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European Championships Final Standing
 1. France
 2. Russia
 3. Spain
 4. Belarus
 5. Greece
 6. Italy
 7. Latvia
 8. Slovakia
 9. Turkey
 9. Czech Repu.
 11. Lithuania
 11. Poland
 13. Serbia
 13. Israel
 13. Hungary
 13. Ukraine
Points Per Game
 Evanthia MALTSI
  GRE
  (180-F-78)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Maltsi, GRE22.6 
 2. Jekabsone-Z., LAT20.3 
 3. Sheffer, ISR18.3 
 4. Ogorodnikova, UKR17.0 
 5. Hammon, RUS16.5 
 6. Montanana, ESP16.2 
 7. Macchi, ITA16.0 
 8. Zirkova, SVK15.7 
 9. Gruda, FRA15.4 
 10. Vajda, H.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yelena LEUCHANKA
  BLR
  (196-C-83)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Leuchanka, BLR9.2 
 2. Papamichail, GRE8.0 
 3. Stepanova, RUS7.9 
 4. Vajda, HUN7.8 
 5. Gruda, FRA7.7 
 6. Leciejewska, POL7.3 
 7. GYURCSI, SVK7.3 
 8. Kobryn, POL7.1 
 9. Abrosimova, RUS7.0 
 10. Valuzyte, L.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Liron COHEN
  ISR
  (173-G-82)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Cohen, ISR4.8 
 2. Vardarli, TUR4.7 
 3. Kalentzou, GRE4.1 
 4. Marchanka, BLR3.9 
 5. Jekabsone-Z., LAT3.9 
 6. Selwyn, ISR3.5 
 7. Biryuk, UKR3.3 
 8. Dumerc, FRA3.3 
 9. Melain, FRA3.1 
 10. Valuzyte, L.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Evanthia MALTSI
  GRE
  (180-F-78)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Maltsi, GRE3.1 
 2. Gorbunova, UKR2.3 
 3. Aguilar, ESP2.2 
 4. Ballardini, ITA2.2 
 5. GYURCSI, SVK2.1 
 6. Hammon, RUS2.0 
 7. Zirkova, SVK2.0 
 8. Selwyn, ISR2.0 
 9. Valuzyte, LTU1.9 
 10. Montanana, E.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VERAMEYENKA
  BLR
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Veremeenko, BLR2.7 
 2. Alyoshkina, UKR2.0 
 3. Levitsky, ISR2.0 
 4. Stepanova, RUS2.0 
 5. Osipova, RUS1.3 
 6. Nevlin, TUR1.3 
 7. Kulichova, CZE1.2 
 8. Tamane, LAT1.1 
 9. Walich, POL1.0 
 10. Petronyte, L.1.0 

Maltsi Wins MVP (Photo: FIBA Europe)

European Championships : France won Eurobasket 2009 (Photo: FIBA Europe)
Qualifying Round
Group E
 1. Spain 5-0 
 2. Slovakia 3-2 
 3. Latvia 3-2 
 4. Greece 2-3 
 5. Czech Repub. 1-4 
 6. Poland 1-4 
Group F
 1. France 5-0 
 2. Russia 4-1 
 3. Belarus 2-3 
 4. Italy 2-3 
 5. Turkey 2-3 
 6. Lithuania 0-5
Preliminary Round
Group A (Liepaja)
 1. Spain 3-0 
 2. Slovakia 2-1 
 3. Czech Repu. 1-2 
 4. Ukraine 0-3 
Group B (Liepaja)
 1. Latvia 3-0 
 2. Poland 2-1 
 3. Greece 1-2 
 4. Hungary 0-3 
Group C (Valmiera)
 1. Russia 3-0 
 2. Turkey 2-1 
 3. Lithuania 1-2 
 4. Serbia 0-3 
Group D (Valmiera)
 1. France 3-0 
 2. Italy 2-1 
 3. Belarus 1-2 
 4. Israel 0-3 


European Championships : France won Eurobasket 2009 (Photo: FIBA Europe)
 


France National Team 2009
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4 Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) of Tarbes Gespe Bigorre
5 Endene Miyem (188-F-88) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges
6 Catherine Melain (183-F-74) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges
7 Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) of Connecticut Sun (USA)

8 Emmanuelle Hermouet (183-F-79) of Toulouse Metropole Basket
9 Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges
10 Pauline Krawczyk (180-F-85) of Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket
11 Emilie Gomis (180-G-83) of Vomero Basket Napoli (ITA)
12 Florence Lepron (183-F-85) of Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole
13 Elodie Godin (190-C-85) of Cras Taranto (ITA)
14 Emmeline Ndongue (190-C-83) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges
15 Anael Lardy (170-G-87) of Stade Clermontois Auvergne Basket 63
Head Coach: Pierre Vincent
Assistant Coach: Thierry Moullec

Day: 9 (Finals) - Jun. 20, 2009 
3rd-4th spot
Belarus - Spain 56-63
The National Team of Spain finished 3rd at Eurobasket 2009 as they overcame Belarus in the game for the third place. The finalist of Eurobasket 2007 celebrated 63:56 victory to taste Bronze of the tournament. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Valdemoro nailed 11, while Torrens scored 10. Verameyenka ended up with16 points in the losing effort, while Leuchanka posted 13.

5th-6th spot
Italy - Greece 56-60
Greece finished their EuroBasket campaign in style beating Italy for the fifth spot today. The victory allowed Greece to get the straight ticket to the 2010 World Championship. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) came up with another brilliant performance scoring 26 points and pulling down 6 boards. Greece entered the championship as underdogs but managed to beat the forecasts and clinched the fifth spot at the end. Italy finished in the sixth spot but it should definitely considered a huge success for a Ticchi Gaimpiero team. Pelagia Papamichail produced 15 points and 8 rebounds for Greece. Dimitra Kalentzou added 12 points, 7 assists and 5 boards in the victory. Laura Macchi had 22 points for Italy. Raffaella Masciadri notched 9 points in defeat.

7th-8th spot
Latvia - Slovakia 67-59
Latvia finishes 7th in Eurobasket 2009 after the win over Slovak Republic that is 8th. Trailing 13-17 after the opening quarter, the hosts of the tournament produced 67:59 victory. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota nailed 14, while Zane Tamane netted 13. Lucia Kupcikova produced 13 points for Slovakia and Zuzana Zirkova delivered 12.
Final
Russia - France 53-57
France dethroned Russia beating them in the 2009 EuroBasket Final today. A Pierre Vincent team clinched the first EuroBasket title since 2001. Both Russia and France booked tickets to the 2010 World Championship as well as the 2011 EuroBasket. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) stepped up with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Emmeline Ndongue added 11 points, while Emmanuelle Hermouet and Pauline Krawczyk had 7 points for France. Maria Stepanova responded with 13 points and 6 boards for Russia. Olga Arteshina finished with 12 points and 7 rebounds in the loss. Evanthia Evanthia Maltsi was trumped the MVP of the tournament after the final game. Sandrine Gruda, Celine Dumerc, Svetlana Abrosimova, Evanthia Maltsi and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota made up for the All-Star Five of the tourney.


Day: 8 (Semi-Finals) - Jun. 19, 2009 
5th-8th spot
Slovakia - Greece 59-64
Greece celebrated a tough win against Slovakia to advance into the clash for the 5th spot. The Greek team thus made another step towards direct qualification into the 2010 World Championship. They will now face Italy for the ticket to Lithuania. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) finished with 23 points. Dimitra Kalentzou added 21 points and 5 boards in the win. Martina GYURCSI responded with 23 points and 12 boards for Slovakia. Lucia Laskova nailed 9 points in defeat.

Italy - Latvia 68-66
Latvia lost for the second day in a row and again the team was defeated in overtime. The hosts of Eurobasket 2009 were even potential favorites of the tournament, however could not make it for the direct qualification into the 2010 World Championship. Italy recovered from the first half loss and won 68:66 in overtime. Laura Macchi (187-F-79) led the winners with 20 points as Italy will face Greece for the 5th place. Raffaella Masciadri followed her with 18 and Alexander scored 9. Gunta Basko stepped up with 22 points for the home side, Zane Tamane nailed 13 and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota delivered 12.

Semifinal
France - Belarus 64-56
French National Team have entered the 2009 EuroBasket Final after beating Belarus in the semis tonight. Tomorrow's championship game will be the first one for France since 2001 when they triumphed at the European arena. Belarus in the meantime will try to repeat the 2007 success when they claimed the bronze medals. Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) finished with 13 points to pace France. Endene Miyem added 11 points, while Sandrine Gruda accounted for 10 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Yelena Leuchanka responded with 14 points and 9 boards for Belarus. Natalia Marchanka dropped 10 points in the losing effort.

Spain - Russia 61-77
Russia have edged closer to their third European championship title in six years. They thumped Spain to reach the championship game. The defending champions will play against France in tomorrow's title game. Spain will fight for the bronze medals against Belarus. Rebecca Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) stepped up with 28 points for Russia. Maria Stepanova added 19 points and 16 boards, while Svetlana Abrosimova finished with 14 points for the winning team. Alba Torrens replied with 17 points and 5 boards for Spain. Amaya Valdemoro had 13 points in the loss.


Day: 7 (Quarter-Finals) - Jun. 18, 2009 
Slovakia - Belarus 68-70
Belarus became the first Semifinalist of Eurobasket 2009 in Riga as they rolled over Slovak Republic in overtime 70:68. That was the first Quarterfinal game and brought already one of the most exciting endings. Anastasiya Verameyenka (192-C-87) led the winners with 13 points and Marchanka added 12. Zirkova shined for her team with 23 points, Jurcenkova poured in 12 and Vynuchalova chipped in 10.

Spain - Italy 61-42
Spain became the second Semifinalist of Eurobasket 2009 as they overcame Italy 64:42. In a defensive style the winners used a 15-6 in the last period to seal the winning outcome. Spain stays undefeated in the tournament. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) top-scored for the winners with 10 points, while Nicholls nailed 9. Valdemoro and Torrens ended up with 8 points each in the losing effort. Macchi produced 18 points in the losing case, whilst Masciadri and Alexander scored 6 apiece.

France - Greece 51-49
French National Team eked out a dramatic narrow victory over Greece to claim the semifinal birth. Celine Dumerc hit a three-pointer late in the game to propel France to the win and breaking the hearts of all Greek fans. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) finished with 16 points and 10 boards to pace France. Emmeline Ndongue added 8 points and 5 boards for the winners. Evanthia Maltsi responded with 18 points for Greece. Styliani Kaltsidou had 10 points in the loss.

Russia - Latvia 69-64
The EuroBasket defending champions showed character late in the quarterfinal game against ambitious Latvia and survived a tough challenge to reach the semis. Russia will now play against Spain for the ticket to the Final. The teams exchanged the blows early in the extra period before Khammon hit from beyond the arc to put Russia up by 3 with under 3 minutes to go. Irina Osipova stretched the margin to five points with two freebies. But Gunta Basko stepped up again for Latvia knocking down 5 points and clipping the margin to just 2 points with 23 seconds remaining. Svetlana Abrosimova hit just one of two free throws and Gunta Basko trimmed the deficit to a single point with 13 seconds left. Khammon got fouled and drained both free throws for the defending champions. Gunta Basko missed a key three-point attempt and Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) sealed the deal from the charity stripe on the other end. Maria Stepanova poured in 16 points and grabbed 12 boards to keep Russia in the title race. Ilona Korstine provided 14 points and 9 boards for the visitors. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota delivered 23 points and 8 boards for Latvia. Gunta Basko finished with 17 points and 6 boards in defeat.


Day: 6 (Preliminary Round) - Jun. 16, 2009 
Group E
Latvia - Spain 60-67
Spanish National team won Group E of Eurobasket 2009 and advanced to 1/4 Finals from the first place. The winners were glad to have Valdemoro in the roster as she produced a good game over Latvia in the end of the Qualifying Round for 67:60 victory. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) kept the Spanish side undefeated with 25 points. Aguilar posted 14 and Valdemoro nailed 12. Jekabsone-Zogota finished the night with 18 points in the losing effort and Jansone added 10.

Slovakia - Greece 57-59
Greece grabbed the second straight win at the EuroBasket as they narrowly defeated Slovakia to improve at 2-3 record in Group E and advanced to the Quarterfinals. Slovakia in the meantime slipped at 3-2 record in the third position in the pool. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) finished with 22 points to pace Greece. Dimitra Kalentzou added 13 points and 5 assists for the winners. Zuzana Zirkova came up with 13 points for Slovakia. Lucia Kupcikova added 10 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Poland - Czech Republic 68-82
Poland needed a win to advance to the Quarterfinals, however Czech Republic upset them 82:68. Group E did not send both of them to the next level and tied them at 1-4 in the bottom of it. Michaela Hartigova (192-C-83) led the winners with 17 points and Vesela posted 15. Peckova and Viteckova followed them with 12 points each. Leciejewska ended up with 12 points in the losing effort, whilst Walich and Zurowska scored 10 apiece.

Group F
France - Russia 72-66
France beat the defending champions of Eurobasket 2007 winning Group F of the tournament with 5-0 record. Even the appearance of Hammon did not help Russia in 66:72 loss. French team rightfully won the group and remained undefeated in the tournament. Russia dropped to 4-1 with the loss for second place in the group, and they will take on hosts Latvia in the quarters. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) paced all the winners with 17 points for 5-0 record. Dumerc nailed 16, while Yacoubou-Dehoui delivered 12. Hammon shined for the defending champions with 18 points. Stepanova chipped in 16 and Korstin poured in 13.

Italy - Lithuania 72-58
Italian National team paved their way into the quarterfinal of the EuroBasket in Latvia. They came up strong in the second half against Lithuania to ensure the vital victory in Group F. Lithuania in the meantime slipped at 0-5 record in the pool and missed the next stage. Marte Alexander (195-C-76, college: Arizona) notched 17 points and 7 rebounds for Italy. Laura Macchi contributed 15 points and 6 rebounds in the win. Ausra Bimbaite responded with 17 points for Lithuania. Agne Ciudariene had 13 points in the losing case.

Turkey - Belarus 70-86
The National team of Belarus celebrated the most important win of the tournament so far as they rooled over Turkey in the last game of the Qualifying Round to advance to the 1/4 Finals. After 0-3 record from the start, Belarus improved to 2-3 to take the third place in Group F after 86:70 over Turkey. The latter finished with the same record, howewer finished 5th due to the games within three teams. Ekaterina Snytsina (188-F-85) top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Troina nailed 13, while Verameyenka and Trafimava scored 12 apiece. Nevlin brought Turkey 20 points and Vardarli netted 15. In the 1/4 Finals Belarus will face Slovakia that finished second in Group E.


Day: 5 (Preliminary Round) - Jun. 14, 2009 
Group E
Greece - Czech Republic 62-45
Greek National Team earned the initial win at the EuroBasket qualifying tournament. They toppled Czech Republic today behind 24 points and 5 boards from their charismatic leader Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78). Greece thus improved at 1-3 record in Group E. Czech Republic suffered the second straight defeat at the tournament and fell at 0-4 in the pool. Zoi Dimitrakou and Pelagia Papamichail produced 12 points each for the winners. Jana Vesela responded with 15 points for Czech Republic. Eva Viteckova notched 12 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Spain - Poland 67-55
Spanish National Team denied a chance for Poland to stay in the title race rolling to the fifth straight win at the tournament. Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington) delivered 14 points, while Alba Torrens managed 10 points for the winners. Magdalena Leciejewska replied with 15 points and 6 boards for Poland. Ewelina Kobryn netted 14 points and grabbed 7 caroms in defeat.

Slovakia - Latvia 78-69
Arena Riga saw a big surprise and an upset from the home side as Latvia lost to Slovak Republic. The latter had tremendous third quarter to win 78:69 in Group A of Eurobasket. Both teams share the second position of the group with 3-1 record. Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Gyurcsi added 17. Jekabsone-Zogota led Latvia again this time with 20 points, Basko netted 14 and Tare scored 11.

Group F
Belarus - Lithuania 61-55
Belarusian National team posted the first win at the qualifying round of EuroBasket. They held off Lithuania to improve at 1-3 record in Group F. Lithuania suffered the second straight loss and fell at 0-4 record at the bottom of the table. Nataliya Trafimava (186-F-79) notched 16 points to lead Belarus. Yelena Leuchanka added 13 points and 14 rebounds, while Anastasiya Verameyenka had 12 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Egle Stakneviciene responded with 17 points for Lithuania. Sandra Valuzyte finished with 12 points and 6 boards in defeat.

Russia - Italy 67-59
Russia posted the fifth consecutive victory at the EuroBasket in Latvia. They overwhelmed Italy to stay on top of qualifying round Group E. Italy in the meantime slipped at 1-3 record. Svetlana Abrosimova (185-F-80, college: Connecticut) came up with 19 points and 9 boards to lead the reigning champions. Ilona Korstine and Maria Stepanova provided 14 points each for Russia. Laura Macchi responded with 15 points, while Simona Ballardini produced 13 points in the losing case.

Turkey - France 43-55
French National Team posted the fifth straight win at the EuroBasket. They held off Turkey to share the top spot in Group F with Russia. Turkey stayed in the third spot at 2-2 record. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) delivered 20 points and 5 boards for France. Emmeline Ndongue provided 9 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Tugba Palazoglu had 12 points for Turkey. Birsel Vardarli contributed 10 points in defeat.


Day: 4 (Preliminary Round)
 - Jun. 12, 2009 
Group E
Poland - Slovakia 56-65
Slovakia earned the first win at the second stage of the EuroBasket in Latvia. They outgunned Poland in Riga today to improve at 2-1 record in Group E. Poland slipped at 1-2 record after the loss. Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) came up with 20 points, 6 boards and 4 assists to lead Slovakia. Martina GYURCSI added 16 points and 7 boards, while Anna Jurcenkova finished with 11 points and 7 boards in the win. Agnieszka Bibrzycka answered with game-high 27 points. Magdalena Leciejewska had 7 points and 11 boards for Poland in defeat.

Greece - Spain 48-67
Spain took on Greece and extended their winning streak to four games. The victory allowed Spain to gain 3-0 record, while Greece slipped at 0-3 in Pool E. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) provided 19 points and 5 boards for Spain. Elisa Aguilar added 12 points, while Alba Torrens had 10 points in the win. Evanthia Maltsi responded with game-high 26 points for Greece. Pelagia Papamichail notched 9 points and 7 boards in the loss.

Czech Republic - Latvia 47-65
Latvia remained perfect at home in Eurobasket 2009. Trailing to Czech Republic in the first opening of the game, the hosts grabbed the first victory in the Qualifying Round to improve to 3-0 record in Group E. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83) top-scored for the winners with 25 points. Tamane was responsible for 17 and Basko added 7. Viteckova finished the night with 16 points in the losing effort and Hartigova chipped in 7.

Group F
Italy - Turkey 59-64
Turkey toppled Poland to open their win count at the qualifying round of the EuroBasket. Birsel Vardarli (175-G-84) knocked down 18 points and 9 rebounds to lead Turkey to a 2-1 record in Group F. Nevin Nevlin managed 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Laura Macchi responded with 17 points and 10 rebounds for Italy. Simona Ballardini had 16 points as the Azzurri slipped at 1-2 record.

Belarus - Russia 51-66
Russia maintained their perfect record at the EuroBasket as they overwhelmed Belarus at the qualifying round action. Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) tallied 17 points and 8 rebounds for the defending European champions. Ilona Korstine added 12 points and 8 caroms in the win. Yelena Leuchanka responded with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Belarus. Nataliya Trafimava canned 11 points in defeat.

Lithuania - France 55-57
France remained perfect in their EuroBasket title quest. They overcame a 12-point deficit to topple Lithuania in Group F clash. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) knocked down 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the winners. Emmeline Ndongue and Emmanuelle Hermouet had 8 points apiece for France. Agne Ciudariene responded with 17 points for Lithuania. Ausra Bimbaite notched 15 points and 7 rebounds in the losing case.


Day off in Eurobasket 2009 before the Qualifying Round - Jun. 10, 2009 
Riga is ready to host the Qualifying Round of the EuroBasket Women after Vlamiera and Liepaja sent 12 teams from the preliminary Round. Four teams still remain undefeat and became the favorites of the tournament.
Eurobasket decided to keep the readers updated with the information below.
All four teams with 3-0 record looked better than their teams in the groups, however had thrillers as well. Spanish National team won Group A but had the most difficult opener. Spain overcame the low start and won over Czech Republic in Group A of Eurobasket 2009. The finalist of the previous championship trailed 9 points after the opening quarter, however grabbed 66:59 win in the opener.
Latvia needed an overtime to beat Greece and to win Group B of Eurobasket 2009. Having 16 points at the halftime the hosts of the tournament could not keep the lead for good and needed to prove the superiority in the extra time to win the third straight game. Greece advanced to the Qualifying Round from the third pace with 1-2 record. Anete Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83) top-scored for the winners with 26 points.
Russian National team clinched the top spot in Group C as they rolled over Lithuania in Day 3. The defending champions used their defensive strategy in the last period to win 60:52. Olga Arteshina top-scored for the winners with 16 points as Russia finished Group C with 3-0. Maria Stepanova nailed 12, while Marina Kuzina netted 11. Gintare Petronyte finished the night with 17 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort, whilst Daina Staugaitiene added 10.
French National Team had two thrillers out of three but clinched the top spot in preliminary Pool D of EuroBasket. France overcame Israel to send their opponents packing. Sandrine Gruda and Emilie Gomis scored 11 points apiece for France. Elodie Godin knocked down 10 points and pulled down 8 rebounds for the winners. Liron Cohen responded with 30 points for Israel. Shay Doron had 15 points in defeat.
Before that France needed overtime to beat Belarus 63:61 that continues to surprise Europe. Trailing 10 points at the halftime Belarus returned into the game and tied the score at the end of the fourth period. Belarus could even win in the fourth period, but Emmanuelle Hermouet 's last shot with a buzzer tied the game at 59:59.
Anete Jekabsone-Zogota leads all the scorer with 23.7 points per game. Latvia player top-scored in all the games for her team to remain on top. Greek Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) is second with 21.3, while Egle Stakneviciene (190-F-85) from Lithuania has 19.0


Day: 3 (Preliminary Round) - Jun. 9, 2009 
Group A
Ukraine - Czech Republic 77-79
Czech Republic stayed in the EuroBasket title race. They survived dramatic final seconds of their battle against Ukraine in Pool A to finalize a vital win at the end. Ukraine led for the major part of the encounter but wasted all of their advantage before giving away the victory in the dying moments. Olexandra Gorbunova had a chance to put Ukraine back in charge but she lost the ball. Vesela sank both free throws and moments later Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) sealed the winning outcome from the stripe extending Czech life at EuroBasket 2009. The loss means the end of the tournament for Ukraine, while Czech team paved their way into the qualifying round in Latvia.

Spain - Slovakia 71-54
Spain National team clinched the top place in Group A of Eurobasket 2009. In the key game of the group the team overcame Slovak Republic 71:54 to remain undefeated. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) paced all the winners with 24 points as Spain is 3-0. Elisa Aguilar delivered 21 points and Cruz added 7. Zuzana Zirkova brought Slovakian team 9 points as they advanced with 2-1 record from the second place. Romana Vynuchalova, Katarina Hrickova and Martina GYURCSI netted 8 each in defeat.

Group B
Greece - Latvia 68-70
Latvia needed an overtime to beat Greece and to win Group B of Eurobasket 2009. Having 16 points at the halftime the hosts of the tournament could not keep the lead for good and needed to prove the superiority in the extra time to win the third straight game. Greece advanced to the Qualifying Round from the third pace with 1-2 record. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83) top-scored for the winners with 26 points.

Poland - Hungary 60-53
Polish National Team claimed the qualifying round birth at the EuroBasket in Latvia. They toppled Hungary in the decisive encounter in Group B today to improve at 2-1 record. Hungary in the meantime slipped at 0-3 record and wrapped up their Latvia campaign. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82, agency: Data Plus Group) knocked down 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Poland. Justyna Jeziorna added 10 points, 6 boards and 3 assists in the victory. Anna Vajda finished with 18 points and 10 boards for Hungary. Zsofia Fegyverneky notched 13 points and 5 boards in defeat.

Group C
Turkey - Serbia 65-55
Turkish National Team ensured the second win at the EuroBasket preliminary round improving at 2-1 record in Group C. They took down Serbia handling the Balkan team the third straight defeat in Latvia. Thus Serbia got eliminated unable to make it to the qualifying round. Ayse Ivegin (177-G-87) notched 21 points to pace the victors. Bahar Caglar added 10 points, while Naile Ivegin had 8 points and 5 boards for the winners. Sonja Petrovic delivered 14 points for Serbia. Jelena Milovanovic had 11 points in the losing effort.

Lithuania - Russia 52-60
Russian National team clinched the top spot in Group C as they rolled over Lithuania in Day 3. The defending champions used their defensive strategy in the last period to win 60:52. Olga Arteshina (182-F-82) top-scored for the winners with 16 points as Russia finished Group C with 3-0. Maria Stepanova nailed 12, while Marina Kuzina netted 11. Gintare Petronyte finished the night with 17 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort, whilst Daina Staugaitiene added 10.

Group D
France - Israel 73-70
French National Team clinched the top spot in preliminary Pool D of EuroBasket. Today France overcame Israel to send their opponents packing. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) and Emilie Gomis scored 11 points apiece for France. Elodie Godin knocked down 10 points and pulled down 8 rebounds for the winners. Liron Cohen responded with 30 points for Israel. Shay Doron had 15 points in defeat.

Belarus - Italy 58-67
Italian National team advanced to the Qualifying Round after the win over Belarus in Day 3 of Eurobasket 2009. Trailing 6 points after the opening quarter Italian team enjoyed the better wins in the second and third periods. Masciardi top-scored for the winners with 20 points as they finished the group with 2-1 record. Laura Macchi (187-F-79) nailed 13, while Simona Ballardini posted 9. Ekaterina Snytsina finished the night with 13 points in the losing effort as Belarus dropped at 1-2. Yelena Leuchanka poured in 12 and Tatyana Troina scored 10.


Day 2 results and stats - Jun. 8, 2009 
Group A Spain - Ukraine 85:59

Spanish National Team ensured the second consecutive win at the EuroBasket 2009. They beat Ukraine today to improve at 2-0 record on top of Pool A. Thus Spain booked the qualifying round spot, while Ukraine must win against Czech Republic tomorrow to stay alive in the title race.
Spain stunned their opponents early unleashing an 8:0 run to open the encounter.
Olena Ogorodnikova (186-F-81) stopped the bleeding with a three-pointer. Olena Ogorodnikova soon narrowed the margin to a single point 11:12 before Anna Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) gave Spain a 15:13 advantage after ten minutes. Olena Ogorodnikova, Kochubei and Gorbunova tried to keep Ukraine close early in the second frame. But Spain pushed harder tallying 8 points in a row to clear off. Sanchez capped the first half with 5 points in a row as Spain went into the dressing room ahead by 13.
Torrens and Aguilar boosted the margin to 16 points midway through the third frame as Spain took over. They ballooned the gap to 20 points late in the quarter.
Silvia Dominguez (166-G-87) scored five straight points at the beginning of the final stanza as Spain extended the lead to 22 points. The game was practically over and the teams just cruised to the final buzzer.
Six Spanish players delivered in double figures with
Silvia Dominguez accounting for 11. Laura Nicholls (189-C-89), Cindy Lima (192-C-81), Lucila Pascua (196-C-83), Laia Palau (178-G/F-79) and Anna Montanana had 10 points apiece for the winners. Iryna Biryuk (178-G-78, agency: Promotex) responded with 16 points and 5 boards for Ukraine. Olena Ogorodnikova notched 10 points in defeat.

Spain:
Silvia Dominguez 11, Laura Nicholls 10, Cindy Lima 10, Laia Palau 10, Lucila Pascua 10, Anna Montanana 10
Ukraine:
Iryna Biryuk 16, Olena Ogorodnikova 10


Slovak Republic - Czech Republic 65:58

Slovakia extended their winning streak at the 2009 EuroBasket in Latvia. Today they registered the second straight win in preliminary Pool A beating their archrivals Czech Republic by 7 points.
Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) stepped up with 18 points to pace the winners. Czech Republic in the meantime suffered the second straight defeat and remained at the bottom of the standings.
Czech team looked better early in the game as
Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) and Jana Vesela (190-F-83) ensured a 10:4 lead. Czech Republic kept it hot from beyond the arc in the starting stanza and sealed the outcome at 17:12 after ten minutes. Hartigova and Elhotova maintained the lead for Czech Republic in the second frame but Slovakia got closer. Jalcova capped the first half with a jumper to draw things level at 35. Zuzana Zirkova tipped off the second half with a lay-up as Slovakia gained the first lead since the third minute into the game. The lead changed hands for four times throughout the stanza but Slovakia managed to enter the final quarter up by 3. Martina Luptakova (184-F-77) and Zuzana Zirkova notched five points in a row to stretch the margin to 8 points at the start of the final term. Eva Viteckova and Jana Vesela revived the intrigue drawing Czech team as close as 4 points with just over two minutes left. But Zuzana Zirkova and Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) responded with four consecutive points to put Slovakia out of reach late in the game.
Martina Luptakova provided 11 points and 8 boards for Slovakia. Lucia Kupcikova tallied 10 points, 6 boards and 5 steals in the win. Eva Viteckova posted 14 points for Czech Republic. Jana Vesela had 12 points and 6 boards in defeat.

Slovak Republic:
Zuzana Zirkova 18, Martina Luptakova 11, Lucia Kupcikova 10
Czech Republic:
Eva Viteckova 14, Jana Vesela 12
Group BPoland-Greece 62:60
Poland National team tied their record with Greece after 62:60 thriller in Day 2. A 19-16 advantage in the last period allowed the Polish side to celebrate the initial victory as Magdalena Leciejewska (191-C-86) (191-C-86) hit a 15-foot jump shot in the waning seconds in Liepaja.
Greek side won the opening tip of the game as
Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) closed 6-0 run in the very beginning. Poland did not panic and tied the opponents at 9:9 when Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82, agency: Data Plus Group) made a jump shot. Mieloszynska's gave the Polish team 16:14 lead at the end of the first frame. Moreover Poland created a 7-0 run in the beginning of the second period for 23:14. Chatzinikolaou pulled her side back to 26:19 and Dimitrakou scored for 26:21. Evanthia Maltsi sent the teams to the lockers with 31:26 Polish lead.
The start of the third period as well as the whole quarter belonged to Greece. Sotiriou gave her team 34:33 lead and
Evanthia Maltsi added for 40:33. Greek team played much better and it looked that they would remain in front. Ewelina Kobryn however with her basket closed the third period for 43:44. Whatever happened to the Greek squad in the last quarter and especially last minutes, they know just themselves. Greece led for the whole period but not for the last minute. Even without Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Abil.Christian), trailing 55:60, Poland scored seven consecutive points to win the game, 62:60. Magdalena Leciejewska (191-C-86) hit a 15-foot jump shot in the waning seconds to stun Greece in Liepaja.
Ewelina Kobryn led the winners with 17 points and 12 rebounds as Poland is 1-1 in the group. Justyna Jeziorna (173-G-81) nailed 13, while Magdalena Leciejewska collected 12 points and 12 rebounds. Evanthia Maltsi responded with 21 points in defeat and Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83) added 10.

Poland:
Ewelina Kobryn 17+12 rebs, Justyna Jeziorna 13, Magdalena Leciejewska 12+12 rebs
Greece:
Evanthia Maltsi 21, Styliani Kaltsidou 10


Hungary-Latvia 59:76

The hosts of Euobasket 2009 improved to 2-0 in their group after the win over Hungary in Day 2. Latvia made the majority of troubles for the opponents in the first half and led the game to 76:59 victory.
It was however Hungary to win the opening tip of the game. Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) scored first 4 points in the game as Hungary also kept Latvia scoreless for the first three minutes of the game. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) made a lay-up for her team and then Latvia found its own game on offense. Zane Tamane (181-C-83, college: W.Illinois) closed the first frame at 20:11 making a jump-shot after an assist from Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83). Later on Latvia held 10-15 points lead and even improved in the end of the second period. Hungary reduced to 16 points as Bujdoso made it for 24:40. Even though there were about two minutes to play in the frame, the teams did not make any baskets to leave the court for the break.
The game was even in the third period but Hungary could not come closer.
Zane Tamane produced two for 51:31 and then Anete Jekabsone-Zogotanailed for 55:34. Anna Vida (184-F-85) netted the last points for the teams in the third period as Latvia had 57:41 advantage. Hungary climbed to minus 13, 46:59, but Latvia was too far to slow down. With 19-18 in the last frame the hosts finished the winning game. Anete Jekabsone-Zogotabrought the last points for the winners and top-scored in the team as well.
She poured in 25 points to lead all the teammates.
Zane Tamane collected 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Gunta Basko posted 14. Anna Vajda ended up with 16 points in the losing case and Anna Vida netted 10.

Hungary:
Anna Vajda 16, Anna Vida 10
Latvia:
Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 25, Zane Tamane 20+11 rebs, Gunta Basko 14  

Group C
Serbia- Russia 37:72
Russia showed tough defense to smash Serbia 72:37 in Day 2 of Eurobasket 2009. Russia improved to 2-0 in the Preliminary Round Group C to book their spot in the next stage in Riga while Serbia dropped to 0-2 and must beat Turkey by 13 points to advance.
The defending champions started with 11 consecutive points and proved their ambitions for the top places this year as well. Stepanova made a jump-shot for 11:0 and only after that Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) made two free throws. Serbia scored some more points in the period but Tatiana Shchegoleva (192-F-82) closed the opening frame at 18:7. Osipova and Karpunina increased the favorite's lead in the second period. Perovic was the last to score in the second period for 16:32.
Russia looked more offensive in the third period and scored the most points in that quarter. Marina Kuzina (195-C-85) opened a 8-2 run in the beginning of the third period and Stepanova made it 40:18. For Serbia it was a difficult period as they netted only 8, while Russia enjoyed 21. Lisina hit with three seconds to play in the third for 53:24. Russia tried to work hard on their defense and limited the Serbian squad to just 37 points at the end. Puskar was the last to score in the losing effort, while Svetlana Abrosimova (185-F-80, college: Connecticut) set up the final score, 72:37.
Tatiana Shchegoleva, Svetlana Abrosimova and Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) paced all the winners with 11 points each. Marina Kuzina ended up with 10 as Russia is 2-0. Jelena Milovanovic and Miljana Musovic (181-G-87) delivered 6 points apiece in the losing case.

Serbia: Jelena Milovanovic 6, Miljana Musovic 6
Russia: Tatiana Shchegoleva 11, Svetlana Abrosimova 11, Ilona Korstine, Marina Kuzina 10

Turkey - Lithuania 69:66
Turkey claimed the first win at the European championship in Latvia. Today they defeated Lithuania in Pool C to improve at 1-1 record. Lithuania suffered the first loss after beating Serbia in the opener.
Palazoglu set the tone early hitting a three-pointer. Naile Ivegin (186-F/C-85) and Horasan ignited an 11:0 run just moments later to put Turkey up by 12 points. Turkey remained in charge throughout the first frame and sealed the outcome at 25:13 after ten minutes. Agne Ciudariene (188-F-79) scored 4 points in a 12:0 run from Lithuania as they surged ahead 29:28 midway through the second stanza. Egle Stakneviciene (190-C/F-85) capped the first half with a trey as Lithuania went into the locker room up by 4 points 40:36. Egle Stakneviciene and Valuzyte stretched the gap to 7 points right after the start of the third term. But Turkey were ready to answer. Birsel Vardarli (173-G-84) and Naile Ivegin poured in triples in an 8:0 surge that propelled Turkey back in front. The lead then changed hands for several times throughout the frame before Egle Stakneviciene gave Lithuania a 51:50 advantage with ten minutes to go. The teams kept it close in the final period so it all came down to the final seconds. Sauliute put Lithuania in the drivers seat 64:62 with just under 2 minutes to go. But Naile Ivegin reacted with a three-pointer to restore the lead for Turkey. Nevin Nevlin (196-F/C-85, college: Stanford) then followed with four points of her own making it 69:66 with 36 seconds remaining. Egle Stakneviciene missed two attempts in the dying seconds allowing Turkey to escape with a narrow win.
Nevin Nevlin came up with 18 points and 10 boards to lead Turkey. Naile Ivegin produced 12 points in the victory. Egle Stakneviciene provided game-high 30 points and 10 boards in the loss. Agne Ciudariene finished with 16 points and 8 boards for Lithuania.
Turkey will take on Serbia, while Lithuania will clash with Russia tomorrow.

Turkey: Nevin Nevlin 18+10 boards, Naile Ivegin 12, Birsel Vardarli 11
Lithuania: Egle Stakneviciene 30+10 boards, Agne Ciudariene 16


Group D
Italy - Israel 75:64
Italy rebounded after the loss to France in the opening game of the EuroBasket to deliver the first victory today. They prevailed against Israel improving to 1-1 record in Pool D. Israel have edged closer to elimination with the loss and now need to win against France to hope to stay in the race.
Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) set the tempo hitting three treys in the opening five and a half minutes of the game. Macchi added one of her own and Italy cleared off to a 12-point distance. Raffaella Masciadri would not stop as she added two more long bombs in the starting frame propelling the Azzurri to a massive 32:10 advantage after ten minutes of action. Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) and Levitsy teamed up for 7 consecutive points at the start of the second term to give Israel a slender hope. Shay Doron and Selwyn dragged Israel within 16 late in the second period before Marte Alexander (195-C-76, college: Arizona) and Franchini crowned the half with four points in a row and sealed the outcome at 46:26.
Liad Suez Karni (187-F-81, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) knocked down 6 points in a 12:0 run from Israel midway through the third frame. They cut the margin to just 10 points but Raffaella Masciadri was there to cool off the effort. She drained another three-pointer to keep Italy at a safe distance. Raffaella Masciadri kept it silent in the final period but Italy had the game in their hands and cruised to the victory at the end.
Raffaella Masciadri fired 23 points to lead the winners. Marte Alexander provided 9 points and 10 rebounds for the Azzurri. Liad Suez Karni finished with 18 points for Israel. Shay Doron knocked down 14 points in the loss.

Italy: Raffaella Masciadri 23, Marte Alexander 9+10 boards, Simona Ballardini (181-F-81) 8, Chiara Pastore (171-G-86) 8
Israel: Liad Suez Karni 18, Shay Doron 14
France -Belarus 63:61 OT
France needed overtime to beat Belarus that continues to surprise Europe. Trailing 10 points at the halftime Belarus returned into the game and tied the score at the end of the fourth period. Belarus could even win in the fourth period, but Emmanuelle Hermouet (183-F-79) 's last shot with a buzzer tied the game at 59:59.
French National team easily opened the game and scored first 6 points. Emmeline Ndongue (190-C-83) made a lay-up for 6:0 and then Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) brought 8:3 advantage. France dominated the court as Yacoubou-Dehoui closed the opening quarter at 16:10. Belarus found its game in the beginning of the second quarter and tied the score immediately as Marchanka brought 16:16. Troina's shot even gave Belrus the first lead, 18:19. Later France produced an 11-1 run to finish the first half at 35:25. Anufryienka 's free throw was the only shot for Belrus after 5 minutes of silence.
Belarus even trailed 13 points as Sandrine Gruda made it 40:27, however the team responded with 11-2 to reduce to 42:38. Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) remained the French side in front at 49:46. The fourth period was really interesting and it was Belarus closer to win. Dureika made a three for 59:55 with two minutes to play, but Emmeline Ndongue and then Emmanuelle Hermouet's last shot with a buzzer tied the game at 59:59. In a super defensive style France beat Belarus 4-2 in overtime to clinch the top positin in Group D. Celine Dumerc paced all the winners with 15 points for 2-0 record. Sandrine Gruda added 12, while Emmeline Ndongue collected 11 points and 10 rebounds. Ekaterina Snytsina (188-F-85) finished the night with 10 points in defeat, whilst Anufryienka and Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) scored 9 each.

France: Celine Dumerc 15, Sandrine Gruda 12, Emmeline Ndongue 11+10 rebs
Belarus: Ekaterina Snytsina 10, Anufryienka 9, Yelena Leuchanka 9

Day 1 results and stats - Jun. 7, 2009 
Group A Slovak Republic - Ukraine 77:55

EuroBasket 2009 tipped off in Liepaja today. Slovak Republic coasted to an impressive starting win as they toppled Ukraine in Pool A action.
Alyoshkina and
Olena Ogorodnikova (186-F-81) gave Ukraine an early 7:4 lead. Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) came up with a jumper as Ukraine cleared off to a 9:4 lead with just under 3 minutes gone in the encounter. However Slovak Republic immediately responded with 7:0 run to surge in front. Lucia Laskova (187-F-80, agency: LBM Management) and Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) capped the opening frame with 7 points to give Slovakia a 26:16 advantage. Vynuchalova and Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) tipped off the second frame with 4 points in a row as Slovakia started to get away. Soon Lucia Laskova and Zuzana Zirkova stretched the gap to as many as 15 points. Slovakia crowned the first half with 13 straight points to go into the locker rooms ahead by 26 points. Zherzherunova and Olena Ogorodnikova sparked Ukraines hopes with four consecutive points at the start of the third stanza. Zuzana Zirkova and Hrickova managed the effort with buckets of their own. But Ukraine persisted as Olena Ogorodnikova and Olexandra Gorbunova dragged them within 22 points. Malashenko knocked down two free throws to ignite a 7:0 run from Ukraine as they got as close as 17 points. But Zuzana Zirkova and Martina Luptakova (184-F-77) had the last laugh in the third term as Slovakia enjoyed a 64:43 advantage with ten minutes to go. Slovakia wisely kept their opponents at bay throughout the fourth term.
Zuzana Zirkova finished with 16 points to pace Slovak Republic. Ivana Jalcova and Martina Luptakova added 12 points apiece for the winners. Olena Ogorodnikova fired 16 points for Ukraine. Olexandra Gorbunova accounted for 11 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.
Ukraine will face Spain, while Slovakia will play against Czech Republic tomorrow.

Slovak Republic:
Zuzana Zirkova 16, Ivana Jalcova 12, Martina Luptakova 12
Ukraine:
Olena Ogorodnikova 16, Olexandra Gorbunova 11

Czech Republic-Spain 59:66
Spanish National team overcame the low start and won over Czech Republic in Group A of Eurobasket 2009. The finalist of the previous championship trailed 9 points after the opening quarter, however grabbed 66:59 win in the opener.
Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) put Czech Republic in front as her team played much better in the opening quarter. It was her again for 8:6 lead and then Bednarova made a jump shot for 17:12. Palau only managed to reduce score for the Spanish side that trailed 14:23 at the end of the first 10 minutes of the game. Spain looked however better after the short rest and even trailing 20:27 Torrens made a jump shot for 24:27 to ask the opponent's coach for the timeout. Spain produced 18-9 in the second frame to tie the game at the end of the first half as Anna Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) made a three for her team.
Czech Republic remained in front for another 5 minutes of the third period, but Czech Republic scored for 42:40 to bury the Czechs hopes for the win.
Katerina Elhotova (179-G-89) made three at the end of the third period fro 47:51, while Cruz delivered for the Spanish outfit for 58:51. It was not all, Czechs returned for 56:58 with Katerina Elhotova's far shot. Peckova kept 58:60 margin, but Spain pushed the tempo at the end for good. Mostly due to the free throw shots Spain saved the lead and Laura Nicholls (189-C-89) set up the final, 66:59 score.
Anna Montanana top-scored for the winners with 13 points as Spain is 1-0 in the group. Cruz nailed 12, while Laura Nicholls collected 11 points and 11 rebounds. Petra Kulichova finished the night with 13 points in the losing effort. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) and Katerina Elhotova followed her with 9 points apiece in defeat.


Czech Republic:
Petra Kulichova 13, Eva Viteckova 9, Katerina Elhotova 9
Spain:
Anna Montanana 13, Cruz 12, Laura Nicholls 11+11 rebs


Group B
Greece - Hungary 59:43
Greek National Team earned the first win at the EuroBasket 2009 as they held off Hungary in the Group B opener. Greece grabbed the lead early in the clash and never loosened the grip en route to a comfortable success. Hungary enjoyed a narrow lead after
Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) got things going in the game. Greece responded with an 11:0 run to take the lead for good in this one. Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) knocked down two treys in the starting frame as Greece ensured a 16:4 lead after ten minutes. Greece opened the second frame with a 10:3 rally to consolidate their advantage. They looked too good for Hungary throughout the period and recorded a 34:12 halftime lead after Stella Kaltsidou (187-C/F-83) fired a three-pointer late in the second quarter.
The Hungarian offense finally started to work after the major break.
Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84), Zsofia Fegyverneky and Bujdoso set things rolling fueling an 11:2 run. Hungary took over at the moment and cut the deficit to only 12 points after three quarters of action. However Dimitra Kalentzou came up with a timely treble midway through the final frame and Stella Kaltsidou followed with a layup as Greece restored an 18-point advantage. Hungary Zsofia Fegyverneky and Honti dragged Hungary within 14 with just over three minutes to go but it was as close as they could get. Greece never panicked and ensured the winning outcome at the end.
Stella Kaltsidou and Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) finished with 19 points apiece to lead Greece. Dimitra Kalentzou added 9 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Zsofia Fegyverneky replied with 11 points in the loss. Anna Vajda banked 9 points and 8 rebounds for Hungary.
Greece are scheduled to take on Poland, while Hungary will be tested by hosting Latvia tomorrow.

Greece:
Stella Kaltsidou 19, Evanthia Maltsi 19, Dimitra Kalentzou 9
Hungary:
Zsofia Fegyverneky 11, Anna Vajda 9


Latvia -Poland 86:52
Latvia demolished Poland in the last game of the day in Liepaja. The hosts of Eurobasket won all the quarters to summarize 86:52 victory.
Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83) put the Baltic side on an early lead as Latvia grabbed 12-1 advantage. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82, agency: Data Plus Group) reduced the game first to 12:3 and then for 14:6, however Jansone scored for 18:6. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota also closed the opening quarter at 24:12. The tempo continued in the second period with Latvia dominating the court. Jansone made a lay-up for 36:14, but Poland responded with 7-0 run. Bibrzycka made a three for 36:21 and then Tare brought plus 20 for 42:22.
Anete Jekabsone-Zogota was again first to score in the second half and at the start of it it became clear that the host would taste the first victory. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) later made a jump shot to give her team 54:31 with 3 minutes in the third period. Aija Putnina (191-F-88) surprised the guests at the end of the period for 62:37. Niedola was the one to shine more in the last period for the Latvian side. The young but already experienced player made 4/4 from the field and proved that would help the team anytime in the tournament. Ewelina Kobryn scored at 77:46 with less than 4 minutes to go as the teams mostly were killing the time. Niedola made a jump shot at the end for 86:52 home victory.
Anete Jekabsone-Zogota top-scored for the winners with 20 points as Latvia is 1-0 in the group. Gunta Basko nailed 18, while Aija Putnina scored 11. Ewelina Kobryn finished the night with 15 points and Daria Mieloszynska (188-F-83, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Texas) ended up with 7.

Latvia: Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 20, Gunta Basko 18, Aija Putnina 11
Poland: Ewelina Kobryn 15, Daria Mieloszynska 7


Group C
Lithuania - Serbia 71:49
Lithuanian National Team celebrated the first win at the EuroBasket 2009 in Latvia. They overcame Serbia in Pool C opener in Valmiera. Lithuania led from start to finish in this one and deservedly posted the initial win at the tournament.
The Baltic team grabbed the initiative early as
Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) shone bright. She reigned both defensively and offensively keeping Lithuanian team in charge. They shot down Serbia early grabbing a 16:10 advantage after ten minutes. The tempo increased in the second frame and Lithuania widened the margin. They built a 38:25 advantage at the interval fully controlling the game. Serbia conceded a 13:6 rally early in the third stanza to appear trailing by 20 points 31:51. Serbia finally showed some signs of character as they closed the third term on a 7:1 rally to enter the final quarter down by 14 points. Serbia had little chance of saving the game in the fourth quarter as Lithuania drove to a comfortable victory at the end.
Gintare Petronyte led the winners with 20 points and 8 rebounds, while Egle Stakneviciene (190-C/F-85) ended up with 19. Valuzyte posted 11 and Staugaitiene delivered 9. Ana Perovic (197-C-78) finished the night with 11 points in the losing effort and Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) posted 8.
Lithuania will take on Turkey, while Serbia face Russia in tomorrows action. Lithuania: Gintare Petronyte 20 points and 8 rebounds, Egle Stakneviciene 19Serbia: Ana Perovic 11 points, Sonja Petrovic 8.

Russia-Turkey 74:61
Russian National Team started the Eurobasket 2009 in Latvia against Turkey. An offensive start and the powerful defense in the rest of the game brought the defending champions 74:61 victory.
First three minutes of the game were nervous for both teams and only Irina Osipova (197-C-81)'s shot made it 3:2 for Russia. In the rest of the period Russia scored very many points to finish the quarter at 29:16. Svetlana Abrosimova (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) was the last to close the period from a free throw line. Turkey had so many difficulties to score in the second period. After 6 minutes of silence Yigit scored for 32:18 and later Turkey posted only 8 points in the frame. Palazoglu sent the teams to the lockers for 40:24.
The second half was almost even for both teams, however Turkey reduced the gap a bit. But at first Russia tasted 20-points lead as Shchegoleva netted for 48:28. Caglar cut it to minus 15 at 52:37. In the last quarter there was no such a battle as the teams were killing the time. Russia made their task to keep the score and lead for good, while Turkey tried to catch up but could not. After some baskets Turkey reduced to 12 points as Vardarli made a three. Gulsah Gumusay (180-F-89) set up the final, 74:61 score in the first game for both team in Eurobasket 2009.
Svetlana Abrosimova led the winners with 16 points for 1-0 in the group. Olga Arteshina (190-F-82) followed her with 14, while Irina Osipova nailed 11. Gulsah Gumusay ended up with 11 points in the losing effort and Nevin Nevlin (196-F/C-85, college: Stanford) scored 10.

Russia: Svetlana Abrosimova 16, Olga Arteshina 14, Irina Osipova 11
Turkey: Gulsah Gumusay 11, Nevin Nevlin 10


Group D
Belarus - Israel 81:76
Belarus posted a come-from-behind victory over Israel in EuroBasket opener for both teams. Israel had the upper hand throughout the major part of the encounter but failed to capitalize losing just at the end.
Katia Levitsky (194-C-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) and Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) helped Israel to stay in front at the opening stages of the game. Back-to-back trebles from Shay Doron and Liron Cohen (174-G-82) gave Israeli team a 13:7 advantage midway through the first stanza. They maintained the advantage and were up by 4 points at the first intermission 21:17. Tatyana Troina (188-F/C-81, college: S.Carolina) and Nataliya Trafimava (186-F-79) drew things level at 25 early in the second quarter but Dori and Katia Levitsky quickly restored a 6-point lead for Israeli team. Liad Suez Karni capped the first half with a lay-up that marked a 38:30 lead for Israel.
Liad Suez Karni continued to threaten Belarus defense as he three-pointer propelled Israel to a 10-point buffer at 44:34. But Belarus reacted with an 11:0 surge that spurred Israeli confidence. Leuchanka crowned the third quarter with a jumper as Belarus entered the fourth period ahead by 4 points 52:48. The teams traded basket at the beginning of the final term before Liron Cohen leveled things up at 57. Yuliya Dureika (181-G-86) and Padabed provided Belarus with a 5-point advantage midway through the final stanza. A trey from Nataliya Trafimava gave Belarus a 7-point lead with just over 3 minutes remaining. Shay Doron and Liron Cohen narrowed the margin to 3 points with 25 seconds left to go but Anufryienka and Tatyana Troina proved deadly from the stripe to silence Israel.
Tatyana Troina recorded 16 points in the winning case. Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-F/C-87) added 13 points, while Nataliya Trafimava had 11 points and 6 rebounds for Belarus. Shay Doron fired game-high 26 points for Israel. Katia Levitsky finished with 19 points and 12 boards in defeat.

Belarus: Tatyana Troina 16, Anastasiya Veremeenko 13, Nataliya Trafimava 11
Israel: Shay Doron 26, Katia Levitsky 19+12 boards

Italy-France 61:76 French National squad won the opener of Eurobasket 2009 as they rolled over Italy in Valmiera. Sandrine Gruda (191-F/C-87), being a top-scorer in the game led her team for 76:61 victory.
It was Gomis who opened the game for the winners and Sandrine Gruda to extend the lead for 7:4. Laura Macchi (187-F-79) tied the game for the Italian side and Pastore gave her team 9:7 lead. Even though Modica scored for 14:13, French side managed to win the opening quarter as Lepron hit the buzzer for 15:14. Italians were far from giving up and Modica 's three gave her team 22:19. Alexander also remained in front with Italy, but Emmeline Ndongue (191-F/C-83) sent the teams to the lockers for 34:33.
Laura Macchi, Masciadri and Simona Ballardini (183-F-81) scored each for 40:38 achievement as Italy did not slow down in the game. France however created a 6-0 run and never looked behind after. France added another 8-0 run at the end of the third period to have 13 points advantage. Emmanuelle Hermouet (184-F-80) made a three for 57:44 as France won the frame 23-11. Sandrine Gruda increased her number of points due to the last period as France scored 17 points in it. Italy produced 19 but it was not enough for the total success.
Sandrine Gruda led all the winners with 23 points for the French side to jump to 1-0 record. Emmanuelle Hermouet nailed 10, while Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (195-C-86) and Emmeline Ndongue chipped in 8 each. Laura Macchi was responsible for 16 points in defeat and Simona Ballardini scored 10.

Italy: Laura Macchi 16, Simona Ballardini 10
France: Sandrine Gruda 23, Emmanuelle Hermouet 10, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 8, Emmeline Ndongue 8

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