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European Championships Standings
Group A
 1. Poland 5-1 
 2. Slovakia 5-1 
 3. Slovenia 2-4 
 4. Luxembourg. 0-6 
Group B
 1. Lithuania 5-1 
 2. U.Kingdom 4-2 
 3. Belgium 3-3 
 4. FYR Macedo. 0-6 
Group C
 1. Latvia 5-1 
 2. Italy 4-2 
 3. Portugal 2-4 
 4. Estonia 1-5 
 3. Bulgaria 1-3 
European Championships Standings
Group D
 1. Montenegro. 5-1 
 2. Ukraine 5-1 
 3. Finland 1-5 
 4. Germany 1-5 
Group E
 1. Russia 3-1 
 2. Sweden 3-1 
 3. Holland 0-4 
Group F
 1. Croatia 4-0 
 2. Israel 1-3 
 3. Bulgaria 1-3 
Points Per Game
 Chrissy GIVENS
  USA
  (180-SF-85)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Givens, USA27.5 
 2. Iagupova, UKR19.2 
 3. Dubljevic, MNT18.7 
 4. Pounds, FIN18.0 
 5. Fagbenle, ENG16.6 
 6. Dimitrova, BUL16.5 
 7. Murphy, MNT16.5 
 8. Ivezic, CRO16.3 
 9. Doron, ISR16.0 
 10. Baer, GER15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Irina OSIPOVA
  (196-C-81)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Osipova, RUS10.8 
 2. Halvarsson, SWE10.0 
 3. Belyakova, RUS8.5 
 4. Dubljevic, MNT8.3 
 5. Givens, USA8.2 
 6. Stewart, ENG8.2 
 7. Silva, POR8.0 
 8. Miteva, BUL8.0 
 9. Van Grinsven, NED7.8 
 10. Hruscakova, SVK7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Kristi TOLIVER
  USA
  (170-PG-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Toliver, USA6.0 
 2. Cohen, ISR5.8 
 3. Ivezic, CRO5.0 
 4. Hodges-Lewis, BUL5.0 
 5. Baer, GER5.0 
 6. Eldebrink, SWE4.8 
 7. Misura, CRO4.5 
 8. Belyakova, RUS4.3 
 9. Skerovic, MNT4.3 
 10. Zirkova, SVK4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Eshaya MURPHY
  MNT
  (181-G/F-85)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Murphy, MNT3.5 
 2. Givens, USA3.3 
 3. Schmit, LUX3.3 
 4. Baer, GER3.0 
 5. Pounds, FIN2.7 
 6. Iagupova, UKR2.7 
 7. Dotto, ITA2.7 
 8. Shafir, USA2.5 
 9. Levitsky, UKR2.3 
 10. Ivezic, CRO2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Gintare PETRONYTE
  LTU
  (196-C-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Petronyte, LTU2.0 
 2. Osipova, RUS1.5 
 3. Baer, GER1.5 
 4. Felixova, SVK1.5 
 5. Jurcenkova, SVK1.3 
 6. Levitsky, UKR1.3 
 7. Pirsic, SLO1.2 
 8. Melnika, LAT1.2 
 9. Mesila-K., EST1.0 
 10. Van Grinsven, NED1.0 



2015 EuroBasket Draw takes place in Budapest - Nov 29, 2014

The 2015 EuroBasket Draw has taken place in Budapest, Hungary today. The 20 participating teams have been drawn into four groups of five teams each of the First Round of the championship. The first round will take place in Hungarian Sopron and Szombathely as well as Romanian Oradea and Timisoara. The best three teams from each group will advance into the Second Round of the competition. The Second Round is scheduled to take place in Hungarian Debrecen and Gyor. The best eight teams will qualify for the Final Round that will take place in Budapest.

Group A: France, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Montenegro, Romania
Group B: Turkey, Belarus, Poland, Italy, Greece
Group C: Serbia, Croatia, Latvia, Russia, Great Britain
Group D: Spain, Slovak Republic, Lithuania, Sweden and Hungary.

The 2015 EuroBasket is slated to take place from 11 through 28 June.


Eleven teams advance into 2015 EuroBasket from 2nd Qualifying Round - Jun 26, 2014

Group A
Luxembourg - Slovenia 57-66
Slovenia registered the second victory in Group A. They upset Luxembourg on the road to secure 2-4 record in the third position. Eva Lisec (192-C-95), Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) and Tina Jakovina (183-F-92) netted 12 points each for the visitors. Slovenia led from start to finish. They posted a 17:12 lead after the first quarter. Slovenia stretched the gap at 6-point mark at the interval. Luxembourg slowed their opponents down in the third term. The hosts pulled within 5 points at the final break. But Slovenia answered with an 18:14 run in the fourth quarter and sealed the winning outcome. Lynn Schreiner (165-G-91) topscored with 15 points for Luxembourg. Nadia Marcus had 9 points in the defeat.

Slovakia - Poland 71-55
Slovak Republic clinched the 2015 EuroBasket ticket. They defeated Poland in the battle of Group A leaders to claim the top position in the ladder. Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) nailed 19 points to pace the hosts. Poland finished second at 5-1 record. Slovak Republic got to a strong start. They secured a 23:12 lead after the first frame. The hosts stayed in front throughout the second quarter. Slovak Republic piled up a 38:25 halftime lead. They boosted the lead in the third term. Slovak Republic entered the fourth frame up by 17 points and breezed to the victory. Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) netted 12 points, while Zofia Hruscakova added 10 points for the hosts. Martyna Koc (186-C-83, agency: Promotex) and Magdalena Zietara (180-G/F-92) answered with 10 points each for Poland.

Group B
United Kingdom - Lithuania 63-70
Lithuania upset Great Britain on the road tonight to clinch the top position in Group B. Great Britain finished second as both teams advanced into the Final stage of the European championship. Kamile Nacickaite (180-G-89, college: Drexel) provided 16 points for the winners. Lithuania set the tone early in the game. They registered a 19:14 lead after the opening quarter. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Lithuania ensured a 32:27 halftime lead. The hosts cut the deficit in the third term. Great Britain pulled within 3 points at the final intermission. But Lithuania capped the game with a 20:16 run to seal the victory. Vita Kuktiene (186-F-80) netted 15 points, while Egle Sulciute and Siksniute had 8 points each for the Baltic side. Rachel Vanderwal (176-G-83, college: Boston U.) responded with 13 points for Great Britain. Azania Stewart produced 11 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

FYR Macedonia - Belgium 58-95
Belgium closed the campaign with the road win over F.Y.R. of Macedonia in Kavadarci. Belgium finished Group B with a 3-3 record, while the hosts remained undefeated with a 0-6 record. Belgium started the game with a 21-13 lead and added massive 31-10 surge in the second frame. Both teams managed to score 20 points in the third period and then Belgium closed the game with a 23-15 rally. Noemie Mayombo (170-PG-91, agency: LBM Management) made the final result in the game as she made two free throws. Julie Vanloo led the winners with 16 points, while Noemie Mayombo notched 14. Kim Mestdagh followed them with 13 points in a winning effort. Chrissy Givens (180-SF-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) erupted with 38 points in the losing effort and Sofija Lazareska had 9.

Group C
Portugal - Estonia 65-60 OT
Portugal outscore Estonia in Carcavelos-Lisboa at the last game for both teams at the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifiers. Portugal needed an overtime 65:60 win for 2-4 record. Estonia meanwhile finished the campaign with a 1-5 record. Estonia scored the first 5 points in the game and managed to win the first period 19-18. They also looked better in the second frame and after a 12-8 rally enjoyed a 31:26 halftime advantage. Portugal however needed a strong third period and grabbed a 50:48 lead after 30 minutes, while Sofia Da Silva sent the teams to overtime at 56:56. Portugal posted a final 9-4 rally in extra time and grabbed the victory. Sofia Silva (187-C-90) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Luiana Livulo (190-C-91) netted 12. Daniela Domingues had 10, whilst Carla Nascimento added 7. Merike Anderson (180-F/G-81, agency: LBM Management) answered with 16 points in a loss and Maaja Bratka had 10.

Italy - Latvia 83-68
Italy edged Latvia in the final game of the 2nd Qualifying Round of 2015 EuroBasket and sealed their ticket into the Final stage of the tournament. Italy improved at 4-2 record in Group C. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93, agency: LBM Management) scored 23 points to pace the Azzurri. Latvia remained on top of the ladder despite the loss. Latvia shocked the local fans in Ragusa with a 21:18 start to the game. Italy started to deliver in the second quarter. They cut the deficit at 2-point mark at the interval 39:41. Italy erased the deficit in the third term. The Azzurri tied things up at 56 heading into the fourth frame. Italy went on a commanding 27:12 run in the final quarter to seal the victory. Giulia Gatti (172-G-89, agency: LBM Management) netted 12 points, while Raffaella Masciadri added 17 points for the hosts. Elina Babkina (173-G-89) answered with 14 points for Latvia. Kate Karlina Kreslina chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Group D
Finland - Germany 63-51
Finland capped their 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round campaign with victory. They defeated Germany to finish at 1-5 record in Group D. Taru Tuukkanen (192-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier) scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the hosts. Finland secured a 19:12 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts boosted the gap in the second frame. They ensured a 35:23 halftime lead. Germany could not pick up the tempo in the third term. Finland entered the fourth stanza up by 13 points and cruised to the victory. Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta (178-SG-91) netted 12 points, while Dionne Pounds added 9 points for the winners. Romy Baer (187-F-87) and Sonja Greinacher (192-F/C-92, college: Gonzaga) had 10 points each in the loss.

Montenegro - Ukraine 76-70
Montenegro defeated visiting Ukraine in the final round of action in the 2nd Qualifying Round of 2015 EuroBasket. Montenegro therefore clinched the top position in Group D. Both Montenegro and Ukraine qualified for the 2015 tournament though. Iva Perovanovic (188-C/F-83) scored 25 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Montenegro eked out a 19:17 lead ten minutes into the game. Ukraine spurred ahead for a 36:31 halftime lead. Montenegro regained the lead in the third quarter. They secured a 53:51 advantage at the final intermission. Montenegro scored 23 points in the fourth period and sealed the winning outcome. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) produced 23 points, while Jovana Pasic added 8 points for Montenegro. Viktoria Mircheva and Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) answered with 20 points each for Ukraine.

Group E
Russia - Holland 69-44
Russia clinched the third victory in their 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They stormed past Netherlands at home court to finish on top of Group E. Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-F/C-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 14 points to pace the winners. Russia silenced the Dutch team in the first frame. Russia held their opponents to just 3 points and grabbed a 19-point lead. Russia stretched the gap in the second frame. The hosts ensured a 41:15 halftime advantage. Netherlands stopped the rot in the third term. They pulled within 18 points at the final break. Russia held the visitors to 9 points in the fourth frame and sealed the victory at the end. Eugeniya Belyakova and Tatyana Abrikosova had 11 points each for the hosts. Tanya Broering (178-G-84) answered with 9 points for Netherlands. Natalie Van Den Adel had 8 points in the loss.

Group F
Bulgaria - Israel 75-70
Bulgaria finished their 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round campaign on a high note. They held off Israel to finish at 1-3 record in Group F. Milena Tomova (189-F/C-82, college: FIU) scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the hosts. Israel eked out an 18:17 lead after the opening quarter. But Bulgaria erased the deficit and posted a 33:28 halftime advantage. Israel pulled within four points at the final break. However Bulgaria stayed in charge throughout the fourth stanza and sealed the victory. Radostina Dimitrova netted 15 points, while Hristina Ivanova and Stefka Miteva added 10 points each in the win. Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) responded with 23 points for Israel. Katia Levitsky had 16 points in the loss.


Day 4 of 2nd Qualifying Round of 2015 EuroBasket - Jun 23, 2014

Group A
Slovakia - Luxembourg 82-41
Slovak Republic improved to 4-1 record in Group A of the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifiers. They toppled Luxembourg 82:41 on Sunday. The latter fell at 0-5 record at the bottom of the group. Slovak Republic erupted with a 35-15 surge in the first quarter and never looked behind. They added 16-6 rally in the second frame as the board showed 51-21 on the board at the halftime. Moreover the hosts managed to win the third and then the last stanzas for the final result. Zofia Hruscakova (190-F/C-95) paced all the winners with 14 points and Lucia Krc-Turbova (186-F-89) brought 13. Katarina Tetemondova and Zuzana Zirkova followed them with 11 points each in a win. Lisa Jablonowski (186-C-97) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort, whilst Lynn Schreiner and Magaly Meynadier had 7 apiece.

Poland - Slovenia 65-51
Poland claimed the fifth consecutive victory in Group A. They edged visiting Slovenia to remain on top of the ladder. Katarzyna Krezel (184-F/G-85, college: UTEP) chipped in 17 points for the winners. Poland grabbed a 15:10 lead after the first quarter. Poland stretched the gap in the second term. The hosts accumulated a 31:19 halftime advantage. Poland kept Slovenia at bay throughout the third term. The hosts entered the final stanza up by 13 points 48:35. Poland outscored their opponents in the fourth frame and sealed the victory. Zurowska tossed in 12 points, while Weronika Idczak (174-PG-89) provided 11 points for the winners. Eva Lisec (192-C-95) answered with 11 points for Slovenia. Sandra Pirsic had 9 points in the defeat.

Group B
Lithuania - Belgium 81-91
Belgium handed the first loss to Lithuania in the 2015 EuroBasket qualifiers. Laurence van Malderen scored 26 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace Belgium to the second victory in Group B. Belgium accounted for a 26:20 lead at the end of the first quarter. The visitors maintained the lead throughout the second term. Belgium built a 52:43 halftime advantage. Lithuania could not cut the deficit in the third term. The hosts trailed by as many as 11 points at the final intermission. Lithuania dropped 21 points in the fourth term but could not escape the defeat. Noemie Mayombo (170-PG-91, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 21 points, while Miete Celus (173-G/F-91) added 13 points for the visiting team. Lina Pikciute (192-F-90) responded with 16 points for Lithuania. Marina Solopova had 12 points in the defeat.

United Kingdom - FYR Macedonia 71-60
Great Britain earned the fourth victory in the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They fired past FYR Macedonia for 4-1 record in Group B. Dominique Allen (192-F/C-89, college: ORU) recorded 15 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Great Britain and FYR Macedonia exchanged baskets throughout the starting quarter. The scoreboard read 18:18 after ten minutes. The British side spurred ahead in the second quarter. The hosts piled up a 44:35 halftime advantage. Great Britain extended their lead in the third term. They secured a 15-point buffer at the final intermission. FYR Macedonia outscored the home team in the fourth stanza but had to surrender at the end. Rachel Vanderwal (176-G-83, college: Boston U.) and Lauren Thomas-Johnson had 15 points each for the hosts. Chrissy Givens (180-SF-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) answered with 30 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for FYR Macedonia. Andzelika Mitrasinovik had 16 points in the defeat.

Group C
Italy - Portugal 65-52
Italy registered the third victory at the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They toppled visiting Portugal for 3-2 record in Group C. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93, agency: LBM Management) scored 20 points to pace the winning side. Portugal snatched a 15:11 lead after ten minutes. But Italy slowly picked up the tempo. The hosts cut the deficit at a single point 24:25. Italy held their opponents to just 9 points in the third term and spurred ahead for a two-point lead 36:34. Italy poured in 29 points in the fourth stanza and secured the winning outcome. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) had 13 points, while Chiara Consolini added 11 points for the Azzurri. Sofia Silva (187-C-90) answered with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Portugal. Ines Faustino had 12 points in the defeat.

Latvia - Estonia 82-60
Latvia sealed the spot at the 2015 Eurobasket. The Baltic side overcame neighbors Estonia 82:60 and improved to a 5-0 record. Estonia meanwhile fell at 1-4 record in Group C. Latvia started strong and took 20-16 lead at the end of the first period. Even when Latvia manoeuvred their way into a double-digit lead at 35-23 via a long-range basket from Aija Putnina (191-F/C-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas), Estonia hit back with eight unanswered points heading to the break. The second half fully belonged to Latvia that posted two victories. The hosts won the third period 25-16 and closed the game with a 22-13 rally. Aija Putnina top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Elina Babkina (173-G-89) added 15. Zenta Melnika delivered 14, whilst Anete Steinberga had 9. Viive Kai Rebane (183-F-89, college: Binghamton) produced 17 points in the losing effort, whilst Merike Anderson notched 9.

Group D
Ukraine - Montenegro 75-71
Ukraine clinched the fifth straight victory at the 2015 EuroBasket 2nd Qualifying Round. They knocked down Montenegro for 5-0 record on top of Group D. Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) connected for 18 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Montenegro snatched an 18:16 lead ten minutes into the game. But Ukraine lived up to the challenge. Czeczuro side quickly denied the deficit and jumped to a 35:29 halftime advantage. Ukraine stretched the gap in the third term. They entered the fourth period up by 10 points 56:46. Montenegro fought bravely sinking 26 points in the final term but could not escape the defeat. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) netted 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Olga Dubrovina added 10 points for the winners. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) answered with 25 points and 7 rebounds for Montenegro. Iva Perovanovic had 19 points in the loss.

Germany - Finland 84-79
Germany clinched the first victory in their 2015 EuroBasket 2nd Qualifying Round campaign. They held off visiting Finland in Hagen for 1-4 record in Group D. Romy Baer (187-F-87) stepped up with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the hosts. Germany nailed 27 points in the first frame to take a 7-point lead. Finland cut the deficit in the second quarter. The visitors pulled within a single point at the interval 46:45. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the second half. However Romy Baer and Svenja Brunckhorst sank crucial points late in regulation to seal the winning outcome for the hosts. Svenja Brunckhorst produced 19 points, while Margret Skuballa added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Lamar) answered with 36 points for Finland. Heta Korpivaara had 14 points in the loss.

Group E
Holland - Sweden 51-73
Sweden claimed the third victory in the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifiers. They upset Netherlands in Amsterdam for 3-1 record in Group E. Anna Barthold (185-C/F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: St.Peter's) scored 17 points to pace the Scandinavian team. Sweden jumped to a 20:13 lead at the first break. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. They held Netherlands to just 4 points in the quarter to secure a 35:17 halftime lead. The Dutch team cut the deficit in the third term. The hosts pulled within 10 points heading into the fourth term. Sweden however poured in 30 points in the final frame and sealed a comfortable victory. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Ashley Key added 13 points for the visitors. Tanya Broering (178-G-84) and Chatilla van Grinsven had 12 points each for Netherlands.

Group F
Israel - Croatia 56-83
Perfect Croatia book Final Round ticket at the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifiers. They overcame Israel 83:56 on Sunday and won Group F with 4-0 record. Finishing their Group F schedule without a loss to their name, Croatia grabbed their ticket with both hands as they sunk the hosts in spectacular fashion to put a serious dent in their opponents' hopes of following them to Hungary and Romania next year. Israel meanwhile fell at 1-2 record. Croatia won the first period 26-18 and led 40:38 at the halftime as Salopek nailed three at the end of the half. Croatia pulled the tempo in the third period and posted a 23-14, while they finished the game with a massive 20-4 surge. Luca Ivankovic (198-C-87) stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) notched 14. Antonija Misura nailed 12, whilst Mirna Mazic had 11. Naama Shafir (170-G-90, college: Toledo) finished the game with 14 points, while Liron Cohen and Dannielle Diamant added 9.


Day 4 of 2nd Qualifying Round of 2015 EuroBasket - Jun 18, 2014

Group A
Luxembourg - Poland 45-66
Poland earned the fourth consecutive victory in the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They shot down Luxembourg on the road to stay on top of Group A. Zurowska and Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F/C-91) netted 12 points each to pace the visitors. Poland recorded a 14:10 lead ten minutes into the game. They poured in 22 points in the next period to ensure a 36:30 halftime advantage. Poland limited the hosts to just 6 points in the third term to gain a comfortable 13-point lead before the final stanza. Poland outscored Luxembourg in the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome. Katarzyna Krezel accounted for 9 points for Poland. Cathy Schmit (170-G-90) answered with 13 points for Luxembourg. Nadia Mossong had 10 points in the loss.

Slovenia - Slovakia 52-66
Slovak Republic registered the third victory in 2015 EuroBasket 2nd Qualifying Round. They knocked down Slovenia on the road to improve at 3-1 record in Group A. Katarina Tetemondova (188-F-88) nailed 17 points to pace the visitors. Slovenia fell at 1-3 record after the loss. Slovak Republic set the tone early in the game. They recorded a 20:12 lead after ten minutes. The visitors stayed in front throughout the second quarter. They secured a 38:29 halftime lead. The margin grew quickly in the third term. Slovak Republic piled up a 20-point lead before the fourth frame and never looked back en route to the victory. Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) netted 13 points, while Anna Jurcenkova connected for 9 points in the win. Sandra Pirsic (196-C-84) answered with 11 points for Slovenia. Maja Erkic had 10 points in the loss.

Group B
FYR Macedonia - Lithuania 59-101
FYR Macedonia could not match visiting Lithuania in the fourth round of 2nd Qualifying Round of 2015 EuroBasket. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) posted 19 points to lead Lithuania to the fourth consecutive victory in Group B. FYR Macedonia slipped at 0-4 record. The Baltic team looked the better side right from the start. They unleashed 31 points in the first quarter to gain a 15-point lead. Lithuania knocked down 22 points in the second quarter to open a massive 27-point advantage into the second half. Lithuania dominated throughout the second half. They scored 48 points in the next two periods to secure a well-deserved victory. Gabriele Gutkauskaite provided 11 points, while Lina Aglinskaite (182-G/F-87) added 17 points for the visitors. Chrissy Givens (180-SF-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) led FYR Macedonia with 29 points, 6 boards and 6 assists.

Belgium - United Kingdom 70-74 OT
Temitope Fagbenle (193-F-92) scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace Great Britain past Belgium in an overtime thriller today. The win propelled the Brits at 3-1 record in the second position in Group B. Belgium fell at 1-3 record after the defeat. Belgium looked solid in the first half. The hosts secured a 33:24 halftime lead. The hosts opened a 13-point lead in the third stanza. But Great Britain slowly came back into the game. They pulled within 4 points at the third intermission. Temitope Fagbenle and Rachel Vanderwal capped the regulation with five straight points to force overtime. Temitope Fagbenle nailed 9 points in the extra period and won the game for Great Britain. Stefanie Collins (168-PG-82, college: St.Bonaventure) netted 14 points, while Rachel Vanderwal had 13 points for the winners. Sofie Hendrickx and Noemie Mayombo (170-PG-91, agency: LBM Management) delivered 15 points each for Belgium.

Group C
Portugal - Latvia 55-62
Latvia stayed on the winning track in their 2nd Qualifying Round of 2015 EuroBasket campaign. They overcame Portugal in Caminha tonight to jump at 4-0 record on top of Group C. Portugal fell at 1-3 record. Portugal snatched a 19:18 lead after the opening quarter. The hosts stretched their lead in the second frame. Portugal limited the Baltic side to just 9 points in the period and ensured a 31:27 halftime lead. Latvia improved their performance in the second half. The visitors erased the deficit and pulled ahead for a narrow 44:43 advantage. Baiba Eglite (176-G-89, college: UTEP) and Anete Steinberga (190-F-90, agency: LBM Management, college: UTEP) gave Latvia an 8-point lead midway through the fourth frame and they never looked back afterwards. Baiba Eglite notched 13 points to pace the visitors. Anete Steinberga added 10 points in the win. Maria Correia (174-G/F-91) answered with 14 points for Portugal. Sofia Silva and Ana Oliveira had 9 points each in the defeat.

Estonia - Italy 45-52
Italy clinched the second win in Group C. They upset Estonia in Tallinn for 2-2 record. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) stepped up with 18 points to pace the Azzurri. Estonia fell at 1-3 record after the defeat. Estonia and Italy exchanged baskets throughout the opening quarter. They were tied at 13 after ten minutes. Estonia pulled ahead in the second frame. The hosts grabbed a 24:20 halftime lead. But Italy took over in the third term. The Azzurri gained a 39:36 advantage before the fourth quarter. Italy held their opponents to just 9 points in the final stanza and sealed the victory. Raffaella Masciadri (188-F-80) netted 8 points, while Lavinia Santucci, Martina Crippa and Maria Laterza added 6 points each in the win. Pirgit Puu (168-G-88) answered with 15 points for Estonia. Merike Anderson had 12 points in the loss.

Group D
Finland - Montenegro 62-82
Montenegro stayed in the race for the first place in Group D. They outgunned Finland in Helsinki to take 4-0 record. Montenegro share the top position with Ukraine now. Finland fell at 0-4 record after the loss. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) connected for 24 points and grabbed 13 boards to pace the Balkan team. Montenegro silenced the home crowd in the first period. The visitors went on a 24:10 run to clear off. Montenegro unloaded 24 points in the second frame to take a comfortable 22-point halftime lead. Finland slowed down the visitors in the second half but never seriously threatened the gap. Eshaya Murphy (181-G/F-85, college: USC) netted 23 points, while Iva Perovanovic provided 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the win. Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Lamar) responded with 20 points for Finland. Taru Tuukkanen and Heta Korpivaara tossed in 10 points each in the defeat.

Ukraine - Germany 92-76
Ukraine celebrated the fourth consecutive victory in Group D. They rallied past Germany to stay untamed at the 2nd Qualifying Round of 2015 EuroBasket. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) topscored for the winners with 20 points. Germany fell at 0-4 record after the defeat. Germany got to a flying start. They registered a 26:17 lead ten minutes into the game. But Ukraine quickly stopped the rot. They answered with a 24:6 run in the second period to secure a 41:32 halftime lead. Ukraine poured in 29 points in the third term to boost the margin at 24-point mark at the final break. Germany knocked down 30 points in the fourth stanza but could not avoid the defeat at the end. Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) had 19 points, while Katerina Dorogobuzova netted 10 points in the victory. Anne Breitreiner (184-SG-84) responded with 17 points for Germany. Romy Baer chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Group E
Sweden - Russia 57-52
Sweden defeated Russia in 2015 EuroBasket 2nd Qualifying Round. Both teams are now tied at 2-1 record in Group E. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed 22 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the Scandinavian side. The scoreboard read 13:13 after the opening quarter. Sweden jumped in front in the second quarter. They eked out a 31:27 halftime lead. Russia cut the deficit in the third quarter. They slowed the hosts down to trail by a single point heading into the final frame 45:46. But Sweden responded with a stifling defence of their own in the fourth frame. The hosts held Russia to just 7 points and snatched the victory. Ashley Key (177-G-85, college: N.Carolina St.) netted 13 points, while Kalis Loyd delivered 9 points for the winners. Nadezhda Grishaeva (195-C-89) responded with 23 points and 9 rebounds for Russia. Irina Osipova netted 12 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Group F
Croatia - Bulgaria 78-51
Croatia recorded the third straight victory in Group F. They stormed past visiting Bulgaria to remain on top of the ladder at 3-0 record. Luca Ivankovic (198-C-87) nailed 20 points and pulled down 7 rebounds to lead the hosts. Bulgaria on the other hand suffered the third consecutive defeat. Croatia sank 24 points in the first frame worth a 10-point lead. They stayed aggressive throughout the second quarter boosting the margin at 14-point mark 40:26. Croatia dominated after the big break. They accumulated an 18-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Croatia eased to the victory in the final frame. Jelena Ivezic netted 16 points, while Iva Sliskovic contributed 10 points for the home team. Doneeka Hodges-Lewis (175-PG-82, agency: LBM Management, college: LSU) answered with 16 points for Bulgaria. Milena Tomova had 10 points in the loss.


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Day 3 of 2nd Qualifying Round of 2015 EuroBasket - Jun 15, 2014

Group A
Slovenia - Luxembourg 75-35
Slovenia opened win count at the 2nd Qualifying Round of 2015 EuroBasket. They thumped visiting Luxembourg for 1-2 record in Group A. Rebeka Abramovic (172-PG-93) nailed 11 points to pace the hosts. Slovenia led from start to finish in this one. They accumulated a 20:11 lead ten minutes into the game. Slovenia held their opponents to just 4 points in the second quarter and secured a 40:15 halftime lead. Slovenia did not slow down in the second half. They opened a comfortable 35-point lead before the fourth frame and breezed to the victory. Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) and Nika Baric finished with 10 points each for Slovenia. Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky), Cathy Schmit (170-G-90) and Michele Orban had 8 points each for Luxembourg.

Poland - Slovakia 75-70 OT
Poland survived overtime thriller to take down Slovak Republic at home court. The victory propelled Poland at 3-0 record on top of Group A. Slovak Republic fell at 2-1 record after the loss. Poland dominated throughout the first half. They established a 34:25 halftime lead. Slovak Republic cut the deficit in the third term. They pulled within 4 points at the third break. Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) and Kristi Toliver (170-PG-87, college: Maryland) stepped up for the visitors late in regulation and forced overtime. Kristi Toliver put Slovak Republic in front with a three-pointer at the start of the extra period. But Poland came up strong late in overtime and snatched a tough win at the end. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) delivered 24 points and 9 rebounds for Poland. Zurowska added 18 points in the victory. Kristi Toliver answered with 17 points and 8 assists for Slovak Republic. Anna Jurcenkova and Lucia Krc-Turbova had 12 points each in the loss.

Group B
Belgium - FYR Macedonia 94-66
Belgium registered the first victory in the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They edged FYR Macedonia in Antwerp to improve at 1-2 record in Group B. Laurence van Malderen chipped in 12 points in the victory. Belgium jumped to a 22:20 lead ten minutes into the game. They stretched the gap in the second quarter. The hosts went on a 27:9 rally to ensure a 20-point halftime lead. Belgium unleashed 29 points in the third term to stretch the advantage and never looked back en route to the victory. Jana Raman chipped in 11 points, while Antonia Delaere, Emmanuella Mayombo (170-SG-92, agency: LBM Management) and Noemie Mayombo (170-PG-91, agency: LBM Management) had 10 apiece in the win. Chrissy Givens (180-SF-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) responded with 20 points for FYR Macedonia. Andzelika Mitrasinovik had 16 points in the loss.

Lithuania - United Kingdom 81-61
Lithuania claimed the third consecutive victory in Group B. They held off Great Britain in the clash of group leaders. Gabriele Gutkauskaite (175-PG-90), Kamile Nacickaite (180-G-89, college: Drexel) and Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) stepped up with 14 points each for the Baltic team. Great Britain looked solid in the opening quarter. The visitors eked out a 13:11 lead after ten minutes. But Lithuania slowly picked up the tempo. The hosts dropped 24 points in the second quarter to take a 5-point lead. The gap grew at 14-point mark at the final intermission. Lithuanai scored 23 points in the fourth stanza to seal the winning outcome. Okockyte netted 9 points in the victory. Temitope Fagbenle (193-F-92) responded with 16 points for Great Britain. Stefanie Collins (168-PG-82, college: St.Bonaventure) had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Group C
Latvia - Italy 70-59
Latvia kept their record perfect in Group C. The Baltic team shot down visiting Italy for 3-0 record on top of the ladder. Kate Karlina Kreslina (182-G-96) netted 13 points for the winners. Latvia eked out a 19:18 lead after the opening quarter. Italy slowed the hosts down in the second frame. The Azzurri pulled ahead for a narrow 28:27 halftime advantage. Latvia however silenced the visitors in the third term. The Baltic team went on a decisive 22:7 rally to ensure a comfortable 14-point lead before the fourth term. Italy poured in 24 points in the final stanza but could not avoid the defeat at the end. Elina Babkina (173-G-89) and Aija Putnina chipped in 12 points each for Latvia. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) topscored with 17 points for Italy. Raffaella Masciadri (188-F-80) had 11 points in the loss.

Estonia - Portugal 67-60
Estonia recorded the first win in the 2nd Qualifying Round of 2015 EuroBasket. The Baltic side outscored visiting Portugal to catch up with their opponents in Group C. Oksana Miil (172-G-86) and Merike Anderson (180-F/G-81, agency: LBM Management) had 12 points each for the winners. Estonia snatched a narrow 19:18 lead after the opening quarter. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Estonia entered the second half up by 4 points 36:32. Portugal turned the tables in the third term. The visitors erased the deficit and surged ahead for a one-point lead at the final break. But Estonia answered with a 19:11 rally in the fourth frame and sealed the victory. Laina Mesila-Kaarmann (186-C/F-87) netted 10 points for the hosts. Ines Faustino (170-G-92) responded with 16 points for Portugal. Sofia Silva had 12 points in the loss.

Group D
Montenegro - Finland 75-72
Montenegro keep the perfect record in Group D of the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifiers. They overcame Finland 75:72 for 3-0 record to share with Ukraine. Finland meanwhile failed at 0-3 record. Montenegro easily took 24-12 lead at the first period and led 7 points at the halftime. The hosts posted a 21-13 rally in the third period to take more comfortable lead. Finland however dominated the end of the game and reduced to minimum. Trailing 73:62 with less than 2 minutes, the guests reduced to 73:69 and then Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Lamar) made the last three free throw in the game. Those points were however the last in the game as Montenegro escaped with a 75:72 win. Iva Perovanovic stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Jelena Dubljevic nailed 16. Aleksandra Vujovic (184-G-80) and Eshaya Murphy (181-G/F-85, college: USC) followed them with 11 points each. Dionne Pounds ended up with 25 points in the losing effort and Heta Korpivaara brought 13. Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta scored 10, whilst Taru Tuukkanen added 7.

Germany - Ukraine 72-81
Ukraine celebrated the third consecutive victory in Group D. They rallied past Germany in Hagen. Olesia Malashenko (191-PF-91, agency: LBM Management) netted 21 points to lead the winning side. Germany suffered the third straight defeat in the Qualifying Round. Ukraine looked dominant from start to finish. The visitors built a 23:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Ukraine boosted the gap in the second quarter. They established a 43:33 halftime advantage. Germany stopped the rot in the third quarter. They cut the deficit at 7-point mark before the fourth frame. But Ukraine sank 20 points in the final period and sealed the winning outcome. Katerina Dorogobuzova (190-F-90) accounted for 17 points, while Alina Iagupova netted 14 points for the winners. Romy Baer (187-F-87) responded with game-high 27 points for Germany. Margret Skuballa tossed in 11 points in the loss.

Group E
Holland - Russia 60-68
Russian National Team gained the second straight victory at the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They defeated Netherlands in Amsterdam to improve at 2-0 record in Group E. The Dutch team on the other hand suffered the second straight defeat Marina Kuzina (195-C-85, agency: IPSA) nailed 18 points to pace the visitors. Russia stayed in charge throughout the first half. The visitors built a 32:25 halftime advantage. Netherlands cut the deficit in the third term. The hosts pulled within 4 points at the final intermission. But Russia held their opponents to just 15 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the winning outcome. Eugeniya Belyakova (182-SF-86, agency: IPSA) posted 13 points and 13 boards, while Marina Karpunina and Irina Osipova had 12 points each in the victory. Marlou de Kleijn and Natalie Van Den Adel (185-G-90, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Colorado St.) responded with 14 points each for Netherlands.

Group F
Israel - Bulgaria 71-68
Israel overcame Bulgaria for the initial win at the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifiers, Group F. The hosts grabbed a 71:68 win for 1-1 record, while Bulgaria fell at 0-2. Both teams entered the game winless as Bulgaria started with a 22-14 lead. Israel replied with 22 points in the second frame and took 3-point lead at the halftime. Moreover they posted a 17-13 rally in the third quarter and enjoyed a 53:46 deficit. Doneeka Hodges-Lewis later tied it all at 58:58, while Radostina Dimitrova (185-SF-85) made it equal at 68:68. Michal Epstein (180-F-81, college: Boston U.) and Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) however brought the last points from the free throw line for the final success. Shay Doron top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Michal Epstein netted 14. Naama Shafir brought 12, while Katia Levitsky had 9. Radostina Dimitrova ended up with 22 points in the losing effort and Milena Tomova scored 19. Doneeka Hodges-Lewis finished the game with 9 and Lidia Milkova brought 6.


Day 2 of 2nd Qualifying Round of 2015 EuroBasket - Jun 11, 2014

Group A
Luxembourg - Slovakia 42-70
Slovak Republic take 2-0 record in Group A at the 2015 EuroBasket 2nd Qualifying Round. They overcame Luxembourg 70:42 and shares now the top spot with Poland. Slovak Republic erupted with a 23-10 lead and never looked behind after. They added a 19-15 run in the second frame and led 42:25 at the halftime. Moreover they limited the hosts to just 6 points in the third period and increased to 55:31 after 30 minutes of the game. Slovak Republic closed the game with a final 15-11 run to seal the total success. Dominika Baburova (179-F/G-91) top-scored for the winners with 13 points, while Zofia Hruscakova (190-F/C-95) notched 11, Barbora Balintova and Zuzana Zirkova followed them with 9 points apiece. Cathy Schmit (170-G-90) replied with 14 in defeat and Lynn Schreiner had 11.

Slovenia - Poland 59-68
Poland claimed the second consecutive victory in 2nd Qualifying Round of 2015 EuroBasket. They topped Slovenia in Kranjska Gora to stay on top of Group A. Justyna Cegielska (188-F-85) netted 14 points to pace Poland. The visitors got to a perfect start. Poland poured in 28 points in the first quarter to clear off to a 13-point distance. Slovenia stopped the bleeding in the second quarter. They pulled within 6 points at the interval 30:36. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Poland entered the final stanza up by four points. They outscored the hosts 18:15 in the final quarter and sealed the victory. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) delivered 12 points, while Katarzyna Krezel added 11 points for Poland. Nika Baric (169-PG-92) answered with 19 points for Slovenia. Teja Oblak had 15 points in the loss.

Group B
Belgium - Lithuania 67-77
Lithuania recorded the second straight victory at the start of the 2nd Qualifying Round of 2015 EuroBasket. They upset Belgium in Antwerp to stay on top of Group B standings. Vita Kuktiene (186-F-80) stepped up with 18 points to pace the visitors. Belgium earned a 5-point lead ten minutes into the game 21:16. Lithuania however took over in the second frame. They held the hosts just 6 points in the period and jumped to a 31:27 halftime lead. Lithuania unloaded 22 points in the third term to boost the gap at 8-point mark 53:45. The Baltic team dropped 24 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the winning outcome. Egle Siksniute (198-F/C-91) netted 12 points, while Gabriele Gutkauskaite and Santa Okockyte added 11 points each for the winners. Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) responded with 15 points for Belgium. Sofie Hendrickx had 13 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

FYR Macedonia - United Kingdom 53-78
Great Britain celebrate another victory at the 2015 EuroBasket 2nd Qualifying Round. They overcame F.Y.R. of Macedonia 78:53 for 2-0 record in Group B. The guests started well and won the first two quarters. Great Britain registered a stunning 16 consecutive points to move 39-13 in front when Stefanie Collins converted from downtown. Moreover the winners posted a 18-17 rally in the third period and won the last stanza 21-17. Temitope Fagbenle (193-F-92) stepped up with 15 points, while Lauren Thomas-Johnson (178-G-88, college: Marquette) notched 11. Eilidh Simpson followed them with 10 points in the winning effort. Chrissy Givens (180-SF-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) ended up with 21 points in the losing effort and Aleksandra Stojanovska produced 11. Andzelika Mitrasinovik finished the game with 7 points in a loss.

Group C
Portugal - Italy 54-52
Portugal came up with an impressive performance against Italy and gained the first victory in Group C. Ana Oliveira (176-F-83, college: UTSA) scored 15 points including a go-ahead three-pointer with 47 seconds left in regulation to lead the hosts. Portugal and Italy are now tied at 1-1 record in the standings. Portugal held the visitors to just 8 points in the first frame and built an 8-point lead. But Italy quickly recovered. The Azzurri responded with an 18:8 run in the second quarter to secure a 26:24 halftime lead. Portugal succeeded defensively in the third term. They limited the visitors to 7 points and established a 40:33 advantage before the fourth frame. The margin grew at 9-point mark before Italy triggered a 10:0 run to spur ahead 52:51 with under three minutes remaining. However Ana Oliveira drained a crucial triple and sealed the win for Portugal. Sofia Silva (187-C-90) netted 9 points, while Daniela Domingues added 8 points in the victory. Lavinia Santucci (186-F-85) and Laura Spreafico (180-F/G-91, agency: LBM Management) responded with 9 points each for Italy.

Estonia - Latvia 56-74
Latvia celebrated the second straight victory in Group C. They outgunned Estonia in Tallinn for 2-0 record. Elina Babkina (173-G-89) stepped up with 18 points and 5 assists to pace the winners. Latvia dominated from the starting moments. They grabbed an 18:12 lead ten minutes into the game. The visitors stretched the lead to as many as 13 points at halftime 35:22. Latvia stayed confident throughout the third term. They entered the fourth quarter up by 20 points and cruised to the victory. Anete Steinberga (190-F-90, agency: LBM Management, college: UTEP) finished with 14 points, while Aija Putnina added 13 points in the win. Pirgit Puu (168-G-88) responded with 17 points for Estonia. Merike Anderson tallied 11 points, 6 boards and 6 assists in the defeat.

Group D
Germany - Montenegro 48-60
Montenegro post the second win over Germany at the 2015 EuroBasket 2nd Qualifying Round. The guests grabbed a 2-0 record after a 60:48 victory. Germany meanwhile fell at 0-2 record. Montenegro won the first period 20-16 and added 14-10 rally in the second period. Eshaya Murphy (181-G/F-85, college: USC) drove a lay-up to send the teams to the lockers for 34:26. Montenegro enjoyed a 10-point lead in the third period and after a 12-10 run took 46L36 after 30 minutes in the court. Another 14-14 rally brought them a 12-point victory. Eshaya Murphy top-scored for the winners with 21 points, while Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) nailed 10. Jelena Skerovic followed them with 7 points. Romy Baer (187-F-87) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort, whilst Anne Breitreiner notched 9.

Finland - Ukraine 52-75
Ukraine clinched the second consecutive victory at the 2015 EuroBasket 2nd Qualifying Round. They overcame Finland to clinch back-to-back victories over their Northern opponents. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) topscored for Ukraine once again with 25 points. Ukraine gained a 19:17 lead after the opening quarter. Finland denied the deficit in the second frame. They spurred ahead to take a 37:35 halftime advantage. But Ukraine took over in the third term. They sparked a 20:11 run to clinch a 7-point lead before the fourth frame. Ukraine silenced the hosts with a 20:4 run in the final period and sealed the victory. Olesia Malashenko (191-PF-91, agency: LBM Management) delivered 19 points, while Katerina Dorogobuzova added 9 points in the win. Taru Tuukkanen (192-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier) responded with 13 points for Finland. Heta Korpivaara produced 10 points in the losing effort.

Group E
Sweden - Holland 72-45
Sweden earned a comfortable home win over Netherlands in Group E. Ashley Key (177-G-85, college: N.Carolina St.) netted 18 points to pace the Scandinavian team to the first victory. Sweden accumulated a 17:12 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Sweden piled up a 31:21 halftime advantage. The hosts unleashed 27 points in the third term to boost the margin to as many as 20 points. Netherlands scored just 7 points in the final stanza and surrendered at the end. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) netted 13 points, while Anna Barthold added 10 points in the victory. Chatilla van Grinsven responded with 13 points and 10 boards for Netherlands. Marlou de Kleijn chipped in 11 points in the defeat.

Group F
Croatia - Israel 76-73
Croatia claimed the second victory at Group F of 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They held off Israel at home court to improve 2-0 record on top of the ladder. Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) was pivotal with 18 points and 5 boards for the hosts. Croatia dropped 23 points in the first quarter to gain a 3-point lead. Israel however erased the deficit in the second frame. Moreover Israel pulled ahead for a 39:37 halftime advantage. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third term. Israel eked out a 55:57 lead heading into the final stanza. But Croatia escaped with a narrow win as Mirna Mazic and Lelas came up with key points late in regulation. Iva Sliskovic (190-C-84, college: S.Carolina) delivered 14 points, while Mirna Mazic added 11 points in the victory. Liron Cohen (174-G-82) answered with 20 points Israel. Shay Doron had 14 points in the defeat.


Day 1 of 2nd Qualifying Round of 2015 EuroBasket - Jun 8, 2014

Group A
Poland - Luxembourg 66-33
Poland celebrated a comfortable home win over Luxembourg in 2015 EuroBasket qualifying round opener. Magdalena Skorek (177-G-84) nailed 14 points to pace well-balanced home team to the victory in Wladyslawowo. Poland dominated from start to finish. They recorded a 16:9 lead after ten minutes. Poland held Luxembourg to 17 points in the first half building an 11-point halftime lead. The hosts went on a 21:10 run in the third term to clear off for good. Katarzyna Krezel (184-F/G-85, college: UTEP) chipped in 11 points, while Magdalena Zietara and Martyna Koc added 8 points each for the winners. Lisa Jablonowski (186-C-97) responded with 9 points for Luxembourg. Tessy Hetting and Nadia Marcus had 6 points each in the loss.

Slovakia - Slovenia 74-58
Slovak Republic claimed convincing home win over Slovenia at the start of the 2nd Qualifying Round for 2015 EuroBasket. Katarina Tetemondova (188-F-88) scored 13 points to pace the hosts to the opening win in Group A. Slovak Republic jumped to an 18:15 lead after the first quarter. Slovenia slowed the hosts down in the second stanza. They pulled within 2 points at the interval 32:30. But Slovak Republic stamped their authority in the second half. They stretched the gap to double figures in the third term. Slovak Republic nailed 23 points in the final stanza and sealed the winning outcome. Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) netted 12 points, while Zuzana Zirkova added 10 points for the hosts. Teja Oblak (172-PG-90) and Nika Baric (169-PG-92) answered with 14 points each for Slovenia.

Group B
Lithuania - FYR Macedonia 108-66
Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) scored 20 points to pace Lithuania past FYR Macedonia in the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round clash. The win put Lithuania on top of Group B after the opening round. The Baltic team dominated throughout the clash. They registered a 19:14 lead after the opening quarter. Lithuania rallied to a 42:30 halftime advantage. The hosts unleashed 38 points in the third term to open a comfortable 28-point lead. Lithuania dropped 28 points in the final stanza and sealed the victory. Kamile Nacickaite (180-G-89, college: Drexel) netted 17 points, while Marina Solopova produced 14 points in the win. Chrissy Givens (180-SF-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) answered with game-high 27 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists for FYR Macedonia. Aleksandra Stojanovska and Ivana Kmetovska produced 8 points each in the defeat.

United Kingdom - Belgium 56-49
Great Britain overcame Belgium at the start of the 2015 EuroBasket 2nd Qualifying Round campaign. Rachel Vanderwal (176-G-83, college: Boston U.) nailed 17 points to pace the Brits to the win in Worcester. Great Britain jumped to a 22:19 lead after ten minutes. Belgium cut the deficit to a single point at halftime 33:34. They surged ahead for a 47:46 advantage heading into the fourth frame. But Great Britain held their opponents to just 2 points in the final quarter to escape with a tough victory. Temitope Fagbenle (193-F-92) netted 14 points, while Azania Stewart had 10 points and 8 boards in the win. Sofie Hendrickx (186-PF-86) answered with 10 points for Belgium. Laurence Van Malderen had 9 points in the loss.

Group C
Latvia - Portugal 71-61
Latvia roll over Portugal in Riga at their start of the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifiers. Latvia used home court advantage for the 71:61 win. Both teams scored 20 points in the opening period, while Latvia posted a 16-13 rally for 3-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover Latvia erupted with a 21-5 surge in the third period and never looked behind. Portugal managed to respond with a 23-14 rally in the last stanza to reduce the gap to 10 points. Aija Putnina (191-F/C-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) top-secret for the winners with 19 points and Zane Teilane-Tamane (200-C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: W.Illinois) added 16. Laura Ferreira (180-SG-95) scored 14 points in the losing effort, while Daniela Domingues and Lavina da Silva had 12 each.

Italy - Estonia 66-58
Italy earned the opening win at the 2015 EuroBasket 2nd Qualifying Round. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93, agency: LBM Management) nailed 12 points to pace the Azzurri in Lucca. Estonia grabbed an 18:14 lead ten minutes into the encounter. However the hosts quickly picked up the tempo. Italy nailed 18 points in the second term and secured a 32:28 halftime lead. Estonia did not allow the home team to clear off. The Baltic side got within three points at the final intermission. But Italy poured in 20 points in the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome. Raffaella Masciadri (188-F-80) and Martina Crippa (178-G/F-89, agency: Players Group) recorded 10 points each for the hosts. Viive Kai Rebane (183-F-89, college: Binghamton) responded with 14 points for Estonia. Merike Anderson and Laina Mesila-Kaarmann had 11 points each in the defeat.

Group D
Ukraine - Finland 83-49
Ukraine secured a confident start to their 2015 EuroBasket 2nd Qualifying Round campaign. They dismantled visiting Finland for the opening win in Group D. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) posted 22 points to pace the winning side. Ukraine gained a 21:16 lead ten minutes into the game. They stretched the margin at 13-point mark at halftime 42:29. The hosts broke free in the third term. They went on a 25:8 rally and never looked back afterwards. Valeriya Berezhynska (193-C-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Rice) and Olexandra Kurasova chipped in 12 points each for Ukraine. Taru Tuukkanen (192-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier) responded with 11 points for Finland. Dionne Pounds had 10 points in the loss.

Montenegro - Germany 63-52
Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) tallied 14 points and 11 rebounds to pace Montenegro past Germany at the start of the 2nd Qualifying Round of 2015 EuroBasket. Montenegro grabbed a 23:19 lead after the starting quarter. Germany cut the deficit in the second term. The visitors pulled within 2 points at halftime 38:36. Montenegro held Germany to just 9 points in the third quarter and opened an 8-point lead. Germany could not overcome a tight defence from the hosts in the fourth stanza. The visitors nailed just 7 points in the period and surrendered at the end. Eshaya Murphy chipped in 11 points, while Jelena Skerovic had 10 points for the home team. Anne Breitreiner (184-SG-84) responded with 15 points for Germany. Svenja Brunckhorst had 11 points in the losing case.

Group E
Russia - Sweden 65-51
Russia victoriously opened the 2015 EuroBasket 2nd Qualifying Round campaign. They held off visiting Sweden in Group E opener. Eugeniya Belyakova (182-SF-86, agency: IPSA) and Marina Karpunina (178-G-84) scored 14 points each to pace the hosts. The teams went neck and neck throughout the first quarter. The scoreboard read 10:10 after ten minutes. But Russia pulled ahead in the second frame. They dropped 22 points in the period to ensure a 32:23 halftime advantage. The hosts dominated throughout the third term. Russia held the Scandinavian team to 11 points to gain a 14-point lead before the fourth quarter. The hosts controlled the tempo in the final stanza and sealed the winning outcome. Irina Sokolovskaya (186-F-83) finished with 8 points for Russia. Frida Eldebrink and Ashley Key had 12 points each for Sweden.

Group F
Bulgaria - Croatia 65-69
Croatia gained a tough road win over Bulgaria in the opening game of the EuroBasket 2nd Qualifying Round for both teams. Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) produced 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the winners. Bulgaria enjoyed a 19:17 lead after ten minutes of action. But Croatia sank 23 points in the second quarter and established a 40:37 halftime lead. The visitors stretched the margin at 7-point mark at the final break. Bulgaria stiffened defensively in the fourth frame but could not avoid the defeat at the end. Marija Rezan (198-C-89) chipped in 12 points, while Iva Sliskovic accounted for 10 points in the victory. Radostina Dimitrova (185-SF-85) answered with 21 points for Bulgaria. Daniela Peteva delivered 13 points in the loss.





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