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European Championships Final Standing
1. Russia
2. Turkey
3. France
4. Czech Rep.
5. Croatia
6. Montenegro
7. Lithuania
8. Latvia
9. Spain
9. Belarus
11. U.Kingdom
11. Poland
13. Slovakia
13. IsrIsrael
13. Germany
13. Greece
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 

Elena Danilochkina wins MVP (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

European Championships Standings
Group A
1. Lithuania 2-1
2. Russia 2-1
3. Turkey 1-2
4. Slovakia 1-2
Group B
1. Czech Rep. 3-0
2. Belarus 2-1
3. 3. U.Kingdom 1-2
4. Israel 0-3
Group C
1. Montenegro 3-0
2. Spain 2-1
3. Poland 1-2
4. Germany 0-3
Group D
1. Latvia 2-1
2. France 2-1
3. Croatia 1-2
4. Greece 1-2


EuEuropean Championships : Russia won Eurobasket 2011 (Photo: FIBA Europe)
 


Russian National Team 2011
#s#s#
Elena Danilochkina
Danilochkina
Natalya Myasoedova
Myasoedova
Ilona Korstin
Korstin
Irina Osipova
Osipova
Svetlana Abrosimova
Abrosimova
#e#5
4 Olga Arteshina 183-F-82 UMMC Russia
5 Ekaterina Ruzanova 178-PG-82 Spartak V MR Russia
7 Marina Kuzina 194-C-85 Spartak V MR Russia
8 Elena Danilochkina 185-G-86 Chevakata Russia
9 Natalya Myasoedova 193-C-87 Dynamo-GUVD Russia
10 Ilona Korstin 183-G-80 Spartak V MR Russia
11 Maria Stepanova 203-C-79 UMMC Russia
12 Irina Osipova 196-C/F-81 Spartak V MR Russia
13 Liudmila Sapova 185-F/C-84 Nadezhda O. Russia
14 Svetlana Abrosimova 185-F-80 UMMC Russia
16 Maria Cherepanova 187-C-87 Chevakata Russia
17 Eugeniya Belyakova 182-G-86 Spartak SP Russia

Boris Sokolovskiy Head Coach Dynamo-GUVD Russia


Elena Danilochkina - MVP of the Eurobasket Women 2011 - Jul 3, 2011

Eurobasket.com All-Tournament 1st Team 2011
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Elena Danilochkina
Danilochkina
Sandra Mandir
Mandir
Eva Viteckova
Viteckova
Maria Stepanova
Stepanova
Nevriye Yilmaz
Yilmaz
#e#5

Best Player: Elena Danilochkina (185-G-86) of Russia
Best Guard: Elena Danilochkina (185-G-86) of Russia
Best Forward: Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) of Czech Rep.
Best Center: Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) of Russia
Best Coach: Boris Sokolovskiy of Russia

1st Team
G: Elena Danilochkina (185-86) of Russia
G: Sandra Mandir (175-77) of Croatia
F: Eva Viteckova (190-82) of Czech Rep.
C: Maria Stepanova (203-79) of Russia
C: Nevriye Yilmaz (194-80) of Turkey

2nd Team
G: Katerina Elhotova (180-89) of Czech Rep.
G: Elina Babkina (173-89) of Latvia
F: Alba Torrens (188-89) of Spain
C/F: Iva Perovanovic (189-83) of Montenegro
C: Zane Tamane (200-83) of Latvia

3rd Team
G: Birsel Vardarli (174-80) of Turkey
G: Anna De Forge (178-76) of Montenegro
F: Romy Bar (189-87) of Germany
F/C: Ewelina Kobryn (193-82) of Poland
C: Jelena Dubljevic (191-87) of Montenegro

Honorable Mention
Veronika Bortelova (169-G-78) of Czech Rep.
Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) of France
Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) of Lithuania
Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83) of Spain
Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87) of U.Kingdom



Russian are the European Champions 2011 ! - Jul 3, 2011

Russia beat Turkey in the final of Eurobasket Women 2011. Russian had not start this tournament good, but they were playing better and better. In the final they had been
controlling the game. It was a great game for Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) She made double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Other Russian leader Elena Danilochkina (185-G-86) scored 12
points.

Both teams were playing with very big ambition. They were aware of big amount of this game place in Olympic Games 2012 and a European Champion tittle. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) made a first two points in this final game. Maria Stepanova had two free throws with 9:01 She made them both. Ilona Korstin (183-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) end a fast attack and Russia had taken the lead 4:2. Elena Danilochkina buried a three pointer and Russia was up by 5 with 7:50 to play in the first quarter. Then Turkish had improved some details and with 6:49 remaining in the first quarter Turkey had only two point less than Russian. But Maria Stepanova made a shot for Russia. Turkish coach called a timeout in the half of the first quarter. Maria Stepanova made shot for Russia with 1:57 to end of the first quarter. She increased the Russian advantage to 9 points. Russian had been controlling this quarter. Russian won the first quarter 19:8.

Russian hammer demolished Turkish. They started the second period scoring 5 straight points. Russian had 16 points of advantage 24:8 after Marina Kuzina (194-C-85) three pointer. But then Russian lost some ball. Turkish made 4 scoring points. Russia is well-experienced team. Firstly Turkey was paralyzed amount of this game, but in the second quarter they were starting much better. With 5:31 remaining in the second quarter Saziye Ivegin (183-F-82) made a three pointer. She reduced the lost to 8 points 26:18. One minute later Russian lost another ball. Turkish exploit it and made some fast break points. Russia was still up by 8 points half the biggest advantage. Russian coach decided to call a timeout. Then Turkish coach wanted to talk with his players few moments later, but on the board it was the same score 28:20 for Russia. With 1:21 to play in the second period Saziye Ivegin reduced the lost to 5 points 28:23 with lay-up ! Olga Arteshina (183-F-82) buried a three pointer for Russia as a response. Maria Stepanova made another shot for Russia with 19 seconds left to the end of this quarter. In the middle of the great final Russia was up by 10 33:23.

Straight after the brake Russian made another great run. She made 6 straight. When Elena Danilochkina made a jump shot Russia again had the biggest lead 16 points. With
8:15 the score was 39:23. Russian totally outrebounded Turkey. With 6:29 on the board was the same score, but Russia had got two free throws. Turkish coach called a
timeout. Tatiana Vidmer (191-C-86) made one free throw and Russian had got 17 point lead. Nevriye Yilmaz made a lay-up for Turkey as a response. But Tatiana Vidmer immediately made a shot for Russia. Turkey was able to reduce the loss to 13 points with 4:05 remaining in the third quarter. Birsel Vardarli (174-G-80) made a lay-up for Turkey at that moment. Turkish were trying to get back in this game. They kept fighting and forcing Russian turnovers. But before last quarter Russia had got 12 points advantage 46:34.

Russian started the last quarter with big 3 points made by Elena Danilochkina. Then Maria Stepanova made another shots for Russia. But Turkey still had an ambition. They were
continuing to do their best, but Turkish had been playing better in previous games. With 7:42 Elena Danilochkina made another shot for Russia Russian was up by 19. Turkish
coached called a timeout He wanted to improve his team performance. But Turkey could catch up Russia. With 5:36 remaining Maria Stepanova made a jump shot for Russia.
Her team was up by 21. Turkey responded with 5 straight points. When Isil Alben (170-G-86) buried a three pointer with 4:08 remaining Russian coach called a timeout. With 2:36 remaining Irina Osipova (196-C/F-81) made another shot for Russia. Russian were up by 16. With 1:46 Turkey called his last timeout. His team had 1:46 to score 16 points more than Russia. Although Turkish effort Russia won this game.

Turkish played with heart and ambition, but Russia had experience and better players. Russian had been controlling the boards They made 33 rebounds more than Turkey.
Russian added another trophy to their big collection. Turkey can be very happy that their players reached silver medals.

Russia Turkey 59:42 (19:8, 14:15, 13:11, 13:8 )

Russia: Maria Stepanova 18, Elena Danilochkina 12
Turkey: Birsel Vardarli 10, Isil Alben 8


France celebrated bronze medal - Jul 3, 2011

That was a very close game. After the brake French found an extra gear and won the game for bronze medal 63:56. Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) led her team to win She scored 26 points for France. For their Czech opponents Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) poured 17 points. Other two Czechs players end this game with double figures: Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) (14 points), Eva Viteckova (190-F-82)
(13 points).

Early in the first period France was dominating under the boards. With 7:27 to play in the first quarter France was up by 2 -4:6. Then Eva Viteckova buried a three and Czechs took the lead first time in this game. Czechs started rebounding and secured the zone close to basket. Czechs could not stopped Sandrine Gruda. The international French star scored 8 points in the first 6 minutes of play. On other side Eva Viteckova had been playing very good. With 2 minutes remaining in the first quarter Czechs coach called a timeout. The score was 14:14. Thanks to 6:1 run Czech Republic won the first quarter 20:15.

French tied the game in the first minute of the second period. After Emilie Gomis three points shot the score was 20:20. Then neither team was able to score for 3 minutes and 13
seconds. Jana Vesela aborted this run. She made one free throw. Then Katerina Elthotova hit the three. Czech Republic was up by 4 with 4:53 to play in the second quarter.
French coach called a timeout. Then the game was very nervous both team missed some easy shots. Only Sandrine Gruda made a jump shot for France. With 3:12 to play Czechs coach called his second timeout in this half. That was a very close game with lot of physical fight. In the middle of the show Czech Republic was up by 6- 30:24.

France started the second half with two three points shots. That was a big opposition to the first half. France had made only one three pointer from 8 attempts in the first two
quarters. French was very close to Czech Republic, but they cannot tied the game. With 5:02 to play in the third quarter Marion Laborde buried a three pointer. French tied the game. But few moments later Katerina Elhotova responded with another long distance shot. With 2:21 remaining in the third quarter Sandrine Gruda made a jump shot for France. Czech Republic had got only point of advantage 41:40. When Jennifer Digbeu hit another three for France Czechs coach called a timeout. France was up by 2 41:43. Then Eva
Viteckova tied the game with 1:29 to play in this period. Before the last quarter the score was tie 43:43.

French players opened last quarter with 4 straight points. Czechs missed some easy baskets. With 6:24 to play Czechs tied the game. French coach called a timeout. French made
another 4 points in a row and elaborated 4 point lead with 4:53 remaining. Celline Dumerc buried another three for French team. She extend the French lead to 7 points that was
the biggest advantage in this game. With 2:41 Sandrine Gruda made another shot for France. Czech Republic was in trouble. They had a 9 point disadvantage with 2:41 to play.
Czechs coach called his last timeout. The score was 47:56 for France. With 1:21 Katerina Elhotova made two free throws. Her team was down by 7. Edwige Lawson also made
two free throws that was French response. With 36 seconds remaining Veronika Bortelova (169-G-78) buried a three pointer. Edwige Lawson made one free throw for France. With 19 seconds to go Veronika Bortelova missed a long distance shot. France had got 7 point disadvantage and their coach called a timeout. Finally, French won this game 63:56.

Czech Republic France 56:63 (20:15, 10:9, 13:19, 13:20)
Czech Republic: Katerina Elhotova 17, Petra Kulichova 14, Eva Viteckova 13
France: Sandrine Gruda 26, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) 9


Russia and Turkey to meet in the Finals - Jul 1, 2011

SEMIFINALS

Czech Republic - Russia
53-85
Russia crushed Czech Republic in first semi-final. Russian advanced to the final after great game against silver medalist from last World Championships. They beat Czech Republic 85:53. Elena Danilochkina (185-G-86) scored 18 points for Russia, Liudmila Sapova (185-F/C-84)a added 16, Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) and Ilona Korstin (183-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) 11. Two Czechs players end this game with double figures: Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) (10 points) and Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) (10 points).
Russia started better this game. With 7:41 to play in the first quarter Elena Danilochkina made a three points shot. Russia was up by 5. Then, Ilona Korstin added another two points for Russia. The score was 2:9 for Russia and Czechs coach called a timeout. Then game was more aligned. Teams were playing basket for basket. With 4 minutes to play the score was 9:16 for Russia. Then Czechs were able to reduce the loss to 4 points 16:20. Jana Vesela (192-F-83) scored two points for Czech Republic with 2:00. Then teams exchange two shots. Russia won the first quarter by 4 18:22.
Early in the second quarter Elena Danilochikina made a 3 pointer. At that moment she was perfect 3/3 from downtown ! Ilona Burgrova responded with jump shot for Czech Republic. But then Russian score 4 straight points. They rebuilt the advantage to 9 points. Czechs coach had to react He called a timeout with 6:16 remaining in the second quarter. Russia defense stopped Czechs shooters. With 3:58 to play in the second Irina Osipova (196-C/F-81) made a shot and Russia was up by 11 33:22. Czech Republic could not stop Elena Danilochkina She scored 16 points in the first half and made a difference between two teams. Russian presented better teamwork . Thanks to her Russia had the big 13 point lead.
With 8:07 to play in the third quarter Elena Danilochkina added another two points for Russia. She extend the advantage to 15 points. The score was 28:43. Then, Czech Republic made a 7:0 run and reduced the lost to 8 points. After Ilona Burgrova jump shot It was 35:43 for Russia. Then Maria Stepanova and Liudmila Sapovaa rebuilt the Russian advantage. For the next few minutes Czechs could not reduce the lost. With 2:17 Maria Stepanova made a 2+1 action, Russian were up by 17 points 37:54. Czechs coach called a timeout, but then Svetlana Abrosimova (185-F-80, college: Connecticut) added another 2 points to Russian advantage. With 52 seconds remaining Liudmila Sapovaa made a three points shot. She increased the lead to 20 points 39:59. Before the last quarter Russia was up by 18. The score was 43:61.
In the beginning of the last period Czechs missed two easy shots. Russian did not allow Czech Republic to get back in this game. Whats more Russia increased their advantage.
With 7:16 remaining Tatiana Vidmer (191-C-86) made a shot for Russia. She increased the lead to huge 23 points. Czechs coach called another timeout. Russia had been controlling this game with the defense. They totally outplayed Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) the best shooter in Czechs team. She scored only 5 points with terrible FG execution 1/10. Russian coach was very cautious. With 3:50 to play Alena Hanusova (190-F/C-91) buried a three pointer. Czechs were still down by 17, but Boris Sokolovskiy called a timeout. Finally, Russia won the game 85:53. *BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI

France - Turkey 62-68 OT
In Bydgoszcz Turkish players send Belarus to home. In the semifinal they win the game against France after very close four quarters and overtime. Nevin Nevlin (195-C-85, college: Stanford) led her team to win scoring 23 points. Also Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) showed great basketball She made double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83) poured 24 points for France, but her team lost. Turkey advanced to final with Russia. France will fight with Czech Republic for bronze medals.
France noticed the great start of the game. At first, Nevriye Yilmaz made a shot for Turkey. Then France made a 7:0 run and Turkish coach called a timeout with 7:07 to play in the first quarter. After talk to their coach Turkish started to play much better. They made a 10:0 run and took the lead. With 3:46 remaining in the first quarter we had another timeout. But this time French coach wanted to talk with his players. The score was 7:12 for Turkey. After first quarter Turkey was up by 1 15:16.
At the beginning of the second quarter the game was very aligned. Both teams were playing basket for basket. Turkey was still on the lead. With 5:02 to play in the first Nevriye
Yilmaz made a jump shot for Turkey. Then Nevin Nevlin added another two points to Turkish advantage. Turkey was up by 11. France was able to reduce the lost to 7 points, but Turkish coach called a timeout. After that both teams exchange baskets. In the middle of the show France was up by 7 31:38.
In first 2 minutes of the second quarter France scored 4 straight points and Turkish coach called a timeout. Teams were played very hard in defense. Turkish had been doing better teamwork. But France was still few points after Turkey. With 7:26 remaining
Emilie Gomis made one free throw. France was down by 3.Then Nevin Nevlin made a lay-up for Turkey. France was very close Turkish players, but they could not tie the game. With 4:11 to play in the last period France was down only 1 point. Emilie Gomis made both free throws. Then teams were playing basket for basket. The game was very close.
With 3:10 remaining Turkish coach called a timeout.
Emilie Gomis made another two free throws and France get back on the lead. They had 1 point advantage 54:53. Birsel Vardarli (174-G-80) made a three points shot for Turkey. But Emilie Gomis responded with the same. With 1:06 to play Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) added another three points for France. Her teram was up by 2 60:52. Birser Vardarli tied the game with 44 to go. Turkish coach called last timeout with 22 seconds before the last horn. 15 seconds later Birsel Vardarli had two free throws. She missed both. French missed their the lay-up. And we had an overtime.

In overtime. Nevin Nevlin made one free throw for Turkey. Emilie Gomis responded with jump shot. The score was 62:61 for France with 3:45 to play. With 1:53 to go Isil Alben buried a three point for Turkey. Sandrine Gruda missed shot. French coach called a timeout with 1:11 to the end of overtime. French missed another shot. With 23 seconds to go Nevin Nevlin made a shot. Turkey was up by 4 62:66. We had 5 seconds to go and Nevriye Yilmaz made two free throws. She confirmed Turkish victory. *BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI
Places 5-8
Lithuania - Montenegro 59-68
Montegro have won the game against Lithuania 68:59. On Saturday Montegro will fight with Croatia for place in Olympic Qualifying Tournament and 5th place. Lithuania will fight only for 7 position. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) (189-C/F-83)c led her team to win scoring 18 points. Other Montegrin also showed great performance. Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas), Anna De Forge (178-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Nebraska) and Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) also end the game with double figures. Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) made a double-double for Lithuania with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Lithuania had taken the lead in the beginning of the game. With 7:51 to play Milda Sauliute (175-G-81) made a three point shot and Lithuania was up by 4 6:2. Lithuanian had got an advantage on the boards, but after Anna De Forge jump shot Montegrin was up by 1 9:10. Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) increased the lead to 3 points. Then Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) tied the game with long distance shot. After the first quarter Montegro was up by 2 12:14. Montegro open second quarter with Iva Perovanovicc lay-up. Lithuania responded with 8:0 run. Lithuanian get back on the lead. After Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) long distance shot Lithuania had got 4 point lead. Montegrin could not get back on the lead. The game was very aligned neither team in the first half was able to elaborate bigger advantage than 5. In the middle of the game the score was tie 29:29.
Lithuania had got a great execution from downtown Lithuanian players made 6 from 12 attempts. After another long distance shot by Egle Sulciute (190-F-85) - Lithuania was up by 3 36:33. Teams were playing very hard in defense. Then, Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) made 4 straight points and Lithuania elaborate the biggest advantage in the game 7 points. With 2:35 to play in the third quarter the score was 46:39. Before the last period Lithuania had got 8 points advantage 53:45. Montegrin started this quarter with 7:0 run. After two Iva Perovanovic free throws Lithuania had got only 1 point lead. Lithuanian coach called a timeout with 7:26 remaining in the last quarter. Then, Jelena Dubljevic made 4 straight points and Montegro had taken the lead. With 3:51 to play Jelena Skerovic made a lay-up for Montegro. She extend the Montegrin lead to 5 points and Lithuanian coach called another timeout. Lithuanian missed some shots, Montegro extended the lead. With 55 seconds remaining Lithuania was down by 8 points. Rima Valentiene missed long distance shot, Jelena Skerovic made on free throw for Montegro and Lithuania was in trouble. With 30 seconds to play Lithuanian coach called his last timeout. But his team lost this game. Finally, Montegro beat Lithuania 68:59. *BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI


Quarterfinals in Poland - Jul 1, 2011

Montenegro - Turkey 44-56
In the third quarterfinal Turkey beat Montegro 56:44. Turkey won the game thanks to great third quarter Turkish won it 17:6. After the game Turkey team was very happy, Montegrin cried. Saziye Ivegin (183-F-82) led her team to win scoring 14 points. Also Birsel Vardarli (174-G-80) showed great performance she added 13 points with great execution from downtown (3/4). Nevin Nevlin poured 11 points. Anna De Forge made 11 points and 8 rebounds, but her team lost the quarterfinal. Both teams started this game well-motivated. Montegro started this game with shot by Anna De Forge. Croatia responded with Birsel Vardarli three point shot. Teams were playing basket for basket. With 5:44 to play in the first period Montegro was up by 3 and Turkish coach called a timeout. Then Anna De Forge added another two points to Montegrin advantage. With 3:29 remaining Ana Turcinovic increase the lead to 7 points. Montergrin were leading thanks to great defense and good execution. Turkey responded with three pointers. With 1:48 Birsel Vardarli buried her second long distance shot. Montegro was up only by 3 14:11 and their coach wanted to talk with his players. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) made a shot and Montegro won the first quarter 16:11. In the second quarter Turkey made a 7:2 run. After Birsel Vardarli made a lay-up and the score was tie 18:18 with 7:40 remaining in the second quarter. Iva Perovanovic made a shot and Montegro was on the lead again. Jelena Skerovic buried a three pointer and rebuilt the lead to 5 points 23:18. With 3:28 to play in the second Montegro had a 4 point advantage and Turkish coach called another timeout. The score was 25:21 for Montegro. Ana Turcinovic added another two points to Montegrin lead. Then Naile Ivegin responded with 3 points for Turkey. Montegro had been controlling the boards. After two quarters Montegro had 3 points more than Turkey. The score was 27:24. Straight after the break Montegro scored 2 points. Turkey respond with 6:0 run. After Emine Palazoglu three point shot Turkey had taken the one point lead 29:30. Then teams were playing basket for basket. Although Montegrin timeout Turkey was still on lead. Turkish players were up by 3 after Nevin Nevlin lay-up. With 33 second to go in the third Saziye Ivegin made a lay-up shot for Turkey. She extend Turkish advantage to 8 points 33:41. The same score was on the board before the last quarter. Montegro open last period with Jelena Skerovic three points shot. Nevriye Yilmaz rebuilt the advantage to 7 points with jump shot. With 5:00 remaining Nevin Nevlin made a shot for Tukey. She extend the lead to 12 points - 48:36. Montegro was in trouble, so their coach decided to call his last timeout. After that Anna De Forge scored 2 points for Montegro, but Turkey responded with 5 straight points. With 3:13 to play in the last quarter Turkish had got big 15 points lead. Montegro could not reduce the lost. 57 seconds before the last horn Nevin Nevlin made one free throw She confirmed Turkish win. Turkey had go 15 points advantage. Finally, Turkey won this game. *BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI

Lithuania - France 58-66
France beat Lithuania 66:58 in the last quarterfinal in Lodz. France will be the only semi-finalist from Group F. Tommorow France will fight with Turkey In semi-final. Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83) made 14 points for France. 4 French players poured 13 points: Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86), Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87), Edwige Lawson-Wade and Celine Dumerc. Egle Sulciute scored 10 points for Lithuania. Lithuania noticed a great start of the game. After first minute of play Lithuanian were leading 4:0. France reduced the lost to score 6:5, but Gintare Petronyte made 2+1 action. Lithuanian was better in the rebounds at the beginning. After Ausra Bimbaite Lithuania was up by 6 with 2:06 remaining in the first quarter. The score was 13:7 for Lithuania. France scored 4 straight points in the end of the first quarter. Thanks to it after first period France was down only by 2 13:11. Isabelle Yacobou-Dehoui tied the game early in the second quarter. Then Lithuanian was still on the lead but French was very close. Lithuanian advantage was still between 3-6 points. In the middle of the quarter Lithuania was up by 4 26:22. After that Emilie Gomis buried a three and French had got only a 1 point loss. The game was very aligned, Lithuanian was stiil on the lead, but they were not able to extend it. With 39 seconds to go in the second quarter Lithuanian coach called a timeout. His team was up by 1, by Celine Dumerc had got two free throws. She made both shots and France had taken the lead first time in the game. Vaida Sipaviciute made a lay-up and Lithuania won the first half 34:33. France started the game with 2+1 action by Celine Dumerc. French players had taken the lead. Emilie Gomis added another two points to French lead. Then Lithuania tied the game, but Isabelle Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui made a shot and France get back on the lead. When Isabelle Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui extend the French lead to 6 points 38:44 Lithuanian coach called a timeout. French had taken control of the game. Before the last quarter France was up by 11 53:42. In the last quarter Lithuanian found a way to French basket. With 6 minutes to play They reduced the lost to 6 points 49:55. Then France scored 4 straight points and rebuilt the lead to 10 points. Lithuanian coach called a timeout. When Gintare Petronyte made a lay-up with 4:05 minutes to play Lithuania was down by 6 again. The score was 53:59. Lithuanian tried to get back in this game. Teams were playing basket for basket. With 1 minute remaining Lithuania was down by 5 58:63. Lithuania missed their shot, so they had to intentionally fouled French player. Edwige Lawson-Wade made two free throws and with 25 seconds to go France was up by 7 58:65. Lithuania was in trouble and their coach called timeout. Although Lithuanian effort they were unable to win this game. With 17 seconds to go Sandrine Gruda was fouled and she made one free throw. France won this game 66:58. *LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI

Latvia - Russia 72-83
In first quarter-final Latvia played with Russia. Latvia was placed on the second position in the group F. Russia ended group E on the third place. Russia have won the game against Latvia 83:72. Russia advanced to semi-final of the Eurobasket 2011. Latvia will fight for 5th place. Although Elina Babkina (173-G-89, agency: LBM Management) 21 points Latvia was not able to take a win. In Russian team: Elena Danilochkina (185-G-86) scored 18 points, Marina Kuzina (194-C-85) added 16, Olga Artheshina poured 15. Russia had a great start. After first minute They were leading by 4. Russian were playing very good. It was not a best start for Latvia. With 4:42 to play in the first quarter Svetlana Abrosimova buried a three. The score was 8:17 for Russia. Latvian coach called a timeout. Then Latvia scored 6 straight points. Four of them added Elena Babkina. Latvian players found a way to score some easy points. Latvia was very close to tie the game. With 2:04 remaining in the first they had only a one point loss 18:19. Thanks to 4 straight points for Russia, Russian players won first quarter 18:23. Sabine Niedola scored two points for Latvia. Then, early in second quarter Marina Kuzina hit two straight long distance shots for Russia. Olga Arteshina added another 2 points for Russia. Russia had got 11 points lead with 8:21 remaining in the second quarter. Latvian trying to get back in this game, but that was a Russian time. Russia was playing great in offense and defense. That was not a bad game for Latvia. After two quarters Russia had 11 points advantage 37:48 and unbelievable execution from downtown 6/7. After the brake Latvia scored 5 straight points. Russian coach reaction was very clear: TIMEOUT. Then Russia also scored 5 points in a row. With 5:51 to play in the third Russia rebuilt the advantage to 11 points. Latvian coach wanted to talk with his players. Russia had been controlling the game with good defense. Latvia was not able to reduce the lost. Before the last quarter Russia had got 10 points advantage. In the last quarter Latvia cannot reduce the lost. That was a big game for Russia. With almost 6 minutes remaining Latvian still had got a 13 points lost. Coach Geogre Dikeoulakos called his last timeout. Gunta Basko gave an impulse for the Latvian team. She made two straight shots both with the foul. With 3:21 to play in the last quarter Russian advantage decreased to 8 points. Then neither team was able to score during two minutes of play. This run was aborted by Irina Osipova She made a jump shot for Russia. Then, Elina Babkina made two free throws. With 39 seconds to go Svetlana Abrosimova buried the three pointer. Russia still had got 8 point lead. Although Latvian effort Russia won this game 83:72. *BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI

Czech Republic - Croatia 79-63

Czech Republic was the best team in the group E. Croatia advanced to final round after do-or-die game with Spain. They were fourth team in the group F. Czech Republic rolls over
Croatia 79:63. They advanced to the semifinal with Russia on Friday. Croatia will fight for a 5th position. Sandra Mandir (175-G-77) scored 27 points, but her team lose the game against Czech Republic. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) added 17 points for Czech Republic, Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) poured 14 points, Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) end the game with 13 points. Czechs started this game with Eva Viteckova three point shot. Iva Sliskovic (194-F-84, college: S.Carolina) responded with jump shot. After three minutes of play Czech Republic had got a small, one point lead 3:2. Team were playing basket for basket. Czechs advantage was still between 2-5 points. With 4:02 to play in the first quarter Croatian coach called timeout. The score was 12:7. But It did not help his team. Then Czechs scored 4 straight points. Croatia can respond only with two free throws. Eva Viteckova buried another three, Katerina Bartonova (172-G-90) made a shot and Czechs were leading by 10 21:11. Sandra Mandir made another two free throws for Croatia. After first quarter Czechs were up by 8 21:13. In the second quarter the game was under Czechs control. In the middle of the second period Czech Republic was leading by 15 30:15. Then, Petra Kulichova made another shot for Czech Republic. Croatian coach called his last time in this half. Croatia scored another 4 straight points and now Czechs trainer wanted to talk with his players. With 2:34 to play in the second quarter Luca Ivankovic (199-C-87) reduced the lost to 3 points 32:29. Croatian were on 14:0 run. Czechs coach called another timeout. After that Czechs were able to score some points. In the middle of the game Czech Republic had got 7 point lead 36:29. After the brake Czech Republic played well. They noticed 9:2 run and Croatian coach called timeout. Then, Croatia scored 9 straight points. After Sandra Mandir lay-up Croatia was down only by 5 45:40. Then Petra Kulichova made 5 straight points for Czech Republic She rebuilt Czechs advantage. Her friends added another 6 points. Czech were on 11:0 run and Croatian coach called another timeout. Croatian cannot find any whole in the Czechs defense. Czech Republic ended third quarter with incredible 22:0 run. Before the last quarter Czechs had 27 points lead - 67:40 and they were very close to win this game. In the last quarter nothing has changes. Czech Republic had been controlled the game. Finally, Czechs beat Croatia 79:63. *BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI
Places 5-8
Croatia - Latvia 84-75
Croatia beat Latvia 84:75. Jelena Ivezic led her team to win scoring 19 points. Iva Ciglar shot 17 points, Iva Sliskovic added 14. Zane Tamane poured 16 points for Latvia, Ieva Kublina made a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds, but their team lost that game. In the first quarter, both teams played very aligned game. But in the middle of the first period Latvian had taken the lead. Latvia was able to elaborate 7 point advantage with 42 seconds remaining in the first quarter. After the first period Croatia had got a 5 point disadvantage 15:20. Early in the second quarter Jelena Ivezic buried a three point shot. With 7:45 to play in the same period Iva Ciglar tied the game (20:20). Then, Zane Eglite (169-G-84) made a shot for Latvia. After that Lisa Karcic hit the three and Croatia took the lead. Latvian coach called a timeout. Both presented very similar basketball. Most of time Croatian was on lead. Before the second half Croatia had a 3 point advantage 37:34. Straight after the brake Ieva Kublina scored 5 straight points and Latvia get back on the lead. But It was only for a while, few moments later Croatia took the lead again. With 5:44 remaining Zane Tamane tied the game. Latvia could not get back on the lead. Croatian players had been controlling the score. After three quarters Croatia was up by 9 61:52. Latvian could not reduce the lost. They had an advantage on the boards, but they lost too many balls. Croatia continued their run. With 4:05 remaining Croatian were up by 20: 79:59. Latvia started play much better, but It was too late for get back in this game. Elina Babkina scored 4 straight points and with 46 seconds remaining Latvia had got 9 points disadvantage. Then Gunta Basko made 1 free throw. Croatian coach called timeout with 39 second to play. Croatia won this game 84:75. Croatian players will fight for 5th place on Saturday. Latvia lost chance for Olympic Games 2012. *BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI


Quarterfinals are set - Jun 27, 2011
Group E
Czech Republic - Lithuania 63-59
Czech Republic beat Lithuania 63:59. That game was a fight between two best teams from Group E. Czech Republic secured this place and they will play in quarterfinal with Croatia. Lithuania will fight with France. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) showed a great performance ending the game 26 points and 7 rebounds. Also Katerina Elhotova noticed double figures She scored 15 points. Ausra Bimbaite poured 15 points, but It was not enough to win for her team.
That game was a very aligned fight at the beginning. Lithuania had taken the small lead. But after that Eva Viteckova made a three point shot and Czech were leading by 1 12:11. Then, Lithuania scored 5 straight points and get back on the lead. After Vaida Sipaviciute shot Lithuanian were leading by 6 14:20. With 2:46 to play in the first quarter Czechs coach called a timeout. Thanks to great 11:2 run Lithuania won the first quarter 14:22. Ilona Burgrova made two free throws for Czech Republic, but Lithuania responded with Ausra Bimbaite three point shot. Then, the game was very aligned. Lithuania cannot increase their lead and Czechs cannot reduced the lost. Teams were playing very hard defense, Czech Republic had got an advantage on the boards, but they were not able to take the lead. Eva Viteckova scored 6 points and gave a great assist in last two minutes Thanks to it in the middle of the game Czech Republic was down only by 1 35:36.
After the brake Eva Viteckova noticed another 2 points and Czech Republic had taken the lead. Then ,Agne Abromaite tied the game from free throw line. The score was 37:37. After that Katerina Elhotova scored two points for Czech Republic. After Veronika Bortelova shot Czech Republic had 4 point lead - 41:37. Lithuanian coach reaction was very clear: Timeout. Czechs played very good zone defense. Czech Republic added another four straight points to their score. Then Lithuania poured 4 points in a row and Czechs coach wanted to talk with his players. Before the last quarter Czech Republic had got 5 point lead 49:44.
Eva Viteckova started the last quarter with a three pointer for Czech Republic. Then, Lithuania scored 7 straight points and reduced disadvantage to 1 point. With 6:06 remaining
Marina Solopova hit the three and Lithuania get back on the lead. Then Eva Viteckova made two free throws and tied the game. Veronika Bortelova made a lay-up and Czech
Republic elaborated two point disadvantage. With 2:50 remaining Petra Kulichova scored two points for Czech Republic and they had a 4 point lead 58:54. Both team had player very hard. With 1:15 remaining Sandra Linkeviciene made 1 free throw and it was a one point game. Eva Viteckova buried a three pointer 34 seconds before the horn. Lithuanian coach called his last timeout his team had got 4 point disadvantage 61:57. Then Ausra Bimbaite made two free throws . Lithuanian fouled Jana Vesela. She made two free throws either. Czech Republic have won this game 63:59. *BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI

Belarus - Turkey 56-65
That was a do-or-die game for both games. That was also the last game in Bydgoszcz and the last game of the second round. Thanks to great third quarter Turkey won the game
against Belarus 65:56. Turkey will fight with Montegro in quarter final. Belarusian are going back to their homes. Saziye Ivegin scored 17 points,Nevriye Yilmaz and Birsel Vardarli added 13. Natalia Marchanka end the game with 12 points for Belarus.
Belarus started the game with jump shot by Nataliya Trafimava. Belarusian players after Yelena Leuchanka lay-up had got 4 point lead 6:2. Players knew how important was that game and they played very ambitious. Then, Turkey scored 5 straight points and taken the lead. After that Turkey continued their run. With 2:22 to play in the first quarter Turkey was up by 8 10:18. Turkish players made 4 long distance shot during first 8 minutes of play. Belarusian coach called a timeout. But Belarus could not stop Saziye Ivegin she
made additional 2 three pointers in the first quarter. After first quarter Turkey had got 10 points advantage 14:24.
Natalia Marchanka poured three pointers in the second quarter. Belarus reduced the lost to 4 points 22:26. Turkish coach wanted to talk with his players. Tatyana Troina made another long distance shot for Belarus and we had one point game. Few moments later Katerina Snytsina tied the game making lay-up for Belarus. Isil Alben (170-G-86) added two points for Turkey. Belarus tied the game once again, but they were not able to take a lead. In the middle of the game Turkey had a 4 point lead 30:34.
Turkey started second half with great 5:0 run. After Birsel Vardarli lay-up they had 9 points advantage 30:39. Turkish had been increasing their lead. With 5:51 after Nevriye Yilmaz
lay-up they had 11 point advantage 32:43. Belarusian coach called a timeout. Then, Turkey added another two points by Saziye Ivegin lay-up. Belarus scored only points in first 7
minutes of third quarter. TTatyana Troina made two free throws, but Turkey still had got 13 points advantage. Before the last quarter Turkey was up by 15 34:49.
Turkish started fourth quarter with Isil Alben two points. Then, Belarus scored 8 straight points. After Tatyana Troina 2+1 action score was 42:51 for Turkey. The game was still
open. With 7:16 remaining Turkish coach called a timeout. Then, Tugba Palazoglu made a shot and rebuilt Turkish advatange to 11 points. After that both teams were playing basket for basket. With 5:09 to play in the fourth Tugba Palazoglu hit the jump shot. Turkey had got 13 point lead and Belarusian coach called timeout. Belarus had about 5:09
to get back in this game. With 3 minutes and 3 seconds to play Turkey still had got 10 point lead. Yuliya Dureika reduced the lost to 8 points 30 seconds later. Then Turkish player Birsel Vardarli noticed 4 straight points and rebuilt the lead to 12 points. Although Belarus effort Turkey have won this game. *LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI

Russia - United Kingdom 62-59
Russia have won the game with Great Britain 62:59. Rusian advanced to the final round in d. For Great Britain it was the last game on this tournament. Elena Danilochikina scored
16 points, Maria Stepanova added 12. Svetlana Abrosimova and Ilona Korstin poured 10. Kimberly Butler ended this game with 15 points for Great Britain.
Russia started this game with Maria Stepanova lay-up. As always, British players were playing very ambitious. With 5:46 to play in the first quarter Kimberly Butlerr made a shot.
Great Britain was up by 3 6:9. Russia had been dominating on the boards, but they had too many turnovers to take a lead. Kimberly Butlerr made another shot with 4:01 remaining in the first quarter. British had a 5 point lead. Then, Russian coach called a timeout. Great Britain constantly increased the advantage. With 1:27 to play in the first quarter Johannah Leedham buried three pointer and the score was 6:18 for Great Britain. Russian players were not able to score any points between 7:06 and 1:07 in the first quarter. Irina Osipova cancelled this run with two free throws. After the first quarter Russia was down by 12 8:20.
Great Britain continued run in the second quarter. With 8:02 to play in the second British had 15 point lead. Russian players had been playing with terrible execution, they missed
many easy shots. Russian played better in defense. They were able to reduce British advantage to 8 points in the middle of the quarter. In the middle of the game Great Britain had got only 5 points advantage 22:27.
In the beginning of the third quarter Russia scored 6 straight points and had taken the lead 28:27. British coach Tom Maher automatically called a timeout. Then, we had 5 lead
changes in two minutes of play ! After that score was tie 33:33. Elena Danilochkina made a long distance shot and Russia get back on the lead. Neither team was able to stay on the lead for a long time. Before the last quarter Great Britain had got 3 points advantage 43:46. Both teams started last period very nervously. With 7:23 remaining Great Britain elaborate 7 points lead 44:51. British scored all points in this quarter from the free throw line. Russian was completely helpless and Russian coach Boris Sokolovskiy called timeout with 5:33 to play in the last quarter.
Russian started reduced their lost. After Maria Stepanova lay-up Russia was down by 3 52:55. It was 3:22 to the end of the fourth quarter. With 1:29 to play Svetlana Abrosimova tied the game scoring one point from free throw line. Then, Elena Danilochcika buried a three pointer. The score was 60:57 for Russia with 48 seconds remaining . British coach called his last timeout. After that Svetlana Abrosimova added 2 points for Russia.. One second before the horn Ilona Korstin fouled Natalie Stafford. Referee decided to disqualify this player. Great Britain was down by 5. British made two free throws, but It was all. Russia won this game 62:59. *BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI
Group F
Latvia - Montenegro 70-74
Montenegro won the Group B in Katowice with perfect 5-0 record. They outplayed Latvia 74-70 in crucial game for the first place in this pool. Latvia ended as No.2 with 3-2 score. Of course, both teams advanced to Quarterfinals. They will learn today who will be their rivals. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) stepped up for Montenegro this time collecting 24 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Anna De Forge (178-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Nebraska) had 15 points and 6 rebounds, while Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) helped with 13 pts. Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) responded with 16 points in defeat. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Siena) followed her with 12 points and 5 assists.
It was a game full of turns. Latvia opened it with 22-16 lead in the first period and Montenegro blasted them 14-29 in Q2. Teams were almost leveled in Q3 (12-13) and Montenegro was 10-points up before the last 10:00. Latvia threatened in Q4, but was not able to avoid defeat in this meeting.

France - Poland 58-54
France grabbed 58-54 win against Poland to end the second stage as No.3 in Group F with 3-2 record. It means that France advanced to Quarterfinals, where they will meet Lithuania, Czech Republic or Russia. It will be decided today. On the other side, Poland ended as the last ranked team in Group F with poor 0-5. Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83) top-scored in victory with 15 points. Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) had 11 and she was the last one with double-digits in scoring. The hosts got 16 points and 9 rebounds from Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82). Elzbieta Mowlik (180-F-83, agency: Data Plus Group) netted three less.
Poland had a great beginning as they made 8-15 lead in the first ten minutes. However, France took control on them after that limiting Poland to just 4 pts in the second period (16-4). The hosts exploded after the breather again wining Q3 with impressive 15-25. It seemed at that time that Poland will take their first win at this event, but that didn't happen as France ended last ten minutes with 19-10 for the final 58-54 victory.

Spain - Croatia 71-75
It was the biggest surprise so far at the EuroBasket in Poland. Croatia grabbed 75-71 victory against Spain in do-or-die game for both teams. Thanks to this win Croatia ended as No.4 in Group F (2-3) and booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. Spain failed to reach the next stage as they ended as No.5 (2-3). Croatia will learn today who will be their rival in the QFinals. Sandra Mandir (175-G-77) was a key played in this fantastic victory with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) had 15 points and 8 boards, while Luca Ivankovic (199-C-87) added 12 pts. In the loosing squad, Laia Palau (178-G-79) collected 19 points and 7 rebounds. Lucila Pascua (195-C-83) had 17 pts and 8 boards, while Elisa Aguilar (177-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: George Washington) added 13 pts.
The game winner is decided in the last quarter. Before that, Croatia made minimum lead 18-19 in Q1 and Spain responded with 22-19 until the halftime. Croatia was better in Q3 15-16 and teams went to the last ten minutes almost tied, 55-54. Spain jumped to 59-54 at the beginning of the last period, but than Croatia made crucial 2-14 run and later managed to keep its lead until the end.


Stage Two: Second games - Jun 24, 2011
Group E
United Kingdom - Turkey 57-64
The game between Great Britain and Turkey was very important for both teams. Turkey have won it 64:57 and they still have a chance to advance to final round in Lodz. Great
Britain will get back to home after last game against Russia on Monday.
Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) led her team to win scoring 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Saziye Ivegin (183-F-82) poured 14 points, Nevin Nevlin (195-C-85, college: Stanford) added 13 points and 9 rebounds. Natalie Stafford (173-G-76) scored 18 points for defeated Great Britain.
At the beginning of the game both teams were playing very ambitious. After 2 and half minutes of play Great Britain was leading 4:0. As always British players presented very good defense and Turkey had got a lot of problems with scoring points. After fourth minutes play Turkish scored their first points. Then, Great Britain lost the ball,
Bahar Caglar (186-F-88) made a lay-up. Britiish players were up by 1 5:4 and their coach called a timeout. Few moments later, after lay-up by Nevriye Yilmaz Turkey had taken the lead. After first quarter Great Britain was down by 2 15:17. In the second quarter the game was very aligned, but Turkey secured small lead. British players cannot get back on the lead, Turkey had been controlling the game. With 52 seconds left to end of the second quarter, Saziye Ivegin buried the three extend the lead to 6 points 27:33. The same score was on the board after two quarters.
Turkey started the second half with four straight points by
Nevriye Yilmaz. As a response Chantelle Handy made a lay-up for Great Britain. Then, Turkey extend the lead to 12 points (29:41) and British coach Tom Maher called a timeout. After that Turkey was no able to score any points, but Great Britain was not much better at this element of play. With 3:18 remaining In the third Turkey had got a 5 point advantage. Turkish coach wanted to talk with his players. Before the last quarter Turkish players were leading by 5 40:45. Turkey had been controlling the score. Although British effort in the middle of the fourth quarter Turkey was leading by 11 42:53. British coach called a timeout. Great Britain tried to get back in this game, but with 4 minutes to play they still have a 7 point loss. With 2:30 remaining Natalie Stafford reduced the disadvantage to 3 points, Turkish coach automatically called a timeout. Nevin Nevlin responded with jump shot for Turkey. Then, Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) made 2+1 action and Great Britain had got only 2 point loss with 2 minutes to play ! But Great Britain was not able to win this game. Finally, Turkey won the game against Great Britain 64:57. *BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI

Lithuania - Belarus 68-50
Lithuania cruised past Belarus 68-50 to stay perfect in Group E in Bydgoszcz. Lithuania has 4-0 record now and will meet Czech Republic on Sunday for the first place in this group. Of course, Lithuania already secured a spot for the Quarterfinals. Belarus dropped to 2-2 after this game and still has a good chance to reach the next stage. They will have to beat Turkey also on Sunday. Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) was a key player in victory with double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds. Vaida Sipaviciute (193-C-85, college: Syracuse) had 12 points, while Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) added one less. In Belarus, Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) collected 13 points and 7 rebounds. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) stopped to 12 pts. Lithuania had great second and last period, what was enough for the victory. Quarters: 13-12, 16-9, 15-17, 24-12.

Russia - Czech Republic 69-55
Russia lead this game from the beginning. Russian won this game 69:55, but they noticed bad last quarter. Russian players stopped Katerina Elhotova. Elena Danilochkina (185-G-86) scored 16 points for the winners, Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) poured 10 points and 9 rebounds. Svetlana Abrosimova (185-F-80, college: Connecticut) added 13. In Czechs team the most point scored Michaela Zrustova (182-F-87) 11. That game was announced as a game of the day. Czech Republic silver medalist from last year World Championships versus Russia silver medalist from Eurobasket 2009. Czech Republic played very well on this tournament they have won all their games that was theirs first lost . Russia was disappointing on this tournament, but they were able to win this game.
Russia started the game with very ambitious defense, Czechs cannot score any points in the beginning of the game. Russian started this game very well. With 6:19 to play in the first Russia was leading 5:0 and Czechs coach called a timeout. Katerina Elhotova scored first points for Czech Republic after 3 minutes and 11 seconds of play. Elena Danilochkina responded with three pointer and Russia had 6 points advantage - 8:2. Russian played weel and Czech Republic cannot reduced disadvantage. After first quarter Russia was
leading by 7 16:9. After Zora Skrabalova lay-up Russia had only 3 points advantage 16:13. Russia did not allow Czechs to reduce the loss. Teams were playing basket for basket. With 4:40 to play Tatiana Popova made a lay-up and extend Russian lead to 8 points. Liudmila Sapova buried a three pointer and Russian elaborated the biggest lead in this game 11 points. Russian had been controlling this game they totally outrebounded Czech Republic. Czechs players made too many easy mistake. In the middle of the game they were down by 16 points 38:22.
After the brake Russian advantage had been growing. In the middle of the third quarter Czechs had 22 points disadvantage ! Russian players totally outplayed Czech Republic.
Czechs cannot do anything to change something in this game. They were totally helpless. Czech Republic were playing with terrible execution. Before the last quarter Russia had got 20 points advantage 51:31. Russian coach even with the big lead called a timeout after four straight Czechs points.
Russia had been controlling the game, but suddenly Czech Republic started playing much better. Russian got lost. Czechs players were trying to get back, but It was too late for it. Czech Republic scored 15 straight points in the middle of the fourth quarter ! After Katerina Elhotova shot, Czech Republic had got only 7 points disadvantage with 3:15 remaining. Olga Arteshina made 2+1 action securing the score. With 1:54 to play in the last quarter Russia had got 8 point lead, but Czechs were not able to win this game. Finally, Russia won this game 67:55. *BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI
Group F
Montenegro - France 73-68
Montenegro made another great result in Katowice. This time they crushed defending European champion (France) 73-68 for perfect 4-0 record in Group F. Tomorrow, Montenegro will meet Latvia and the winner will finish as No.1 of this group. On the other side, France slipped to 2-2, what is currently enough for third place. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) once again exploded in victory scoring 22 points. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) (6 rebs) and Anna De Forge (178-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Nebraska) had 15 points each. In France, Endene Miyem (188-F-88) collected 21 points and 5 rebounds. Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) stopped to 13 pts and 6 assists.
Montenegro opened the game with 22-20 and later finished first half with 40-37. France won Q3 17-18 and everything was still open. It was exciting last period and Montenegro was strong enough to keep its lead and to stay the only undefeated team in Katowice.
As mentioned above, Montenegro will meet Latvia tomorrow. France will play against Poland.

Spain - Latvia 66-57
Spain grabbed valuable win against Latvia today, 66-57. With this victory Spain jumped to 2-2 record in Group F, what is currently enough for third place. On the other side, it was the first loss for Latvia. They have 3-1 record now. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) (9 rebs) and Anna Montanana (186-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: George Washington) (6 as) were the leading players in victory with 16 points each. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) followed them with 11 points and 5 boards. In the loosing squad, Elina Babkina (173-G-89, agency: LBM Management) top-scored with 17 points. Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) had 12 points and 10 rebs, while Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois) added 11 pts and 5 rebs.
Spain opened this game with 13-10 lead and continued with 14-13 for the next ten minutes. Third quarter also belonged to Spain (19-13), who was up by 10 before the last period. Latvia closed this game with 20-21, what of course was not enough for them to avoid the first loss in Katowice.
On Sunday, Spain will meet Croatia. Latvia will play against Montenegro.

Croatia - Poland 64-56
Croatia stays in the race for the Quarterfinals. They handed 64-56 loss to Poland for the first victory in Group F (1-3). On the other side, the host of EuroBasket 2011 dropped to 0-4 and lost all chances to reach the next stage. Sandra Mandir (175-G-77) and Luca Ivankovic (199-C-87) shined for the winners with 13 points each. They also had 9 and 8 rebounds respectively. Iva Ciglar (170-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group) helped Croatia with 9 points. In the loosing squad, Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) delivered 17 points and Elzbieta Mowlik (180-F-83, agency: Data Plus Group) had 11.
Croatia was better team in three quarters and it was enough for the win. They started with 24-21 in the first ten minutes and continued with 20-17 in Q2. Nothing has changed after the breather as third period also belonged to Croatia (11-18). Poland won the last quarter 9-10, but of course that was not enough.
Tomorrow, Croatia will play their crucial game against Spain. Poland will meet defending champion France.


First games of the second stage - Jun 23, 2011
Group E
Belarus - Russia 62-51
This match was announced as game of the day. Russia lost the game against Belarus 51:62. Current situation in the group E: Belarus had got 2 wins and 1 lost. Russian record is
worse 1 win and 2 lost. Natalia Marchanka scored 11 points, Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) made a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. In the Russian NT Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) ended the game with 12 points, Elena Danilochkina (185-G-86) scored 10 points.
Both teams: Russia and Belarus was very motivated to win this game. After three minutes of play Russia was up by 4. During this quarter, Russia had got a small advantage
between 2 and 4 points. Belarus cannot tied the game and Russia cannot to extend the advantage. Russian players were dominating on the boards and that was a reason of their
advantage. Russia won the first quarter 10:14. We started the second quarter with the same situation. Belarus and Russia played very aligned game, but Russian was still leading
this game. In the middle of the quarter Natalia Marchanka (170-G-79) scored 4 straight points and Belarus had taken the lead first time in this game. Then, Marina Kuzina (194-C-85) made a shot and Russia tied the game. Both teams were playing very good defense and we had ended the first half with very small score 24:25 for Russia.
After the brake Belarus had taken a lead, with 7:06 to play they had 6 points advantage. Russia reduced lost to 1 point. Then Belarus rebuilt the built after shots Yelena Leuchanka
and Natalia Marchanka (186-F-79). Russian made some easy mistakes , Belorussian exploit it and scoring points. With 3:43 to play in the 3rd Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85, agency: LBM Management) scored another two points and Belarus had got 7 points advantage. Russian coach Boris Sokolovsky called timeout second in the third quarter ! Belarus still had been increasing their advantage. Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) made a lay-up with 1:04 to play in the third and Belarus had got 12 points lead. Before the last quarter Belarus was up by 10 50:40. Russia reduced lost to 7 points, but then Belarus scored 8 straight points. After Natalia Marchanka three point shot Belarus was up by 14 with 5:42 to play in the last quarter. Russian players cannot do anything to get back in this game. With 1:57 Russian coach called his last timeout. At that moment score was 60:49 for Belarus, Than Olga Arteshina (183-F-82) made a lay-up and the Belarusian coach called a timeout. With 1:13 to play Natalia Anufryienka made a lay-up for Belarus and she established the score. Belarus won the game against Russia 62:51. *by Lukasz Lukaszewski

Turkey - Czech Republic 51-56
Czech Republic beat Turkey 56:51 in the evening game in the group E on Bydgoszcz. Czech Republic is still undefeated on this tournament. They have a perfect record in the group E with 3 wins and no loses. Turkey is in much worse situation they have 3 loses and no wins. Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) led her team to win another scoring 19 points. Also Veronika Bortelova showed a great performance scoring 14 points. Jana Vesela (192-F-83) added 12 points and 6 rebounds. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) and Nevriye Yilmaz scored 11 points for Turkey.
Czech Republic made a good start. After 3 minutes and 10 seconds Czechs were up by 6 1:7. Then Turkish team woke up. Turkey scored 5 straight points and Czechs coach
called a timeout. After 7 minutes of play Czech Republic was leading by 5 points 6:11. Turkey cannot make up for a loss, so after Katerina Elhotova shot Turkish coach called a
timeout. As always Czech Republic had been presenting great team work. After first quarter Czechs were up by 6 12:18. In the beginning of the second quarter both teams had
got problems with scoring points. Czech Republic had been controlling their advantage. Turkish was unable to reduce lost. With 3:30 to play in the second, after Veronika Bortelova (169-G-78) three point shot, Turkey was down by 10 points 16:26. Nevriye Yilmaz scored 6 straight points late in the second with no Czechs response. Thanks to it before the second half Turkey was down by 4.
Czech Republic started the third quarter with two free throws made by Veronika Bortelova. Turkey respond with two three pointers by Nevriye Yilmaz and tied the game !
Czech Republic had taken a lead again after Veronika Bortelova long distance shot. In this time both team cancelled each other. Spectators in Luczniczka could not see many points.
Then, thanks to 2+1 action by Nevin Nevlin (195-C-85, college: Stanford) Turkey tied the game second time in this quarter. After lay-up made by Nevin Nevlin in the last seconds of the third quarter Turkey had taken the lead first time in this game. Before the last quarter Turkey was leading by 1 37:36.
Czech Republic started the last quarter equally to third with points scored by Veronika Bortelova. She hit the three and Czech Republic get back on the lead. Then Jana Vesela
shot another three and Czech Republic was leading by 5 37:42 with 8:58 to play in the fourth quarter. Turkey reduced disadvantage to 1 point 41:42, but Czech Republic rebuilt
the lead to 4 points. With 2:50 to play Czech Republic was up by 5 and Turkish coach called a timeout. Although Turkish effort they were down 10 with 1:04 to play in the fourth
quarter. Turkey tried to get back in this game scoring 5 straight points, but when Katerina Elhotova made two free throws It was clear that Czech Republic would win this game.
*by Lukasz Lukaszewski

United Kingdom - Lithuania 63-64
Lithuania win the game against Great Britain after incredible end of the match. Lithuanian players win 64:63 and they have a perfect record in the group E: 3 victories and no loses.
Great Britain has got much worse situation, They have only three loses. The game was very interesting, neither team was able to elaborate biggest advantage than 6 in the whole
match. Although JulieAnne Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington) 19 points and 7 rebounds Great Britain lost this game. Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82)e led her team to win this game scoring 16 points, Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) added 14.
The game between Great Britain and Lithuania was not very intensive in the beginning. After 2 minutes of play and three points shot made by JulieAnne Page Great Britain was up by 1 - 5:4. Both team had been presenting strict defense, in the middle of the first quarter Lithuania was leading by 3 7:10. Great Britain was still down by few points and their coach
Tom Maher called a timeout. Thanks to two free throws made by Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) Great Britain lost first quarter only by one points 15:16. In the first three minutes of the first quarter we had some lead changes, teams are playing basket for basket. Then, Lithuania elaborate 4 point lead 24:26. 90 seconds of play later Great Britain tied the games and the score was 28:28. With 1:16 to play in the second quarter Great Britain had taken 2 point lead 32:30 and Lithuanian coach wanted to talk with his players. In the middle of the game on the board was the same score. The game was very aligned and everything could happen in the next two quarters .
After the brake Great Britain had been dominating the boards. British player were still leading. With 4:32 in the third Rima Valentiene (170-G-78)e hit the three for Lithuania and British coach Tom Maher automatically called a timeout. Then, Sandra Linkeviciene made 2+1 action and Lithuania get back on the lead. Few minutes late Great Britain regained the leading, after Johannah Leedham three point shot. The game was very aligned and neither team was able to keep leading for long time. Before the last quarter Great Britain had got 1 point
advantage 49:48. Lithuania had got many problems with scoring points. With 8:48 to play Great Britain had got only one point of advantage, almost 2 minutes later British players
were leading by 6 - 56:50. Lithuanian coach called a timeout after JulieAnne Page long distance shot, his players still had got 6 points disadvantage with 5:45 to play. Lithuania very
slowly reduced the lost, but with 2:27 they had only 1 point of disadvantage 63:62. Then, We could watch almost two minutes without any points. With 44 seconds to play Egle
Sulciute made two free throws and put Lithuania on point lead 63:64. 28 seconds later Sandra Linkeviciene missed two free throws, but Great Britain lost the ball and opportunity
to win this game. On Saturday, Lithuania will play with Belarus. Great Britain has got a game against Turkey. *by Lukasz Lukaszewski
Group F
Poland - Latvia 53-62
LaLatvia celebrated valuable 62-53 victory against Poland in first game of the Qualifying Round in Katowice. Thanks to this win Latvia jumped to 3-0 in Group F and already secured a spot for the Quarterfinals, despite there is two more rounds to be played. Poland dropped to 0-3, but still has a chance to reach fourth place. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Siena) shined for the winners with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) scored 14 points and Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) helped with 8 pts. In the loosing squad, Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) and Elzbieta Mowlik (180-F-83, agency: Data Plus Group) scored 13 points each. They also had 7 and 6 rebounds respectively.
Third quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that, Poland made 18-17 in the first ten minutes and continued with 15-12 until the halftime. Gunta Basko and her teammates shined after the breather stopping the home squad to just 7 points, while draining 17 on the other side. Poland came to minus 3 during the last period, but that was all from them until the end.
On Friday, Latvia will meet Spain, while Poland will take on Croatia who also has 0-3 score.

France - Spain 79-55
France had amazing last quarter against Spain tonight. The defending champion was down by 2 after 30 minutes (46-48), but they destroyed Spain 33-7 for rest of the game celebrating comfortable 79-55 victory at the end. It means that France jumped to 2-1 in Group F, what is currently enough for third place. Spain dropped to 1-2 and they are No.4 at this moment. Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) top-scored for the winners with 17 points. Endene Miyem (188-F-88) had 16 points and 5 boards, while Clemence Beikes (178-G-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 12 points, plus 5 boards. In the loosing squad, Anna Montanana (186-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: George Washington) and Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) had 11 points and 5 rebounds each. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) stopped to 10 pts in this meeting. France totally outrebounded Spain tonight (36-19).
On Friday, France will play against No.1 Montenegro. Spain will meet Latvia.

Croatia - Montenegro 60-81
Another wonderful performance by Montenegro in Katowice. It was the first game of the Qualifying Round and Montenegro cruised past Croatia to 81-60 victory. It means that Montenegro jumped to 3-0 in Group F, while Croatia dropped to 0-3. With this victory Montenegro already secured a spot for the Quarterfinals. They took control on Croatia from the early beginning as they made 17-14 lead after ten minutes. Croatia slightly improved after that, but was not able to avoid 11-point deficit at the HT. Third period ended 14-15 for Montenegro and they ended the last one with 12-21 for the final 60-81 victory.
Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) exploded with 25 points and 15 rebounds in victory. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) was close to triple-double: 16 pts, 10 rebs and 7 assists. Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) followed with 15 pts, 6 rebs and 5 assists. In Croatia, Sandra Mandir (175-G-77) collected 14 points and 7 assists. Luca Ivankovic (199-C-87) stopped to 12 pts.
On Friday, Montenegro will meet France, while Croatia will play against Poland. r>

Day Three in Bydgoszcz and Katowice, first stage is over - Jun 20, 2011
Group A
Turkey - Russia 65-80
Russian beat Turkey 80:65 and clinched the second position in the group A after first round. Turkey with record 1 win 2 lost advanced to second round from third position. Before
this games both team had got the same record 1 win with Slovak Republic and one lost with Lithuania. That game was a fight for second place in the group A. Three players in the
Russian team scored 13 points: Maria Stepanova (203-C-79), Elena Danilochkina (185-G-86) and Olga Arteshina (183-F-82). Ilona Korstin (183-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) also ended this game with double figures she added 10 points. Most of points in this game (18) scored Turskish player - Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80).
Russia made a great start with 7 point lead after 3 minutes and 15 seconds of play. Automatically after Maria Stepanovaa jump shot Turkish coach called a timeout. Than Russian
added another seven points, and they had a 14 points advantage in the middle of the first quarter. After 7 minutes of play Russia had got huge 18 points lead. Russia totally
outplayed Turkish players and won the first quarter by 22 points 29:7. Russian player had been dominating especially on the boards. In the middle of the second quarter Nevriye
Yilmaz made two straight shots. Turkey still have got 21 points disadvantage, but Russian coach called a timeout. Turkish had been playing much better than in the first quarter, but
they were unable to reduce Russian lead. Gulsah Akkaya (182-F-77) hit the 3 for Turkey in the last seconds of the first half, but Turkish players had got a 18 points disadvantage before the second half.
In the beginning of the third quarter Turkey added 4 straight points to their score with no opponent response. Russian players missed some easy shots and made few mistakes.
Turkish had been playing more ambitious, but they cannot reduced lost. With the 3:45 to play in the third quarter Russia had got 15 points advantage 37:52. Although the Turkish
team effort, before the last quarter the still have 16 points disadvantage. In the last quarter we had the same situation Turkey was trying to get back, but Russian did not allow
Turkish players to do it. After Maria Stepanova shot Russian was up by 16 with 3 minutes to play and head coach of Turkey called another timeout. Thanks to great start and
dominating boards Russian won this game 80:65. (*by Lukasz Lukaszewski)

Slovakia - Lithuania 57-46
Slovak Republic beat the Lithuania 57:46 in the first game of group A on Monday. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) - Slovakian captain scored 18 points, Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, college: Penn St.) added 10. Most points for the Lithuania scored Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) 14. It was not important game for both teams. Lithuania had secured the first place in the group A, Slovak; Republic after two losses had been sure to be eliminated after the first round.
Slovak Republic noticed a great start of this game, after two minutes and forty seconds play, they were leading by 6 7:1. Lithuania reduced this scoring five straight points, but
Slovak Republic continued to rebuilt their advantage in the next two minutes. After Regina Palusna (192-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) lay-up Slovak Republic was leading by 8 16:8 and Lithuanian coach wanted to talk with his players. Slovak Republic ended first quarter with quite big advantage 18:8. In the second quarter neither was able to score in the first three minutes. This run was cancelled with Romana Vynuchalova lay-up that was the only points in the first half of this quarter. Then, Slovak Republic had been controlling the game and their advantage. Slovaks play more ambitious and in the middle of the show they were leading by 14 points 31:17.
In the beginning of the third quarter increase the lead to 19 points. Then Agne Abromaite made two straight shots for Lithuania and Slovakian coach Natalia Hejkova called a timeout. Two minutes later Algirdas Paulaskas was punished by technical foul, after that the score was 41:27 for Slovak Republic. Slovaks had been controlling the game, and secured their
advantage. Before the last quarter Slovak Republic was leading by 13 46:33. In the last quarter Lithuanian players were trying to get back in this game. They have reduced
Slovakian advantage to 7 points in 2 minutes and 10 seconds, Natalia Hejkova coach of Slovak Republic wanted to talk with her players, but Lithuanian continued run. Marina
Solopova made a lay-up and they were only a 5 points behind Slovak Republic. Slovaks fouled and made some easy mistakes and with 6 minutes to play they are leading by 4.
Darina Misurova (163-PG-81) hit the three twice and rebuilt the advantage to 10 points 52:42. Although the Lithuanian team effort in the last minutes, nothing has changed. Slovak Republic won her last game in the tournament 57:46. In spite of lose Lithuania will end first round as a leader of group A. (*by Lukasz Lukaszewski)
Group B
United Kingdom - Israel 74-51
GGreat Britain beated Israel 74:51. That game was very important for both teams. Winner advanced to the second round, loser have to go home after three games. Great Britain can
be happy after this game, because British players advanced to the second round at their first tournament in history. The leader of Great Britain Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) scored 18 points, Natalie Stafford (173-G-76) added 16, Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) grabbed 14 points and 8 rebounds. 5 British players ended the game with double figures. The most points for Israel scored: Shay Doron 15, Liron Cohen (173-G-82) added 11.
Israel and Great Britain began the game very motivated , they were aware of the rate of the game. After 4 straight points by Shay Doron (175-F-85, college: Maryland) and 4 minutes play Israel was up by 2 - 4:6. Natalie Stafford hit three as a response and Great Britain had taken the lead. After 6 minutes of play the score was tie 8:8. Thanks to JulieAnne Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington) lay-up in the last minute Great Britain had won the first quarter 13:11. Great Britain scored another 8 straight points in the beginning of the second quarter and elaborate 11 points advantage. Israeli coach- Eli Rabi called a timeout, because his team had been playing very bad. British players were continuing their run, extend the advantage to 15 points, and Israeli team needed another timeout. British lead thanks to great defensive and dominating the boards. Players from Israel were unable to find a clear position to shot. After 2 quarters Great Britain had got 13 points advantage 37:24.
After the brake, Israelis tried to reduce the lost, but Great Britain did not allow them to do. British continued to play good basket. After Johannah Leedham long distance shot, when the score was 47:30, Israeli coach wanted to talk with his players. Then Johannah Leedham hit another three. With 3 minutes to play in the third Great Britain was up by 20 52:32. British player had got a great long distance execution 5/6 after three quarters. Before the last quarter Great Britain had got a big, 17 points lead 54:37. In the beginning of the fourth quarter Great Britain still had been controlling the game, not only British players secured the lead, they were able to extent it to 23 points with 6 minutes to play. Two minutes
later, Liad Suez-Karni (187-F-81, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) hits the three for Israel and British coach automatically call a timeout. Israeli team was not able to reduce British advantage. Great Britain won the game against Israel 74:51. (*by Lukasz Lukaszewski)

Czech Republic - Belarus 67-62
Czech Republic won the game against Belarus 67:62. Both team before this game had had a perfect record: 2 wins, 0 loses. This game was fight for the first place in the group B.
Czech Republic have won all three games in the group B and ended the first round as a leader of the group B. KKaterina Elhotova (180-G-89) scored 19 points, Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) added 18 and their team can be happy after third straight win. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) ended the game with double-double 10 points and 12 rebounds.
In contrast to previous games Czech Republic noticed good start with 4 straight points. After Eva Viteckova three point shoot Czechs were leading by 9 - 14:5. Eva Viteckova
scored 10 points in the first 5 minutes ! After Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) lay-up Czech Republic was leading by 12 19:7 and Belarusian coach called a timeout. Czech Republic won the first quarter 23:9 after very excellent performance. In the second quarter Czech Republic had been continuing great performance, in the middle of the quarter after Eva Viteckova shot they were leading by 15 31:16. Belarus also played well, but Czechs team work did not allow Belarus to reduce the disadvantage. Belarus play more individual, but it was not working well this evening. In the middle of the match Czech Republic had got a 13 points advantage 39:26.
Belarus tried to reduce the disadvantage, and in the middle of the third quarter they found a way to do it. After Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85, agency: LBM Management) lay-up Belarus had got only a 7 point lost and head coach of Czech Republic Lubor Blazek called a timeout. Czechs lost their good execution and big part of advantage. With 1:50 to play in the third quarter the score was 49:44 for Czech Republic. Thanks to Veronika Bortelova (169-G-78) long distance shot Czech Republic rebuilt the lead to 8 points 54:46. This score was on the board before start of the first quarter.
Belarus started the last quarter with two three pointers : Natalia Marchanka (170-G-79) and Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) Belarusian were losing by 2 54:52. Veronika Bortelova responded with long distance shot for Czech Republic. Czechs coach called a timeout with 5:51 to play, at that moment his team had got 3 points advantage 57:54. Tatsiana Likhtarovich gained unsportsmanlike foul with 4:21 to play, after that Czech Republic was able to extend the advantage from 2 to 6 points. After next few moments, Belarus team gain two turnovers. Czech Republic extend the lead to 7 points the score was 67:60. With 1:24 Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) made a lay-up and reduced the disadvantage to 5 points the score was 67:62. Neither team had been able to score since that time, but both had some chances to do it. Czech Republic deservedly win the game against Belarus 67:62. (*by Lukasz Lukaszewski)
Group C
Poland - Spain 63-78
Spain won the second place in Group C of the EuroBasket 2011. They handed 78-63 loss to Poland to take this spot. The hosts dropped to 1-2, but they also advanced to the next stage (3rd place). Both teams will be transferred to Group F. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Spain. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) had 17 points and Laia Palau (178-G-79) helped with 12 pts. In Poland, Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) had double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds. Their second scorer was Paulina Pawlak (170-PG-84, agency: Data Plus Group) with 8 points (6 rebs). Championship continues on Thursday.
Last quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that, first ten minutes ended with 20-20 tie and Spain made 11-17 in Q2. Poland replied with 19-13 after the breather and everything was opened again. However, Sancho Lyttle and her teammates blasted Poland in the last ten minutes (13-28) celebrating comfortable 63-78 victory at the end.

Germany - Montenegro 64-76
Montenegro registered another win in Katowice. After victories against Poland and Spain, Montenegro this time was better than Germany winning the Group C with perfect 3-0 record. Of course, Montenegro advanced to the next stage. Germany on the other side said goodbye to EuroBasket 2011 without win (0-3). Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) exploded with 23 points ad 10 rebounds for Montenegro. She reached valuation 22 and was the MVP in her team. Milica Jovanovic (189-F/C-89) had 14 points and 6 rebounds, while Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) added 12 pts, plus 8 rebs. In Germany, Svenja Greunke (188-F-89) shined with 20 points and 8 boards. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) scored 16 points and was the last one with double-digits. Montenegro shined in the first and last quarter, what was enough for comfortable victory. Quarters: 15-25, 15-10, 19-19, 15-22.
Championship continues on Wednesday. Montenegro is placed to Group F now.

Group D
Croatia - Latvia 61-67
Latvia outplayed Croatia 67-61 in Day Three of the EuroBasket winning the first place in Group D. Both teams had 1-1 record before this meeting and despite defeat Croatia also reached the second phase. They ended as No.3 in this pool. Both teams will be transferred to Group F now. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Siena) led Latvia with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois) (9 rebs) and Liene Jansone (191-F/C-81, college: Siena) delivered 14 points each. In the loosing squad, Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) had 14 points and 6 rebs. Luca Ivankovic (199-C-87) (5 rebs) and Antonija Misura (178-F-88) netted 12 and 10 points respectively. It was a game full of turns. Latvia secured a victory in the last period, which they won 8-16. Before that Latvia made 16-20 in the first ten minutes and Croatia answered with 25-14. Latvia made 12-17 in Q3 and later won the game in the last 10:00.
Championship continues on Wednesday.

Greece - France 55-64
France handed 64-55 loss to Greece in do-or-die game for both teams. They had 1-1 before this meeting and France is No.2 now, while Greece dropped to fourth place. France advanced to the next stage and they will be transferred to Group F. Greece said goodbye to Poland. Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) was the leading player in victory with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83) scored 10, while Endene Miyem (188-F-88) (5 rebs) and Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) followed with 8 points each. Greece got 16 points from Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas). Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) had 14 pts and 6 rebs, and Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 10 pts and 5 rebs. Second quarter was the crucial on in this game. France had plus 3 from the first ten minutes and thanks to 6-15 in Q2 they jumped to plus 12. Greece didn't give up and they came to minus 4 with less than 3 minutes left in the game, but France had an answer for that and celebrated 64-55 victory at the end.
Championship continues on Wednesday.


Day Two in Bydgoszcz and Katowice - Jun 19, 2011
Group A
Slovakia - Turkey 60-76
Turkey registered first victory at the EuroBasket 2011 in Poland. They outplayed Slovakia today 76-60 mostly thanks to Birsel Vardarli (174-G-80), who had 20 points and 6 rebounds. She reached valuation 24 and was the MVP of this meeting. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) secured a great help adding 14 points, while Isil Alben (170-G-86) and Bahar Caglar (186-F-88) netted 9 pts each. On the other side, Slovakia got 15 points from Erin Marie Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue). Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, college: Penn St.) and Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) had 10 points each. Slovakia dropped to 0-2 in Group A. They already lost all chances to reach the next stage, despite there is one more round to be played. With this victory Turkey secured at least third place, what is enough for the next phase. Third quarter was the crucial one in this game. Quarters: 18-21, 14-17, 9-24, 19-14.
In the last day of Stage One, Turkey will meet Russia in the game for the second place. Slovakia will take on Lithuania.

Lithuania - Russia 76-64
Lithuania was too strong for Russia 76-64 jumping to 2-0 record in Group A. It means that Lithuania already secured first place in this pool and spot for the next stage. Egle Sulciute (190-F-85) and Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) stepped up for the winners with 20 points each. They had 8 and 6 rebounds respectively. Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) secured a great help adding 19 points and 5 assists. Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) replied with double-double in defeat: 17 pts and 13 rebs. Olga Arteshina (183-F-82) and Liudmila Sapova (185-F/C-84) had 12 and 10 points respectively. Despite this loss, Russia is also sure for the next stage. Tomorrow, they will meet Turkey, while Lithuania will play against Slovakia.
*Russia had taken control in this match for the beginning of the game. Russian started the game with 5:0 run. Lithuania got back in this quarter in the middle of the first quarter. After Egle Sulciute shot, they lead 10:9. The both teams were playing basket for basket, the quarter finished with a tie 16:16. In the second quarter both teams presented hard defense, according to this fact they have much problems with scoring points. In this time neither team was able to elaborate big advantage, in the first half we had got 10 lead changes. When we had got 1:30 to play in the second quarter Russian had a 4 point lead 28:32 that was the biggest advantage in this quarter. Lithuanian coach had to call a timeout. After that Russian coach wants to talk with his team twice. Thanks to dominating the boards and second chance points Russian won the first half by 5 30:35.
Lithuanian team started the third quarter with the big run. After three minutes and Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) 3 point shot they had taken the 2 point lead - 41:39. Maria Stepanova automatically responded and the score was tie 41:41. Then Lithuania after 2 straight three point shots by Egle Sulciute elaborate 8 points advantage 53:45. Russia tried to make up for a loss, but after three quarter they were losing by 4 56:52. Russia continued good run in the beginning of the fourth quarter and with 7:20 to play they reduced Lithuanian advantage to the 2 points, after another 80 seconds and Liudmila Sapova (185-F/C-84) three point shot we had got a one point game for Lithuania 61:60. Russian made some easy mistakes and after another two minutes Lithuania lead by 5 66:61. Russia was down by 7 68:61 with 1:24 to play in the fourth and Boris Sokolovsky called a timeout. Russian players have got free throws, but they missed them Lithuania was better at this element of the game and thanks to it they have won this game 76:64. (*by Lukasz Lukaszewski)
Group B
United Kingdom - Czech Republic 45-60
Czech Republic registered another victory at the EuroBasket in Poland. This time they handed 60-45 loss to United Kingdom for perfect 2-0 record in Group B. The reigning World champion already secured a spot for the next stage and they will meet Belarus tomorrow in the battle for the first place in this group. UK on the other side dropped to 0-2 and will have to beat Israel to win third place. Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) shined for the winners with 27 points and 6 rebounds (6 triples, valuation 26). Jana Vesela (192-F-83) had 10 points and 7 rebs, while Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) added 8 points and 9 rebs. In defeat, Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) delivered 14 points. JulieAnne Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington) and Rose Anderson (175-G-88) scored 7 pts each.
*The beginning of the game was very nervous. Czech Republic and Great Britain missed some easy shots, after two minutes the score was tie 2:2. In the middle of the quarter Czech Republic had got 1 point advantage 4:5. After Johannah Leedham 4 straight points Great Britain have taken the 3 point lead and Czech Republic coach called the timeout. Then Johannah Leedham added three points shot and Great Britain was leading by 6 ! The first quarter finished with the score 13:9 for the Great Britain. Czech Republic made a great start of the second quarter - Jana Vesela (192-F-83) and Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) hit the three and now the Czech Republic had got a lead. Great Britain cannot find a shot for three minutes, until Johannah Leedham hit another three point shot. After Katerina Elhotova 3 points Czech Republic had got 7 points advantage (23:16) and British coach Tom Maher wanted to talk with his players. Great Britain tried to make up for a loss. With 2:00 minutes to go in the second Czech Republic had got a 6 point lead 27:21. In the middle of the game Czech Republic had got 4 point advantage 23:27. In the first half of the third quarter Czech Republic tripled the advantage British coach must call a timeout. Great Britain had been trying to get back in this game, but the Czech Republic did not allow it. Czechs had been controlling the game and before the last quarter they were leading by 13 points 35:48. Although the British team effort in the last quarter, nothing has changed. Czech Republic controlled the game and outscored Great Britain. That was a second straight win of silver medalist last world championships. (*by Lukasz Lukaszewski)

Israel - Belarus 41-68
Belarus had another joyful day in Poland. After victory in Day One against United Kingdom, this time Belarus cruised past Israel 68-41 for 2-0 record in Group B. With this win, Belarus already secured a spot for the next stage. Israel dropped to 0-2. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) was the leading player in victory with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Natalia Marchanka (170-G-79) scored 11, while Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) (9 rebs) and Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) (6 rebs) added 9 points each. In defeat, Liron Cohen (173-G-82) was the only player with double-digits (12 points). Shay Doron (175-F-85, college: Maryland) and Katia Levitsky (190-C-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) stopped to 8 points each. Belarus took control on Israel from the early beginning. They made 12-18 lead in the first ten minutes and jumped to plus 8 until the halftime. Tatsiana Likhtarovich and her teammates had double-digit lead after 30 minutes and in the last quarter smashed Israel 21-5 for the final 68-41 victory.
In the last day of the first stage, Belarus will meet Czech Republic. Israel will play against UK.
Group C
Montenegro - Spain 66-57
Another wonderful performance by Montenegro in Katowice. After victory against Poland in Day One, Montenegro shocked Spain today handing them 66-57 loss for perfect 2-0 record. With this win, Montenegro already secured first place in Group C and of course booked a spot for the next stage. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) came up with 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. She had valuation 22 and was the MVP of this meeting. Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had double-double of 13 points and 11 boards, while Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) helped with 11 points and 5 rebs. In defeat, Alba Torrens (188-F-89) shined with 25 points and 5 rebs. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: George Washington) had 11 pts and 5 rebs, and Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) added 8 points. Spain dropped to 1-1 and now shares the second place with Poland.
Montenegro did a great job in the first half making 39-31 lead. Spain cut the margin for one point in Q3, but Montenegro ended last ten minutes with 12-10 for the final 66-57 victory.
Tomorrow, Montenegro will meet Germany and this game will be just the formality. Spain will take on Poland in the battle for the second place.

Germany - Poland 60-75
The host of EuroBasket 2011 registered first victory at this event. Poland was too strong for Germany handing them 75-60 loss. Poland will meet Spain tomorrow and it will be a decisive game for the second place. Even in case of defeat, Poland will advance to the next stage. Germany on the other side dropped to 0-2 and lost all chances for the next phase. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) shined for the hosts with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Malgorzata Babicka (186-F/C-85, agency: Promotex) and Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) netted 11 pts each in victory. In Germany, Romy Bar (189-F-87, agency: LBM Management) came up with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) (5 rebs) and Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) posted 11 pts apiece. Poland celebrated in this game thanks to great played second half. Quarters: 19-23, 11-7, 15-24, 15-21.
As mentioned above, Poland will meet Spain tomorrow, while Germany will take on strong Montenegro.
Group D
Latvia - France 59-56 OT
It was the first game which went to OT so far at the EuroBasket in Poland and it also was the first loss for the defending champion. Latvia grabbed 59-56 thriller win against France joining them with 1-1 record in Group D. Croatia and Greece have the same numbers in this pool so it will be very exciting Day Three in Katowice. Elina Babkina (173-G-89, agency: LBM Management) exploded with 26 points for the winners today. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Siena) had 10 points and 6 rebounds, while Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois) helped with double-double of 9 points and 15 rebs. In France, Endene Miyem (188-F-88) top-scored with 12 points. Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) had 11 points and 6 rebs, and Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) stopped to 9 pts, plus 5 rebs.
France made 13-16 in the first ten minutes and continued with 9-12 in Q2. Latvia improved after the breather and finished Q3 with 14-13. Elina Babkina and her teammates made 14-9 in the last period for 50-50 tie at the end of the regular time. Latvia was better 9-6 in OT for the first victory in Katowice.
Tomorrow, Latvia will meet Croatia. France will take on Greece.

Croatia - Greece 65-63
Thriller win for Croatia today in Katowice. They handed tiny 65-63 loss to Greece joining them with 1-1 record in Group D. Sandra Mandir (175-G-77) was the leading player in victory with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) scored 15 points, while Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) helped her team with 11 points, 9 boards and 5 assists. In Greece, Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds. Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) also scored 14 pts, while Olga Chatzinikolaou (181-G-81) and Anna Spyridopoulou (182-F-88) stopped to 9 points each.
Croatia had wonderful first half making 42-29 lead. Greece had 11-14 after the breather and they made 55-56 turn at the halfway of the last period. Later, teams went to the last 12 second with 72-72 tie. Croatia had a possession and Sandra Mandir made a winning jump shot with 2 seconds to go.
Tomorrow, Croatia will meet Latvia. Greece will play against the defending champion - France. br>

Day One in Bydgoszcz and Katowice - Jun 18, 2011
Group A
Russia - Slovakia 68-66
Russia had to work very hard to beat Slovakia tonight in Bydgoszcz. Russia grabbed 68-66 thriller win joining Lithuania with 1-0 record in Group A. Slovakia and Turkey has 0-1 in this pool. Marina Kuzina (194-C-85) top-scored for the winners with 13 points. Liudmila Sapova (185-F/C-84) had 11 points, while Irina Osipova (196-C/F-81) helped with 8 points and 5 rebounds. In Slovakia, Erin Marie Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) collected 15 points and 7 rebounds, and Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) scored 10 pts.
*The beginning of the game was very nervous, both teams were unable to made a shot. Slovak Republic presented very good, aggressive defense and Russian team has got a big problem with scoring points. In the middle of the first quarter the score was 8:6 for Russia. The first quarter was very aligned and had ended with score 12:15 for Slovak Republic. In the beginning of the second quarter both teams are playing very hard defense and neither team was able to elaborate big advantage. Russia and Slovak republic have been exchanging shots until first half of this quarter. Then Slovak Republic made the biggest lead in the first half 10 points (24:34). Russian players had been trying hard to get back in this game, but Slovak Republic ended this half of the game with 5 point advantage: 34:29. After six minutes play in the third quarter Russian had taken a one point lead 43:42, but Slovak Republic responded automatically and get back on the three point lead 43:46. Russian players tried hard and after another two minutes they made the game tied. After another aligned fragment of the game the quarter ended with the score 52:51 for Russia. In the middle of the last quarter Russian made a four point advantage 62:58. Slovak coach call a timeout, but Russia kept the lead. When lasted 42 second Natialia Hejkova called another timeout at this moment score was 67:63. Erin Marie Lawless hit the three, Tatiana Popova missed two free throws and the score was 67:66. The end of this game was very nervous, but finally Russia won it 68:66. (by Lukasz Lukaszewski)*
Tomorrow, Russia will meet Lithuania, while Slovakia will play against Turkey.

Turkey - Lithuania 58-64
Lithuania celebrated in Day One of the EuroBasket in Poland. They outplayed Turkey 64-58 for 1-0 record in Group A. Except of Lithuania and Turkey, participants of the same pool are also Russia and Slovakia. Lithuania had impressive first half taking 15-point lead (12-19 Q1, 10-18 Q2). However, Turkey slightly improved after the breather, but was able to cut the deficit for just two points in third period. Turkey took control on Lithuania in the last ten minutes, but it seems it was too late for them. Lithuanians lost that quarter 13-20 and that didn't affect the final outcome.
Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) was the leading player in victory with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) followed her with 11 points and 8 rebounds, while Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) added 10 pts. On the other side, Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) responded with 17 points. Saziye Ivegin (183-F-82) had 15 points and 5 boards in this defeat. In Day Two, Lithuania will meet Russia, while Turkey will play against Slovakia.
Group B
Czech Republic - Israel 72-56
Excellent Day One for Czech Republic. They handed 72-56 loss to Israel for 1-0 score at the EuroBasket 2011 in Poland, Group B. Earlier today Belarus outplayed United Kingdom so Czech Republic and Belarus are together on top of this pool now. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) netted 14 points for the winners and she also grabbed 7 rebounds beside that. Alena Hanusova (190-C/F-91) scored 10 points, while Jana Vesela (192-F-83) helped with 8 points and 10 rebs. Czech Republic won every single quarter in this meeting. They made 19-12 and 13-10 in the first half and continued with 20-17 twice for rest of the game. Israel was not able to reply and faced with 16-point loss at the end. Shay Doron (175-F-85, college: Maryland) was the leading player in Israel with 16 points. Katia Levitsky (190-C-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) was behind her with 10 pts.
Tomorrow, Czech Republic will play against United Kingdom. Israel will meet Belarus.

Belarus - United Kingdom 55-40
Belarus had a great start of the EuroBasket 2011 in Poland. They handed 55-40 loss to United Kingdom for 1-0 score in Group B. Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) stepped up for the winners with 10 points and 7 rebounds. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) also scored 10 pts, while Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G/F-88, agency: LBM Managementa>) added one less. In the loosing squad, Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) collected 8 points and 6 rebounds. Their second scorer was Azania Stewart (193-C-89) with 8 pts. Belarus won three quarters in this game, while only the last one belonged to UK. However, everything was already clear before that. Belarus made 14-11 in the first ten minutes and continued with 17-9 in Q2. Nothing has changed after the breather and Belarus jumped to 45-28 with 10:00 to go. Question about the winner was already resolved at that time.
In Day Two of the championship, Belarus will play against Israel, while UK will meet Czech Republic.
Group C
Poland - Montenegro 53-70
MonMontenegro exploded in Day One of the EuroBasket in Poland. They celebrated against the home squad 70-53 for 1-0 score in Group C. Spain was too strong for Germany earlier today so Montenegro joined them on top of this pool. Poland and Germany have 0-1 now. Montenegro won every single quarter today. They started with 15-18 and after that made 11-19 in the second period. Nothing has changed after the breather. Poland was struggling offensively and they faced with 54-38 deficit with 10:00 to go. Montenegro was better in the last quarter as well celebrating comfortable 53-70 victory.
Anna De Forge (178-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Nebraska) came up with 18 points for Montenegro and Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) added 17 points, plus 8 rebounds. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) followed with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Agnieszka Szott (185-F-82, agency: Data Plus Group) was the only player with double-digits in Poland with 11 points. She also grabbed 6 rebounds beside that. Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) stopped to 8 points.
Tomorrow, Montenegro will play against Spain. Poland will take on Germany.

Spain - Germany 79-69
It was joyful Day One of the EuroBasket 2011 for Spain. They registered 79-69 victory against Germany to open the championship. It means that Spain has 1-0 now in Group C. Participants of the same pool are also Montenegro and the host Poland. Alba Torrens top-scored in Spain with 18 points. Elisa Aguilar (177-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: George Washington) followed her with 17 and Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 16 points, plus 5 rebounds. In defeat, Romy Bar (189-F-87, agency: LBM Management) collected 14 points and 6 rebounds. Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) was the last one with double-digits in scoring with 10 pts. As a reminder, Germany booked a spot for Poland by winning the Additional Qualifying Tournament.
Spain opened the game with 21-12 lead and jumped to 39-27 until the halftime. Germany made 19-22 in Q3, but Germany seriously threatened in the last period. Romy Bar and her teammates came to 66-62 with five minutes left, but Spain quickly replied with 6-0 run resolving question about the winner.
In Day Two of the championship, Spain will meet Montenegro. Germany will play against the home squad - Poland.
Group D
France - Croatia 86-40
France started the title defense in style. They destroyed Croatia 86-40 in Day One of the EuroBasket in Poland. Both teams are placed to Group D, together with Greece and Latvia. France took control on Croatia from the early beginning and never looked back. They made 26-16 in the first ten minutes and in the next period they stopped Croatia to just 9 pts, while scoring 22 on the other side. Croatia was not able to reply after the breather and they faced with another bad period (23-10). The game was already over at that time and last quarter was just the formality (15-5).
Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) and Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83) scored 13 points each for the winners. They had 6 and 4 rebounds respectively. Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) collected 12 points and 8 rebs. In Croatia, Sandra Mandir (175-G-77) had 9 and Iva Ciglar (170-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group) scored 8 points.
Tomorrow, France will play against Latvia. Croatia will meet Greece.

Greece - Latvia 67-57
Greece was better than Latvia in Day One of the EuroBasket 2011 in Poland. Greece registered 67-57 victory for 1-0 score in Group C. Teams were pretty leveled in the first half, but Greece shined after the breather and cruised to valuable victory. They had 16-14 lead after ten minutes, but Latvia replied with 19-22 after that. Greece was 48-46 up with 10 minutes to go and everything was still open. Latvia made 52-53 after four minutes in Q4 but experienced Greeks didn't panic. They created quick 9-2 run and later closed this meeting with routine.
Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) paced Greece to victory with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas) also was great adding 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) helped with 10 pts and 5 rebs. Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois) shined with 12 points and 13 rebounds in Latvia. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Siena) (7 rebs) and Elina Babkina (173-G-89, agency: LBM Management) (7 as) also had 12 points each.
In Day Two, Greece will play against Croatia. Latvia will take on the defending champion France.



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