30th September. Latvia will fase leader in Qualifying Group F Belgium.



   Turkey and Belgium will open the first day of the Qualifying Round - Sep. 28, 2007
After a rest day 12 teams will resume the Eurobasket 2007. This time they will start in the Qualifying Round where each took a record from the Preliminary Round. Four teams still stay undefeated and by the end of the Round we will have not more than two.
Czech Republic won group A with 3-0, and takes 2-0 record to the Qualifying Round in Group E. In the game for the first spot Czech Republic beat Latvia 70:44. Eva Viteckova paced the winners with 12 points. Jana Vesela and Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) netted 11 points each. Czech will face Germany on Friday while Latvia will take on Lithuania.
Another undefeated team in Group E is Belgium. The latter beat Romania in the last game of the group B. Ann Wauters (194-C-80) paced the winners with 20 points and 10 rebounds. De Mondt chipped in 13, while Kathy Wambe added 10. Belgium starts the round with Turkey.
Russia did not look great in the first two games of the tournament, however smashed Greece in the last game of the Preliminary Round. The favorite of Group C won 86:47 and placed first. Irina Osipova (196-C-81) led the winners with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Ekaterina Demagina ended up with 12, while Olga Arteshina (190-F-82) created 11 points, 9 rebounds and 7 blocks. Russia will continue in Group F with 2-0 record as well as Spain. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) led Spain with 15 points and 11 rebounds over Croatia to finish Group D with 3-0 record. Ana Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) netted 12, while Marta Zurro added 8. Spain will start the Qualification Round against Italy. The game is scheduled for 15.30.



   Day 3: The end of the Preliminary Round - Sep. 26, 2007

GROUP A


Latvia-Czech Republic 44:70 (11-15, 13-22, 9-17, 11-16)
Czech Republic goes to the Qualifying Round with a perfect record. In Day 3 of the Preliminary Round the team smashed Latvia 70:44. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) paced the winners with 12 points. Jana Vesela (194-F-83) and Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) netted 11 points each. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) top-scored for Latvia with 17 points. Both teams qualified to Group E where they will meet Belgium, Germany and Lithuania to fight for a quarter-finals spot. Czech will face Germany on Friday while Latvia will take on Lithuania.
Czech Republic started the game with a 6-0 run, however had some difficulties in the opening tip. After Latvia tied the game with a 7-0 run, the champs combined four in a row to finish the first quarter up 15:11.
Jana Vesela increased to 20:11 in the beginning of the second quarter and then Eva Viteckova's three gave her team 10 points lead. Hartigova made sure the Czechs had 37:24 at the half.
In the beginning of the second half Latvia lost control in defense and started to fail. With five minutes to play Latvia was 62:33 behind, after a 25-4 run by their opponents. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota scored last points of the game making the score 44:70 for the opponents.
Latvia: Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 17, Liga Jansone (-84) 13
Czech Republic: Eva Viteckova 12, Jana Vesela 11, Petra Kulichova 11+7 rebs

Israel-Turkey 58:70 (18-17, 23-26, 4-18, 13-9)
Israel lost the third game in Group A and finished on the last place. In the opening game of Group A Turkey beat Israel 70:58 in a live-or-die game. Turkey finished the group with 1-2 and took Israel spot in the Qualifying Round. Yasemin Horasan (190-F/C-83) led the winners with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Isil Alben (170-G-86) and Saziye Karsli (185-F-82) produced 10 points each. Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) top-scored for Israel with 12 points.
It was the game of two winless teams in the group, as Latvia and Czech Republic dominated there. Israel started well and scored first five points of the game. Turkey replied with 8-0 run when Yasemin Horasan gave her team the first lead. Mirav Dori (178-F-86)'s three pointer gave Israel the lead before the first 10 minutes of the game, 18:17.
In a very offensive second quarter Turkey managed to stay in front for the most of the time and grabbed 43:41 at the half. A 13-0 run buried all hopes of Israel to advance to the Qualifying Round. Yasemin Horasan made the score 56:41 and sent her team to the next round. Israel tried hard, but could not tie the game. Three teams except Israel will advance to the Qualifying Round that will start on September 28th.
Israel: Shay Doron 12, Katia Abramzon (186-F/C-87) 11, Mirav Dori 11
Turkey: Yasemin Horasan 13+11 rebs, Isil Alben 10, Saziye Karsli 10

GROUP B

Germany-Lithuania 57:71 (18-20, 16-16, 13-15, 10-20)
Lithuania clinched second place in Group B of the 2007 EuroBasket Women. In day 3 the team beat Germany 71:57 to finish with 2-1 record. Germany advanced to the next round as well, however fell at 1-2. Sandra Valuzyte (176-G-82) brought the winners 18 points. Iveta Marcauskaite (196-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Illinois) scored 16, while Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) added 14. Linda Frohlich had a great game for the German squad collecting 24 points and 11 rebounds. In the qualifying round in Vasto on Friday, Lithuania will face Baltic neighbours Latvia and Germany take on defending champions Czech Republic.
Linda Frohlich opened the game with a jump shot, but then her team saw 15 consecutive points in their basket. Germany answered with the next 12 points and Iveta Marcauskaite's three-pointer gave Lithuania a 20:18 lead after one period.
It was Frohlich again who gave her team 32:30 lead in the second quarter. Rima Valentiene's three sent the teams to the lockers with 36:34 for the Baltic state.
Anne Breitreiner scored seven points for Germany in the quarter only to have Lina Brazdeikyte, Egle Sulciute and Rima Valentiene all hit three-pointers to carry Lithuania to a 51:47 lead going into the fourth. With 57:53 for Lithuania, the team created a 9-0 run to clinch the second place and a win in the game. The Baltic team wins 71:57 and joins the Qualifying Round with 1-1 record.
Germany: Linda Frohlich 24+11 rebs, Martina Weber (196-F-82, college: Iona) 16+9 rebs
Lithuania: Sandra Valuzyte 18, Iveta Marcauskaite 16, Rima Valentiene 14

Belgium-Romania 74:71 (20-23, 16-19, 23-16, 15-13)
Belgium stays undefeated and beat Romania in the last game of the group. A good first half of the Romanian squad left them in the game till the end of it. Ann Wauters (194-C-80) (194-C-80) paced the winners with 20 points and 10 rebounds. De Mondt chipped in 13, while Kathy Wambe (174-G-81) added 10. Ancuta Stoenescu (171-G-80) top-scored for Romania with 14 points. The latter did not qualify to the next round having 0-3 record.
The game did not solve many problems and tasks. For the Belgium squad it was the repetition before the Qualifying Round, while Romania wanted to win at least once in the group. The latter lost all the chances even before the game. Anyway, Romania opened the game with 3-0 and controlled the first quarter. Brosovszky helped the team to finish the first at 23:20. A great game in the second quarter brought another achievement when Ancuta Stoenescu hit a three. At that time Romania had 42:32 lead and looked well. Kathy Wambe could reduce to 36:42 as both squads disappeared in the lockers.
Brosovszky's three in the third quarter returned Romania 10-points deficit. A 17-0 run that started in the end of the third and lasted till the fourth quarter lifted Belgium in front. Ann Wauters was the last to score in the game when she made 74:71.
Belgium: Ann Wauters 20+10 rebs, De Mondt 13, Kathy Wambe 10
Romania: Ancuta Stoenescu 14, Maria Pascalau (194-C-82) 13, Paula Cristina Ciocan (183-G-82, college: S.Carolina) 13

GROUP C


Greece-Russia 47:86 (13-29, 9-15, 12-21, 13-21)

Russia proved that the team's goal for the Championship is Gold smashing Greece in the last game of the Preliminary Round. The favorite of Group C won 86:47 and placed first. Greece will have to eliminate as the team lost three games in a row. Irina Osipova (196-C-81) led the winners with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Ekaterina Demagina (175-G-82) ended up with 12, while Olga Arteshina (190-F-82) created 11 points, 9 rebounds and 7 blocks. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) paced Greece with 22 points.
Many specialists compared first two games of the Czechs and the Russian team and Czech Republic looked much better in the first two games. It was the time to prove.
Russia nailed 29 points in the first quarter and it seemed the team could easily score 100. The first quarter ended up with 29:13 and gave no more battle in the game. Russia won the half 44:22 when Olga Arteshina made a lay-up.
In the second half Grudin gave opportunity almost to everybody to participate and to score. The team had already +31 when the teams finished the third quarter. Irina Osipova with a lay-up made the final score 86:47 for the Russian team.
Greece: Evanthia Maltsi 22, Anastasia Kostaki (172-G-78) 11
Russia: Irina Osipova 21+12 rebs, Ekaterina Demagina 12, Olga Arteshina 11+9 rebs+7 blk

Italy-France 48:64 (6-11, 10-17, 19-11, 13-25)

France showed good shape and clinched the second place in Group C; Italy finished third. The hosts scored only 15 points in the first half and trailed by 11 at intermission, but in the third quarter Dubravka Dacic and Laura Laura Macchi (187-F-79) made the Azzurre closer and closer (31-32) before Commeres team re-accelerate for good. Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) led France with 14 points.Italy's Laura Laura Macchi, who had 15 points to lead all scorers on five of 14 shooting from the field, said that they lost a great opportunity, coming back in the second half.
Italy: Laura Macchi 15 Ress 8
France: Sandrine Gruda 14, Gomis 11, Le Drean 10, Emmeline Ndongue 9


GROUP D

Belarus-Serbia 79:53 (21-16, 22-20, 17-11, 19-6)
The National team of Belarus smashed Serbia in Day 3 of Eurobasket 2007. The latter, being the favorite of the game had nothing to do with an ambitious Belarus. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) paced the winners with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Nataliya Trafimava (186-F-79) scored 12, while Veremeenko and Natalia Marchanka (168-G-79) added 11 each. Miljana Musovic (180-G-87) was the only one to reach double digits nailing 15 points.
It was a game for the second place in the group as Spain atop the group D. It also meant that the winner would have 1-1 record entering the Qualifying Round. After Belarus first official win in Eurobasket last night, the team did not stop on that and showed even a better game with Serbia. The latter could only led the game in the opening tip when Sonja Petrovic (185-F-89) gave her team 5:4. Later on Belarus controlled the game and dominated in the court.
Belarus won the first quarter 21:16 and then the second 22:20. Veremeenko's last two points in the first half gave Belarus 43:36. It was still a good chance for Serbia to catch up, however Belarus had another opinion. Instead of playing in defense and keeping the score for good, the team started to increase the lead. The teams finished the third quarter with 17:11 and then Belarus demonstrated 19:6 in the last. A more, than confident win of Belarus lifted them to the second place in the group.
Belarus: Yelena Leuchanka 14+11 rebs, Nataliya Trafimava 12, Veremeenko 11, Natalia Marchanka 11
Serbia: Miljana Musovic 15, Sonja Petrovic 9

Croatia-Spain 52:63 (9-14, 18-15, 19-17, 6-17)
Croatia lost the third game in a row and did not qualify to the Qualifying Round. Due to the last quarter the team lost to Spain 52:63. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) led the winners with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Ana Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) netted 12, while Marta Zurro (187-C-80) added 8. Mandir and Sonja Kireta (198-C-76) ended up with 11 points each for Croatia.
Croatia scored first 4 points of the game and did not give up to the favorites. The game did not have any importance to the standings as before Spain booked the first spot in the group, while Croatia did not have any chances to finish third. Spain pushed the tempo and Morales brought her team 14:9 after the first.
Sonja Kireta tied the score at 16 points for both teams and it was Podrug who gave Croatia 23:22 lead. Spain was lucky to finish the half having 2 points advantage.
Neither team was able to pull away as they exchanged the lead over and over and went into the final period level at 46:46. Croatia threatened to spring an upset after taking a 50:46 lead early in the fourth quarter. The team could win, but missed a 2-17 run by the favorites. Spain won 63:52 and stayed undefeated in the tournament.
Croatia: Mandir 11, Sonja Kireta 11
Spain: Amaya Valdemoro 15+11 rebs, Ana Montanana 12, Marta Zurro 8


   Day 2: Results and Full coverage  - Sep. 25, 2007

GROUP A


Latvia-Israel 77:73 (17-12, 13-27, 23-18, 24-16)
Latvian National team celebrates the second win in Group A. Just an hour ago the team overcame Israel 77:73. After a crucial second quarter (13:27), Latvia came back to the game and reached the second win. The team advanced to the Qualifying Round, however will still play against Czech Republic for the first place. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) was unstoppable for the winners nailing 28 points. Zane Tamane (194-C-83, college: W.Illinois) and Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) netted 8 points each. Liad Suez-Karni (191-F/C-81, college: Villanova) top-scored for Israel with 21 points.
It was a positive start for the Baltic State when the team had 10:2 in the opening tip. There was nothing to worry about as the teams finished the first with 17:12 for Latvia.
Liad Suez-Karni started to ruin Latvian defense in the second quarter. She gave Israel 20:19 lead and the start of the huge run. It was Liad Suez-Karni again to finish the first half with 39:30 for Israel.
Latvia needed less than three minutes in the second half as Anete Jekabsone-Zogota tied the score at 41 points each. Selwyn kept the advantage for the opponents with 57:53 before the last quarter.
Basko tied the score again at 62:62 and then Anete Jekabsone-Zogota nailed two three pointers in a row to bring Latvia 70:68. The team kept the lead till the end increasing the score to 77:73.
Latvia: Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 28, Zane Tamane 8, Ieva Kublina 8
Israel: Liad Suez-Karni 21, Katia Abramzon (186-F/C-87) 15

Czech Republic-Turkey 86:62 (20-13, 19-10, 29-19, 18-20)
Czech Republic looks better than any other team in Eurobasket 2007. The next victim of the favorite was Turkey that lost 62:86. Jana Vesela (194-F-83) and Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) led the Czechs with 17 points each. Marketa Mokrosova (178-F-81) supported them with 11 points. Birsel Vardarli (173-G-84) top-scored for Turkey with 20 points as one of the leaders Nevriye Yilmaz did not play in the game.
The Czechs took a 17-4 lead after seven minutes, and even when Turkey replied with a 9-1 run, to finish the first quarter down 20:13, there was not much of a challenge for the Czech. The team shows a great basketball so far and is better than any other team in the tournament.
For Turkey it was not an important game as they will take on Israel in a win-or-die game, where the winner will continue and the loser will go home. Turkey and Israel lost their first two games and in order to advance to the Qualifying Round they should have to win at least once.
Anyway, Czech Republic had 39:23 at the half and looked optimistic. In the second half they reached even more than 30 points deficit, when Hartigova made the score 77:46. A final, 86:62 result keeps the team on top of the group, however in order to finish first Czech Republic will have to beat Latvia tonight.
In another game of the group Latvia beat Israel 77:73. The Czechs should pay close attention to Jekabsone-Zogota who poured in 28 points over Israel.
Czech Republic: Jana Vesela 17, Eva Viteckova 17, Marketa Mokrosova 11
Turkey: Birsel Vardarli 20, Isil Alben (170-G-86) 8, Yasemin Horasan (190-F/C-83) 8

GROUP B

Germany-Belgium 53:61 (10-18, 12-15, 18-15, 13-13)
Belgium deserves the second win in Eurobasket 2007 in Italy. In the second game of Group B Belgium beat Germany 61:53. Ann Wauters (194-C-80) led the winners with 16 points. Kathy Wambe (174-G-81) netted 15, while Irina Medvedeva (190-F/C-76, agency: LBM Management) added 8. Martina Weber (196-F-82, college: Iona) top-scored for the German team with 14 points.
The Belgians forced the issue straight off, feeding the ball to Ann Wauters who had five points and an assist as Belgium built a 12-5 lead in the first five minutes. The team finished the first quarter having 18:10 on the board. Belgium made the advantage bigger as the team won the second as well, 15:12.
Meanwhile Germany opened the second half with the first five points to make it 33:27. Belgium led by 11 points after Anke De Mondt's three foul shots with five minutes left. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84)'s three-pointer cut the deficit to 55:51. With the score 57:53 Kathy Wambe combined for four foul shots down the stretch for the win. Ann Wauters's team celebrates the second win and for sure will advance to the Qualifying Round.
In the second game of the group Lithuania plays against Romania. Belgium finishes the Preliminary Round tomorrow against Romania.
Germany: Martina Weber 14, Anne Breitreiner 11
Belgium: Ann Wauters 16, Kathy Wambe 15, Irina Medvedeva 8

Lithuania-Romania 67:50 (24-16, 11-11, 15-11, 17-12)
Lithuania tied at 1-1 in Group B action in Lanciano. Last night the team overcame Romania 67:50. Due ti the first quarter success the Baltic State could control the rest of the game. Lina Brazdeikyte (185-F/G-74) led the winners with 15 points. Agne Ciudariene (188-F-79) posted 14, while Egle Sulciute (190-C/F-85) had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Maria Pascalau (193-C-82) again top-scored for Romania, that time with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Their 0-2 record leaves Romania guaranteed a fourth-placed finish in the group since a victory against Belgium on Wednesday would not be enough to overtake Germany or Lithuania.
It was a good start from both teams after they reached 16 points each. Lina Brazdeikyte's three-pointer sparked a 12-0 run spanning the first and second quarters as Lithuania led 28:16. Petronyte made later 35:25 as the teams finished the half with 35:27.
Lithuania came out of the locker-room on a 9-0 run with Lina Brazdeikyte and Valuzyte combining for seven of those points and a 44:27 lead. Parau with a jump shot reduced to 50:38 before the last quarter. There was no time later in the game when the spectator could think of Riomanian win. Lithuania deserved a 67:50 victory and for sure will play in the Qualifying Round.
Lithuania: Lina Brazdeikyte 15, Agne Ciudariene 14, Egle Sulciute 11+10 rebs
Romania: Maria Pascalau 12+13 rebs, Simina Mandache (184-F-81) 8, Ciocan 8, Ancuta Stoenescu (171-G-80) 8

GROUP C

Greece-Italy 55:65 (13-21, 14-15, 10-13, 18-16)
Greece lost the second straight game in Eurobasket 2007. In the first game of Day 2 the hosts of the championship upset Greek squad 65:55. Kathrin Ress (193-F-85, college: Boston Coll.) paced the way with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) nailed 15, while Francesca Zara (178-G-76) ended up with 8 points and 8 rebounds. Stella Kaltsidou (187-C-83) and Anastasia Kostaki (172-G-78) both produced 13 points in defeat. As there are three teams advance from the group Greece will hope only for the miracle now.
Raffaella Masciadri opened the game with a three for the hosts. That jump shot gave Italy the lead till the end of the game. Kathrin Ress's three closed the opening quarter at 21:13.
Right in the beginning of the next quarter Italy made the double-digit advantage and looked forward not to stop. It was Kathrin Ress again who sent the teams to the interims with two free throws, 36:27.
In the second half Greece made a 5-0 run to reduce to 35:38. A 2-11 fail gave Italians better chances to enter the last quarter. Then late however in the fourth quarter, Greece reeled off seven consecutive points to pull to within 58:54. The Greeks could not stay closer and lost the second game 55:65. Italy face France in their final Group C game while Greece take on Russia.
Greece: Stella Kaltsidou 13, Anastasia Kostaki 13
Italy: Kathrin Ress 16+13 rebs, Raffaella Masciadri 15, Francesca Zara 8 +8 rebs

Russia-France 63:59 (21-13, 18-15, 13-13, 11-18)
Russia had another thriller, this time against France. With everything to be in control over the first three quarters, Russia created a trouble by itself, allowing French squad to reduce to 1 point with 4 minutes till the end of the game. Luckily, Oxana Rakhmatulina (180-G-76, agency: LBM Management)'s five points brought her team the second win. She netted 12 points, while Tatiana Shchegoleva (195-F-82) ended up with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Emilie Gomis (180-F-83) paced French squad with 16 points.
Being the favorite not only of the game, but of the tournament as well, Russia started in a high tempo. After France led 5:4, Russia created 13:0 run to finish the first at 21:13. Maria Stepanova made a jump shot to give her team 36:24 the biggest in the first half. Tatiana Shchegoleva made sure the teams could go for the break with 39:28.
With a bit more than 5 minutes in the third quarter Russia had 47:30. When you play with such team as it mention above and you stay with 17 points behind, you probably hope how to reduce to 12-15 points. France had another answer for this and came back to the game. Emilie Gomis nailed a jumper to bring France to 56:55. Oxana Rakhmatulina's 5 points and Vodopyanova's lay-up saved the effort of the team. Russia celebrates the second win and automatically will finish first in the group.
Russia: Maria Stepanova 19+7 rebs, Tatiana Shchegoleva 16+8 rebs, Oxana Rakhmatulina 12
France: Emilie Gomis 16, Le Drean 9

GROUP D

Croatia-Belarus 66:92 (11-18, 14-26, 18-24, 23-24)
Belarus can already celebrate the success of the national team in Italy. In the second game of Eurobasket Belarus smashes Croatia 92:66. It is the first victory of the team in Eurobasket as they debuted in it. For sure the team will not stop on it and will have more victories with such a game. Tatyana Troina (187-C-81, college: S.Carolina) led the winners with 19 points. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) finished the game with 14, while Sviatlana Volnaya (187-G/F-79, college: Virginia) ended up with 13. Petra Stampalija (190-C-80) nailed 20 points in the losing effort.
Croatia scored first two points of the game and that was the only lead for the team. After that loss the team will probably be the last in the group as there are many "if" in order to advance to the Qualifying Round. The team needs to hope for Serbia against Spain and tomorrow to beat Spain themselves.
Belarus won the opening quarter 18:11 and only increased the lead in the game. Snytsina sent the teams to the interims when the score was 44:25.
In the second half Belarus realized that the win will be written in the news as the first one, so they wanted to score more. Yelena Leuchanka nailed two in the end of the third to give her team +25. Tatyana Troina even made +29, but then Croatia set up the final score, 66:92.
Croatia: Petra Stampalija 20, Anda Jelavic (174-G-80) 13
Belarus: Tatyana Troina 19, Yelena Leuchanka 14, Sviatlana Volnaya 13

Spain-Serbia 79:76 (21-17, 22-19, 17-18, 19-22)

Serbia showed a great game against bronze medalists at the last three EuroBaskets. Serbia tried hard, but have to admit 76:79 loss to Spain in Group D. The Spanish led by as many as 13 points but found themselves leading 78:76 with just nine seconds remaining. Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington) led the winners with 22 points. Ana Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) netted 13, while Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) had 12 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Maja Miljkovic (176-G-88) top-scored for Serbia with 15 points.
It was another good game by Serbians in Eurobasket 2007. The team trailed 24:22 early in the second quarter when Spain went on a 15-4 run. Spain won the half 43:36 but that was not time to give up for the Serbs.
In the third quarter the Serbians stunned with an 11-0 run to lead 51:48. With a 18:17 in the quarter the team however stayed at 54:60 before the last. After 64:74 Serbia came back to the game after 10-2 run and reduced to 74:76. When the score was 79:76 for Spain Veselovski missed two of her free throws.
Spain take on Croatia in the final Group D game while Serbia meet Belarus.
Spain: Elisa Aguilar 22, Ana Montanana 13, Amaya Valdemoro 12+8 rebs+7 ast
Serbia: Maja Miljkovic 15, Ivana Grubor (185-F/C-84) 10, Marina Puskar (193-F/C-82) 10


   Preliminary Round: Day 1 results and full coverage - Sep. 24, 2007

Group A


Turkey-Latvia 62:73 (17-18, 13-20, 18-21, 13-14)
Group A first game saw the battle between Turkey and Latvia. The latter winning the second quarter 20:13 led the game to the happy end. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) (181-F-80, college: Siena) showed a brilliant game with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) and Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) supported her with 16 points each. Yasemin Horasan (190-F/C-83) and Nevriye Yilmaz (196-C-80) top-scored with 21 points each for Turkey. Moreover they made 18 rebounds together.
500 spectators came to enjoy the first game in Group A. The first quarter was very tough and no one could predict the winner. Only in the second quarter after 2 three pointers in a row Latvia took a pleasant lead. Ieva Kublina and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota brought Latvia 32:24 with less than 4 minutes in the first half. The teams went to the lockers with 38:31 for the Baltic state.
Eglite's three increased the lead to 13 points and brought the feeling of the first victory. Turkey resisted well, but trailed by 10 points before the last quarter. With 13:14 in the fourth Turkey had nothing to do, but to admit the first loss.
In another game of the group Israel is facing now Czech Republic.
Turkey: Yasemin Horasan 21+10 rebs, Nevriye Yilmaz 21+8 rebs,
Latvia: Gunta Basko 17+7 rebs+7 ast, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 16, Ieva Kublina 16

Israel-Czech Republic 43:75 (11-17, 13-18, 7-19, 12-21)
The defending champions start Eurobasket 2007 with the win over Israel last night. With a tough beginning for the Czechs, the latter changed the game into the easy win later with 75:43. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) paced the winners with 16 points. Edita Sujanova (189-C-85) netted 12, while Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) chipped in 10 points and made 7 rebounds. Liron Cohen (173-G-82) produced 16 points in the losing effort.
The champs from the Czech Republic opened their EuroBasket 2007 campaign beating the team that won the Additional tournament. The game started well for Israel as they stayed cool for the most of the first quarter. Only in the end of it the favorites made 17:11. Liron Cohen's free throw with 6 minutes remaining in the second tied the score at 19:19. Meanwhile Eva Viteckova nailed a three a give Czech Republic 35:24 lead at the half.
There was no more intrigue in the game as Czech Republic increased to 19:7 in the third. They managed to play good defense and won 75:43.
In another game of the Group A Latvia beat Turkey 73:62. Israel will face Latvia tonight, while the Czechs will look for their second win when they meet Turkey.
Israel: Liron Cohen 16, Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) 10
Czech Republic: Eva Viteckova 16, Edita Sujanova 12, Petra Kulichova 10+7 rebs

GROUP B

Romania-Germany 78:85 (19-25, 21-17, 19-26, 19-17)
Romania lost the opener of 2007 EuroBasket Women Group B campaign. In the first game of the tournament Germany upset Romania 85:78. As two years ago in Eurobasket 2005 the Bundersteam became stronger again. Alexandra Mueller (175-G-83) led the way with 22 points. Henning Frohlich (183-G-82) scored 20, while Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) added 19. Maria Pascalau (194-C-82) showed a good game for the Romanians nailing 26 in defeat.
Maria Pascalau scored first 4 points for the team as Romania had 2:0 and then 4:2 lead. The Germans immediately answered with some runs to finish the first with 25:19.
Romania took advantage of some German struggles and Palau's jumper made it 31:30 halfway through the second period. After that the team missed a 0-9 from the opponents and had 30:38. Thanks to 4 free throws from Hutanu Romania stayed with 40:42 behind after the half.
In the second half Palau's basket brought Romania to within 68:65 but Sarah Austmann hit a three-pointer to give Germany back some momentum. The latter won 85:78 and opened the tournament with a victory.
Tomorrow Germany face Belgium while Romania must bounce back against Lithuania.
Romania: Maria Pascalau 26, Ildiko Vass (178-G-78) 13, Annemarie Parau (174-G-84) 13
Germany: Alexandra Mueller 22, Henning Frohlich 20, Anne Breitreiner 19

Belgium-Lithuania 68:53 (21-9, 11-10, 25-16, 11-18)
Belgium did not have any problems with Lithuania in Group B campaign at the 2007 EuroBasket Women. Thinking of two equal teams before the game Belgium proved it as a mistake. A 21:9 lead in the opening quarter never saw Belgium behind. De Mondt led the winners with 18 points. Ann Wauters (194-C-80) scored 15 and made 7 rebounds, while Evelien Callens (188-F-84, agency: LBM Management) netted 12. Iveta Marcauskaite (196-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Illinois) produced 14 points in the losing effort.
Belgium jumped out to an 18-4 lead and never looked back. That was a bit of unexpecting as Lithuania used to be a tough team. What the Baltic state could do was to stay equal in the second quarter when they lost 10:11. Belgium increased the lead to 32:19 when the teams went to the lockers.
Lithuania twice trimmed the deficit to 10 points early in the third. As hard as they stayed closer as easy Belgium made 25:16 in the third. Laurent Buffard's team struggled to score early in the fourth and Lithuania used a 10-2 spurt to get to within 59:45 with four minutes remaining. A 68:53 result saw the spectators of Lanciano when the referee blew the whistle in the end.
Belgium face Germany in a battle of first-day winners, while Lithuania take on Romania.
Belgium: De Mondt 18, Ann Wauters 15+7 rebs, Evelien Callens 12
Lithuania: Iveta Marcauskaite 14, Agne Ciudariene (188-F-79) 13

GROUP C

Italy-Russia 55:60 (18-22, 13-12, 8-8, 16-18)

Russian National team won the opener of the EuroBasket Women in Chieti. In the first game Russia outscored the hosts, Italians 60:55. Not many people expected a tough game from Italy, however the team fought till the end. Russia had no leader in that game as Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) nailed 10 points and made 9 rebounds. Tatiana Shchegoleva (195-F-82) and Osipova netted 9 points each. Laura Macchi (187-F-79) produced 17 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort.
Arteshina opened the game with a three and after Maria Stepanova's two free throw Russia thought of an easy win. Karpunina brought her team the biggest lead at that time, 18:9. Even though Russia dominated, Italy reduced to 22:18 after the first 10 minutes.
In the second quarter the favorites led by 3-5 points and went to the interims with 34:31. The same saw the spectators in the third quarter as when Italy tried to catch up Russia held 3 points.
Italy tied the contest at 44:44 early in the fourth quarter on a three-pointer from Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80). An 11-0 run helped Russia not to feel sad after the first game of the tournament. The next game Russia will play tomorow against France.
Italy: Laura Macchi 17+9 rebs, Francesca Zara (178-G-76) 13, Kathrin Ress (193-F-85, college: Boston Coll.) 10 rebs
Russia: Maria Stepanova 10+9 rebs, Tatiana Shchegoleva 9, Osipova 9

France-Greece 58:50 (17-13, 10-6, 13-13, 18-18)
The National team of France got the first win in Eurobasket 2007. In the second game of the group the team beat Greece 58:50. Due to the first half the winner could hold the score for good. Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) paced France with 14 points. Emilie Gomis (180-F-83) nailed 10, while Le Drean added 9. Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) collected 16 points in the losing effort.
Who knows, maybe it was an important game in order to advance to the next round or maybe another one. Le Drean opened the scoring list for her team as Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) answered with a three. Dimitra Kalentzou's free throw brought the last lead for Greece as later on France dominated in the court. Yacoubou sent the teams after the first 10 minutes with 17:13.
In the second quarter there was nothing about the teams, however they stayed scoreless for more than 5 minutes. After Stachtiari made a lay-up with 7.34 remaining, Gomis scored a free throw with 2.06 left in the quarter. Both squads went to the lockers with 27:19 for the French team.
In the second half the favorites kept the advantage and led the game to the happy end.
France: Sandrine Gruda 14, Emilie Gomis 10, Le Drean 9
Greece: Dimitra Kalentzou 16, Evanthia Maltsi 11

GROUP D

Belarus-Spain 62:76 (12-17, 15-23, 24-20, 11-16)
Belarus lost the debut game of Eurobasket 2007 in Italy. In the first game against the bronze medalists at the last three EuroBaskets Belarus lost 62:76. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) was the best for the Spanish squad with 17 points. Marta Zurro (187-C-80) netted 12, while Ana Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) and Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington) added 10 points each. Katsiaryna Snytsina top-scored for Belarus with 18 points.
Belarus started strong and even though Spain led 17:12 going into the second quarter. Katsiaryna Snytsina's free throws late in the first half cut the deficit to 26:25. Marta Zurro's jump shot in the end of the second quarter gave Spain 40:27.
Spain then went on a 25-4 run that bridged the second and third quarters to take command with 51:29. Led by Tatyana Troina (187-C-81, college: S.Carolina), Belarus trimmed the deficit 55:45 with less than three minutes to go in the third quarter. Immediately Spain made the score 60:45 and answered for the question about the winner. In the last quarter with 11:16 for Belarus, Spain triumphed at 76:62.
In another game of the group Croatia plays versus Serbia. Tomorrow Belarus will play Croatia and will have a chance to celebrate the first win in Eurobasket.
Belarus: Katsiaryna Snytsina 18, Tatyana Troina 11
Spain: Amaya Valdemoro 17, Marta Zurro 12, Ana Montanana 10, Elisa Aguilar 10

Serbia-Croatia 88:70 (16-21, 22-19, 24-16, 26-14)
Serbia celebrated the first win in Group D at the EuroBasket Women in Ortona. Last night the team overcame Croatia 88:70 due to the second half. Miljana Musovic (180-G-87) paced the winners with 19 points. Ivana Grubor (185-F/C-84) nailed 17, while Miljkovic added 12. Petra Stampalija (190-C-80) collected 20 points and made 8 rebounds for Croatia. Serbia revenged for the loss that they had in the pre-tournament.
The game that was the second in the group had two different halves. Croatia felt more at home leading in the first quarter. Last four points in the opening quarter brought Croatia 21:16 lead. The team managed to stay in front at 40:38 when all the players went to the lockers.
Trailing by 55:47 midway through the third quarter, Serbia went on a 21-1 run to take a 68:56 lead and they marched to victory. Miljana Musovic nailed a three in the last seconds of the game to have a first important win in the group.
In another game of the group Spain beat Belarus 76:62. Serbia take on Spain tonight while Croatia face Belarus.
Serbia: Miljana Musovic 19, Ivana Grubor 17, Miljkovic 12
Croatia: Petra Stampalija 20+8 rebs, Sonja Kireta (198-C-76) 14, Emilja Podrug (190-C-79) 13


   Italy welcomes to Eurobasket 2007 - Sep. 24, 2007
September 24th is the start of Eurobasket 2007, that will be held this year in Italy. Sixteen teams that are divided into 4 groups are ready to struggle not only for the gold, silver and bronze, however for the first five places that will give a chance to participate in the Olympics. In the previous two championships Czech Republic and Russia saw each other in the Final, while Spain grabbed bronze for the last three years. What will happen this year? The answer is scheduled for October 7th, the day of the Final game.
Czech Republic start the competition against Israel. The goal for the Eurobasket 2007 is to win. Even though for many teams it will be already a success to participate in the tournament, Czech Republic's role will be to win again. The Czech Republic will rely on their dynamic duo of Hana Machova and Eva Viteckova (190-F-82). The defending champions are a team consisting of almost the exact same players that won the title two years ago.
While defending this year title, it is a proud to recollect last time success. In the final game the team grabbed the win from Russia 72:70. Eva Nemcova (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. It was a brilliant tournament for the team that showed 8-0 record.
Russian National team will start Eurobasket 2007 against Italians. The team made up group C together with the hosts of the championship Italy, Greece and France.
After two previous and successful campaigns Igor Grudin now possesses a more experienced but still very young team with a better understanding of his defensive concept. With their speedy wings and fluid front line, Russia will definitely try to play at the speed they always have but avoid playing out-of-control as has sometimes happened in the past.


   Additional Qualifying and Relegation Tournaments: Day 3. Unbelievable action! - Sep. 22, 2007
Additional Qualifying and Relegation Tournaments went to the end and now we know that Israel got a right to join Group A of Eurobasket. It was an unbelievable action by Slovak Republic and Poland that sent Israel to Eurobasket 2007. Sweden and Slovenia waive to Division A as they produce a game of a lower level.
Israel will play in Eurobasket 2007. The team that did not play last night, stayed in the court, being the spectators of Slovakia-Poland game.
All of the teams deserve a place in the upcoming tournament, however there was only one place left for three of them. Israel, the winner of the additional qualifying tournament is given the 16th and final berth in EuroBasket Women where they will play in Group A along side Turkey, Latvia and defending champions Czech Republic.
Slovakia won the game over Poland of the Additional Qualifying Tournament on Friday night. A 76:74 victory, however sent Israel to Eurobasket 2007 as the latter has a better difference. Zuzana Zirkova (175-F-80) paced the winners with 16 points. Luisa Michulkova (177-F-84) nailed 14, as Martina Luptakova ended up with 13. It was again Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abilene Christian) who top-scored for Polish squad. She poured in 22 points, however her last attempt did not reach the basket.
Slovakia was not a favorite of the game as they lost the opener to Israel. The team however won the opening quarter and had 18:17 lead. Poland grabbed the lead back and with 21:16 finished the half with 38:34.
In the third quarter Slovakia went on a 19-6 run over the next five minutes for a 55:46 lead. The Slovakians stretched the advantage to 64:48 at the start of the final quarter after a basket from Lucia Kupcikova.
Poland played better in the end of the game and reduced to 74:71 after Leciejewska made a lay-up. With 76:74 Agnieszka Bibrzycka missed a three and both teams saw Israel celebrating the win on the stands. An even result from three teams having a loss and a win, brought the following difference:
Israel +6
Poland +5
Slovak Republic -11
Israel will now join group A in EuroBasket along with the defending champs of the Czech Republic, Turkey and Latvia. The top three teams move on to the next stage. Israel opens on Monday against the toughest hurdle - the Czech Republic.
Sweden beat Slovenia in the last game of the Relegation Tournament 49:47. Both teams however will be sent to Division B as Hungary won the group. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) led the winners with 12 points. Anna Barthold (185-F/C-80, college: St.Peter's) collected 11 points and 19 rebounds, as Eldebrink netted 9. Maja Drozg (179-F/C-81) top-scored for the winners with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
The game did not bring much interest, but the end of it brought an intrigue. Slovenia led almost the whole opening quarter, but the board showed 14:14 after the first 10 minutes of the game.
In the second quarter Sweden took control of the game and Olheim's jump shot had 24:16 advantage. Both squads went to the interims with 31:26 for the Scandinavian team.
Anna Barthold opened the third with a jump-shot as Sweden stepped in front for 33:26. Eldebrink's three brought Sweden 7 points deficit before the last quarter.
The last quarter was one of the worst for the spectators ever. Slovenia scored only after 3.35 minutes of the quarter, while Sweden made the free throw with 38 seconds remaining. With such a game the teams deserve the right to be sent to the lower division.

Additional Qualifying Tournament
Poland - Slovakia 74:76 (17:18, 21:16, 10:28, 26:14)
Poland: Agnieszka Bibrzycka 22, Malgorzata Dydek (213-C-74) 21, Magdalena Leciejewska 10, Paulina Pawlak 6
Slovakia: Zuzana Zirkova 16, Luisa Michulkova 14, Martina Luptakova 13, Anna Jurecenkova 11

Relegation Tournament
Sweden-Slovenia 49:47 (14-14, 17-12, 15-13, 3-8)

Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 12, Anna Barthold 11+19 rebs, Eldebrink 9
Slovenia: Maja Drozg 11+14 rebs, Erzen 10



   Additional Qualifying and Relegation Tournaments: Day 2 - Sep. 21, 2007
Poland is one step from Eurobasket 2007, Hungary stays in Division A-this is what brought the second day of the Additional Qualifying and Relegation Tournaments. The last, Day 3 is tonight and the Polish victory will leave them in Italy for another tournament.
Poland won the opener of the additional qualifying tournament for the EuroBasket Women. In the first game for the team and the second for Israel, Poland celebrated 78:71 win. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abilene Christian) was unstoppable nailing 32 points. Malgorzata Dydek (213-C-74) poured in 15, while Paulina Pawlak (170-G-84) added 14. Liad Suez-Karni (191-F/C-81, college: Villanova) top-scored for Israel with 16 points. If Poland win the game against Slovak Republic, they will advance to the EuroBasket but if Slovakia spring the upset, the Poles, Slovakians and Israelis would each have 1-1 records. In that case, a goal differential tie-breaker would be used to determine which team moves on to the finals and plays in Group A against the Czech Republic, Turkey and Latvia.
Poland took a control in the beginning of the game and reached 27:15 after the first 10 minutes. Even though Poland stopped in the second they still had 39:29 at the half. Agnieszka Bibrzycka's three-pointer at the end of the third quarter gave her team 45:31 lead.
Meanwhile Israel created a 17-0 run to move in front at 55:49. Poland came back at 59:58 and produced a 9-0 run to finish the game with 78:71. A tough, but an important win gives now more chances for Poland to advance.
Hungary stays in Division A after the second win in the relegation tournament. Hungary defeated Sweden 64:49 and won the small group of three teams. The team compete for a bid to EuroBasket Women 2009 while Sweden will be relegated to Division B. Timea Beres (192-C-76) led the winners with 16 points. Dalma Ivanyi (178-G-76, college: Florida Intern.) produced 11, while Petra Ujhelyi (192-C-80, college: S.Carolina) chipped in 7 points and made 8 rebounds. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) was the best in the Scandinavian roster with 11 points.
After an easy victory over Slovenia, the game agaist Sweden brought more interest. Hungary won the opening quarter 15:13 as Sweden showed great resistance. In the second quarter the favorites increased to 17:10 and had 9 points deficit at the half.
In the second half not to wait till the end of the game Hungary made another 17:9 in the third. Even though Sweden won the last 17:15, they lost the game 49:64.
Hungary scored 20 out of 52 shots, while Sweden 15/43 result. The latter nailed only 1 three pointer out of 8, but Hungary made 5 out of 18.
The game between Sweden and Slovenia is scheduled for tonight.

Additional Qualifying Tournament
Israel-Poland 71:78

Israel: Liad Suez-Karni 16, Jennifer Fleischer (191-C-84, college: Pennsylvania) 15+10 rebs, Liron Cohen (173-G-82) 14
Poland: Agnieszka Bibrzycka 32, Malgorzata Dydek 15, Paulina Pawlak 14

21.09
Poland -Slovak Republic

Relegation Tournament
Hungary-Sweden 64:49

Hungary: Timea Beres 16, Dalma Ivanyi 11, Petra Ujhelyi 7+8 rebs
Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 11, Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) 8, Eldebrink 8


   Additional Qualifying and Relegation Tournaments: Day 1 - Sep. 20, 2007 
Two games were played of the Additional Qualifying Tournament and Relegation Tournament last night. For now Israel has better chances tio advance to Eurobasket 2007, while Hungary to stay in Division A.
Slovak Republic, Israel and Poland struggle for the last spot in Eurobasket 2007. All of them deserve a place in the upcoming tournament, however there is only one place left for three of them. The winner of the additional qualifying tournament will be given the 16th and final berth in EuroBasket Women where they will play in Group A along side Turkey, Latvia and defending champions Czech Republic.
Israel makes another step to Eurobasket 2007. In the first game of the Additional Qualifying Tournament the team overcame Slovak Republuc. With a wonderful second quarter, 29:14 Israel led to 84:71 win. Liron Cohen (173-G-82) led the winners with 24 points. Mirav Dori (178-F-86) posted 20, while Suez Karni chipped in 10. Zuzana Zirkova (175-F-80) top-scored for Slovak Republuc with 24 points.
Slovak Republic that finished the group without losses started with a loss over Israel that had 2-2 record before the tournament. Even though Israel won the opening tip, Slovakia led after the first 10 minutes, 17:15. That was the last lead for the team in the first half, as Israel created a 29:14 in the second to take the control of the game. Slovakia reduced in the third with 28:16, however Israel replied with 24:12 in the last. The latter grabs the first win in Additional Qualifying Tournament and needs a win over Poland to advance to Eurobasket 2007.
Hungary smashed Slovenia in the first game of the Relegation Tournament. Having won all the quarters Hungary celebrated 74:30 win. Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) paced the winners with 11 points. Dalma Ivanyi (178-G-76, college: Florida Intern.) collected 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Katalin Honti scored 10. Katja Temnik (188-C/F-78) top-scored with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.
The winner of the relegation tournament will earn the right to stay in Division A and compete for a bid to EuroBasket Women 2009 while the losers will be relegated to Division B. Hungary made a great step toward staying in the top division.
Hungary took a control from the first minutes of the game, trying to prove that the team does not deserve to go division lower. With 15:10 in the first, Hungary benefited from 21:10 in the second.
If today Hungary beats Sweden, they will stay in Division A the next year. If so, the game between Sweden and Slovenia in the last day will be a so called "friendly"

Additional Qualifying Tournament
Slovak Republic-Israel 71:84

Slovak Republic: Zuzana Zirkova 24, Martina Luptakova (184-F-77) 14+10 rebs, Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) 13
Israel: Liron Cohen 24, Mirav Dori 20, Suez Karni 10

20.09
Israel -Poland
21.09
Poland -Slovak Republic

Relegation Tournament
Slovenia-Hungary 30:74

Slovenia: Katja Temnik 13+10 rebs, Katarina Ristic (173-G-84) 7
Hungary: Zsofia Fegyverneky 11, Dalma Ivanyi 10+10 rebs, Katalin Honti 10

20.09
Hungary -Sweden
21.09
Sweden - Slovenia



   Slovak Republic, Israel and Poland will struggle for the last spot in Eurobasket 2007 - Sep. 16, 2007 
Slovak Republic, Israel and Poland will struggle for the last spot in Eurobasket 2007. All of them deserve a place in the upcoming tournament, however there is only one place left for three of them. The winner of the additional qualifying tournament will be given the 16th and final berth in EuroBasket Women where they will play in Group A along side Turkey, Latvia and defending champions Czech Republic.
Slovak Republic remained unbeaten in Group C and qualified to the additional tournament for Eurobasket 2007 with 4-0 record. In the last game of the group Slovak Republic had a road win over Sweden 55:76. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) (184-F-84) led the winners with 16 points. Luisa Michulkova (177-F-84) and Anna Jurcenkova produced 13 points each.
Poland celebrated the win in Group A and stayed perfect in it as well. Poland won the group A grabbing the 4th straight win. In a tough game over Slovenia the Polish squad got a road 51:54 win. The result was achieved due to the third quarter that they won 21:12. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abilene Christian) led the winners with 18 points. Andrzej Tlumak (203-C-80) ended up with 8 points, while Dorota Gburczyk had 7.
Israel won Group B, however finished as two other teams in the group with 2-2 record. Israel has better results and is the only team to qualify from the group. In the last game of the group Bulgaria beat Israel 76:72. Liron Cohen (173-G-82) top-scored for Israel with 21 points.
Slovak Republic and Israel open the qualifying round on September 19th.





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