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European Championships Final Standings
 1. Spain
 2. France
 3. Turkey
 4. Serbia
 5. Belarus
 6. Czech Rep.
 7. Sweden
 8. Italy
 9. U.Kingdom
 9. Montenegro.
 11. Slovakia
 11. Croatia
 13. Russia
 13. Ukraine
 13. Lithuania
 13. Latvia
Points Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  VIN
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Lyttle, Atlanta D.18.4 
 2. Dubljevic, USK P.17.7 
 3. Leedham, Bourges16.8 
 4. Torrens, Galatasa.16.2 
 5. Eldebrink, Rivas E.15.7 
 6. Sottana, Familia14.3 
 7. Milovanovic, Dynam.13.7 
 8. Lelas, Lattes M.12.8 
 9. Gruda, UMMC12.0 
 10. Perovanovic, Nade.11.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  VIN
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Lyttle, Atlanta D.11.1 
 2. Leuchanka, Atlan.8.9 
 3. Ress, Lucca7.6 
 4. Hollingswort., Fen.7.6 
 5. Dubljevic, USK P.7.5 
 6. Lelas, Lattes M.7.3 
 7. Leedham, Bourges7.3 
 8. Veremeenko, Fener.7.1 
 9. Perovanovic, Nadez.7.0 
 10. Kulichova, Good A.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Johannah LEEDHAM
  ENG
  (180-SF-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Leedham, Bourges4.5 
 2. Vardarli, Fener.4.2 
 3. Eldebrink, Cagliar.4.1 
 4. Skerovic, USK Praha3.5 
 5. Palau, USK Praha3.4 
 6. Bortelova, DSK K.3.4 
 7. Alben, Galatasaray3.4 
 8. Lawson-Wade, Latt.3.3 
 9. Dubljevic, USK P.3.3 
 10. Radocaj, Partizan3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  VIN
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Lyttle, Atlanta D.2.9 
 2. Alben, Galatasaray1.9 
 3. De Forge, USK P.1.8 
 4. Baburova, MBK R.1.8 
 5. Kupcikova, Good A.1.8 
 6. Snytsina, Chevaka.1.7 
 7. Leedham, Bourges1.7 
 8. Skerovic, USK Praha1.7 
 9. Torrens, Galatasa.1.6 
 10. Dabovic, Partizan1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  BLR
  (194-C-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Veremeenko, Fener.2.2 
 2. Kulichova, Good A.2.0 
 3. Ress, Lucca1.4 
 4. Lyttle, Atlanta D.1.3 
 5. Jurcenkova, IMOS1.0 
 6. Vynuchalova, Samor.0.8 
 7. Burgrova, USK Praha0.8 
 8. Lukacovicova, MBK0.8 
 9. Snytsina, Chevaka.0.7 
 10. Stewart, Bacsb.0.7 
European Championships Stage One Standings
Group A
 1. Turkey 3-0 
 2. Montenegro. 2-1 
 3. Slovakia 1-2 
 4. Ukraine 0-3 
Group B
 1. Spain 3-0 
 2. Sweden 1-2 
 3. Italy 1-2 
 4. Russia 1-2 
Group C
 1. France 3-0 
 2. U.Kingdom 2-1 
 3. Serbia 1-2 
 4. Latvia 0-3 
Group D
 1. Belarus 2-1 
 2. Czech Rep. 2-1 
 3. Croatia 1-2 
 4. Lithuania 1-2 
European Championships Stage Two Standings
Group E
 1. Spain 5-0 
 2. Turkey 4-1 
 3. Italy 3-2 
 4. Sweden 2-3 
 5. Montenegro. 1-4 
 6. Slovakia 0-5 
Group F
 1. France 5-0 
 2. Serbia 3-2 
 3. Belarus 3-2 
 4. Czech Rep. 2-3 
 5. U.Kingdom 2-3 
 6. Croatia 0-5 
Group Places 13-16
 1. Lithuania 1-2 
 2. Russia 1-2 
 3. Ukraine 0-3 
 4. Latvia 0-3 




Spain are crowned champions in Orchies (Photo: eurobasketwomen2013.com)

Starting five
#s#
Laura Nicholls
Nicholls
Alba Torrens
Torrens
Laia Palau
Palau
Marta Xargay Casademont
Xargay Casademont
Laura Gil
Gil
#e#5
4Laura Nicholls 189-C-89 Rivas Ecopolis Spain
5Cindy Lima 196-C-81 UNI Gyor Hungary
6Silvia Dominguez 166-PG-87 UMMC Russia
7Alba Torrens 188-F-89 Galatasaray Turkey
8Cristina Ouvina 174-G-90 Wisla Can-Pak Poland
9Laia Palau 176-G-79 USK Praha Czech Republic
10Elisa Aguilar 172-G-76 CCC Polkowice Poland
11Marta Xargay Casademont 181-PG-90 Perfumerias Spain
12Laura Gil 190-C-92 Rivas Ecopolis Spain
13Amaya Valdemoro 183-F-76 Real Canoe Spain
14Sancho Lyttle 192-C-83 Atlanta D. USA
15Queralt Casas 178-G/F-92 Rivas Ecopolis Spain

Mondelo Lucas Head Coach Shanxi China
Victor Antonio Lapena Assistant Perfumerias Spain
Isabel Sanchez Assistant


Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Awards 2013 - Jul 1, 2013

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships 1st Team 2013
Frida Eldebrink
Eldebrink
Celine Dumerc
Dumerc
Alba Torrens
Torrens
Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui
Yacoubou-Dehoui
Sancho Lyttle
Lyttle

Best Player: Sancho Lyttle (6'4''-C-83) of
of Spain
Best Guard: Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88)
of Sweden
Best Forward: Alba Torrens (188-F-89)
of Spain
Best Center: Sancho Lyttle (6'4''-C-83)
of Spain
Best Coach: Mondelo Lucas of Spain

1st Team
G: Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) of Sweden
G: Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) of France
F: Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Spain
C: Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) of France
C: Sancho Lyttle (6'4''-C-83) of Spain

2nd Team
G: Isil Alben (170-G-86) of Turkey
G: Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88) of Italy
SF: Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87) of England
C: Yelena Leuchanka (6'5''-C-83) of Belarus
C: Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) of France

Honorable Mention
Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) of Montenegro
Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) of Croatia
Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) of Slovakia
Michaela Zrustova (186-F-87) of Czech Rep.
Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88) of Sweden
Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) of Serbia
Kathrin Ress (196-C-85) of Italy
Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) of Belarus
Birsel Vardarli (175-G-84) of Turkey
Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) of Turkey



Spain are crowned champions in Orchies - Jun 30, 2013

FINAL
France - Spain 69-70
Spain are back on the European throne for the first time since 1993. They overcame France in the thrilling contest in Orchies tonight to clinch the EuroBasket title. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) nailed 21 points to lead the Spanish team to the triumph. The teams stayed close throughout the opening minutes. But Spain closed the first frame with six straight points to secure a 21:12 lead. France used a 13:0 run midway through the second term to take a 27:26 lead. Spain regained the lead and eked out a 36:35 halftime advantage. The lead changed for several times throughout immensely intense third period. France capped the quarter with four straight points to snatch a 55:53 lead. Domingues and Marta Xargay Casademont hit from beyond the arc at the start of the fourth period to give Spain the lead. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87), Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) and Yacoubou brought Les Bleus back into the contest. Celine Dumerc drained a triple to put France within one 67:68 with under two minutes remaining. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) sank a crucial jumper to give the visitors a 70:67 lead with 9 seconds remaining in regulation. France set up a three-point attempt for Lawson-Wade but she missed it. Sandrine Gruda tipped the ball in but it was not enough for the hosts as Spain ran away with a historic victory. Sancho Lyttle produced 20 points and 11 rebounds for Spain. Marta Xargay Casademont added 8 points for the new champions. Sandrine Gruda answered with 25 points for France. Celine Dumerc had 11 points in the loss.
3-4 Place
Turkey - Serbia 92-71
Turkey stepped onto the podium at the 2013 EuroBasket. They fired past Serbia in the consolation final tonight. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) stepped up with 19 points to lead the winners. Serbia got to a brisk start to the game. The Balkan team gained a 24:21 lead after ten minutes. Turkey slowed their opponents down in the second frame. They cut the deficit at a single point at halftime 44:43. Turkey used a 14:0 run midway through the third term to take a 61:49 lead. Turkey entered the fourth frame up by 10 points 66:56. The gap grew at 19-point mark midway through the fourth period and Turkey cruised to the victory. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) notched 18 points and 16 rebounds, while Birsel Vardarli added 17 points in the win. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) answered with 23 points for Serbia. Tamara Radocaj, Cado and Sara Krnjic had 11 points each in the loss.

5-6 Place
Czech Republic - Belarus 50-64
Belarus claimed the fifth position at the 2013 EuroBasket. They wrapped up their campaign in France with a comfortable win over Czech Republic. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) tallied 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the winning side. Belarus did not waste time to spur ahead. They held Czech Republic to 12 points in the first period to gain an 8-point lead. Czech Republic woeful offensive form continued in the second term. They accounted for only 7 points to face a 16-point deficit at halftime. Czech Republic stopped the bleeding in the third term. They narrowed the gap at 14-point mark at the final intermission. However Belarus easily maintained the advantage throughout the fourth period and sealed the victory at the end. Alexandra Tarasava (170-PG-88) netted 14 points, while Anastasiya Veremeenko chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Michaela Zrustova (186-F-87) responded with 13 points for Czech Republic. Ilona Burgrova had 9 points in the loss.

7-8 Place
Italy - Sweden 60-77
Sweden finishes 7th, Italy drops one down at the EuroBasket 2013. The Scandinavian team posted a final 77:60 win in the last game for both teams. Sweden won the opening tip 14:5 and led 24:13 at the end of the first period. Italy managed to reduce to 3 points but could not stay on race with the opponents. With 45:42 in the third quarter, Sweden put their foot on the pedal and raced away again with a decisive 13-0 scoring run. Sweden won the third period 19-13 and added 13-9 in the last stanza. Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) notched 12. Frida Eldebrink delivered 11 and Kadidja Andersson had 9. Ilaria Zanoni (180-G-86) finished the game with 11 points in the losing effort and Francesca Dotto added 10. Giulia Gatti and Kathrin Ress poured in 8 points each in a loss, whilst Raffaella Masciadri collected 7 points and 10 rebounds.


France and Spain to clash for the title - Jun 28, 2013

SEMIFINALS
Turkey - France 49-57
France reached the title game at the home EuroBasket. Les Bleus prevailed against Turkey in the tense semifinal clash tonight. Emilie Gomis (178-G/F-83) nailed 11 points to lead Les Bleus. France will now take on Spain in the title game. France jumped to a quick start. The hosts accounted for a 21:9 lead midway through the opening quarter. France entered the second period up by 11 points 22:11. Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) and Ndongue made it 25:11 for France early in the second quarter. Turkey managed to cut the deficit as they slowly found their rhythm. The visitors got within 8 points at the interval 23:31. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. France kept Turkey at safe distance. Les Bleus ensured a 49:40 lead heading into the fourth period. Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80) hit a couple of trebles as Turkey got as close as two points 49:51 midway through the fourth frame. Gruda hit a jumper to spark a 6:0 run that capped the regulation and brought victory to France. Nwal-Endene Miyem posted 10 points and 9 rebounds, while Edwige Lawson-Wade contributed 8 points for the winners. Esmeral Tuncluer responded with 20 points for Turkey. Nevriye Yilmaz netted 13 points in the losing effort.

Spain - Serbia 88-69
Spain became the first EuroBasket finalists. They outgunned Serbia in the first semifinal clash in Orchies today. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) stepped up with 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Spain opened the game on a huge 19:4 run to leave Serbia behind. The gap grew at 17-point mark early in the second period 27:10. Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) made it a 20-point game at 38:17. Spain unloaded 29 points in the second term to accumulate a 48:28 halftime advantage. Marta Xargay Casademont helped Spain gain a 54:28 lead early in the third quarter. Casas and Nichols made it 69:42 for Spain at the end of the third period. Rad dragged Serbia back to 20-point distance but they could never seriously threaten the margin as Spain cruised to the victory. Marta Xargay Casademont nailed 13 points, while Cristina Ouvina added 19 points for the winners. Dajana Butulija (176-SG-86, agency: Interperformances) and Jovana Rad (187-PF-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with 15 points each for Serbia
5-8 places
Belarus - Sweden 69-48
Belarus claimed a crucial win at the classification round of 2013 EuroBasket. They defeated Sweden to secure the 2014 World Championship birth. Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85) came up with 17 points to lead the winners. Belarus will now take on Czech Republic for the fifth overall position. Sweden will wrap up their French campaign against Italy. Sweden jumped to a 7:2 lead early in the game. But Belarus quickly stopped the rot. Natalia Anufryienkaiyenka capped the period with back-to-back three-pointers to give Belarus a 20:16 advantage. Belarus held their opponents to just 8 points in the second term to spur ahead. They built a 31:24 halftime lead. Belarus maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They secured a 10-point advantage heading into the foruth frame. Tarasava and Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) gave Belarus a 57:39 advantage midway through the fourth period and they never looked back en route to the victory. Yelena Leuchanka accounted for 16 points, while Anastasiya Veremeenko had 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed 11 points each in the loss.


France, Spain, Turkey and Serbia advanced to the Semifinals - Jun 27, 2013

France - Sweden 87-83
Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) sends France to the Semifinals of the EuroBasket 2013. The French player nailed three three-pointers at the very end to give the hosts an 87:83 win against Sweden. The latter deserved a big applause for their outstanding effort. The Scandinavian team proved from the first minutes that they would not give up. Sweden grabbed a 22-21 lead after the first ten minutes and led 1 point at the halftime. France manage to take 64:59 lead with Isabelle Yacoubou basket, but Key closed the third quarter at 64:63. Sweden was in front for the majority of the last period and only one player broke their lead. Celine Dumerc nailed her first three for 77:77 with less than two minutes to go. She immediately posted another one for 80:77 and then brought 5-point advantage. Lawson-Wade managed to score four points from the free line for the final result. Celine Dumerc top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Edwige Lawson-Wade (168-PG-79) nailed 14. Gaelle Skrela (178-G-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) delivered 13, whilst Isabelle Yacoubou added 11. Frida Eldebrink ended up with 21 points in the losing effort and Elin Eldebrink posted 17. Key notched 15 and Anna Barthold had 8.

Serbia - Italy 85-79
Serbia advanced into the EuroBasket semifinal stage. They overcame Italy in the first quarterfinal battle in France tonight in Orchies. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) nailed 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the winners. The teams started to a brisk start to the game. The Azzurri exploded with 26 points in the first frame to spur ahead. Italy maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Milovanovic and Jovana Rad finally tied things up at 38 but Raffaella Masciadri and Cinili gave Italy a 42:38 halftime lead. Italy led throughout the bigger part of the third term before Jovanovic evened things up at 64. Dotto capped the period with a free throw to give Italy a 65:64 lead. Italy seemed en route to the victory as they enjoyed a 79:74 lead with under two minutes remaining. But Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82, agency: Interperformances) nailed five straight points to level things up at 79. Jelena Milovanovic followed with two free throws to give Serbia an 81:79 lead. Later Jovana Radocaj and Milica Dabovic added four more points and sealed the win for Serbia. Milica Dabovic accounted for 17 points, while Jovana Rad added 15 points in the victory. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) answered with 22 points for Italy. Kathrin Ress had 10 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Spain - Czech Republic 75-58
Spain will play in the semifinal of 2013 EuroBasket. They held off pesky Czech Republic to stay in the title race. The outcome was not clear until late in the game but Spain upend the tempo when needed and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) fired 29 points to lead the winners. Spain got to a flying start. They exploded with 25 points in the first term to gain a 10-point lead. Alba Torrens opened the second frame with five straight points to give Spain a 15-point lead. But Czech Republic did not panic. They used a 7:0 run midway through the period to cut the deficit back to 7 points 27:34. Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) put Czech Republic within six 35:41 at halftime. Tereza Peckova, Petra Kulichova and Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) leveled things up at 41 early in the third term. Xargay stopped the rot for Spain and triggered a 10:2 rally that put Spain back on top. They entered the fourth frame up by 8 points 54:46. The margin quickly grew to double figures in the fourth frame. Spain were back in control and coasted to the victory at the end. Sancho Lyttle delivered 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Amaya Valdemoro added 11 points for the winners. Katerina Elhotova answered with 13 points for Czech Republic. Petra Kulichova and Tereza Peckova had 10 points each in the loss.

Turkey - Belarus 55-41
Turkey down Belarus in the Quarterfinal game of EuroBasket 2013. The team overcame Belarus 55:41 and advanced to the Semifinal. Belarus had 28% from the field and could not even think about the win. Turkey started better and grabbed 9-2 lead in the opening tip. Belarus reduced to 14:10 after the first period, bit never led in the game. Turkey posted a 17-8 rally in the second frame and had 16-point advantage in the game, but the opponents reduced to 31:18 at the halftime. Belarus looked better in the third period and managed to cut it to 4 points, while Turkey did not slow down and increased the lead. Ivegin scored five points in a row to bring 51:37 lead with 3 minutes to go when it completely began clear about the Semifinal team. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) made two free throws for 51:39 and Tuncluer brought the lead back to 14. Tatsiana Likhtarovich and Canitez exchanged for 55:41 that became the final result in the game. Ivegin top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Nevriye Yilmaz netted 10. Alben delivered 9, while Yasemin Dalgalar had 5. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) replied with 12 points in defeat, while Veremeenko added 9.

Group 5-8 Place
Czech Republic - Italy 72-68
Czech Republic stayed in the hunt for 2014 World Championship ticket. They defeated Italy in the 5th-8th place classification round today. Katerina Elhotova nailed 18 points to pace the winners. Both teams were coming off exhausting defeats in the quarterfinal round. But it seemed Czech Republic left their own one behind much faster. They dominated every facet of the game in the opening quarter and recorded a 24:13 lead after ten minutes. The Azzurri stopped the rot in the second term. They stiffened defensively and narrowed the gap at 5-point mark at halftime 39:34. Czech Republic would take a 9-point lead on several occasions in the third term but eventually Italy cut it back to 5 with ten minutes remaining. Giorgia Sottana tied things up at 52 early in the fourth frame. But Czech Republic responded with a 10:0 run to get some breathing room. The margin grew at 13-point mark moments later. Italy went on a desperate rescue rally in the dying minutes but just sweetened the pill at the end. Veronika Bortelova chipped in 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, while Katerina Hindrakova (176-G/F-88) added 10 points for the winners. Giorgia Sottana answered with 16 points for Italy. Raffaella Masciadri had 15 points in the loss.


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Day 3 in Lille and Vendespace. Quarterfinalists are set - Jun 24, 2013

Group E
Spain - Turkey 61-48
Spain celebrated the sixth straight win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They held off Turkey in the battle of two undefeated teams. Spain thus clinched the top position in Group E, while Turkey finished second. Spain will now take on Czech Republic, while Turkey will face Belarus in the quarterfinals. Spain held Turkey to 10 points in the opening quarter to take a 5-point lead. Turkey continued to struggle offensively in the second frame. Spain ran away to a 32:17 halftime advantage. But Ceyhun Yidizoglu team was not done just yet. They went on a 21:11 run in the third term to narrow the gap at 5-point mark 38:43 heading into the fourth frame. But Spain tipped off the final period with ten straight points and never looked back en route to the win. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) provided 18 points and 13 rebounds for Spain. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) added 12 points, while Silvia Dominguez and Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 11 points each in the win. Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80), Isil Alben (170-G-86, agency: 1x1 Sports), Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) and Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) netted 8 points each in the loss.

Sweden - Slovakia 75-72
Sweden registered a key victory in their quest for the EuroBasket quarterfinals. They held off Slovak Republic to improve at 2-3 record in Group E. It was just enough to clinch the fourth position in the ladder. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed 17 points to lead the winners. Sweden stormed into the game. The Scandinavian side accounted for a 24:11 lead after ten minutes. But Slovak Republic refused to give up. They answered with a 25-point tally in the second term and narrowed the deficit at 10-point mark 46:36. The Slovakian team continued to mount the pressure throughout the third period. Baburova put Slovak Republic within two 47:49 midway through the third term. Sweden held on to the lead as they entered the fourth frame up by 5 points 55:50. Frida Eldebrink helped Sweden to a 9-point lead midway through the fourth stanza. Slovak Republic returned into the game pretty quickly and eventually Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) made it a one-possession game 68:70 with just over a minute to go. Key answered with two free throws to give Sweden a 72:68 lead. Romana Vynuchalova and Brezianova dragged Slovak Republic within one 72:73. But Key went perfect from the line in the final seconds and sealed the win for Sweden. Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) dropped 17 points, while Elin Eldebrink contributed 11 points for the winners. Lucia Kupcikova answered with 15 points for Slovak Republic. Zuzana Brezaniova and Romana Vynuchalova had 13 points each in the loss.

Montenegro - Italy 60-66
Italy claimed a key victory on the final day of the EuroBasket 2013 Second Stage. The Azzurri outlasted Montenegro to improve at 3-2 record in Group E. The victory guaranteed the third position as well as quarterfinal ticket for Italy. Montenegro fell at 1-4 record in the group. The lead shifted sides throughout the opening quarter. Montenegro capped the opening frame five straight points but still trailed by one after ten minutes 22:23. The Balkan team used a 7:0 run early in the second frame to spur ahead. Italy bounce back but Montenegro crowned the first half with 9 points in a row to gain a 45:34 advantage. Ilaria Zanoni triggered an 11:0 run from the Azzurri as they tied things up at 47-all midway through the third term. Raffaella Masciadri (188-F-80) capped the quarter with five straight points as Italy pulled ahead 56:54. Dotto and Giorgia Sottana gave Italy a 60:54 lead early in the fourth period. Anna De Forge and Skerovic put Montengro within four but Dotto drained a triple and followed with a free throw to secure a 66:58 lead for the Azzurri. They held on to it and secured a crucial win at the end. Raffaella Masciadri finished with 15 points, while Giorgia Sottana added 13 points and 6 assists for the winners. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) answered with 20 points and 14 boards for Montenegro. Anna De Forge had 11 points in the loss.

Group F
Belarus - France 50-58
France wins Group F at the EuroBasket 2013. The hosts remained undefeated at the tournament with a 58:50 win. It was the game for the first position in the Group. Belarus knew however in case of the loss they would drop to the third place. France started with a 12-7 lead and then added 14-13 rally in the second period. In the third quarter the hosts continued to dominate the court and posted19-14 for 11-point advantage. France opened the last period with a 6-2 run and then Gomis brought 53:36. Leuchanka and Yacoubou exchanged the baskets for 55:38, while Tarasava reduced the gap to 15 points. Papova later scored 4 points in a row for 58:48 and Haradzetskaya made the final result in the game. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) nailed 12. Celine Dumerc poured in 7, while Emilie Gomis added 6. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) replied with 16 points in defeat, whilst Yelena Leuchanka nailed 9 and Anastasiya Veremeenko added 7.

United Kingdom - Croatia 85-79
Great Britain recorded victory on the final day of action in EuroBasket Group F. They held off Croatia but still could not make it into the quarterfinals. The victory of Serbia over Czech Republic earlier in the day left Great Britain in the fifth position in the ladder. Croatia remained at the bottom of the standings after the loss. Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87, college: Franklin Pierce) came up with impressive 26 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Great Britain overcame a 5-point deficit midway through the opening quarter to post a 19:13 lead at the end of the starting ten minutes. Kimberly Butler (186-PF-82, college: Oregon St.) opened the second frame with five straight points to boost the lead. Soon Azania Stewart gave Great Britain a 12-point lead 28:16. They held Croatia at 10-point distance at halftime 44:34. Great Britain maintained the lead throughout the third period. They accumulated a 64:54 lead heading into the fourth stanza. However Croatia ignited an 8:1 run to narrow the gap at 2-point mark 67:69 midway through the final term. Johannah Leedham and Kimberly Butler stopped the bleeding with four points as Great Britain regained control. Johannah Leedham opened a 7-point lead within the final minute of regulation and they marched to the victory at the end. Kimberly Butler finished with 17 points and 6 boards, while Azania Stewart added 9 points for Great Britain. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) responded with 17 points, 15 boards and 5 assists for Croatia. Jelena Ivezic and Iva Sliskovic delivered 14 points each in the loss.

Czech Republic - Serbia 59-75
Serbia claimed the third straight win at EuroBasket 2014. The team ensured the quarterfinal appearance with a 75:59 win. Czech Republic finished fourth in the group due to the victory 2 days ago against United Kingdom and will take on the winner of Group E in the Quarterfinals. Serbia started the game with 15-11 lead and added massive 21-4 run in the second period. Actually the game was done at that time, but Serbia did not slow down. Although Czech Republic looked better in the second half they could not catch up with the opponents. Vyoralova and Hindrakova reduced to 69:52, while Hindrakova reduced to 15 points. Jovana Rad nailed a three for 72:54 and Zrustova scored two free throws for 72:56. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) and Zrustova exchanged the last shots for the final 75:59 result. Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Jovana Rad notched 14. Jelena Milovanovic delivered 13, while Dajana Butulija added 9. Michaela Zrustova (186-F-87) answered with 15 points in the losing effort and Petra Kulichova had 12. Tereza Vyoralova poured in 9, whilst Ilona Burgrova added 7.


Second Stage. Day 2 in Lille and Vendespace - Jun 22, 2013

Group E
Montenegro - Spain 50-66
Spain reaches the Quarterfinals and remains perfect at the EuroBasket 2013. Spain left no chances for Montenegro in a 66:50 win. The latter fell at 1-4 record and will face Italy tomorrow in the last game of the Second Stage. Spain opened the game with 18-10 lead and never looked behind after. Montenegro managed to win the second frame 17-16, but trailed 7 points at the halftime. Spain immediately pushed the tempo in the second half and won the third quarter 17-11. Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed three for 64:49, while Torrens made two free throws for 66:50 with 2 minutes to go. As it became clear later, those points were the last in the game. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Torrens, Lima, Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Elisa Aguilar added 9 each. Iva Perovanovic replied with 19 points in defeat, whilst Jelena Dubljevic netted 8. Jelena Skerovic poured in 7 and Ana Baletic scored 6.

Turkey - Sweden 72-51
Turkey claimed the fifth straight win at the 2013 EuroBasket. Isil Alben (170-G-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) scored 15 points as Turkey rolled past Sweden for 4-0 record on top of Group E. Sweden fell at 1-3 record after the loss. Turkey eked out a 17:16 lead after ten minutes of action. Turkey went on a 9:0 run early in the second quarter to post a 26:18 lead. Sweden cut the deficit back to 5 points at halftime 26:31. However Turkey sparked with a 13:0 rally in the third term to gain a 16-point advantage. They marched to a 55:37 lead at the final break. Turkey made it a 23-point game early in the fourth stanza and never looked back en route to the win. Begum Dalgalar finished with 11 points, while Quanitra Hollingsworth provided 10 points for the winners. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with 15 points for Sweden. Anna Barthold (185-C/F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: St.Peter's) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Italy - Slovakia 58-47
Italy claimed the first win at the Second Stage of EuroBasket 2013. They held off Slovak Republic to improve at 2-2 record in Group E. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) knocked down 22 points to pace the Azzurri. Slovak Republic fell at 0-4 record after the loss. Italy snatched a narrow 12:10 lead after ten minutes. Slovak Republic held their opponents to 8 points in the second frame and evened things up at 20-all at halftime. But Italy broke through in the third term. Giorgia Sottana nailed 8 points in a 12:0 run from the Azzurri as they established a 32:23 lead. They arrived at the final intermission up by 11 points 40:29. Italy kept their opponents at bay throughout the fourth frame and sealed the win at the end. Giulia Gatti produced 9 points, while Francesca Dotto and Ilaria Zanoni (180-G-86, agency: Players Group) netted 7 points each for the winners. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) answered with 12 points and 9 rebounds for Slovak Republic. Romana Vynuchalova had 8 points in the loss.

Group F
United Kingdom - Belarus 61-71
Belarus snapped two-game losing skid at the 2013 EuroBasket to defeat Great Britain. The victory propelled Belarus at 3-1 record in Group F. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) nailed 15 points to pace the winners. Great Britain fell at 1-3 record. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first frame. The scoreboard read 15-all after ten minutes. Belarus put their noses in front in the second quarter. Katerina Snytsina and Anufriyenka made it 30:21 for Belarus midway through the period. Great Britain cut the deficit but still trailed by six at halftime 28:34. Great Britain used a 12:0 run midway through the third term to spur ahead 44:38. They arrived at the final intermission up by three points 46:43. Belarus answered with six consecutive points at the start of the final period to regain the lead. Soon Belarus went on a 9:0 run to establish a 61:51 advantage. They never allowed Great Britain closer than 7 points in the reminder of the contest cruising to the win at the end. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) provided 14 points, while Anastasiya Veremeenko had 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87, college: Franklin Pierce) responded with 16 points for Great Britain. Kimberly Butler chipped in 9 points in the loss.

France - Czech Republic 64-49
France kept their perfect record at the 2013 EuroBasket. Les Bleus fired past Czech Republic to jump at 4-0 record on top of Group F. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the winners. France came up with their trademark stifling defence right from the start. The hosts held Czech Republic to 12 points in the first ten minutes and ensured a 5-point lead. France maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. The hosts built a 34:23 halftime advantage. Things hardly changed after the big break. Czech Republic struggled to find easy points. They managed just 11 points in the third term to face a 14-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter. France outscored Czech Republic in the final stanza and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) had 14 points and 10 boards, while Nwal-Endene Miyem added 9 points for the winners. Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) responded with 10 points for Czech Republic. Michaela Zrustova had 9 points in the defeat.

Croatia - Serbia 64-77
Serbia claimed the third straight win at the EuroBasket. They held off Croatia in Vendespace to improve at 2-2 record in Second Round of the tournament. Croatia fell at 0-4 record after the defeat. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) accounted for 19 points and 6 boards to lead the effort. Serbia set the ambitions early on. They went on a 23:12 run in the first period. The teams traded baskets throughout the second period. Serbia kept their opponents at bay throughout the quarter to secure a 44:33 halftime lead. The margin grew at 16-point mark midway through the third term. Ana Lelas and Antonija Misura (178-F-88, agency: 1x1 Sports) cut the gap to 11 points at the final intermission 51:62. But Serbia did not allow Croatia any closer in the fourth frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Ana Dabovic nailed 12 points, while Milica Dabovic added 11 points for the winners. Marija Rezan answered with 12 points and 9 rebounds for Croatia. Ana Lelas and Antonija Misura finished with 12 points each in the loss.


Second Stage. Day 1 in Lille and Vendespace - Jun 20, 2013

Group E
Italy - Turkey 46-66
Turkey demolish Italy in Lille at the end of the First day in Group E. The Turkish side improved to 3-0 record after a comfortable 66:46 win. Italy dropped at 1-2 record. Hollingsworth brought the first points for the winners and then Vardarli, Tuncluer and Ivegin nailed threes for 15:13 lead. Hollingsworth closed the first period at 20:16 and Yilmaz brought Turkey 29:24 early in the second frame. Vardarli sent the teams to the lockers at 34:29 and then Turkey dominated the rest of the game. The favorites erupted with a massive run in the third period and grabbed 20-point advantage after three quarters. Turkey held off the opponents for a 66:46 win and remained undefeated. Yasemin Dalgalar top-scored for balance Turkey with 10 points and Isil Alben (170-G-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) as well as Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80) had 9 each. Quanitra Hollingsworth followed them with 8 points. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) answered with 11 points in the losing effort. Kathrin Ress netted 9 and Dotto notched 6.

Sweden - Montenegro 69-58
Sweden registered their second win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They knocked down Montenegro at the start of the Second Round for both teams. Sweden have now caught up with Montenegro at 1-2 record in Group E. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed 21 points to pace the Scandinavian team. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the opening quarter. However Sweden capped the period on a 9:0 run to take a 22:15 advantage. Sweden opened a double-digit lead midway through the second period 36:25. They arrived at halftime leading by 7 points 38:31. Jovanovic and Anna De Forge dragged the Balkan team within 4 midway through the third term 42:46. Ashley Key (177-G-85, college: N.Carolina St.) was pivotal for Sweden at the start of the fourth frame. She nailed 8 points to give Sweden a 58:48 lead. The Scandinavians kept Montenegro at bay throughout the rest of the quarter and sealed the key victory at the end. Ashley Key finished with 17 points, while Elin Eldebrink produced 6 points for the winners. Iva Perovanovic (188-C/F-83) answered with 14 points and 14 rebounds for Montenegro. Jelena Dubljevic topscored with 17 points in the defeat.

Slovakia - Spain 44-80
Spain claimed the fourth straight win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They breezed past Slovak Republic in the Second Round opener for both teams. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) came up with 18 points to pace the Spaniards as they improved at 3-0 record in Group E. Slovak Republic fell at 0-3. Spain set the tone early in the game. They reeled off to a 22:9 lead after the opening quarter. The Spanish team maintained the lead throughout the second period. They accounted for a massive 44:22 halftime advantage. The complexion of the game did not change in the second half. Slovak Republic managed just 10 points in the third period and faced a 28-point deficit heading into the fourth frame. Spain never looked back afterwards coasting to yet another victory at the tournament. Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) produced 11 points, 5 boards and 4 assists, while Amaya Valdemoro chipped in 9 points for the winners. Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) answered with 11 points for Slovak Republic. Katarina Tetemondova netted 8 points in the loss.

Group F
Croatia - France 70-78
Croatia dominates the second half, still losses short to France in the last game of the first Day in the Second Stage. The hosts led 24 points at the halftime but escaped with only 79:70 win. France started the game with a 23-10 and easily controlled the game. They added 20-9 surge in the second period and enjoyed a 43:19 halftime advantage. Croatia however showed that it was possible to play against the favorites of the campaign. They fully dominated the second half and won both quarters. Croatia posted a 30-22 lead in the third period and finished the game with a 21-13 burst. Marija Rezan (198-C-89), Antonija Misura (178-F-88, agency: 1x1 Sports) and Ciglar closed the game at 78:70. Edwige Lawson-Wade (168-PG-79) top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Emmeline Ndongue (192-C-83) notched 10. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui delivered 9, whilst Diandra Tchatchouang and Celine Dumerc had 8 each. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) replied with 18 points in the losing effort, whilst Marija Rezan and Antonija Misura nailed 11 each. Jelena Ivezic and Emanuela Salopek followed them with 7 points each in a loss.

Serbia - Belarus 54-48
Serbia claimed the victory at the start of the Second Stage at 2013 EuroBasket. They overcame Belarus to gain 1-2 record in Group F. Belarus fell at 2-1 record. Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82, agency: Interperformances) and Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) scored 13 points each to lead the winners. Serbia were tough defensively in the first half. The Balkan team earned a 14:9 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Serbia secured a 24:19 halftime lead. Serbia extended their lead in the third term. They held Belarus to 13 points in the period and accumulated an 11-point buffer at the final break. Trafimava and Yelena Leuchanka put Belarus within six with just over a minute remaining. However Ana Dabovic went two from two at the line and sealed the win for the Serbian side. Tamara Radocaj (170-PG-87, agency: Interperformances) provided 11 points in the victory. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) answered with 12 points for Belarus. Tatsiana Likhtarovich and Yelena Leuchanka had 8 points each in the loss.

Czech Republic - United Kingdom 66-55
Czech Republic opened the EuroBasket 2013 Second Stage with victory. They overcame Great Britain in Vendespace to gain 2-1 record in Group F. Great Britain fell at 1-2 record. Michaela Zrustova (186-F-87) came up with 20 points to pace the winners. Great Britain opened the game on a 7:2 run but Czech Republic gradually adjusted their game. Bortelova and Tereza Peckova (189-F-87) made it 17:13 for the Czech team at the first break. Czech Republic opened the second period with four points in a row to boost their lead. They arrived at halftime up by 9 points 32:23. Great Britain could not get within striking distance throughout the third period. They trailed by as many as 11 points heading into the fourth frame 36:47. Michaela Zrustova made it 14-point game with a three-pointer at the start of the fourth quarter. Great Britain could not get closer than 8 points in the reminder of the period and had to surrender at the end. Tereza Peckova finished with 11 points, while Ilona Burgrova posted 10 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87, college: Franklin Pierce) answered with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for Great Britain. Kimberly Butler chipped in 12 points in the loss.


Day 3 in Vannes and Trelaze. The End of the Preliminary Round - Jun 17, 2013

Group A
Turkey - Slovakia 66-48
Turkey claimed the third straight win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They rallied past Slovak Republic to earn the top spot in Group A. Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) stepped up with 12 points to lead the winners. Slovak Republic finished at 1-2 record in the third position in the standings but still made it into the next round. The teams stayed toe to toe throughout the first frame. The scoreboard read 12:12 at the first break. Turkey surged ahead in the second term. They opened the quarter on a 9:0 run to clear off. Turkey ran away to a 32:20 halftime advantage. They maintained it well throughout the third period. Turkey accumulated a 51:38 advantage heading into the fourth frame. The margin quickly grew at 20-point mark midway through the fourth frame and Turkey cruised to the win. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) notched 11 points, while Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) and Bahar Caglar had 10 points each in the win. Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) answered with 10 points for Slovak Republic. Lucia Kupcikova, Eva Kmetova and Romana Vynuchalova had 7 points each in the loss.

Montenegro - Ukraine 72-60
Montenegro earned the second win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They fired past Ukraine in Vannes today to jump at 2-1 record in Group A. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) was pivotal in the victory scoring 29 points, pulling down 6 boards and distributing 4 assists for the winners. Ukraine suffered the third straight loss and finished at the bottom of the standings. Ukraine looked solid in the first ten minutes. They posted a 14:8 lead midway through the starting frame. Ukraine entered the second period up by three points 19:16. But Montenegro opened the second term on an 11:3 rally to surge ahead. Dubrovina and Olexandra Kurasova stopped the rot for Ukraine and gave the lead back to the team. But Jelena Dubljevic capped the half with two free throws to ensure a 31:30 lead for Montenegro. Jelena Dubljevic and Snezana Aleksic took over late in the third term to give the Balkan team a 53:43 advantage. Jovanovic opened a 13-point lead for Montenegro early in the fourth frame. The margin gradually grew at 17-point mark and Montenegro never looked back en route to the victory. Iva Perovanovic (188-C/F-83) finished with 10 points, while Snezana Aleksic added 8 points for the winners. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) responded with 21 points for Ukraine. Olexandra Kurasova had 14 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Group B
Sweden - Spain 49-73
Spain wins Group B of EuroBasket 2013 with a perfect 3-0 record. The Spanish side overcame Sweden 73:49 in the last game of the Qualifying Stage as both teams advanced to the Second Stage. Not only Sweden needed this victory but only Russia that hoped for the Scandinavian side. Sweden opened the game with 16-12 lead and reached 9-point lead later in the second frame. Spain however looked better in the end of the half and tied the game at 30:30. The second half fully belonged to the Spanish side. The latter won the third period 19-10 and finished the game with massive 24-9 surge. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 17 rebounds, while Alba Torrens nailed 14. Amaya Valdemoro delivered 10 and Marta Xargay scored 8. Frida Eldebrink was the only player for Sweden to score in double figures as she brought 10 points. Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 8, while Louice Halvarsson produced 7.

Russia - Italy 72-66
Russia claimed the first win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They knocked down Azzurri on the final day of the preliminary round but could not guarantee the Second Stage appearance just yet. All depends on the outcome of Sweden vs. Spain now for Russia and Italy. If Sweden wins, Russia will qualify automatically. If Sweden loses that the Azzurri take the place in the next round. Russia had to win by as many as 7 points to secure the next round spot in any case. Russia dominated the opening quarter. They opened a 9-point lead after ten minutes 20:11. The Azzurri stopped the rot in the second term. They narrowed the deficit and trailed by five points at halftime 30:35. Italy went on a 10:0 run early in the third period to surge in front. The teams exchanged the lead for some time before Dotto capped the quarter with a jumper and gave Italy a 47:46 lead. Russia went on a 10:0 rally early in the fourth term to spur ahead. Petrakova and Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) opened an 8-point lead for Russia with under three minutes remaining 65:57. Petrakova then hit a three-pointer to make it an 11-point game. But Dotto and Kathrin Ress capped the regulation with four consecutive points and cut the deficit to 6 points. Marina Kuzina (195-C-85, agency: IPSA) connected for 15 points for Russia. Epiphanny Prince added 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) responded with 21 points for Italy. Kathrin Ress had 11 points in the loss.

Group C
France - United Kingdom 79-47
France continue their winning streak and win Group C of EuroBasket 2013 with a perfect 3-0 record. The hosts of the tournament overcame Great Britain 79:47 in the last game of the First Stage. Great Britain suffered their first loss and finished the group on the second place with 2-1 record. Both teams entered the game undefeated, but France was the favorite of the campaign. They won the first period 22-16 and added 11-6 in the second period. Moreover the second half also belonged to France. They won the third period 23-17 and then finished the game with a 23-8 surge. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) and Valeriane Ayayi (185-F-94) stepped up with 11 points each, while Edwige Lawson, Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) and Gomis added 10 apiece. Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87, college: Franklin Pierce) answered with 13 points in defeat and Lauren Thomas-Johnson netted 9. Kimberly Butler collected 6 points and 8 rebounds in the losing effort.

Serbia - Latvia 62-56
Serbia celebrated a vital victory over Latvia on the final day of the preliminary action at 2013 EuroBasket Group C. Both teams entered the game having suffered two defeats in the starting two games. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) scored 15 points and helped Serbia gain the victory that allowed them to advance into the Second Stage of the tournament. Serbia grabbed the initiative early in the game. They rolled to a 20:14 lead at the first break. Serbia kept Latvia at distance throughout the second period. They accounted for a 31:24 halftime lead. Babkina pulled Latvia within a single point early in the third term 30:31. But Serbia hung on to escape with a 43:36 lead at the final intermission. Jansone and Babkina erased the deficit midway through the fourth period. They evened things up at 48. However Matic and Jovanovic allowed Serbia to gain some breathing space at 55:50. Kristine Karklina sank four straight free throws to cut it back to one 56:57 with 57 seconds remaining. But Jelena Milovanovic and Rad came up with five free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Serbia. Rad notched 10 points, while Dajana Butulija (176-SG-86, agency: Interperformances) had 9 points in the win. Kristine Karklina answered with 17 points for Latvia. Anete Steinberga had 11 points in the losing effort.

Group D
Lithuania - Belarus 72-67
Lithuania opened win count at the 2013 EuroBasket. The Baltic team outgunned Belarus to improve at 1-2 record in Group D. Gabriele Gutkauskaite came up with 15 points to lead the winners. Belarus fell at 2-1 record after the loss. Lithuania eked out a 15:14 lead after ten minutes of action. The teams traded baskets throughout the second term. Lithuania secured a narrow 35:34 halftime lead. But Belarus finally picked up the tempo in the third term. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) and Kress gave Belarus a 41:38 lead. Alexandra Tarasava soon opened a 7-point lead for Belarus. They entered the fourth frame up by four points 55:51. However Lithuania used an 11:0 run midway through the fourth frame to gain a 64:61 advantage. Visgaudaite gave Lithuania a 71:64 advantage with 11 seconds remaining. Trafimava drained a three-pointer but Kamile Nacickaite (180-G-89, college: Drexel) answered with a free throw to seal the win for Lithuania. Mante Kvederaviciute (180-G-90) had 14 points, while Kamile Nacickaite contributed 11 points for the winning side. Alexandra Tarasava answered with 16 points for Belarus. Maryia Papova chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Czech Republic - Croatia 74-68
Czech Republic edge Croatia as both teams advance to the Second Stage. Czech Republic posted a 74:68 win and finished with 2-1 record. Croatia meanwhile ended up with 1-2 record in the third place having a win against Lithuania. Czech Republic started with 24-20 and added 13-12 rally in the second period. Moreover the Czechs grabbed a bigger lead due to 21-14 in the third quarter. Croatia managed to reply with a 22-16 rally and reduced to final 6 points. Katerina Hindrakova top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Veronika Bortelova as well as Michaela Zrustova (186-F-87) posted 12 each. Tereza Peckova (189-F-87) ended up with 9 points in the win. Iva Sliskovic and Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) replied with 13 points in defeat, while Antonija Misura followed them with 11 points. Jelena Ivezic delivered 10 points in a loss.


Russia packs home. No Eurobasket medals since year 1997 - Jun 17, 2013

Russia has to stop their tradition of the Eurobasket pedestal. The team will have to pack home as they could not make it to the Second Stage. Last time Russia came back without medals was in year 1997.
Tonight Russia claimed the first win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They knocked down Azzurri on the final day of the preliminary round but could not make it to the Second Stage. All depended on the outcome of Sweden vs. Spain. Sweden lost to Spain and Azzurri took the place in the next round. Russia had to win by as many as 7 points to secure the next round spot in any case.
Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers)'s effort was not enough for Russia. The absence of Abrosimova, Stepanova, Danilochkina and Arteshina cost a lot for the National Team.


Day 2 in Vannes and Trelaze - Jun 16, 2013

Group A
Turkey - Montenegro 66-57
Turkey claimed the second straight win at the EuroBasket 2013. They overcame a slow start to knock down Montenegro for 2-0 record atop of preliminary Group A. Montenegro slipped at 1-1 record. Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) and Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80) notched 12 points each for the winners. Montenegro opened the game with a 12-0 run. Nevriye Yilmaz scored the first points for Turkey after 5 minutes of silence, but then Iva Perovanovic increased to 15-2 lead. Canitez scored 5 in a row for 15:7, while Nevriye Yilmaz reduced to 6 points. Dubljevic scored two free throws for 17:9 and Tugba Palazoglu later closed the first period at 21:12. Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored the first five points for Montenegro in the second frame, but Hollingsworth and Caglar scored for 26:16. Esmeral Tuncluer reduced to 28:20, while the teams later could not score for a decent amount of time. Tugba Palazoglu nailed three to break the silence at 28:23 and then Ivegin closed a 9-0 Turkish run for 29:28 at the halftime. Jovanovic and Jelena Skerovic put Montenegro in front at the start of the second half. But not for long though. Turkey quickly regained the lead and capped the third term on a 12:2 rally to post a 47:38 lead. Tugba Palazoglu stretched the lead to 11 points midway through the fourth frame. Jelena Skerovic pulled the Balkan team within six points 55:61 but Turkey calmly rallied to the victory in the dying seconds. Nevriye Yilmaz accounted for 10 points for the winning side. Jelena Skerovic answered with 16 points and 9 assists for Montenegro. Iva Perovanovic had 17 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Slovakia - Ukraine 75-68
Slovak Republic registered the first victory at the EuroBasket. They outscored Ukraine to improve at 1-1 record in Group A. Ukraine suffered the second straight loss to remain at the bottom of the ladder. Slovak Republic opened the game with a 4-0 run, but then Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) tied it all at 10:10. Dubrovina and again Alina Iagupova gave Ukraine 18:12 lead, while Matsko nailed three for 26:18. Dorogobuzova made two free throws for 28:20 at the end of the first period, but then Slovak Republic took control of the game. Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) tied the game at 31:31 and Slovakia erupted for 24-9 surge to take 44:37 at the halftime. Slovak Republic maintained the lead throughout the third term. They held Ukraine to 14 points in the period and ensured a 10-point lead heading into the fourth stanza. Slovak Republic led by as many as 12 points midway through the fourth term. But Zaritska scored six points in a row and Mircheva added two more as Ukraine got within 4 points 66:70 with under four minutes remaining. Tetemondova answered with a timely three-pointer to calm things down a bit. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) made it 75:68 for Slovak Republic with just under two minutes remaining and the teams went scoreless in the reminder of the contest. Klaudia Lukacovicova provided 23 points and 9 boards for Slovak Republic. Lucia Kupcikova added 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Alina Iagupova answered with 17 points but committed 8 turnovers for Ukraine. Olexandra Kurasova had 12 points in the loss.

Group B
Russia - Sweden 57-68
Sweden registered the first win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They defeated Russia to improve at 1-1 record in Group B. Ashley Key (177-G-85, college: N.Carolina St.) came up with 14 points to lead the Scandinavian side. Russia found themselves in an unexpected winless position at the bottom of the ladder 0-2. They must win against Italy tomorrow to stay in the title chase. Russia looked comfortable in the opening quarter. They gained an 18:14 lead at the first break. But Sweden did not allow their opponents to clear off. The Scandinavian team opened the second term on an 8:0 run to take a 22:18 lead. Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) came up with eight straight points for Russia late in the half to give them a 34:31 lead. But Sweden started the third term strong to regain the advantage. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) helped Sweden to a 51:41 lead late in the third term. Elisabeth Egnell opened the fourth frame with four consecutive points as Sweden grabbed a 55:41 lead. Soon Elisabeth Egnell provided the Scandinavians with a 65:49 advantage. Russia capped the regulation with six points in a row but could not avoid the loss at the end. Frida Eldebrink notched 12 points and 8 rebounds, while Elisabeth Egnell and Louice Halvarsson finished with 10 points apiece in the win. Epiphanny Prince responded with 16 points for Russia. Nadezhda Grishaeva had 11 points in the loss.

Italy - Spain 59-71
Spain grabbed the second consecutive victory at the 2013 EuroBasket in France. They overcame Italy for 2-0 record in Group B. Italy fell at 1-1 record after the loss. The teams went neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. Spain eked out a 15:13 lead after ten minutes. They broke through in the second frame. Spain used an 8:0 run to give Spain a 33:19 lead. They posted a comfortable 37:23 halftime advantage. Gil gave Spain a 19-point lead midway through the third term 51:32. Misciadri and Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) hit back-to-back three-pointers to narrow the gap. Giorgia Sottana capped the third term with a jumper to cut the deficit at 13-point mark. Giorgia Sottana and Fassina allowed Italy to get within 7 points 51:58 with under five minutes remaining. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) hit a pair of free throws and Amaya Valdemoro hit a triple as Spain got away with a comfortable win. Sancho Lyttle finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds to pace Spain. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) added 15 points, while Amaya Valdemoro added 12 points in the win. Giorgia Sottana answered with 13 points for Italy. Francesca Dotto had 12 points in the loss.

Group C
France - Serbia 76-32
France breezed to the second straight victory at the 2013 EuroBasket. The hosts demolished Serbia to stay undefeated in Group C. Gaelle Skrela (178-G-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 14 points to pace the winners. Serbia suffered the second straight loss and would have to win against Latvia on the final day of the preliminary round to stay in the title race. France gave no chance to Serbia. Les Bleus were assertive right from tip off. They cleared off to a 20:8 lead after ten minutes of action. Serbia found it difficult to deliver on the offensive end as France kept on running away in the second frame. Les Bleus ensured a 38:15 halftime advantage. More to come in the third term. Les Bleus did not slow down as they gained a comfortable 30-point lead at the final intermission. Les Bleus finished off their opponents with a massive 21:7 run in the fourth frame. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) netted 10 points, while Celine Dumerc added 10 for the winning side. Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) responded with 15 points for Serbia. Tamara Radocaj had 8 points in the loss.

United Kingdom - Latvia 69-56
Great Britain confirmed their impressive form at the start of 2013 EuroBasket. They outgunned Latvia to improve at 2-0 record in Group C. Latvia in the meantime slipped at 0-2. Kimberly Butler stepped up with 14 points and 9 rebounds before fouling out. Great Britain capped the first period with 9 points in a row to take a 16:10 lead. Clark opened a double-digit lead for Great Britain midway through the second term 29:19. Latvia bridged two halves with a 9:0 rally to cut the deficit at 2-point mark 30:32. Ieva Krastina made it 37:36 for Latvia midway through the third quarter. However Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87, college: Franklin Pierce) and Kimberly Butler helped Great Britain regain a 48:43 lead at the final break. Collins and Thomas-Johnson made it 59:48 for Great Britain midway through the fourth period. They kept Latvia at distance throughout the reminder of the contest and recorded a well-deserved win at the end. Johannah Leedham provided 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Azania Stewart added 9 points for the winning side. Ieva Krastina responded with 12 points for Latvia. Anete Steinberga and Liene Jansone had 11 points apiece in the loss.

Group D
Czech Republic - Lithuania 70-51
Czech Republic rejuvenated their 2013 EuroBasket campaign with a key victory over Lithuania. Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) posted 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners at 1-1 record in Group D. Lithuania fell at 0-2 record after the loss. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the opening frame 14:14. But Czech Republic went on a 9:0 run early in the second period to take a 30:16 lead. They dominated every facet of the game at the moment and rallied to a 39:22 halftime lead. Veronika Bortelova (172-G-78) and Hindrakova gave Czech Republic a 20-point advantage early in the third period. They maintained it throughout the reminder of the quarter to enjoy a 53:31 buffer heading into the fourth frame. The margin grew at 24-point mark before Czech Republic allowed their opponents to cut the deficit at 19-point at the end of the game. Veronika Bortelova and Ilona Burgrova chipped in 13 points apiece for the winners. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) responded with 13 points for Lithuania. Kamile Nacickaite had 12 points in the losing effort.

Croatia - Belarus 43-57
Belarus achieve second straight win at EuroBasket 2013. The team posted a 57:43 win over Croatia in the first game of Day 2. Katerina Snytsina and Sliskovic exchanged the early baskets in the game and then Ivezic nailed three for 9:9 in the opening tip. Veremeenko and Kress posted the last 4 points in the first period for 15:13 lead after 10 minutes. The teams exchanged the lead again and then Murauskaya tied it all at 22:22. Vrdoljak and Lelas meanwhile were perfect from the arc for 28:26 at the halftime. The third quarter was decisive in the game when Belarus erupted with an 18-7 surge. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) scored for 44:33, while Antonija Misura (178-F-88, agency: 1x1 Sports) closed the quarter for 44:35. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) opened the last period for 11-point lead and Lichtarovich increased to 48:35. Antonija Misura scored back-to back baskets for 50:41 while Yelena Leuchanka increased the lead back to 11 points. Kress scored for 55:41 with less than two minutes to go and then Papova made the final score in the game. Yelena Leuchanka top-scored for the winners with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Tatsiana Likhtarovich nailed 12 and Katerina Snytsina brought 11. Antonija Misura, Matea Vrdoljak and Jelena Ivezic scored 8 points each in the losing effort.


Day 1 in Vannes and Trelaze - Jun 15, 2013

Group A
Ukraine - Turkey 52-78
Turkey registered the opening win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They knocked down Ukraine in Group A opener. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) stepped up with 15 points and 5 boards to pace the winners. Turkey stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. They went on a 24:11 run to leave Ukraine far behind. Ukraine tried to put together a comeback in the second term. Krystyna Matsko (182-F-91) put Ukraine within 7 points 30:37 late in the first half. Birsel Vardarli (175-G-84) drained a triple but Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) beat the buzzer with a layup to make it 32:40. Turkey opened the second half on an 11:1 run to clear off. Turkey built a 22-point lead heading into the fourth period 62:40. Turkey never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory at the end. Tugba Palazoglu, Bahar Caglar and Nevriye Yilmaz netted 11 points each for the winners. Olexandra Kurasova and Viktoria Mircheva answered with 8 points each for Ukraine.

Montenegro - Slovakia 77-63
Montenegro wins the opener of the tournament. The team had a slow start against Slovakia, but then erupted for 77:63 win. Slovakia looked better in the opening period and managed to take 18-14 lead. They did not slow down in the second frame and even after a 17-19 loss, enjoyed 2-point advantage at the halftime. Montenegro however came back from the lockers with the hungrier mood. They won the third period 26-17 and took the lead that they never gave back to Slovakia. Montenegro started the last period with a 15-1 surge and dominated the rest of the game. Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Penn St.) managed to reduce to 74:54 and then she also posted another two free throws for 74:56. Brezaniova reduced to two more points and then Skerovic gave Montenegro 75:58. Turcinovic and Brezaniova exchanged the baskets for 77:61, while Tetemondova closed the game for the final result. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) top-scored for the winners with 20 points while Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) delivered 13. Milica Jovanovic followed them with 12 and Ana Turcinovic added 10. Romana Romana Vynuchalova and Katarina Tetemondova replied with 13 points each in defeat, whilst Timea Sujova had 7.

Group B
Spain - Russia 77-72
Alba Torrens (188-F-89) nails 30 points in a 77-72 win over Russia Spain won the first period 21-18 and posted a 17-11 rally in the second period. The Spanish side controlled the half and reached 38:29 after 20 minutes and then looked also better in the third period. Spain reached maximum 18 points lead, but Russia was too far to give up. Torrens made it 63:53 with 7 minutes to go from the free throw line and she later scored a three for 66:55. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) brought 68:55 and Petrakova reduced to 11 points again. The latter responded with another three for 68:60 with 6 minutes to go. Zhedik reduced to 5 points and then Belyakova scored for 68:65. Amaya Valdemoro (183-F-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) brought two for 70:65 and Spain then increased to 7 points with less than two minutes to go. Osipova made one free throw for 72:66 and then Prince brought 72:69 making three shots. Prince went later to the free throw line again and reduced the gap to just 2 points with 17 seconds to go. Sancho Lyttle responded with two free throws for 74:70 and then Torrens closed the game for 77:72. Amaya Amaya Valdemoro scored 15 points and Marta Xargay delivered 11. Anna Petrakova answered with 18 points in defeat and Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) notched 13. Irina Osipova scored 10, whilst Evgenia Belyakova had 9.

Sweden - Italy 63-64
Italy gained a dramatic victory on the opening day of the 2013 EuroBasket in France. They held off ambitious Sweden for the first win in Group B. Kathrin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.) posted 18 points and 14 rebounds and made a decisive block shot in the dying seconds to propel the Azzurri to the victory. Sweden led by one after a very close first period 13:12. The Azzurri put their noses in front in the second frame. Italy gained a 31:30 halftime advantage. Italy tipped off the second half with 7 points in a row to take an 8-point lead. But the Scandinavian team denied the deficit. Ashley Key knocked down four straight free throws to level things up at 42. The teams traded baskets before Gatti made it 51:49 for the Azzurri at the end of the third period. Erin Eldebrink and Aili made it 55:52 for Sweden early in the fourth period. However Italy responded with 6:1 run to continue with a see-saw action. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) gave Italy a 64:60 lead with 23 seconds remaining in regulation. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with two free throws to cut the deficit to two points. Giorgia Sottana then missed both her free throw attempts to spark the intrigue. Frida Eldebrink had a chance to even things up but hit just one free throw. Egnell though came up with an offensive rebound and Sweden had one last chance to win the game. Frida Eldebrink penetrated into the paint but Kathrin Ress came up with a big block to ice the win for Italy. Raffaella Masciadri netted 9 points, while Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) and Giorgia Sottana added 8 points each for the winners. Frida Eldebrink answered with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Sweden. Elin Eldebrink and Ashley Key had 10 points each in the loss.

Group C
Latvia - France 39-62
France registered a comfortable win at the start of the home European Championship. They cruised past Latvia in Group C. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) stepped up with 17 points to lead the winners. The hosts dominated from start to finish in this one. Les Bleus held Latvia to 7 points in the opening frame to gain an 8-point lead. They boosted the gap in the second frame. France accumulated a 33:14 halftime advantage. Latvia picked up the tempo in the third term. They fired 19 points to trim the deficit at 17-point mark 33:50. However Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui nailed six points early in the fourth frame to calm things down. Les Bleus took over and cruised to the victory at the end. Sandrine Gruda posted 9 points, while Emilie Gomis (178-G/F-83) added 7 points for the winners. Elina Babkina answered with 11 points for Latvia. Kristine Karklina (175-G-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports) had 8 points in the loss.

Serbia - United Kingdom 68-76
Great Britain surprise Serbia in Trelaze in the opener of the EuroBasket 2013 in Group C. Great Britain erupted for a 76:68 win and grabbed 1-0 record on top. Great Britain immediately showed their ambitions in the first period as they produced an 18-13 lead. Serbia recovered in the second frame and managed to post 25-23 rally for 41:38 at the halftime. Serbian team dominated the third period and started to control the court adding 21-11 in the period an entered the last stanza with 7 points deficit. Great Britain however needed the final push in the last period to win the game. Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87, college: Franklin Pierce) scored for 71:68 and then Collins increased to 4 points from the free throw line. Again Johannah Leedham and then Chantelle Handy ensured the first victory of the tournament in the last seconds of the game. Azania Stewart and Stephanie Gandy top-scored for the winners with 13 points each. Johannah Leedham collected 12 points and 10 boards, while Chantelle Handy netted 10. Jelena Milovanovic ended up with 19 points in the losing effort, whilst Ana Dabovic added 17. Ines Ajanovic (196-F/C-80) nailed 10 and Milica Dabovic brought 7.

Group D
Lithuania - Croatia 77-89
Croatia opened their 2013 EuroBasket campaign with victory. They came up strong in the second half to knock down Lithuania. Iva Sliskovic (190-C-84, college: S.Carolina) netted 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the winners. It was all going the Lithuanian way in the opening quarter. The Baltic team earned a 21:9 lead midway through the period. Misura and Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) pulled Croatia within 4 points at the end of the quarter 22:26. Croatia stayed close but failed to surge ahead in the second period. Lithuania secured a 45:43 halftime lead. But Rezan and Misura opened the second half with five straight points to put Croatia in front 48:45. The lead changed hands throughout the period before Iva Sliskovic gave Croatia a 68:64 advantage. They opened the fourth frame with five consecutive points to boost the gap at 9-point mark. The gap soon grew at double digits and the Croatian side rolled to the victory at the end. Jelena Ivezic provided 17 points, while Ana Lelas and Iva Ciglar had 12 points each for the winning side. Gintare Petronyte responded with 23 points and 14 rebounds for Lithuania. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Belarus - Czech Republic 60-39
Belarus registered the opening win at the 2013 EuroBasket in France. They knocked down Czech Republic in Group D. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) stepped up with 14 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Belarus dominated every facet of the game in the opening quarter. Czech Republic suffered a major blow as Vesela left the court injured in the opening minutes. Belarus capitalized building a 21:5 lead at the first break. Czech Republic answered with some defensive brilliance of their own in the second period. They held Belarus to 6 points in the quarter to narrow the gap at 10-point mark at halftime 27:17. The teams traded baskets throughout low-scoring third period. Belarus entered the fourth quarter up by 10 points 39:29. They went on a 21:10 rally in the fourth term to seal the winning outcome. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87), Tatsiana Likhtarovich and Alexandra Tarasava (170-PG-88) notched 10 points apiece for the winners. Michaela Zrustova (186-F-87) answered with 14 points for Czech Republic. Alena Hanusova had 8 points in the loss.


France invites to Eurobasket 2013! - Jun 14, 2013

Eurobasket 2013 will start tomorrow in France. The French cities are ready for a warm welcome of 16 teams including the home side.
Two games will open the event in Vannes and Trelaze. Montenegro will take on Slovak Republic in Vannes, while Serbia will play against Great Britain in Trelaze. Later there will be 6 more games played during Day 1.
The most interesting and expected game will be between Spain and Russia. The latter came to France as the defending Champions. In 2011 Russia beat Turkey in the final of Eurobasket Women 2011. Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) made double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
France finished third as they beat Czech Republic 63:56. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) top-scored with 26 points for France. For their Czech opponents Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) poured 17 points.
France will be the main favorite this time. The team won all friendly games and hopes to prove their ambitions at the home tournament.



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