European Championship Division Day: 10 (Qualifying Round) - Sep. 14, 2008
Germany - Lithuania
Lithuania recorded road win against Germany despite it booked a spot for
EuroBasket 2009 before this round. Sandra Valuzyte paced Lithuania to victory
collecting 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Germany, which will continue
battle for the above mentioned event in Additional Qualifying Round, got 17
points, 9 boards and 3 assists from Anne Breitreiner.
Israel - United Kingdom
Israel grabbed crucial victory for EuroBasket 2009. In case of defeat in this
game, Israel would be transferred to Additional Qualifying Round and Ukraine
will go to Latvia next year. Israel became the top team of Group A with score
6-2 mostly owing to 28 points and 5 boards by Shay Doron. Great Britain is moved
to Relegation Round where it will fight for the survival in Division A.
Turkey - Italy
Turkey easily beat Italy at home but even before this game it was known that the
hosts already qualified for EuroBasket 2009 while visitors will continue their
battle for it in Additional Qualifying Round. Nevriye Yilmaz was the best scorer
for the winning team with 13 points. Chiara Maria Franchini of Italy also had 13
points but with 6 rebounds.
Romania - France
France celebrated tight victory in Romania just proving its domination in Group
C with score 7-1. Emmeline Ndongue demonstrated fantastic performance for the
winners recording 18 points and 11 rebounds. Maria Pascalaus 21 points and 6
boards didn't help Romania to avoid Relegation Round.
Croatia - Hungary
Hungary made it in Croatia after over time improving to 5-3 in Group C. The
great thing for Hungary is that it edged Ukraine finishing as a third
best-placed team in four groups. Zsofia Fegyverneky, who netted 20 points and
caught 6 boards, was the clutch player in Hungary. Croatia goes to Additional
Qualification Round despite 16 points and 9 rebounds by Jelena Ivezic.
Bulgaria - Serbia
Bulgaria was better than Serbia improving to 2-4 but that didn't help it to
avoid last place in Group D and Relegation Round. Lucky Serbia had to take this
one but Greece done a good job against Belgium helping Serbia to reach
EuroBasket 2009. Tanya Chirov was the best in Bulgaria with 21 points and 4
rebounds while Serbia got 14 points, 6 boards and 4 assists from Miljana
Greece - Belgium
Greece just sealed a place for Latvia smashing Belgium in Athens. As it was
during the entire qualifications, Evanthia Maltsi was the key player in Greece
draining 30 points and grabbing 10 boards. Evelien Callens scored 14 points for
Belgium, which is transferred to Additional Qualification Round as a third
ranked team in Group D.
European Championship Division Division A. The last round - Sep. 13, 2008
GROUP A Israel-Great Britain 75:68
Israel clinched a place in the next summer's EuroBasket Women in
Latvia. The team overcame Great Britain 75:68 last night in Ramat Gan. Only in
the last period the hosts could satisfy 1200 spectators that came to support
their local team and see them advancing to the Final round.
Doron (175-G-85, college:
paced all the winners with 28 points.
Liron Cohen (173-G-82) netted 12, while Suez Karni and
Ekaterina Abramzon (186-F/C-87) posted 9 each.
Butler (186-F-82, college:
finished the night with 22 points for the Brits and
Megan Moody (188-G/F-83, college:
collected 16 points, 7 assists and 5 boards. The Israelis finished in the top in
Group A to advance to next year's Final Round.
Great Britain opened the game with four consecutive points but Israel tied it at
7:7. The guests were in front for the majority of the first and Dori could only
reduce for 14:17 at the end of the first. In the center of the second period the
hosts produced a 6-0 run for 30:23.
Liron Cohen made a lay-up for 34:25 at the halftime.
Great Britain struggle to leave the last spot in Group A and came back from the
lockers with a desire to compete. They had 25:15 in the third period for 50:49
advantage after thirty minutes of the game. Three times Mark Clark's British
team opened up four-point leads in the final period, the last time at 59:55 on a
lay-up by Leedham.
Liron Cohen made a lay-up to make it 65:61 for Israel with three minutes to
Butler scored and Leedham nailed a jumper to tie the contest at 65:65, but
the Brits could not struggle any more. Doren and
Liron Cohen led the hosts to 75:69 and the straight way to Latvia 2009.
Lithuania advances to EuroBasket Final Round in Latvia after a road win over
Germany in the last day of the Qualifying tournament. The Baltic side won 67:57
and clinched the second place in the group with 6-2 record.
(176-G-82) paced all the winners with 15, points.
(195-C-89) netted 13, while
Diana Razmaite (196-C-75,
LBM Management) added 10
(183-G/F-84) top-scored in defeat with 17 points and
(176-G-83) scored 12.
Even though Lithuania needed the win more than Germany it was the latter to
score first 4 points in the game. The hosts controlled the whole quarter but not
the end of it when the Baltic team scored for 19:18. In the second period the
score was tied three times. Danckerts free throw gave German team 30:29
advantage at the halftime.
Lithuania opened the second half with 9-0 run and went on a bigger lead.
however could close the third at 48:44.
Diana Razmaite capped the
8-0 run with a basket at the start of the fourth quarter and the Germans got no
closer than four points the rest of the way. In the last minutes Lithuania
mostly got their points from the free throw line.
Gintare Petronyte ended
up the game for 67:57 and the triumph of the Baltic side.
GROUP B Turkey-Italy 80:61 The National team of Turkey won Group B of European 2009 qualifiers. In their
last game they did not allow Italy to hope for the best third place beating them
Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80)
paced all the winners with 13 points.
(190-F/C-83) netted 12 and
Saziye Karsli (185-F-82)
Maria Chiara Franchini
top-scored for the Italian side with 13 points, while
Eva Giauro (204-C-86) had
10. Turkey finished the group with 7-1 record, the only loss from Polish team.
The latter also finished with the same record but due to the games with each
other Turkey settled down first. Saturday's setback for Italy has left them at
4-4. They can now only make it to Latvia if they are successful in next year's
Additional Qualifying Round.
It was more important game for the Italians that tried to catch up 5-3 record.
Both teams stayed even, 11:11 and 13:13 in the center of the first. Turkey
pushed a bit the tempo for 21:18 in the end of the first period as Ivegin made a
Yasemin Horasan brought
Turkey 32:22 that was a disaster for the guests at that time. Ress kept the
chances alive at the end of the first half for 40:34. Turkey did not look behind
and never trailed after in the game. Alben with a lay-up made it 56:44 at the
end of the third quarter. A 24:17 in the last brought Turkey the seventh win and
left Italy out of this year dream.
Nevriye Yilmaz 13,
Yasemin Horasan 12,
Saziye Karsli 11 Italy:
Maria Chiara Franchini
Eva Giauro 10
Poland - Bosnia and Herzegovina 91:45
Poland finished the 2009 EuroBasket Qualification campaign in style. They
stormed past Bosnia and Herzegovina to improve to 7-1 record in Group B. Poland
have already qualified to the European Championship in Riga and just sealed
their second-place finish in the pool play. Bosnia meanwhile suffered their 7th
loss in 8 games.
The hosts looked better right from the start as they opened the game with a 6:0
Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82)
Abil.Christian) teamed up
for 15 points in the first period and Poland led 24:15.
Azra Becirovic (182-G-80)
(190-C-88) cut the deficit to 5 points early in the second quarter but it was as
close as Bosnia and Herzegovina could get. The hosts exploded with a 17:0 rally
to accumulate a 22-point advantage. They later secured a 26-point halftime lead
and never looked back in the second half.
Ewelina Kobryn paced
balanced Polish offense with 18 points and 9 rebounds.
(188-C-78) had 14 points apiece in defeat.
Lejla Bejtic (174-F-85)
knocked down 18 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Azra Becirovic added 11
points and 7 rebounds in defeat. Poland outrebounded their opponents 40:23 and
forced the visitors to 25 turnovers.
France decided to win with some intrigue beating Romania in the last
day of European 2009 qualifiers. With 22-11 in the last period France finished
the group with 7-1 record which is the top position in it. The favorites
overcame Romania in Timisoara and sent them to the Relegation Round with 1-7
(192-F-83) led the winners with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Endene Miyem (188-F-88)
netted 14, while
Celine Dumerc (169-G-82)
collected 11 points and 11 boards.
Maria Pascalau (194-C-82)
top-scored in defeat with 21 points,
Simina Mandache had 16
Ildiko Vass (178-G-78)
poured in 11.
The leaders of the group easily started with 4-0 run in the early beginning.
Romania however did not mind and answered with 6 points in a row as
Simina Mandache nailed a
three for 6:4. Romania led the quarter but Lepron after two free throws gave the
guests 25:24 advantage. The tempo slowed down in the second but still remained
France in front.
Celine Dumerc made a free
throw in the end of the half for 38:36 lead.
Ildiko Vass tied the
margin at 40:40 as Romania was in the center of their 11-0 run. The hosts played
wonderful and realized the importance of their last game. Cutas closed the third
at 60:50 making another free throw. For another five minutes Romania led the
game ,but then France started to catch up. The score was tied three rimes in the
last minutes when
Emmeline Ndongue brought
her team 72:69. Cutas reduced the gap from the line for 70:71 and Parau could
not make the last shot.
Hungary became the best third-place team in the four groups on a goal
differential tie-breaker. In their last game of Group C the team stole an
overtime victory from Croatia 62:72 in Osijek. Hungarians improved to 5-3 and
edged out Ukraine in the race for the next year's EuroBasket Women. A 12-2 in
overtime brought the most important victory for the guests in the tournament.
(178-G-84) led the winners with 20 points.
Nora Bujdoso (188-F-85)
nailed 17, while
Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84)
collected 12 points and 9 boards.
Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84)
Marta Cakic (175-G-82)
posted 16 in defeat and
(195-C-89) had 11.
It was the more important game for Hungary and they started to ruin the Croatian
defense from the early beginning. After 11:10 lead Hungary improved to 25:15
with 2 minutes in the first.
Nora Bujdoso made a three
to close the first quarter at 28:14. In the same second period the guests looked
more organizational and had 45:26 at the halftime.
Croatia meanwhile wanted to win the last game of the EuroBasket Women as well.
They started to play much better after a rest in the lockers and new commands of
Jelena Ivezic brought the
hosts to 42:50 after thirty minutes of the game. It was her again in the fourth
period to give the hosts their lead at 56:54 as Croatia dominated the court.
Zsofia Fegyverneky tied
the game at 60:60 with 22 seconds left in regulation by making one of two free
throws. In overtime however the visitors were too good having 12-2 win and
clinching the last spot in EuroBasket 2009 Women in Latvia.
Bulgaria won their last game of EuroBasket Women 2009 qualifying Group D.
Samokov was glad to see the team closing the group with a win over Serbians
(180-F-81) led the winners with 21 points.
netted 16, while
(175-G-82) posted 15.
(180-G-87) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort, while
(182-G-84) added 12.
Bulgaria looked comfortable in the beginning of the game taking 7-0 lead.
Serbia woke up immediately and replied for 7:7 as Kovacevic tied the game.
Ines Kresovic closed
the first quarter but Bulgaria enjoyed 19:17 lead. Four times in the second
quarter the score was tied and only in the end of it Serbia went on a 9-0
run. The guests finished the half at 34:35 being in front.
The Bulgarians took the lead for good midway through the third quarter when
Tanya Chirov hit
back-to-back three-pointers for a 48:42 advantage. The hosts remained in
front in the end of the period for 61:52. Serbia tried hard but could come
too close for the victory. Bulgaria held the score for good and finished the
group with 2-4 record.
Tanya Chirov 21,
Evelina Guneva 16,
Ivelina Vrantcheva 15 Serbia:
Miljana Musovic 14,
Ines Kresovic 12
Greece stormed past Belgium in the last game of Group D at EuroBasket 2009
qualifying. An easy win in all the quarters lifted them up to 79:40 victory.
Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) was unstoppable
with 30 points and 10 boards for the winners.
(187-C/F-83) nailed 14, while
(172-G-78) scored 11.
poured in 14 points in defeat and
(173-G-81) netted 11.
With Greece trailing 6-5, a
Evanthia Maltsi three-pointer sparked an
11-0 run that put her side in front for good. She closed the first quarter
with another three for 26:10 advantage. Chatzinikolaous lay-up showed 30:10
as the teams started the second quarter. Belgium woke up and after 9-0 run
reduced to 30:19. Greece did not stop and grabbed the control back as the
team almost had 20 points at the half-time. Kalentzou was the last to score
at the second quarter for 43:24.
The third period was not a favorite for the visitors. Belgium could not stay
even in the game any more and failed with 9:19 in the quarter.
Stella Kaltsidou made
it 62:33 after thirty minutes played. In the last quarter both teams were
killing time as the winner was known long time ago.
European Championship Division Division A. What to expect from the last day? - Sep. 13, 2008
will close the doors tonight after the last game in European Championship
qualifiers. Latvia 2009 will have for sure Turkey, Poland, France, Slovak
Republic, Greece and Serbia. Israel, Lithuania, Ukraine, Italy and Hungary are
still in a race for the three available tickets.
In Group A Israel and Lithuania need to win their game to advance to Latvia.
Ukraine will be third, on a 5-3 record and might take the only ticket from that
place. In Group B Italy can finish as the best of the third placed teams they
will have to win in Turkey. To expect a place in Latvia as the best of the third
placed teams, Hungary will have to beat Croatia tonight. If these all Ifs will
became true then it would be an overall goal average and percentages question.
So far Ukraine hopes for the ticket as in their last game the team won the last
game of their EuroBasket Women qualifying Group A. The team struggled a lot to
keep their chances alive after 90:85 overtime victory over Israel.
Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) tied the game at the end of regulation with a
lay-up to force overtime and then the hosts won the last one.
Olexandra Gorbunova was unstoppable with 26 points and 10 rebounds. She is
now the top-scorer in the Qualification Round with 20.9 points per game. Ukraine
finished the group with 5-3 record, while Israel and Lithuanian will have one
European Championship Division Division A. Last but one - Sep. 10, 2008
Ukraine-Israel 90:85 OT
Ukrainian National team won the last game of their EuroBasket Women
qualifying Group A. The team struggled a lot to keep their chances alive after
90:85 overtime victory over Israel.
Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) tied the game at the end of regulation with a
lay-up to force overtime and then the hosts won the last one.
Olexandra Gorbunova was unstoppable with 26 points and 10 rebounds.
Iryna Biryuk (178-G-78, agency:
Promotex) nailed 15, while
Olena Ogorodnikova (186-F-81) and
Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency:
Management) each posted 12. Suez Karni top-scored for Israel with 20 points.
Liron Cohen (173-G-82) produced 19 and
Doron (175-G-85, college:
added 17. Ukraine finished the group with 5-3 record, while Israel and
Lithuanian will have one more game.
Ukraine won the opening quarter and looked more desirable in the game. Suez
Doron did a lot of the damage for the Israelis as they went to the changing
rooms with a 37:34 advantage. In the third quarter Ukraine played again better
and looked forward to finish the game in the regulation time. Israel however
could also win and was too close to it.
Olexandra Gorbunova tied the game at the end of regulation with a lay-up to
Iryna Biryuk was the leader in the extra time for the winners and brought
not only the win for the team but also a hope for Latvia Eurobasket 2009.
Great Britain-Germany 72:74
Germany left the bottom of Group A in EuroBasket Women qualifying after a road
win over Great Britain. Germany used a 21-13 in the last period to seal 74:72
(183-G/F-84) had a fascinating game with 24 points and 11 rebounds.
Lisa Koop (198-C-85,
Katharina Kuhn (191-C-80)
followed her with 8 points each.
Megan Moody (188-G/F-83,
Tulsa) top-scored for the
hosts with 18 points and 6 rebounds, while
(180-G/F-87) netted 16.
Even though German side had 3:2 in the opening tip Great Britain scored 8
consecutive points for 10:3 advantage. The hosts looked more energetic in the
first period but
Anne Breitreiner reduced
to 20:19 at the end of it. Mersch's three in the second quarter lifted the
guests up to 29:31 as they pushed the tempo. The squads went to the lockers for
38:45 as Germany won the second 26:18.
The picture had changed definitely in the third period when the Brits took the
control of the game. Trailing 41:47 they mounted in a 9-0 run for 50:47. Collins
closed the third stanza from the arc for 59:53. Great Britain opened up a 62:53
advantage at the start of the final quarter but weren't able to hold the Germans
at bay. Austmann brought German to 74:72 with a minute to go. The hosts could
win the game but
Megan Moody missed with a
three-pointer one second from the end.
Turkey improved to 6-1 record after a home win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in
Group B of the European Championship qualifiers. The team remains on top and
clinched already the place in the EuroBasket Women in Riga, Latvia.
Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80)
led the winners with 18 points to 79:50 victory.
Tugba Tasci (176-G-84)
netted 13 and
Nilay Yigit (170-G-79)
Matea Tavic (177-G-92)
ended up with 12 points in the losing effort and
Azra Becirovic (182-G-80)
Turkey opened the game with 11-0 run and grabbed the lead in the game. Bosnia
and Herzegovina was far from giving up and caught up the hosts even in the first
Matea Tavic's two threes
brought the guests to 18:16. Turkey had a massive second period scoring basket
after basket. The team used a 27:11 in the period for 45:27 lead at the
In the third quarter the scenario remained the same as the hosts dominated the
court. A 20:14 in the period lifted them up to 65:41 after 30 minutes played.
The hosts scored first 6 points in the last period as Bilge opened it with a
jump-shot. Savic was the last to score in the game as Bosnia and Herzegovina
fell at 1-6.
Poland improved to 6-1 after an easy road win over the Finnish squad in Espoo.
The team remains on top of the group and advanced to the EuroBasket Women 2009
long time ago with Turkey. Poland won all the quarters to seal 78:47 victory
Daria Mieloszynska (188-F-83, college:
led the winners with 14 points.
Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college:
Abil.Christian) netted 12, while
Magdalena Leciejewska (191-C-86) added 10.
Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) top-scored for the hosts
with 11 points, whilst
Michaela Moua (182-F/C-76, agency:
It took more than three minutes for both squads to score first in the game.
Daria Mieloszynska made a lay-up to give Polish side a
Niina Laaksonen' s three saw hosts for some time in
front. A 6-0 run by the visitors allowed them to surge into a 15:7 advantage
late in the first quarter. Sten closed the opening quarter at 17:10 for Poland.
Finland managed to keep the game close and faced only a 17:14 deficit early in
the second quarter when the Poles landed a killer blow. The squads left the
court for the break with 24:36 and it became clear that Poland would not stop.
A massive 21:10 in the third period pushed them to 23 points lead after three
quarters played. Again Sten made a jump-shot for 34:57 as the guests were too
far from the opponent. In the last period the teams were just killing the time.
It did not bother Poland to win another period 21:13 as they celebrated 78:47
Slovak Republic advanced to the EuroBasket Women in Riga, Latvia. The team
overcame Croatia 67:52 in their last game of the qualifiers. Slovak Republic
finished the campaign with 5-3 record which is the second result in the group.
Hungary can also have such a record, but Slovak Republic had a better difference
between these two teams. Croatia fell at 2-5 and will have the last game on
September 13th against Hungary.
Zuzana Zirkova led the winners with 19 points and 6 rebounds.
Lucia Kupcikova nailed 17, while
Jurcenkova (195-C-85) had 12.
Marta Cakic topscored in defeat with 12 points, whilst
Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) added 11.
Slovak Republic needed a win, but looked a bit stressful in the opening quarter.
Croatia used it as a chance for 20:18 lead at the end of the first. Croatia made
Slovakia sweat with the score knotted at 31:31 at half-time. It was Laskova who
scored a jump-shot as the teams went to the lockers. Slovakia outscored Croatia
14-4 in the third quarter for a 55:45 lead. Croatia could reply for 55:50 but
that was all they could do. Another 6-0 run saw the hosts increasing the lead
and starting thinking about EuroBasket Women in Riga, Latvia.
Hungary overcame Romania in Group C of their qualification for the EuroBasket
Women. Trailing after the opening quarter the hosts managed to take an easy
(178-G-84) pace all the winners with 20 points.
(191-F/C-84) collected 13 points and 14 rebounds, while
(174-G-84) top-scored in defeat with 18 points and 7 rebounds, while
(194-C-82) had 10.
Hungary improved to 4-3 record, but this will, not be enough to be in the first
two from the group. While they cannot overcome Slovakia to finish second in
Group C, they can hope to be the best third-place team in the four Division A
Hungary won the opening tip and led 12:7 in the opening tip. Romania did not
mind playing away from home and produced 21:16 at the end of the first period.
tied the score at 24 for both teams in the beginning of the second. Englert's
free throw gave the hosts 35:33 lead after the first half.
The game was done in the third period that was decisive in the campaign. Hungary
had 10-0 run through the period and increased to 59:43. Vida nailed a three to
close the third period at 64:47. With 21:12 the hosts won the home game 85:59
and sent Romania to 1-6 record.
Greece got an important road win over Bulgaria tonight 65:76. The winners
improved to 4-1 record in Group D of the European Championship qualifiers and
clinched a place in the EuroBasket Women in Riga, Latvia.
(187-C/F-83) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
(172-G-78) posted 16, while
(174-G-78) notched 11.
(192-F/C-71) collected 20 points and 13 boards for the hosts and
Evelina Guneva (183-F-80,
Chatzinikolaous two lay-up in the beginning of the game gave the guest 4-0 run.
Albena Branzova however
scored 6 in a row for the hosts to see them 6:4 in front. In a back-to-back
Anastasia Kostaki made it
18:15 for Greece. The latter was in front for the whole second period and looked
Evelina Guneva sent the
teams for the lockers with 32:37 for the visitors.
Dimitra Kalentzou scored
for plus 11 in the third period for the Greek side. Chirov remained Bulgaria
alive with 46:51 after the end of three quarters. Bulgaria tried hard but could
only reduce a bit with 1.30 to play. Vrantcheva posted for 63:69 but that was
all the hosts could do. Greece remained on top and won 76:65.
Serbia overcame Belgium 78:71 in Nis last night of EuroBasket Women
qualifying Group D. Mostly due to the start of the game the hosts reached
third straight win.
(164-G-83) paced all the winners with 19 points.
(180-G-87) netted 16, while
(191-F/C-89) collected 15 points and 11 rebounds.
LBM Management) and
(178-G/F-88) top-scored in defeat with 18 points each. Serbia needs to beat
Bulgaria in the last game to qualify to Latvia Eurobasket 2009. If Serbia
lose and Belgium defeat Greece, the Belgians would win the head to head
tie-breaker thanks to a superior goal differential in their games against
It was a tough start and the teams stayed close till 14:10. Later in the
period the hosts produced a 5-0 run for 19:10 lead.
Sara Leemans reduced
the gap for the guests at the end of the first for 25:17. Belgium were on
top at 32:29 after a layup by Laurence Van Malderen, but a three-pointer
from Serbia's Zorica Mitov sparked an 11-0 run for the hosts. The teams went
to the lockers with 42:37 as Serbia was in front.
The hosts improved to 62:54 at the end of the third period after 20:17 in
Evelien Callens tied
the game for the visitors at 62:62 with a bit more than 7 minutes to go. A
Evelien Callens gave
Belgium a 71:69 lead with 4 minutes left in the contest but they failed to
score the rest of the way. Kresovic first tied the encounter at 71:71 and
then Serbia scored some more baskets for 78:71 win.
European Championship Division Division B. Day 5 results - Sep. 10, 2008
Montenegro - Iceland 92:72
Montenegrin National Team celebrated the 5th win in a row at the EuroBasket
Division B tournament. Today they held off Iceland to remain on top of Group
A. The hosts withstood another outstanding performance from
(185-G-88) to claim a comfortable win at the end. Icelandic topscorer poured
in 34 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 4 assists but it was not enough
for the visitors to win.
(193-F-81) netted 26 points, while
Hajdana Radunovic (192-F/C-78) added 23
points and 11 boards to pace Montenegro to yet another impressive victory.
Montenegro capped the opening frame with a 14:0 run to clinch a 28:17
Milka Bjelica knocked
down 7 points in the second quarter as the home team stretched the margin to
24 points at the sides change. The hosts never loosened the grip in the
second half. They deepened the margin right after the long break and drove
to a 29-point advantage at three-quarter time. Iceland failed to answer in
the fourth term and suffered their 4th loss in the competition.
(192-C-87) knocked down 16 points for the winners.
(170-G-87) replied with 8 points for Iceland. Montenegro outrebounded their
opponents 47:36 and forced Iceland to as many as 27 personal fouls.
Montenegro will next face Ireland away from home. Iceland will visit
Ireland and Netherlands met each other La Almere to find out the team that
will follow the leaders, Montenegro. Netherlands beat Ireland 77:65 and
clinched 4-1 record, the second spot. A 27:11 was too much for the guests
that fell at 3-2.
Tanya Broring (177-G-84, agency:
Management) paced all the winners with 20 points.
Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency:
Regeneracom Sports, college:
Cal-Irvine) collected 19 points and 12 boards, while
Leonie Kooij (187-F-86, agency:
Management) netted 14.
Mary Fox (183-F-83) top-scored in defeat with 23 points and 12 rebounds
Michelle Aspell (168-G-75) had 10.
Naomi Halman scored first 4 points for her team as the hosts won the
opening tip of the game. The team remained in front for the majority of time
and had 21:19 with 30 seconds in the first. Clancy made a lay-up and tied
the score at the end of the opening quarter. The squads were tied also at
27:27 but a 6-0 run gave the visitors 33:27 advantage.
Tanya Broring sent the teams to the lockers for 34:41 as the hosts could
not find an answer for some good shots from the visitors.
Holland climbed closer to Ireland at the end of the third quarter after
16:13 in the period.
Mary Fox still kept the guests in front, 50:54 after a jump-shot made. A
14-0 run however was too much for Ireland in the last period. Netherlands
scored almost everything the team tried and dominated the court.
Leonie Kooij 's free throws at the end brought the hosts 77:65 victory.
Switzerland -Slovenia 54:79
Slovenia improved to 2-3 record in Group A of Division B of European
Championship qualifiers. The team won over Switzerland 79:54 and kept
the winless in the group.
(182-G/F-85) paced all the winners with 23 points.
(193-F/C-88) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds, while
(177-G-79) netted 10.
up with 19 points in the losing effort, while
(183-F/C-82) had 14.
Slovenia easily scored first 8 points in the game winning the opening
tip of the period. Baric closed the first quarter at 25:14 for the
guests that looked for another win. The second period was a disaster for
the hosts that failed for the whole campaign. Slovenia produced 25:10 to
reach 50:24 at the halftime.
The game lost the tempo in the third period but both teams remained in
the same difference. Gacner closed the third period at 67:40 as Slovenia
won the period 17:16. Mwana Ngele made a lay-up for the hosts to open
the last period. Switzerland looked less tired, but probably Slovenia
though of another game at that time. Switzerland won the last period
14:12 but lost the game 54:79.
Sweden - Macedonia 94:54 Swedish National Team cruised to their fourth straight
win at the EuroBasket in Division B. Today they overwhelmed
Macedonia at home to stay alone at the helm of Group B.
Macedonia slipped to 2-2 record and occupied the third spot in
The game turned into a one-sided traffic as the hosts dominated
every aspect of the game. Sweden built a 20:10 lead after the
starting stanza and as Macedonian defense collapsed in the
second frame stretched the margin to 27 points at halftime.
(-85) and Samardijska cut the deficit to 22 points in the third
quarter but the home team closed the stanza with 9 straight
points for a 31-point advantage. Sweden never looked back in the
fourth quarter and secured a stunning victory at the end.
(174-G-88) topscored for Sweden with 17 points.
(178-G-80) added 14 points apiece for the winners. Samardijska
answered with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Macedonia.
Radenkovikj secured 12 points in defeat. Macedonia managed to
outrebound the hosts 34:33 but sank just 38% from the field.
Sweden responded with 48% field goal accuracy and forced
Macedonia to as many as 25 turnovers.
Macedonia will next take on Estonia away from home. Sweden will
face Portugal at home in the next round.
14 Macedonia: Bojana Samardjiska 18+10 boards,
Estonia - Luxembourg 75:53
Estonian National Team finally broke the ice as they held off
Luxembourg today for the initial win at the EuroBasket in Division B
tournament. A comfortable victory allowed Estonia to improve to 3-1
record in Group B. Luxembourg meanwhile was left winless at the
bottom of the ladder.
Luxembourg started the game as vivid underdogs however three trebles
(183-F-86) were quite surprising for the hosts early in the game.
Estonia were coming back to life till the very end of the opening
(185-F-80) knocked down 4 straight points to put the home team up
(170-G-88) accounted for 8 points in a row midway through the second
frame and Estonia cleared off to a 16-point distance.
(174-G-84) capped the first half with a jumper to give the hosts a
15-point cushion. Estonia maintained the distance throughout the
third quarter and obviously gained control over the tempo. They
stretched the margin to 28 points before the final term and never
looked back in the fourth quarter.
led the hosts with 15 points and 6 rebounds.
(184-F-89) added 12 points apiece for the winners.
(169-G-90) answered with 17 points for Luxembourg.
had 16 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.
Estonia will next play against Macedonia at home, while Luxembourg
will take on Macedonia on the road.
European Championship Division Division B. Day 4 results - Sep. 7, 2008
Group A Ireland - Iceland 68:59
Irish National Team secured a tough win over visiting Iceland to remain to
hopeful about their chances in the Division A spot hunt. They improved to
3-1 record in Group A, while the loss dropped Iceland to 1-3.
The teams entered the game cautiously with neither side rushing the things.
However 5 points from
Monmouth) allowed the
hosts to pile up a 24:18 lead after ten minutes of action. The visitors
however kept it close as their main weapon started to work. Three-pointers
(178-F-85) drew things level at 28. Soon a 6:1 run from Iceland put them in
charge 38:34. They secured a 40:37 advantage at halftime.
(170-G-87) opened the third frame with a treble to open a 6-point lead for
Iceland. However the home team found the way to recover and
(168-G) and Moran closed the period with 5 straight points to propel Ireland
to a 55:52 advantage.
Michelle Fahy (-82)
and Clancy ignited an 8:0 rally from Ireland midway through the fourth
quarter and the hosts cleared off to a 10-point distance. Iceland failed to
come any closer and lost the game. Moran finished with 17 points and 8
rebounds for Ireland.
Michelle Aspell and
Michelle Fahy added
12 points apiece for the winners.
answered with 15 points for Iceland.
(185-G-88) delivered 12 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.
Netherlands - Switzerland 83:46The Dutch National Team handled Switzerland in La Almere to improve to 3-1
record in EuroBasket Division B contest. They are now one win away from
Montenegro in Group A. Netherlands also share the second spot with Ireland,
both teams enjoy a 3-1 record and hope to reach the semis. Switzerland
meanwhile remained winless at the bottom of the standings. Two teams of
Group A and B will qualify to the semifinal stage and the winners of the
semis will advance to Division A.
The hosts dominated from the beginning till the end and recorded a deserved
(182-G/F-86) led the hosts with 19 points.
LBM Management) added
15 points and 10 boards, while
LBM Management) had
10 points apiece in the win.
Cincinnati) led all
scorers with 24 points, but she committed 10 turnovers down the stretch.
Muller knocked down 8 points in defeat.
The home side outrebounded their opponents 54:32 and forced Swiss team to 20
turnovers. The visitors shot woeful 16% from the close range and 58% from
the stripe. Netherlands answered with 44% accuracy.
The Dutch team will take on their key opponents Ireland at home on
Wednesday. Swiss team will host Slovenia the same day.
Anouk Biesters 19,
Leonie Kooij 15+10
Laura Kooij 10,
Tanya Broring 10 Switzerland:
Karen Twehues 24,
Bettina Muller 8
Slovenia - Montenegro 69:74
Montenegrin National Team remained undefeated as they posted the 5th win
in EuroBasket in Division B competition yesterday. Montenegro prevailed
against Slovenia 74:69 in Kranjska Gora to keep their top position in
Group A. Slovenia fell to 1-3 record after the loss. Slovenia jumped to
a 4:0 lead early in the game but Montenegro quickly came back to life.
They crowned the opening stanza with a 13:5 run to build an 18:14 lead.
(193-F-81) scored 11 points in the second frame but
(168-G-92) answered with 13 points for Slovenia as the hosts surged
ahead for a 35:31 halftime advantage. Knezevic fueled a 13:5 run from
the visitors as they grabbed a 44:40 lead midway through the third
frame. Slovenia stayed close and Montenegro headed into the final period
leading by just one point 52:51. Montenegro used a 10:1 surge to stretch
the margin to 8 points with less than 4 minutes remaining in regulation.
The three-pointer from
(185-F-81) dragged the hosts within 5 points with 36 seconds left to go
sealed the winning outcome from the charity stripe for Montenegro.
Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) tallied 20
points and 14 boards for the winning side.
Milka Bjelica had
17 points, while
added 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners.
answered with 17 points, 8 boards and 5 assists for Slovenia.
(173-G-84) had 12 points in defeat. Slovenia visits Switzerland, while
Montenegro hosts Iceland in the next round.
Jelena Dubljevic 20+14 boards,
Milka Bjelica 17,
Portugal handed Macedonia the first loss in Division B of European
Championship. The team had a road 68:75 win to improve at 3-1, while
sending Macedonians to 2-1 record.
all the winners with 23 points. Freitas netted 20, while
(168-G-80) added 11.
ended up with 17 points in the losing effort. Gavriloska,
(-85) and Samardjiska all scored 13 for Macedonians.
It may sound strange but last night Skopje saw two games between
Macedonia and Portugal. FYR Macedonia Men celebrated the first win
in European Championship qualifier beating Portugal at home. Skopje
enjoyed 85:48 victory with an easy start of the local team.
The Women Macedonian team started with 20:15 in the opening quarter.
gave her team 28:21 later in the second. Portugal however was better
at the end of the half producing 11-2 run and took 32:36 at the
halftime. In the third period the guests held the hosts to 5-7
points and finished the period at 51:55. Radenkovikj tied the game
at 55:55 and
three gave the hosts 64:61 lead. Portugal did not panic and answered
with some good baskets to seal the win.
Luxembourg - Sweden 31:73Swedish National Team get closer to the
playoff stage at the EuroBasket in Division B competition.
Yesterday they secured the third straight win and remained among
the leaders in Group B. The Scandinavian team thumped Luxembourg
away from home. It was the third loss in a row for the hosting
side. Sweden showed their ambitions early in the game. They
knocked down 8 unanswered points at the start of the encounter
and kept the hosts at bay throughout the quarter. The visitors
piled up a 17:6 advantage at the first intermission. Luxembourg
never recovered in the second term. Sweden drove confidently and
secured a 29:15 lead at the interval. A 9:0 rally from Sweden
early in the third quarter allowed them to open up a 20-point
advantage. Luxembourg mainly relied on
(183-F-86) in offense but her effort was not enough to scare
Swedish side. The visitors easily kept their opponents at bay in
the fourth term and secured a stunning win at the end.
(189-C-89) notched 13 points for Sweden.
(174-G-88) added 12 points, while
(174-G-88) had 11 for the winners.
topscored with 20 points for Luxembourg.
(182-C-90) netted 6 points in the losing case.
European Championship Division Division A recent results and stats - Sep. 7, 2008
Germany celebrated the first win in EuroBasket Women Qualifying Group A. It took
them six games to taste the initial victory last night in Berlin. A great first
half propelled them over Ukraine 74:65.
(183-G/F-84) led the winners with 23 points and 7 rebounds.
(176-G-83) nailed 14 and
(192-F/C-81) had 10.
(186-F-86) top-scored for the Ukrainian side with 22 points, while
(186-F-81) added 12.
opened the scoring account for both teams, Germany used a 7-0 to take the 7:2
lead. Germany set the tone early by outscoring Ukraine 22:13 in the opening
quarter. The hosts played better in the second and with another 19:13 had
15-point advantage. Kozachenko closed the half at 41:26 as the teams went to the
Ukraina tried to stay within 10 points, but had difficulties in the third
period. After Zherzherunova scored for 44:34, Bavendam made 57:39 with 3 minutes
in the third. Zherzherunova brought 60:46 at the end of the third period. A
Anne Breitreiner lay-up
then stretched the advantage to 65:46 with 7 minutes remaining in the game. At
that time Ukraine had no power to compete, even though the team had to win that
game. The guests reduced a bit and finished the game with 74:65 for the Germans.
Lithuania moves to the top of the group after a home win over Great Britain in
Group A of EuroBasket Women qualifying on Saturday. Trailing 19:22 after the
opening quarter the Baltic side burst a 20:6 run in the third period.
(176-G-82) led the winners with 24 points and 4 rebounds.
(190-C/F-85) netted 18, while
(195-C-89) added 12 apiece.
Kim Butler (186-F-82,
Oregon St.) collected 18
points and 10 rebounds in defeat and
(180-G/F-87) posted 17.
Egle Stakneviciene scored
first 4 points in the game to give her team an opening success.
Johannah Leedham tied the
game at 15:15 and then Handy finished 9-0 run of her team in the end of the
period. Jones closed the quarter at 22:19 for the Brits. Unbelievable second
quarter kept the teams together 6 times! The score was also even after the first
half, 40:40. The game was knotted at 42:42 early in the third quarter when two
Sandra Valuzyte free
throws started a 13-0 run for the Lithuanians. It was a part of 20-6 win in the
Sandra Valuzyte was the
last to score in the third for 60:46. In the last stanza Great Britain could
only reduce to 6 points with 1 minute to go. Again
Sandra Valuzyte made the
final, 76:68 win.
Italy easily overcame Bosnia and Herzegovina on Saturday at home. The
EuroBasket Women qualifying saw the hosts taking 75:49 victory to improve to 4-3
Kathrin Ress (193-F-85,
Boston Coll.) led the
winners with 19 points and 4 rebounds.
(183-F-81) netted 14, while
Eva Giauro (204-C-86)
Biljana Savic (190-C-83)
finished the night with 14 points and
Aida Pilav (187-C-87)
posted 10. Bosnia and Herzegovina fell at 1-5 but has a chance to leave the last
position in the group.
Biljana Savic and Bejtic
scored for 4:0 as Bosnia and Herzegovina won the opening tip of the game.
Trailing in the whole period Italy was managed to grab the lead at the end of
the first quarter, 14:13. In the second quarter Italy looked too good and opened
it with 8-0 run.
Kathrin Ress made it
41:21 as the teams went to the lockers.
It was difficult for the visitors to change something in the game. The margin
balanced between 15-20 points throughout the whole quarter. Deura made a lay-up
for 61:44 at the end of the third period. In the last quarter Italy played more
defensively and allowed the guests to score only 5 points.
Kathrin Ress set up the
final, 75:49 score as Italians are third in the group with 4-3 record.
Turkey National team improved to 5-1 in Group B of European Championship and
tied Poland there. Turkey destroyed Finland 76:42 with great offensive and
(175-G-80) led the winners with 11 points and 4 rebounds, while
Sariye Gokce (176-F-79)
Naile Ivegin (186-F/C-85)
added 10 each.
(185-F/C-85) top-scored in defeat with 14 points, while
Tiina Sten (185-G/F-85)
Naile Ivegin got the
scoring started for Turkey with a jump hook that finished a long offense.
Tiina Sten then sparked
Finland with a floating layup but Yigit added a driving basket for a 4:2. Turkey
was too good in the opening quarter taking 23:6 at the end of it. Karsli made it
35:9 and it became clear at that time that Finland would not catch up. Horasan
scored for 42:16 as the teams left the court for the break.
Both teams struggled to score after the break, as Turkey kept trying to collect
steals by covering the passing lines. Finland even struggled to get shots now
Esmeral Tuncluer stepped
into the void with a jump hook. Turkey was not slowing the game tempo to
maximize its options. The team produced 21:16 to finish the third period at
63:32. In the end of the game the teams just were killing the time and as a
result the score in the last period was 13:10. Sario made a lay-up for the
visitors to set up 76:42 score.
After Slovak Republic created an upset for the favorite of Group C beating
France at home, they were the favorites against Romania. Arad saw another loss
of the local team with 67:83 to Slovak Republic. The latter managed to win all
the quarters to improve to 4-3 record.
(175-F/G-80) was unstoppable with 30 points and 5 rebounds.
(195-C-85) nailed 13, while
Lucia Laskova (187-F-80,
LBM Management) collected
6 points and 7 rebounds. Romania fell at 1-5 and remains on the bottom.
The Romanians held a 12:9 advantage almost four minutes into the contest after
two free throws from center
Bianca Vescan (186-C-78).
The hosts tried hard but lost the opening period 21:23. Ruzickova finished the
guests 7-0 run for 33:22.
Lucia Laskova's three was
the last at the first half as Slovak Republic had 42:34.
In the third quarter the visitors led 10-15 points throughout the period.
Ardeleanu brought the hosts back to 44:54 but then
Anna Jurcenkova led to
Bianca Vescan made it
48:62 as the teams finished thirty minutes of the game. In the last period
Romania could not closer than to 12 points. Moreover
Anna Jurcenkova nailed
another two for plus 20 with less than 7 minutes to go. Orosz set up the final,
67:83 score as Slovak Republic remains second in the group.
France deserved a place in next year's EuroBasket after winning Group C of
the qualifier. The favorites needed overtime to outscore Hungary that looked
also great in the game. Bourges and 2000 spectators saw 68:64 win of the
local team that improved to 6-1 in the group.
Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) and
(192-F-83) led the winners with 12 points apiece. Yacoubou-Dehoui collected
11 points and 11 boards in the winning effort.
(188-F-85) top-scored in defeat with 17 points, while
(191-F/C-84) had 13 points and 14 rebounds. Hungary slumped to 3-3 and they
finish with games against Romania and Croatia.
Hungary needed a win more than France as they struggle for the second
position. That is why the opening tip of the game belonged to them. Englert
made it 8:10 with less than 5 minutes in the first period. Only at that time
France woke up and finished the first at 16:12 as
Nora Bujdoso made a
jump-shot. France increased to 34:24 at the halftime when Fegyverneky was
the last to score at the half.
Hungary began to catch up with the opponent in the second half and had 17:15
in the third for 49:41. Yacoubou-Dehoui refused the guests to reduce and
made it 56:46 with 6.22 to go. Hungary mounted in 10-0 run at that time and
tied at 56:56. Miyem's free throw sent the teams to the overtime as the
score was 58:58 in the end of the regulation time. After
Anna Vajda scored for
64:64, France posted 4 more points to seal the 6th win in the group.
overcame Bulgaria in the game for the second win in Group D of European
Championship qualifiers. A 25:10 in the last stanza were too much for the
visitors that lost 87:60.
led the way with 17 points apiece. Van Malderen followed them with 13 points, 6
rebounds and 2 assists.
(180-F-81) finished the night with 14 points in defeat, while
(192-F/C-71) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Belgians improved to 2-2
in Group D while dropping the Bulgarians to 1-3.
Bulgaria was mostly in front in the opening tip until 11:12 when
made the second free throw. Belgium bounced back immediately and had 25:18
entering the second period as Carpreaux closed first with a lay-up. Slavova tied
the game for the visitors at 30:30. A Kathy Wambe lay-up then sparked a 10-0 run
that put Belgium in front for good this time. The hosts went to the changing
rooms leading 41:31 and they went in front by as many as 13 in the third
quarter. Leemans however closed the third at 62:50 for the hosts. De Mondt's
three made it plus 15
and then her three pointers again saw
Belgians with plus 21. A 25:10 in the period brought the second win for the
hosts and the third upset for the visitors.
17, Van Malderen 13 Bulgaria:
12+10 rebs Greece-Serbia 61:64
Serbia handed Greece the first loss and
made it away from home in Glyfada. An outstanding game from both teams remained
interesting until the last minutes.
(182-G-84) led the winners with 19 points and 5 rebounds for 64:61 victory.
(164-G-83) netted 13 and
(191-F/C-89) posted 10.
(180-F-78) top-scored in the losing effort with 21 points and
(174-G-78) added 17. Greece still lead Group D with a 3-1 record while Belgium
and Serbia are both 2-2.
Serbia was in front of the opening quarter for the majority of time but Greece
mounted in a 8-0 run for 14:11 lead. Papamichail increased the hosts lead to 10
points at 25:15. Serbia managed to catch up with the opponent and the teams left
the court for the break at 28:26. Trailing 2 points at half-time, the visitors
outscored Greece 20-12 over the next ten minutes to take the lead for good.
was the last to score at the end of the third period for 40:46. Honestly Serbia
deserved the win more than the hosts and they proved it leading the last period
for the whole time.
made it 52:61 with only 37 seconds left. Greece however did not give up and
everything they could do was to stay closer at 61:64.
European Championship Division Division B. Day 3 results - Sep. 4, 2008
Group A Iceland - Slovenia 69:94
Slovenian National Team celebrated their first win at the EuroBasket in
Division B tournament. Yesterday they beat Iceland to reach their opponents
in the ladder with 1-2 record. The teams kept it close in the first frame
with the scoreline read 25:25 at the end. However the visitors opened the
second quarter with an 8:0 run to clear off.
(177-G-79) soon opened a double-digit lead for Slovenia. The visiting side
took over and piled up a 16-point advantage at the interval. Iceland failed
to recover right after the break and the situation did not change in the
third frame. Slovenia easly maintained the margin and entered the fourth
quarter up by 16 points. Slovenia stayed cool in the fourth term and did not
allow the hosts to threaten their lead.
Mojca Markovic poured
in 22 points to pace Slovenia.
Maja Erkic and
Daliborka Jokic had
20 points each in a winning effort.
(185-G-88) answered with 18 points, 12 boards and 9 assists for Iceland.
Cameron) added 11
points and 9 rebounds in defeat. Iceland will now take on Ireland in the
next round. Slovenia will host undefeated Montenegro on Saturday.
Mojca Markovic 22,
Maja Erkic 20,
Daliborka Jokic 20<>
<>Switzerland - Irealnd 65:79
Irish National Team grabbed their second win at
the EuroBasket Division B campaign. They thus improved to 2-1 record in
Group A, while Swiss team remained winless at 0-3. Both teams entered
the game bravely trading the baskets. However Ireland used three
straight trebles from
(168-G) and Fox to surge ahead 22:10 midway through the first period.
The hosts' defense did not look solid at the moment as Ireland managed
31 points in the opening frame and claimed an 11-point advantage.
Scally stretched the margin to as many as 18 points early in the second
quarter. But rol converted a three-point play and Chauvin fired from
downtown to shave the deficit to 12 points.
scored the last basket of the first half and Ireland headed into locke
room leading by 13 points.
(168-G-89) notched 8 points and
a three-pointer attempt to drag the home team within 7 points from the
visitors at the start of the third quarter. Fahy and
however remained confident as their baskets kept Irish team in charge.
Sarah Moran, Fahy
secured a comfortable voyage for Ireland throughout the fourth term as
Switzerland failed to come close enough for a decisive rally.
put on a pivotal performance with 25 points and 5 rebounds for Ireland.
provided 19 points and 7 boards, while
Niamh Dwyer added
14 points for the winners.
answered with 17 points for Switzerland.
notched 16 points in defeat.
Switzerland will take on Netherlands away from home, while Ireland will
host Iceland at home on Saturday.
Karen Twehues 17,
Sarah Moran 19,
Niamh Dwyer 14
<><>Montenegro - Netherlands 82:80<><>Group BPortugal - Luxembourg 80:32 Paula Muxiri (186-F/C-81, college:
nailed 19 points and grabbed 8 boards and Portuguese National Team cruised
past Luxembourg at home in EuroBasket Division B tournament yesterday. It
was the second win for Portugal in the chase of Division A spot. Portugal
improved to 2-1 record, while Luxembourg slipped to 0-2 in Group B. The
hosts grabbed the initiative right from the start.
Joana Lopes (185-G/F-86) and
Sara Filipe (187-F-82) paced Portugal to a 19:4 lead early on. The hosts
enjoyed a 26:5 advantage after the opening frame. Portugal kept their
opponents at bay in the secind frame limiting them to just 5 points in the
period and secured a 38:10 advantage at halftime. The onslaught continued in
the second half as the home team easily stretched the margin to 40 points.
Luxembourg showed some character in the fourth term as they tried to answer
for every basket from the home side but it did not impact the final result.
Joana Lopes secured 16 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for Portugal.
Sara Filipe contributed 10 points for the winners.
Claire Margue (170-G-81) scored 9 points for Luxembourg.
Jil Haentges (182-C-90) added 7 points in defeat.
Portugal will play against Macedonia away from home, while Luxembourg will
host Sweden on Saturday.
Paula Muxiri 19,
Joana Lopes 16,
Sara Filipe 10 Luxembourg:
Claire Margue 9,
Jil Haentges 7 <><>Sweden - Estonia 76:45
Swedish National Team secured their second straight
win in EuroBasket in Division B campaign. They thus improved to 2-0 record
among the leaders in Group B. Estonia in the meantime suffered their third
loss in a row and remained at the bottom of the table. Eldebrink sisters
notched 9 points in the opening stanza and Sweden spurred ahead 18:6. The
hosts extended the margin to 15 points in the second quarter and maintained
the margin. Barthold and
(189-C-89) teamed up for 8 points at the start of the third quarter to lift
Sweden to a 45:25 advantage. The home team closed the third period with a
12:0 rally to build a 22-point lead. Estonia did not come back to life in
the fourth quarter and had to surrender at the end.
Louice Halvarsson led
balanced Swedish offense with 15 points.
(174-G-88) provided 11 points and 6 assists, while
Nina Risto (188-F-85,
knocked down 10 points for the winners.
(177-G-81) answered with 16 points for Estonia.
(185-F-80) came up with 8 points in the loss. Sweden limited their opponents
to just 32% accuracy and outrebounded them 47:31. Estonia also suffered 21
turnovers down the stretch. Estonia will play against Luxembourg at home on
September 10. Sweden visit Luxembourg on Saturday.
European Championship DivisionDivision A. Qualifying Day 6 - Sep. 3, 2008
GROUP A Ukraine-Lithuania 68:73
Ukrainian National team could not join Israel ion top of Group A of EuroBasket
Women qualifier. The team lost to Lithuania in Kiev 68:73 and even fell to the
third position. Coming off a 16-point home setback, Lithuania needed to prevail
to have a good chance of claiming second spot in the standings.
Diana Razmaite (196-C-75, agency:
LBM Management) top-scored for the winners with
Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) netted 14, while
Sandra Valuzyte (176-G-82) collected 12 points
and 7 rebounds. Ukrainian leaders
Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) and
Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency:
LBM Management) posted 19 points apiece.
Both teams started quickly, but it was Baltic side who took the early advantage.
Diana Razmaite's jump-shot saw her team take an
15:9 lead. Ukraine woke up immediately and established a one-point lead at
20:19. Ukraine had the greater offensive threat in the second quarter and the
hosts improved to 4 points advantage. Biryuk sent the teams to the lockers for
42:38 making the second free throw. Ukraine's shooting continued and the hosts
reached 47:38 in the beginning of the third. Lithuania had the wind in their
sails, though, and reeled off seven more points in a row to lead 55:49. In the
decisive spurt, Ciudariene split a pair of free throws and
Rima Valentiene made two at the line before
Gintare Petronyte drilled a jumper. Lithuania wins 73:68 and ties Ukraine in the
ladder at 4-2.
Israel improved to 5-1 in EuroBasket Women qualifying Group A with a
74:59 victory over winless Germany. First three quarters were enough to seal the
win and to top the group first.
Shay Doron (175-G-85,
Maryland) led the winners
with 25 points and 4 rebounds.
Liron Cohen (173-G-82)
followed her with 13, while
Laine Selwyn (170-G-81,
Pittsburgh) netted 12.
Bavendam finished the night with 14 points for the guests and
(181-G/F-85) netted 11.
It was a tight opening to the game, with both teams struggling to make their
shots. However, Israel enjoyed more success and led 8-0 early on. After a short
delay Germany resumed action and closed to 15:12 at the end of the opening
quarter. The guests were re-energised and found some scoring accuracy to reduce
the arrears to three points.In the second stanza Israel started to increase and
led to 20:13 in the period.
Shay Doron made it 35:25
at the halftime.
The hosts came out fastest in the second half, hitting the first points to lead
Liron Cohen with a
jump-shot set up 63:39 after the teams were on the way to start the last period.
Sarah Austmann scored 5
points of the team's 7 as Germany woke up in the game. They reduced to 63:46
with 7 minutes to play. Israel did not worry too much about the game as it was
done in the first three quarters. Fleischer made the second free throw for 74:59
Italian National team improved to 3-3 record in Group B and follow Poland and
Turkey in it. Finland tried hard for the second win at home, but had to admit
(183-F-81) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and 5 rebounds.
Kathrin Ress (193-F-85,
Boston Coll.) followed
her with 13 points, while
(175-G-81) netted 8.
Tiina Sten (185-G/F-85)
ended up with 16 points and 4 rebounds in defeat and
(185-F/C-85) collected 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Gianolla's lay-up was the first in Espoo as the guests went on a lead. Italy
remained in front for the whole period and finished it with 20:16 as
Francesca Modica made a
jump-shot. Having established a 35:28 lead by half-time, Italy turned up the
heat after the break. Firs six points in the third period belonged to the
visitors that increased to 41:28.
Simona Ballardini made it
plus 15 with 2 minutes in the quarter. A 6-0 run from the hosts kept them alive
before the final period at 42:51. Italy however enjoyed the small break and
produced another massive period. They created 17-10 in the final stanza and
sealed 68:52 victory that tied them at 3-3 record. Finland meanwhile fell at 1-5
and covers the bottom of the group.
Poland and Turkey prove the battle of the titans in Group B of EuroBasket Women
qualifying. The teams struggled for the top position and Polish side benefit
from the home game. They upset Turkey for their first time and sent them to 4-1
record with 76:64 win.
Abil.Christian) paced all
the winners with 19 points and 8 rebounds to 5-1 record.
Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82)
collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, while
(188-C-78) posted 8.
(175-G-80) finished the night with 17 points in the losing effort and
Saziye Karsli (185-F-82)
2000 spectators came to see their local team climbing the top ladder. Poland
started offensively and Skobel brought 9:2 on the board.
Anna Wielebnowska scored
for 18:7 but only at that time Turkey came to the game.
Saziye Karsli tied the
battle at 18:18 and it was Polish side to answer for 24:18 at the end of the
Ewelina Kobryn gave
Poland 33:22 in the center of the second stanza. Nevlin could reduce for the
guests for 39:34 as the teams went to the lockers.
Poland won the third period 21:17 and had 9 points deficit after three quarters
played. Behind 60:51 at the beginning of the final frame, Turkey got a three
Saziye Karsli, a free
throw by Yasemin Horasan and a jump shot from Nevin to close the gap to 60:57.
Poland however scored another seven points in a row and clinched a 76:64
GROUP C Slovak Republic-France 63:55
Slovak Republic creates an upset for the favorite of Group C beating France at
home. Kosice saw 63:55 win of the local team with a massive opening quarter.
Gabriela Kubatova (172-G-84) paced all the
winners with 14 points.
(170-G-80) netted 12, while
(175-F/G-80) added 11.
Celine Dumerc (169-G-82)
top-scored for the guests with 18 points and 8 rebounds, while
(192-F-83) added 10.
Kupcikova received a noisy standing ovation by the fans before taking their
seats. Slovak Republic took control of the game from the very beginning creating
15-0 run in the opening quarter.
Emmeline Ndongue ended
the guests scoring silence for 19:7. Dijon closed the first period and reduced
for 26:14. France struggled to create opportunities to close the score and could
cut a bit in the second. With a carousel in the court Kupcikova was the last to
score at the first half for 47:37.
France turned up the heat, scoring the first eight points of the second half to
close within two when
Celine Dumerc sank a
three-pointer. With 43:40 on the board Slovakia produced 10-2 run for 53:42 at
the end of three quarters. The visitors kept finding points from their
pick-and-roll and increased their pressure on the perimeter. The last period was
the most defensive and France could take 13:10 win in it. Slovakia meanwhile was
satisfied with a great 63:55 victory and 3-3 record in the group.
Croatia scored first 4 points in the game and won the opening tip of the first
was the last to post points in the opening period for 23:11 lead. It was her
again to score for 34:24 home advantage. With a 14-0 run however the visitors
took 38:34 lead after the second quarter as the teams went to the lockers.
Bura tied the game at 38:38 and then Lokas saw another even margin 44:44.
Trailing 51:52 early in the fourth quarter, Croatia soon took the lead but could
not shake off Romania. Sliskovic's jump-shot gave the hosts 59:54 with 4.28 to
made a pair of free-throws for Croatia but Parau immediately hit back with a
jump-shot that left the score at 65:62 with 20 seconds to go. Ilijanic missed
the first free throw but then made the second for 66:62.
reduced to 66:64 with 3 seconds in the game and went to the free throw line. She
missed on purpose as there was almost no time left but Croatia held the score
for good. The winners improve to 2-4 record leaving Romania at 1-4.
Serbia beat Bulgaria and tied them in Group D of EuroBasket Women qualifier.
Trailing in the end of the opening quarter the home side pushed the tempo
and never looked behind after. Serbia won the initial game 73:67 and upset
Bulgaria for their second time.
(197-C-78) led the winners with 14 points apiece.
(191-F/C-89) supported them with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
ended up with 21 points, while
(192-F/C-71) collected 11 points and 10 boards in defeat.
Even though Serbia had no wins before the game they started offensively and
hoped to be the favorites of the game.
Evelina Guneva made a
three for Bulgaria as her team led 17:15 in the opening tip. Serbia answered
with nine consecutive points for 24:17 lead after the first period. The
Serbs poured in the first eight of the second as well for a 32:17
stranglehold on the game. Slavova scored for the visitors as they trailed
45:36 at the halftime.
In the third period the teams paid more attention to defense and as a result
the score was 10:10 in it.
Evelina Gunevas two
brought 55:46 hosts advantage after thirty minutes of the game. The most
interesting part started in the end of the game when
Albena Branzova tied
the score at 59:59. Serbia scored again more but Vrantcheva kept Bulgaria
alive with 69:66.
Adrijana Knezevics 4
points in the end of the game brought the Serbs the first win in Group D.
Adrijana Knezevic 14,
Ana Perovic 14,
13+10 rebs Bulgaria:
Evelina Guneva 21,
Albena Branzova 11+10
Greek National team remains undefeated in Group D of EuroBasket Women
qualifier. Liege could not help Belgium team to hand the first loss to the
favorites on Wednesday night. Greece used a productive third quarter to seal
the third win.
Nicole Soulis (188-F-85, college:
Wisc.-Green Bay) led the winners with 18 points
and 7 rebounds.
Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) and
Stella Kaltsidou (187-C/F-83) followed her with 16
points apiece for 3-0 record.
Kathy Wambe (173-G-81) ended up with 16 points in
Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) and Van Malderen added
Stella Kaltsidou opened the game for the guests
Belgium won the opening tip 13:4. Greece replied immediately with 10-0 run
and had 14:13 advantage when
Evanthia Maltsi made a jump-shot. The game stayed
close throughout the second period and Greece led by one, 39:38, at the
Greece was in front of the whole third period. Papamichail opened it for
41:38 and then after 24:12 in the quarter
Nicole Soulis closed it at 63:50. When
Nicole Soulis again made it 72:52 in the last
period it became clear that Belgium would not catch up the guests.
Sara Leemans reduced to minus 15 and then
Kathy Wambe set up the final 77:66 score. Belgium
fell at 1-2 record in the group and tied with Bulgaria and Serbia.
European Championship Division B. Day 2 results - Aug. 31, 2008
Group AIreland - Slovenia 67:59 Irish National Team celebrated the first win in the EuroBasket
Division B action yesterday. They defeated visiting Slovenia in Limerick to
improve to 1-1 record in Group A of the tournament. Slovenia in the meantime
suffered the second loss in a row and slipped to the bottom of the ladder.
Ireland shocked the visitors early in the encounter going on a 7:0 rally to
claim the lead. Slovenia however quickly found the right rhythm and tied the
scoreline. Irish team still managed to surge ahead and posted a 16:13
advantage at the first intermission.
(174-G-85) lifted Slovenia in front at the start of the second period and
they maintained the gap throughout the rest of the stanza.
capped the first half with a layup to give the visitors a 32:26 lead.
Nika Baric (168-G-92)
knocked down a three-pointer to enlarge the lead for Slovenia at the
beginning of the third frame. However Ireland answered with a 21:4 run to
close the third quarter leading by 8 points. Moran and Clancy scored the
first 6 points of the fourth frame to establish a 14-point for the hosts and
they never allowed Slovenia to threaten it at the late stages. Moran led all
scorers with 22 points.
(168-G) contributed 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners.
Nika Baric replied
with 17 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Slovenia.
Daliborka Jokic had
11 points and 11 boards in the loss.
European Championship Division Division A. Qualifying Day 5 - Aug. 31, 2008
Group A Great Britain - Ukraine 73:80Ukrainian National Team secured their 4th win at the 2009 EuroBasket
Qualification campaign. They defeated Great Britain in Cardiff yesterday to
improve to 4-1 record on top of Group A. The hosts lost their 4th game in the
pool and remained at the 4th spot. The visitors dominated the first half
building a safe cushion.
Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) knocked down 16 points in the first frame as
Ukraine grabbed a 27:24 lead. Michael Hoffmann and Harriett Yea gave the hosts a
narrow lead early in the second frame but Ukraine answered with an 11:0 rally to
retain the advantage. Great Britain failed to answer and Ukraine rolled to a
47:34 lead at halftime. Ukraine kept the initiative after the long break and
soon stretched the margin to 21 points. Michael Hoffmann capped the third
quarter with a jumper as Great Britain trailed 52:71. The hosts however refused
to fold. They exploded with a 15:1 surge to cut the deficit to 5 points midway
through the final stanza. But baskets from
Olexandra Gorbunova and Inna Yegorova allowed Ukraine to celebrate a tough
win at the end.
Olexandra Gorbunova finished with 26 points and 7 rebounds for Ukraine.
Olena Ogorodnikova (186-F-81) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds, while
Iryna Biryuk (178-G-78) had 19 points in the win.
Butler (186-F-82, college:
led Great Britain with game-high 28 points.
Megan Moody (188-G/F-83, college:
tallied 11 points, 7 assists and 6 boards in defeat.
Ukraine will next take on Lithuania at home. Great Britain will play against
Lithuania on the road next Saturday. Great Britain:
Megan Moody 11 Ukraine:
Olexandra Gorbunova 26,
Iryna Biryuk 19,
Olena Ogorodnikova 16
Lithuania - Israel 60:76Israel National Team secured their second win over Lithuania in Group A of
EuroBasket Qualification. Israel thus improved to 4-1 record on top of the pool.
Lithuania slipped to 3-2 record in a highly-contestant mix.
Daina Staugaitiene (182-G-80, college:
chipped in 7 points early in the game to give Lithuania a 9:2 lead. However
Laine Selwyn (170-G-81, college:
European Championship Division Division B. Day 1 results - Aug. 28, 2008
Group A Slovenia - Netherlands 81:83 (28-16, 23-21, 20-19, 10-27)
Slovenia and Netherlands opened Eurobasket Qualifications in Division B.
Group A saw the battle where only to the last period the guests grabbed the
victory. Netherlands overcame Slovenia in Kranjska Gora 81:83.
Leonie Kooij (187-F-86, agency:
LBM Management) led the winners with 23
points and 6 rebounds.
Naomi Halman (193-F/C-86, agency:
Regeneracom Sports, college:
Cal-Irvine) collected 21 points and 9
Tanya Broring (177-G-84, agency:
LBM Management) posted 18.
Maja Erkic (182-G/F-85) top-scored for the
hosts with 31 points.
Mojca Markovic (177-G-79) nailed 18 and
Jokic had 12.
Maja Erkic opened the game for the hosts as
Slovenia won the opening tip. After 16:14 they produced a 8-0 run and
finished the first period at 28:16.
Mojca Markovic from the arc made it 40:21
and it seemed that the hosts would celebrate the win in the opener.
Naomi Halman however brought Slovenia back
to 51:37 at the halftime. Slovenia climbed to minus 10 throughout the period
but another three from
Mojca Markovic saw 71:56 after three
quarters. The most interesting part for the guests started in the last
period. They tied the game at 77:77 and Beld and Maessen pulled Netherlands
Naomi Halman brought the victory for the
guests from the free throw line. Ilijev could tie the score but missed two
from the same spot.
Valuzyte pulled her team in the start for 2:0 in the first minute and after 7:4
the hosts created 7:0 to win the opening tip of the game.
Gintare Petronyte closed the first period at 23:10 for Lithuania. With 27:13
the hosts went on another tremendous lead creating 10-0 run. Razmaite's three
saw the hosts taking 37:13 advantage with 5 minutes in the half. Again
Gintare Petronyte was the last to score in the period as the teams went to
the lockers for 43:17.
Lithuania did not stop and produced 24:10 in the third period. They were too
good for the opponent as the score was 67:27 after 30 minutes of the game.
Germany won however the last period 17:13 to somehow reduce the gap.
Ukrainian National Team ensured their third win at the 2009 EuroBasket
Qualifying campaign yesterday. They defeated one of their main rivals in
Group A Israel away from home to remain at helm of the pool. Israel
meanwhile suffered their initial loss at the qualification and slipped to
1-2 record. Ukraine entered the game aggressively and built an 18:9 lead
midway through the first period. But
Shay Doron (175-G-85, college:
Maryland) and Suez-Karni cut the deficit to 5 points after ten minutes
of action. Yegorova and
Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) opened a double digit lead for the
visitors early in the second frame. Soon the margin grew to massive 18
points as Ukraine looked too good for the hosts at the moment. However
Shay Doron and Cohen trimmed the deficit to 11 points at halftime.
Shay Doron and Cohen continued their bombardment from downtown early in
the third frame as the distance grew thinner. Ukraine stayed in front though
and secured an 11-point buffer before the fourth term.
Shay Doron, Fleischer and Cohen cut the gap to 5 points with under 2
Olexandra Gorbunova nailed a free throw however Dori replied with a
three-pointer to make it 61:64 with just over a minute remaining.
Shay Doron than added two freebies as Israel came as close as one point
with 41 seconds left. Later
Shay Doron had two chances to save the game for the home team but missed
layup and then was blocked by Alyoshkina. Biryuk followed it with two free
throws to seal the victory for Ukraine. Olexandra Gorbunova and Ogorodnikova had 18 points apiece for Ukraine.
Yegorova secured 8 points for the winners.
Shay Doron tallied game-high 22 points and 10 boards for Israel. Cohen
added 18 points in defeat. Israel will now take on Great Britain away from
home on Wednesday. Ukraine play their next game against Great Britain on
Germany -Great Britain 59:61
Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87) drained the jumper in the final seconds of the
game to propel Great Britain past Germany yesterday. Great Britain thus secured
European Championship Division Division A. Qualifying Round. August 20 - Aug. 20, 2008
GROUP AUkraine -Germany 93:39
The National team of Ukraine destroyed Germany at the EuroBasket Women
qualifying in Kiev. The host team did not have any difficulties smashing the
Inna Yegorova (173-G-82) led the winners with 20 points.
Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) and
Iryna Biryuk (178-G-78) posted 16 each, while
Olena Ogorodnikova (186-F-81) collected 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Richter top-scored for the guests with 11 points,
Katja Bavendam (203-C-85, college:
York U.) and
Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) scored 6 apiece.
The start of the game was a bit emotional for the Ukrainian side that even
trailed 2:4 in the opening tip. In the center of the period the hosts had
14:10 and created an 11-0 run to close the period at 25:10. Ukraine kept the
guests scoreless also in the first minutes of the second period and had
29:10 at that time. Germany scored some points and even reached 20 at the
end of the half.
Iryna Biryuk however brought the hosts 45:20 advantage and the
confidence entering the second half. Nothing specific had changed in the
third period as Ukraine dominated the court. They produced 20:12 in the
period to have 65:32 after 30 minutes of the game. A 28-7 in the last
quarter was too much for Germany that could not struggle with the hosts.
European Championship Division Division A. Qualifying Round - Aug. 13, 2008
GROUP A Ukraine-Great Britain 59:54
Ukraine won the opener of the EuroBasket Women Division A campaign tonight
beating Great Britain 59:54 in their Group A campaign. The first half was enough
to say in front of the game until the last seconds.
Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) led the winners with 18 points and 6
Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency:
Iryna Biryuk (178-G-78) supported her with 13 points apiece as the
spectators were glad for the win in the opener.
Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87) top-scored for the guests with 14 points.
Butler collected 12 points and 8 rebounds, whilst
Megan Moody (188-G/F-83, college:
Ukrainian side took the control from the center of the opening quarter. Trailing
2:6 the hosts created a 15-0 surge at the end of the first half and led to 33:18
Olexandra Gorbunova continued to ruin the opponent in the third quarter but
Johannah Leedham cut to 52:39 after 30 minutes of the game.
Megan Moody made it 55:48 and
Johannah Leedham had the next four points to make it 57:52. Yegorova nailed
a free throw for 6 points advantage with 17 seconds remaining. Mason replied
with two the same from the line for 58:54. It was again Yegorova after the foul
to seal the initial victory for the Ukrainian side. In another game of the group Israel beat Lithuania 63:47. Germany will start
their campaign in the next game.
Israel won the opener of the their EuroBasket Women qualifying round as the team
was too strong for the Baltic representative. Israel overcame Lithuania 63:47
with 11-3 in the second period.
Doron (175-G-85, college:
paced the winners with 16 points and 3 assists.
Katia Abramzon (186-F/C-87) collected 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Suez
Karni netted 10.
Rebecca Thoresen (179-F-78) was unstoppable with 33 points and 14 rebounds.
Josephine Grima (190-C-84) followed her with 18 points and 8 rebounds, while
Ellul netted 13.
Enkela Deneko (-76) ended up with 15 points and
Permeti (-80) had 14.
Ellul scored three three-pointers in the first quarter as Malta scored almost
everything the team shot. It was a great beginning for the winners of European
Championship Division C. With 18:13 on the board Malta used a 12-0 run to take
massive lead after the first ten minutes of the game. Albania woke up in the
second quarter but could hardly reduce the gap. What they could do was 15:11 win
in the period.
Rebecca Thoresen sent the teams to the lockers for 44:30. Hasanaj's three in
the end of the third period also left 14 points deficit for Malta. Albania
played well and tied the period at 18:18. That was however all the could do. A
6-0 run in the last stanza gave the game early winner.
Rebecca Thoresen remained in the court scoring basket after a basket.
Sciberras set up the final 81:61 score as Malta triumphed in European
Championship Division C.
Luxembourgish National Team earned the Bronze medals at the home
European championship in Division C. Today Luxembourg handled Andorra in the
consolation final. The teams traded baskets early in the encounter with neither
side jumping to a solid lead. Hetting and Mossong gave a 6-point advantage for
Luxembourg late in the first frame but Meira and Mun cut the gap to 2 points at
the end of the first quarter. Margue ignited the hosts with two trebles early in
the second frame. Stoll and Hetting added pain to Andorra as they spurred
Luxembourg to a 32:24 advantage at halftime. Meira and Gomez teamed up for
Andorras rally in the third quarter and they narrowed the margin to 2 points.
Schreiner opened the final stanza with 5 consecutive points to give some
breathing space for Luxembourg. Later Schr
European Championship Division European Championship Division C. Semifinals - Jul. 11, 2008
Semifinals Luxembourg -Albania 61:73
Albania wins the second semifinal game over the hosts, Luxembourg to seal the
Finals of European Championship, Division C. A 27:16 in the last period was
fatal for the hosts that will play for the third spot.
Permeti (-80) led the winners with 20 points to their impressive victory.
Hasanaj netted 15 and
Valbona Sako (-72) posted 14.
Tessy Hetting (188-F-86) top-scored for Luxembourg with 21 points.
Nadia Mossong (183-F-86) collected 15 ponts and 9 rebounds, whilst Stoll had
10 points and 11 rebounds.
Tessy Hetting opened the scoring list for the hosts that fell confident in
the early beginning. Albania replied with some baskets and had 13:7 after
Deneko's shot. Cakici closed the opening quarter at 20:16 for Albania.
Tessy Hetting tied the game at 24, and it was her again to give her team
25:24 lead. Albania did not give up and went with 30:33 to the lockers.
Luxembourg produced 15:13 in the third period to close the gap to 45:46 before
the final period.
Tessy Hetting gave her team 50:48, but unfortunately for the hosts it was
their last lead. Albania mounted in 12-0 run to seal a place in the final.
Valbona Sako made the final 73:61 score from the free throw line.
Malta - Andorra 58:37 Maltese National Team became the first finalist of the European
championship in Division C held in Luxemburg. Today they held off Andorra to
make it to the title decider. A low-scoring tight fixture saw the both sides
strain every nerve to get past semifinal stage.
Brincat scored back-to-back jumpers for Malta as they jumped in front 7:4
midway through the starting frame. Gomez scored three straight points for
Andorra to keep them within striking distance. However Grima capped the first
frame with two freebies to give Malta a 16:10 cushion into the second stanza.
Parnis came up with 4 points early in the second stanza to spark a run from
Maltese team. They posted an 11:2 rally to maintain a 27:14 advantage late in
the half. Ellul and Meira traded three-pointers at the end of the frame and
Malta led by 11 at the sides change. Sciberras and Grima kept it cool for Malta
throughout the third stanza and Andorra
European Championship Division European championship Division C. Day 3 - Jul. 9, 2008
Luxembourg - Azerbaijan 101:24 (27-3, 21-8, 28-9, 25-4)
Luxembourg smashed Azerbaijan 101:24 in Day 3 of European championship
in Division C. The hosts of the tournament won the group with 3-0 record and
advanced to the semifinal.
Lynn Schreiner (158-G-91) led the winners with 20 points.
Hetting (169-G-90) netted 16, while
Haentges (182-C-90) posted 14. Zycova ended up with 12 points and 10
rebounds, while Biryuchkova produced 6.
Haris opened the scoring list for the hosts from the arc. Zycova scored quickly
for Azerbaijan for 3-2. After that Luxembourg produced 20-0 run to answer for
all the questions about the winner. Ludivig with a jump shot closed the opening
quarter at 27:3. Azerbaijan remained scoreless for another four minutes an
scored only in the center of the second for 38:4. Musayeva made one free throw
for her team in the game. Biryuchkova's free throw was the last in the half,
In the third quarter Luxembourg remained on top of the game and had 28:9 in it.
Weynandt's three opened the last period with 79:20 and the task for the hosts
was to reach three digits. With 36 seconds in the game
Haentges made a lay-up for 101:24 as Luxembourg triumphed in the game.
Andorra - Gibraltar 53:45
Andorra National team secured their semifinal birth at the European championship
in Division C. They overcame Gibraltar today to improve to 2-1 record in the
preliminary Group A. The game was not an easy jog for Andorra though. Sene and
Parody put Gibraltar in front early in the game. Sene capped the first frame
with a three-pointer to give winless Gibraltar a surprising 17:7 advantage at
the first intermission. Vicente and Meira nailed 5 points in a row midway
through the second period to clip the distance to 6 points. However Sene
immediately answered with 4 straight points to restore a 10-point buffer at
halftime. Sene added another jumper to open the second half and Andorra trailed
by 12 points. Then it was time for Meira to take the floor. She nailed 7
consecutive points for Andorra as they came as close as 3 points from Gibraltar.
Later Vicente and Gomez accounted for five more points and the teams finished
the third stanza all tied at 34. The lead changed hands for several times before
Vicente dropped back-to-back treys to carry Andorra up by 5 with just over a
minute remaining. Hernandez followed the bombardment with a three-pointer and
Andorra never looked back in the dying seconds. Vicente finished with 18 points
and 7 boards to pace Andorra. Gomez contributed 14 points and 8 boards in a win.
Sene answered with 16 points and 7 boards for Gibraltar. Gomez had 11 points and
11 rebounds in a losing effort.
Andorra: Patricia Vicente
European Championship Division European championship Division C. Day 2 - Jul. 8, 2008
Andorra-Luxembourg 28:58 (13-10, 4-20, 8-11, 3-17)
Luxembourg jumped to the first place in Group A and remains there alone so
far. In the last game of Day 2 the hosts of European championship, Division
C smashed Andorra 58:28. Trailing 3 points after the first quarter
Luxembourg bounced back and won the encounter.
Tessy Hetting (188-F-86) led the winners with 12 points, 13 rebounds and
Evelyne Stoll (187-C-86) supported her with 8 points apiece. Vidal Gomez
top-scored for the losing side with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Andorra probably forgot the level of two teams and the home side of
Luxembourg taking the control of the opening tip of the game. Vicente opened
the scoring list for her team as Andorra had 2-0. Vidal Gomez led Andorra to
10:2 with 4 minutes to go, but Andorra could enjoy only 13:10 after the
Luxembourg woke up in the second period and held the opponents scoreless for
the first 7 minutes of the quarter. The hosts created 12-0 run and sealed
30:17 advantage at the half. The third period was more defensive for both
squads and Luxembourg had 11:8 in it to go on 41:25.
Tessy Hetting opened the last period from the free throw line and
Luxembourg remained on top. The team allowed Andorra to score 3 points in 10
minutes and celebrated 58:28 victory.
Andorra: Vidal Gomez 10+12 rebs, Pla 6, Mun Mas 6 Luxembourg:Tessy
Hetting 12+13 rebs+9 steals,
Evelyne Stoll 8
Gibraltar - Azerbaijan 42:71
Azerbaijan reached the first win in European championship in Division C.
Today the team overcame Gibraltar 71:42 and improved to 1-1 record, while
the latter fell at 0-2. Shimichenko was unstoppable with 25 points, 8
rebounds and 5 assists. Musayeva collected 12 points and 8 rebounds, whilst
Biryuchkova added 10. Sene top-scored for Gibraltar with 9 points and 6
rebounds and Cassaglia posted 8. Tomorrow Gibraltar will take on Andorra.
Azerbaijan will meet hosts Luxembourg in the last game of the day.
European Championship Division European Championship Division C. Day 1 - Jul. 7, 2008
Malta opened European championship in Division C held in Luxembourg
with a win. The team overcame Albania to take the first victory in Group B. A
massive 24:9 start led to 80:55 and first points in the championship.
Rebecca Thoresen (179-F-78) was unstoppable with 34 points and 5 rebounds.
Ellul posted 14, while
Mandy Sciortino scored 8.
Brikena Cakici (-80) top-scored with 15 points and
Migena Plasa (-76) had 9 in defeat.
Rebecca Thoresen pushed her team to the early start nailing her first points
from the layup. Hasanaj however gave Albania 7:4 lead, but that was the last one
in the whole game. Again
Rebecca Thoresen and then Grima bounced back with Malta and had 24:9 with
their team after the opening quarter. In the second period
Rebecca Thoresen made it 32:12 as Malta used court advantage. Ellul closed
the half at 45:19 for her team.
Zammit opened the third period for the winners with layup for 47:19. Albania
looked much better in the second half and could reduce a bit the margin.
Migena Plasa made it 38:67 after 30 minutes of the game. The last period saw
Albania winning 17:13, but Malta held the total with 80:55 advantage.
Azerbaijan and Andorra opened the European championship in Division C held
in Luxembourg today. The teams got into preliminary Group A together with
Luxembourg and Gibraltar. Andorra marked their dominance early on. They
began the game with a 7:0 run. Azerbaijan posted their first points with
almost three minutes gone in the quarter. Meira and Mun combined for the
first 15 points from Andorra as they grabbed a 15:6 advantage midway through
the first period. Zycova and Iskakova dropped 4 points for Azerbaijan ear
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