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European Championships Final Standings
 1. Serbia
 2. France
 3. Spain
 4. Belarus
 5. Turkey
 6. Russia
 7. Montenegro
 8. Lithuania
 9. Greece
 9. Slovakia
 11. Czech Rep.
 17. Croatia
 13. Latvia
 14. Sweden
 15. Ukraine
 16. Hungary
 17. Italy
 18. Poland
 19. Romania
 20. U.Kingdom
Points Per Game
 Alina IAGUPOVA
  UKR
  (186-G/F-92)
  Avg: 29.3
 1. Iagupova, UKR29.3 
 2. Torrens, ESP19.7 
 3. Eldebrink, SWE18.0 
 4. Gruda, FRA17.8 
 5. Toliver, SVK17.4 
 6. Quigley, HUN17.0 
 7. Sanders, USA16.7 
 8. Robinson, USA15.9 
 9. Nacickaite, LTU15.7 
 10. Elhotova, CZE15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yelena LEUCHANKA
  BLR
  (196-C-83)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Leuchanka, BLR11.5 
 2. Ress, ITA9.3 
 3. Robinson, USA8.9 
 4. Sanders, USA8.4 
 5. Gruda, FRA8.2 
 6. Ndour, SEN7.9 
 7. Spanou, GRE7.6 
 8. Osipova, RUS7.6 
 9. Vitola, LAT7.3 
 10. Nicholls, ESP7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jelena SKEROVIC
  MNT
  (176-G-80)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Skerovic, MNT7.1 
 2. Honti, HUN6.3 
 3. Parau, ROM6.3 
 4. Dumerc, FRA5.9 
 5. Alben, TUR5.5 
 6. Bortelova, CZE5.3 
 7. Harding, USA5.3 
 8. Toliver, SVK4.7 
 9. Prince, RUS4.5 
 10. Osipova, RUS4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Alina IAGUPOVA
  UKR
  (186-G/F-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Iagupova, UKR2.8 
 2. Alben, TUR2.5 
 3. Linkeviciene, LTU2.1 
 4. Eglite, LAT2.0 
 5. Prince, RUS1.9 
 6. Marginean, ROM1.8 
 7. McBride, USA1.8 
 8. Parau, ROM1.8 
 9. Snytsina, KAZ1.7 
 10. Xargay Casad., E.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 LaToya SANDERS
  USA
  (191-PF-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Sanders, USA2.0 
 2. Jurcenkova, SVK1.9 
 3. Vieru, MDA1.8 
 4. Stoiedin, ROM1.3 
 5. Veremeenko, BLR1.3 
 6. Kobryn, POL1.3 
 7. Ress, ITA1.0 
 8. Ivankovic, CRO1.0 
 9. Robinson, USA1.0 
 10. Page, USA1.0 
European Championships Stage Two Standings
Group E
 1. Turkey 4-1 
 2. France 4-1 
 3. Belarus 2-3 
 4. Montenegro 2-3 
 5. Greece 2-3 
 6. Czech Rep. 1-4 
Group F
 1. Spain 5-0 
 2. Lithuania 3-2 
 3. Russia 3-2 
 4. Serbia 2-3 
 5. Slovakia 2-3 
 6. Croatia 0-5 
Group Places 13-20
 1. Latvia 2-2 
 2. Sweden 1-3 
 3. Ukraine 1-3 
 4. Hungary 1-3 
 5. Italy 1-3 
 6. Poland 0-4 
 7. Romania 0-4 
 8. U.Kingdom 0-4 

Ana Dabovic of Serbia - the MVP (Photo: eurobasketwomen2015.com)
European Championships Stage One Standings
Group A
 1. France 4-0 
 2. Montenegro 3-1 
 3. Czech Rep. 2-2 
 4. Ukraine 1-3 
 5. Romania 0-4 
Group B
 1. Belarus 4-0 
 2. Turkey 3-1 
 3. Greece 2-2 
 4. Italy 1-3 
 5. Poland 0-4 
Group C
 1. Russia 3-1 
 2. Serbia 3-1 
 3. Croatia 2-2 
 4. Latvia 2-2 
 5. U.Kingdom 0-4 
Group D
 1. Spain 4-0 
 2. Slovakia 2-2 
 3. Lithuania 2-2 
 4. Sweden 1-3 
 5. Hungary 1-3 


Serbia crowned champions in Budapest (Photo: eurobasketwomen2015.com)

Serbian National Team 2015
#s#
Tamara Radocaj
Radocaj
Sonja Petrovic
Petrovic
Sasa Cadjo
Cadjo
Sara Krnjic
Krnjic
Nevena Jovanovic
Jovanovic
#e#5
4Tamara Radocaj 170-PG-87 UNI Gyor Hungary
5Sonja Petrovic 189-F-89 USK Praha Czech Republic
6Sasa Cadjo 178-G-89 Canik Bld Turkey
7Sara Krnjic 191-C-91 UNIQA Eurol. Hungary
8Nevena Jovanovic 182-SG-90 PEAC-Pecs Hungary
9Jelena Milovanovic 190-PF-89 Dynamo K. Russia
10Dajana Butulija 176-SG-86 Sallen Sweden
11Tijana Ajdukovic 196-C-91 Energa Torun Poland
12Kristina Topuzovic 183-F/G-94 Radivoj Korac Serbia
13Milica Dabovic 173-PG-82 Lyon France
14Ana Dabovic 183-SG-89 L.Angeles S. USA
15Danielle Page 188-F-86 Landes France


Marina Maljkovic Head Coach Lyon France

Bojan Jankovic Assistant Wyoming USA

Milos Paden Assistant

Dragan Ratkovic Assistant


Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Awards 2015 - Jun 29, 2015

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships 1st Team 2015
Ana Dabovic
Dabovic
Celine Dumerc
Dumerc
Sonja Petrovic
Petrovic
Alba Torrens
Torrens
Sandrine Gruda
Gruda

Best Player: Ana Dabovic (6'0''-SG-89) of
Serbia
Best Guard: Ana Dabovic (6'0''-SG-89) of Serbia
Best Forward: Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Spain
Best Center: Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) of Serbia

1st Team
SG: Ana Dabovic (6'0''-SG-89) of Serbia
G/F: Celine Dumerc (5'7''-G/F-82) of France
F: Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) of Serbia
F: Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Spain
C: Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) of France

2nd Team
G: Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G-88) of Russia
G: Kamile Nacickaite (181-G-89) of Lithuania
PF: LaToya Sanders (191-PF-86) of Turkey
C: Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) of Turkey
C: Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83) of Belarus

Honorable Mention
Astou Ndour (6'6''-C-94) of France
Isil Alben (170-G-86) of Turkey
Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) of Lithuania
Maria Vadeeva (190-C-98) of Russia
Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-SG-83) of Latvia
Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) of Serbia
Angelica Robinson (197-F-87) of Montenegro
Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80) of Montenegro
Kristi Toliver (5'7''-PG-87) of Slovakia
Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87) of Greece
Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) of Sweden
Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92) of Ukraine
Allie Quigley (5'10''-G-86) of Hungary
Raffaella Masciadri (188-F-80) of Italy
Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) of Czech Rep.
Rachael Vanderwal (176-G-83) of England
Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) of Poland
Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87) of Romania
Iva Sliskovic (190-C-84) of Croatia



Serbia crowned champions in Budapest - Jun 28, 2015

FINAL
France - Serbia 68-76
Serbia are crowned the European champions. They edged France in the EuroBasket Final in Budapest today. Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) came up with another sizzling performance scoring 25 points in the win. She was named the MVP after the game. France dominated at the start of the game. They grabbed a 22:15 lead after the opening quarter. But Serbia adjusted defensively in the second term. They held France to just 10 points and eked out a 33:32 halftime advantage. Serbia poured in 20 points in the third term to accumulate a 4-point lead at the final intermission. Serbia stayed in charge throughout the fourth quarter. They kept Les Bleues at safe distance throughout ten minutes and marched to the first ever Euro title. Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) posted 22 points and 7 rebounds, while Danielle Page (188-F-86, college: Nebraska) added 12 points for the winners. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87, agency: Comsport) responded with 16 points for France. Diandra Tchatchouang (186-F-91, agency: Comsport, college: Maryland) had 15 points in the defeat.
3-4 Place
Belarus - Spain 58-74
Spain earned the Bronze medals at the 2015 EuroBasket. They overcame Belarus in the consolation final. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) stepped up with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the win. Belarus claimed an 18:12 lead after the opening quarter. But Spain bounced back in the third term. They went on a 22:12 rally to secure a 4-point halftime lead. Spain stretched the margin in the third term. They dropped 21 points to take an 11-point advantage at the final break. Spain held Belarus to just 14 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the victory. Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90) tossed in 19 points, while Astou Ndour (198-C-94, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Volha Ziuzkova (171-PG-83) and Leuchanka Yelena (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) responded with 13 points each for Belarus.

5-6 Place
Russia - Turkey 66-68 OT
Turkey celebrated an overtime victory over Russia in the battle for the fifth position at the 2015 EuroBasket. LaToya Sanders (191-PF-86, college: N.Carolina) accounted for 28 points and 13 rebounds to lead the winners. Turkey therefore remained in the hunt for the Olympic Games birth. Russia dominated in the first half. They recorded a 32:27 halftime advantage. Turkey cut the deficit in the third term. They pulled within 2 points at the third break. Turkey held Russia to just 12 points in the fourth quarter and forced overtime. Russia jumped to a 66:61 lead with under three minutes to go in overtime. But Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80), Cakir and Isil Alben (170-G-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) triggered a 7:0 run for Turkey as they stole a tough victory at the end. Nevriye Yilmaz tallied 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Isil Alben accounted for 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the win. Maria Vadeeva (190-C-98) responded with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Russia. Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) and Eugeniya Belyakova (182-SF-86, agency: IPSA) had 11 points each in the loss.

7-8 Place
Montenegro - Lithuania 89-77
Montenegro wrapped up their 2015 EuroBasket campaign on a high note. They beat Lithuania to occupy the seventh overall position. Angelica Robinson (197-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Georgia) scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Montenegro jumped to a 26:24 lead after the opening quarter. The Balkan team followed with a strong 27:12 run in the second period to open a 53:36 halftime advantage. Lithuania narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Baltic side pulled within 14 points at the final intermission. They poured in 21 points in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the defeat at the end. Milica Jovanovic (189-F/C-89) had 17 points, while Snezana Aleksic (173-G-89) added 12 points in the victory. Kamile Nacickaite (181-G-89, college: Drexel) responded with 28 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for Lithuania. Vita Kuktiene (186-F-80) had 10 points in the loss.


Serbia and France to clash for title in Budapest - Jun 26, 2015

SEMIFINALS
Serbia - Belarus 74-72
Serbia became the first EuroBasket finalists. They nipped Belarus in a tough semifinal battle in Budapest today. Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) continued her hot streak with 21 points for the winners. Serbia and Belarus stayed neck and neck throughout the whole encounter. The teams were tied at 18 after the opening quarter. Belarus eked out a 38:36 halftime advantage. Serbia erased the deficit in the third term. The Balkan team ensured a 59:57 lead heading into the fourth frame. Ana Dabovic and Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) gave Serbia 74:69 lead with 48 seconds remaining in regulation. But Harding converted a three-point play to give Belarus a chance. Ana Dabovic committed a turnover but Leuchanka Yelena (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) missed her attempt at the other end as Serbia got away with the victory. Sonja Petrovic finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds, while Milica Dabovic (173-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) had 12 points in the win. Leuchanka Yelena answered with 22 points and 11 rebounds for Belarus. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) had 11 points in the loss.

France - Spain 63-58
France became the EuroBasket finalists. They overcame Spain in the intense semifinal battle in Budapest today and set up the clash versus Serbia for the title. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87, agency: Comsport) tallied 16 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. France eked out a 15:13 lead after the opening quarter. Spain erased the deficit in the second period. They spurred ahead for a 31:29 halftime advantage. France were back in control in the third quarter. Les Bleues fired 22 points in the period and built a 5-point lead at the final intermission. France held Spain to 12 points in the fourth frame and held on to win the battle. Celine Dumerc (169-G/F-82, agency: Comsport) netted 10 points, while Diandra Tchatchouang (186-F-91, agency: Comsport, college: Maryland) and Skrela had 7 points each for the winners. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) answered with 13 points for Spain. Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90) had 10 points in the loss.


Serbia, Spain, France and Belarus advance into semifinals - Jun 25, 2015

France - Russia 77-74
France overcame a fierce resistance from Russia and secured a tough narrow victory in the last quarterfinal clash at the 2015 EuroBasket. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87, agency: Comsport) posted 23 points to lead Les Bleues. Russia grabbed a 20:16 lead after the opening quarter. But France bounced back in the second period. They erased the deficit and spurred ahead for a narrow 38:35 halftime lead. France maintained the advantage throughout the third term. They secured a 4-point lead at the final intermission. France stretched the gap at 10-point mark midway through the fourth quarter 69:59. But Russia refused to give up. Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) tied things up at 71 with just over a minute remaining. But Skrela and Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88, agency: Comsport) went deadly from the stripe and France got away with a narrow victory. Nwal-Endene Miyem finished with 18 points, while Celine Dumerc (169-G/F-82, agency: Comsport) added 13 points and 9 assists in the win. Russia answered with 31 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists from Epiphanny Prince. Natalia Vieru (196-C-89) had 11 points in the loss.

Spain - Montenegro 75-74
Spain advanced into the EuroBasket semifinal stage. They nipped Montenegro in the quarterfinal clash today. Anna Cruz (173-PG-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) converted a three-point play late in regulation to seal the victory for Spain. Montenegro jumped to a 17:16 lead after the opening quarter. Spain improved offensively in the second quarter. They dropped 23 points in the period to take a 39:37 halftime lead. Spain held Montenegro to 15 points in the third term and opened a 3-point lead at the final intermission. Montenegro denied the deficit in the fourth quarter. Jovanovic sank a three-pointer to give the Balkan team a 74:72 lead with 22 seconds left in regulation. But Anna Cruz converted a three-point play on the other end and iced the victory for Spain. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) stepped up with 28 points for Spain. Anna Cruz and Astou Ndour added 12 points each for the winners. Angelica Robinson (197-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Georgia) responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Montenegro. Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 11 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds in the defeat.

Lithuania - Belarus 66-68
Belarus advanced into the EuroBasket semifinal stage. They overcame a tough challenge from Lithuania in the quarterfinal clash in Budapest tonight. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Belarus dominated throughout the first half. They grabbed a 16:10 lead ten minutes into the game. Belarus held their opponents to just 9 points in the second quarter and secured a 33:19 halftime lead. Lithuania picked up the tempo in the third frame. The Baltic team erupted for 24 points to pull within 8 points at the final intermission. Kuktiene sparked a 9:2 run from Lithuania midway through the fourth quarter to cut the deficit at 5-point mark 55:60. Gutkauskaite and Kamile Nacickaite (181-G-89, college: Drexel) put Lithuania within two points 66:68 with 2 seconds remaining. Snytsina committed a turnover inbounding the ball but Lithuania failed to capitalize and could not attempt the basket in the reminder of the contest. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-G/F-88) had 14 points, while Lindsey Harding (173-G-84, college: Duke) added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for Belarus. Kamile Nacickaite responded with 21 points for Lithuania. Monika Grigalauskyte (190-PF-92) had 13 points in the loss.

Turkey - Serbia 63-75
Serbia became the first EuroBasket semifinalists. They outgunned Turkey in the first quarterfinal clash in Budapest today. Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) was unstoppable with 31 points for the winners. Turkey and Serbia exchanged baskets throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 18:18 after ten minutes. Serbia slowed their opponents down in the second frame. Turkey scored just 9 points in the period to trail by one at halftime 28:27. Serbia opened the third period on a 20:6 run to take a comfortable 15-point lead. Serbia entered the fourth quarter up by 16 points 54:38. LaToya Sanders (191-PF-86, college: N.Carolina) dragged Turkey within 7 points midway through the final period. However Ana Dabovic scored 12 points in the last five minutes of the game and sealed the victory for Serbia. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) finished with 15 points, while Milica Dabovic (173-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) added 10 points in the win. LaToya Sanders responded with 25 points and 10 rebounds for Turkey. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) had 11 points in the loss.


Recap of Day 3 of Second Stage. Quarterfinals are set - Jun 22, 2015

Group E
Belarus - France 58-64
France earned the second victory at the EuroBasket Second Stage. They edged Belarus for 4-1 record in the second position in Group E. Isabelle Yacoubou (190-C-86, agency: Comsport) recorded 14 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Les Bleues dominated throughout the first half. France claimed a 20:10 lead after the opening quarter. They stretched the gap at 11-point mark at the interval 40:29. Belarus stepped up defensively in the second half. They held France to 12 points in the third term to get within 9 points at the final intermission. Belarus pulled within three points late in regulation but Isabelle Yacoubou converted a layup and then Gaelle Skrela hit a deadly three-pointer to propel France to the victory. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87, agency: Comsport) finished with 10 points, while Gaelle Skrela added 8 points in the win. Leuchanka Yelena (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) responded with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Belarus. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) had 14 points in the defeat.

Montenegro - Greece 63-76
Greece wrapped up their 2015 EuroBasket Second Stage campaign with a tough victory over Montenegro. Both teams are now tied at 2-3 record in the ladder. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) came up with 29 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Greece accumulated a 22:11 lead after ten minutes. The Hellenes boosted the gap in the second frame. Greece piled up a 44:27 halftime lead. However Montenegro stopped the rot in the third term. The Balkan team pulled within 7 points at the final break. Greece picked up the defensive aggressiveness in the fourth term. They held Greece to just 12 points in the final period and raced to the victory. Artemis Spanou (188-F-93, college: Robert Morris) chipped in 13 points, while Olga Hatzinkolaou added 9 points in the win. Iva Perovanovic (188-C/F-83) answered with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for Montenegro. Angelica Robinson (197-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Georgia) had 13 points and 10 boards in the loss.

Turkey - Czech Republic 59-48
Turkey celebrated the third consecutive victory at the EuroBasket Second Stage. They beat Czech Republic to clinch the top position in Group E. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) scored 23 points and collected 8 rebounds for the winners. Turkey also eliminated Czech Republic from the playoff race. Turkey eked out an 11:10 lead after ten minutes. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the second frame. Turkey established a 26:25 halftime lead. They went on a strong 18:5 rally in the third term to open a comfortable 14-point lead. Czech Republic narrowed the gap in the fourth term but could not avoid a crucial loss in the Second Stage. LaToya Sanders (191-PF-86, college: N.Carolina) finished with 12 points, while Isil Alben (170-G-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 11 points and 11 assists for the winners. Michaela Stejskalova responded with 12 points for Czech Republic. Katerina Elhotova chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Group F
Serbia - Lithuania 72-73
Lithuania celebrated a crucial victory at the 2015 EuroBasket. They nipped Serbia in Group F to seal their quarterfinal appearance. Kamile Nacickaite (181-G-89, college: Drexel) posted 21 points to lead the Baltic team to the vital victory. Serbia got to a dominant start. They erupted for 32 points in the first period and secured a 15-point lead at the first break. Lithuania bounced back in the second quarter. They pulled within 3 points at halftime 37:40. Lithuania stayed aggressive in the third term. They got as close as two points at the final intermission. Kamile Nacickaite then came up with 8 points in the fourth quarter and propelled Lithuania to a hard-fought victory at the end. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) finished with 14 points, while Gabriele Gutkauskaite (175-PG-90) added 11 points in the win. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) answered with 14 points for Serbia. Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) and Petrovic had 12 points each in the loss.

Slovakia - Croatia 84-62
Slovak Republic earned a comfortable victory over Croatia to wrap up their EuroBasket Second Stage campaign on a winning note. Slovak Republic however should wait now for the outcome of Serbia vs. Lithuania clash to know their playoff fate. Slvoak Republic scored 26 points in the first period to open a 10-point lead. They went on a strong 21:9 rally in the second frame to record a 47:25 halftime lead. Croatia stopped the rot in the third term. They pulled within 16 points at the final intermission. However Slovak Republic limited their opponents to just 13 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the victory. Barbora Balintova (175-PG-94) stepped up with 29 points and 6 assists for the winners. Kristi Toliver (170-PG-87, college: Maryland) contributed 23 points and 7 assists for Slovak Republic. Iva Sliskovic answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Croatia. Luca Ivankovic had 13 points in the loss.

Spain - Russia 66-57
Spain claimed the seventh straight victory at the 2015 EuroBasket. They edged Russia to finish on top of Group F. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) posted 24 points and 5 assists to lead the winners. Spain accumulated a 17:9 lead ten minutes into the game. They boosted the gap in the second quarter. Spain accounted for a 38:21 halftime lead. Russia narrowed the distance in the third term. They pulled within 15 points at the final intermission. Russia tried hard to pull within striking distance throughout the fourth term but Spain stayed calm and eased to the victory at the end. Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90) had 10 points, while Anna Cruz added 9 points for Spain. Maria Vadeeva (190-C-98) responded with 15 points for Russia. Elena Beglova (176-G-87) netted 8 points in the loss.


Recap of Day 2 of Second Stage in Hungary and Romania - Jun 20, 2015

Group E
Montenegro - Belarus 77-72
Montenegro clinched the opening victory at the Second Stage of 2015 EuroBasket. They outgunned Belarus to improve at 2-2 record in Group E. Milica Jovanovic (189-F/C-89) scored 20 points and collected 8 rebounds to pace the Balkan team as they had to seal with the absence of their leader Jelena Dubljevic. Montenegro built a 21:14 lead after the opening quarter. Belarus stepped up defensively in the second term. They cut the deficit at 2 points after twenty minutes 33:31. Montenegro sank 23 points in the third term to stay ahead. They entered the fourth period up by 7 points 56:49. Belarus fired 23 points in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the defeat. Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 19 points, while Angelica Robinson (197-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Georgia) added 15 points and 17 rebounds in the win. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) responded with 21 points for Belarus. Leuchanka Yelena (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) notched 15 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.

France - Turkey 56-66
LaToya Sanders (191-PF-86, college: N.Carolina) posted 23 points to lead Turkey past France at EuroBasket. The winners improved at 3-1 record on top of Group E. France in the meantime suffered the first defeat at the tournament. France eked out a 16:15 lead after the first period. Les Bleues maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They built a 33:30 halftime advantage. Turkey denied the deficit in the third quarter. They tied things up at 44 heading into the fourth frame. Turkey used a 13:2 run late in regulation to clear off and raced to the victory at the end. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) posted 13 points, while Isil Alben (170-G-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 9 points for the winners. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87, agency: Comsport) responded with 16 points for France. Isabelle Yacoubou (190-C-86, agency: Comsport) had 8 points in the loss.

Greece - Czech Republic 74-71
Greece clinched the first victory at the 2015 EuroBasket Second Stage. They held off Czech Republic for 1-3 record in Group E. Styliani Kaltsidou (188-F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Greece piled up a 24:22 lead after ten minutes. Czech Republic bounced back in the second term. They fired 26 points to take a 48:43 halftime lead. Greece stiffened defensively in the third term. They held Czech Republic to only 10 points and got within 2 points at the final break. Greece followed with an 18:13 run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) finished with 15 points, while Artemis Spanou (188-F-93, college: Robert Morris) added 12 points and 9 rebounds for the Hellenes. Alena Hanusova (190-C-91) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Czech Republic. Veronika Bortelova (172-G-78) had 15 points in the loss.

Group F
Serbia - Spain 80-91
Spain registered the sixth straight victory at the 2015 EuroBasket. They beat Serbia for 4-0 record in Group F. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) posted 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the winners. Serbia got to a confident start. They knocked down 27 points in the first frame to take a 3-point lead. Spain stiffened defensively in the second frame. They held Serbia to just 13 points to secure a 46:40 halftime advantage. Serbia regained the lead in the third term. The Balkan team accounted for a 62:61 lead at the final break. But Spain unleashed 30 points in the fourth term and sealed the winning outcome. Laura Nicholls (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 20 points, while Anna Cruz (173-PG-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 15 points in the win. Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Serbia. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) had 13 points in the loss.

Lithuania - Croatia 83-64
Lithuania celebrated the second straight victory at the 2015 EuroBasket Second Stage. They knocked down Croatia to improve at 2-2 record. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) posted 18 points to lead the winners. Lithuania silenced Croatia in the first frame. The Baltic team piled up a 30:12 lead after ten minutes. Lithuania extended the margin at 20-point mark at the interval 48:28. Lithuania kept their opponents at distance in the second half. They cruised to the victory in the second part of the game. Vita Kuktiene (186-F-80) finished with 14 points, while Gabriele Gutkauskaite (175-PG-90) added 13 points in the win. Iva Sliskovic answered with 17 points for Croatia. Mirna Mazic (188-F-85, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Richmond) had 13 points in the loss.

Russia - Slovakia 75-61
Russia bounced from the loss a day before and edged Slovak Republic for 3-1 record in Group F of EuroBasket. Maria Vadeeva (190-C-98) scored 22 points to pace the winners. Russia and Slovak Republic exchanged baskets throughout the first period. The scoreboard read 23:23 at the first break. Russia pulled ahead in the second frame. They secured a 41:36 halftime lead. Russia went on a 23:12 run in the third term to gain a 16-point lead at the final intermission. Slovak Republic narrowed the gap in the fourth term but could not avoid the defeat. Eugeniya Belyakova (182-SF-86, agency: IPSA) had 17 points, while Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) added 11 points in the win. Zofia Hruscakova (190-F/C-95) and Barbora Balintova (175-PG-94) netted 15 points each for Slovak Republic.


Start of Second Stage in Hungary and Romania - Jun 18, 2015

Group E
Czech Republic - Belarus 73-70
Czech Republic opened their 2015 EuroBasket Second Stage campaign with victory. They nipped Belarus for 1-2 record in Group E. Alena Hanusova (190-C-91) sank a late three-pointer to ice the victory for Czech Republic. The Czech team eked out an 18:17 lead after the opening quarter. Belarus denied the deficit in the second term. They accounted for a 33:31 halftime lead. Belarus extended the margin in the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 4 points. But Czech Republic erased the distance and pulled ahead late in regulation. Leuchanka Yelena (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) tied things up at 70 with 8 seconds to go in regulation. But Alena Hanusova responded with a decisive three-pointer to win the game for Czech Republic. Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) provided 25 points for the winners. Ilona Burgrova (194-C-84, college: S.Carolina) added 12 points for Czech Republic. Lindsey Harding (173-G-84, college: Duke) posted 25 points for Belarus. Leuchanka Yelena had 19 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

Greece - France 42-51
France recorded the fifth straight victory at the 2015 EuroBasket. They knocked down Greece at the start of the Second Stage. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87, agency: Comsport) and Paoline Salagnac (176-G-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) posted 12 points each for the Les Bleues. France held Greece to just 6 points in the first period to gain a 9-point lead. France and Greece exchanged baskets throughout the second quarter. France accumulated a 25:16 halftime advantage. Greece cut the distance in the third term. The Hellenes pulled within 4 points at the final intermission. But France limited their opponents to just 10 points in the fourth period and cruised to the victory. Celine Dumerc (169-G/F-82, agency: Comsport) tossed in 10 points for the winners. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) replied with 16 points for Greece. Styliani Kaltsidou (188-F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) netted 8 points in the loss.

Turkey - Montenegro 61-41
Turkey victoriously opened the Second Stage campaign at 2015 EuroBasket. They overcame Montenegro for 2-1 record in Group E. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) scored 18 points to lead the winners. Turkey jumped to a 20:8 lead after the opening quarter. Montenegro narrowed the gap in the second frame. The Balkan team got within 7 points at the interval 21:28. However Turkey picked up the tempo in the third quarter. They went on a strong 22:7 run to open a 22-point advantage at the final break. Montenegro held Turkey to just 11 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the defeat. LaToya Sanders (191-PF-86, college: N.Carolina) finished with 15 points, while Isil Alben added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in the win. Snezana Aleksic (173-G-89) answered with 7 points for Montenegro. Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Iva Perovanovic (188-C/F-83) had 5 points each in the loss.

Group F
Croatia - Spain 52-95
Spain recorded the fifth consecutive victory at the 2015 EuroBasket. They stormed past Croatia for 4-0 record in Group F. Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90) and Alba Torrens (188-F-89) netted 16 points each to lead the winners. Spain led from start to finish. They accumulated a 24:13 lead after the opening quarter. Spain boosted the gap in the second term. They built a comfortable 44:24 halftime advantage. Spain held Croatia to just 10 points in the third term to pile up a 28-point advantage. Spain unleashed 33 points in the final period and cruised to the victory. Ndour added 14 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Iva Sliskovic (190-C-84, college: S.Carolina) answered with 11 points for Croatia. Ruzica Dzankic (179-SF-94) and Iva Ciglar (167-PG-85, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 8 points each in the loss.

Lithuania - Russia 78-74
Lithuania victoriously opened the 2015 EuroBasket Second Stage campaign. They erased a massive halftime deficit to beat Russia for a vital victory in Group F. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) posted 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the Baltic team. Russia posted a 22:13 lead after the opening quarter. They dominated in the second period. Russia piled up a comfortable 39:23 halftime advantage. But Lithuania stopped the bleeding after the big break. They slowed Russia down and got within 14 points at the final intermission. Gintare Petronyte scored 7 points to ignite a 17:2 run at the start of the fourth quarter as Lithuania grabbed a 64:63 lead. Russia regained the advantage but Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) and Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) drained back-to-back triples to make it 74:73 for Lithuania with just over a minute to go. Gintare Petronyte and Kamile Nacickaite (181-G-89, college: Drexel) then went deadly from the stripe and sealed the victory for Lithuania. Kamile Nacickaite delivered 19 points, while Sandra Linkeviciene and Marina Solopova finished with 8 points each for the winners. Belyakova, Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) and Irina Osipova (196-C-81) provided 12 points each for Russia.

Slovakia - Serbia 74-76
Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) sank a late layup propelling Serbia to a hard-fought victory over Slovak Republic at the start of the Second Stage for both teams. Sonja Petrovic finished with 15 points as Serbia improved at 2-1 record in Group F. It was a close battle from start to finish. Slovak Republic connected for 23 points in the first period to take a 2-point lead. They protected the lead throughout the second quarter. Slovak Republic ensured a 42:40 halftime advantage. Serbia cut the distance in the third term. They got within a single point at the final intermission. Serbia pulled ahead in the fourth frame. Jovanovic made it 74:72 with 19 seconds remaining. Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) tied things up at 74 with two free throws but Sonja Petrovic converted a decisive layup and iced the win for Serbia. Danielle Page (188-F-86, college: Nebraska) finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds, while Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) added 11 points for the winners. Kristi Toliver (170-PG-87, college: Maryland) responded with 23 points for Slovak Republic. Zuzana Zirkova netted 16 points and collected 6 rebounds in the loss.


Recap of Day 5 in Hungary and Romania - Jun 15, 2015

Group A
Czech Republic - Romania 82-71
Czech Republic defeated Romania to cap their Group A campaign. They improved at 2-2 record in the third position in the ladder. Alena Hanusova (190-C-91) scored 24 points to lead the winners. The Czech team built a 39:35 halftime lead. They stetched the margin at 9-point mark at the final intermission and cruised to the victory. Veronika Bortelova (172-G-78) netted 14 points in the win. Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Drexel) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds for Romania.

France - Montenegro 79-67
France celebrated the fourth consecutive victory in Group A. They beat Montenegro to clinch the top position. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87, agency: Comsport) posted 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Les Bleues. France built a 26:16 lead after the opening quarter. Les Bleues boosted the gap in the second frame. They established a 47:36 halftime advantage. France maintained the lead throughout the third term. They entered the final stanza up by 18 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88, agency: Comsport) chipped in 13 points, while Celine Dumerc (169-G/F-82, agency: Comsport) added 9 points for the winners. Iva Perovanovic (188-C/F-83) answered with 18 points and 6 rebounds for Montenegro. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 14 points in the loss.

Group B
Turkey - Italy 50-44
Turkey fired past Italy to earn the third victory in Group B. Therefore Turkey clinched the second position in the standings. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) finished with 12 points in the victory. Turkey held Italy to only 19 points in the first half building a 12-point halftime lead. Italy narrowed the gap in the second half but could not avoid the defeat. Isil Alben (170-G-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) accounted for 11 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Raffaella Masciadri (188-F-80) replied with 13 points for Italy.

Belarus - Greece 82-57
Maryia Papova (189-F-94) scored 20 points and collected 7 rebounds to pace Belarus past Greece. The winners improved at 4-0 record on top of Group B. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-G/F-88) added 18 points for the winners. Belarus used a 24:7 run in the second term to take an 18-point halftime lead. Belarus poured in 41 points in the second half and sealed the victory. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) responded with 14 points for Greece as they slipped at 2-2 record.

Group C
Croatia - United Kingdom 76-70
Croatia gained a crucial victory in their Second Stage birth hunt. They overcame Great Britain to clinch the fourth position in Group C. Iva Borovic (170-G-88) scored 23 points to lead the winners. Croatia got to a confident start. They accumulated a 25:12 lead after ten minutes. Great Britian narrowed the gap in the next two periods. They pulled within 4 points at the final break. But Croatia held their opponents to just 12 points in the fourth quarter and iced the victory. Iva Sliskovic (190-C-84, college: S.Carolina) accounted for 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Croatia. Rachael Vanderwal (176-G-83, college: Boston U.) replied with 20 points for Great Britain.

Serbia - Russia 53-77
Russia claimed the top position in Group C. They overcame Serbia in the battle of two undefeated teams. Eugeniya Belyakova (182-SF-86, agency: IPSA) netted 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the winners. Russia went on a 23:7 run in the second period to take a 41:24 halftime lead. Russia extended the margin at 20-point mark before the fourth term and cruised to the victory in the fourth frame. Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) chipped in 14 points, while Elena Kirillova (186-SG-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 13 points for Russia. Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) answered with 15 points for Serbia.

Group D
Slovakia - Hungary 74-86
Hungary wrapped up their EuroBasket campaign with a comfortable victory over Slovak Republic. Allie Quigley (178-G-86, college: De Paul) nailed 26 points to lead the hosts to to the opening win in Group D. Hungary went on a strong 47:27 halftime advantage. Hungary sank 23 points in the third term to ensure a 21-point cushion. They protected the lead well throughout the fourth stanza and raced to the win. Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Tijana Krivacevic (196-F-90) tossed in 20 points each for Hungary. Kristi Toliver (170-PG-87, college: Maryland) replied with 22 points for Slovak Republic. Martina Kissova (185-F-93) had 17 points in the loss.

Spain - Sweden 64-60
Spain captured the fourth consecutive victory in Group D. They rallied past Sweden to clinch the top position in the pool. Anna Cruz (173-PG-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed 13 points to pace the winners. Spain unleashed 25 points in the starting period to take a 9-point advantage. Spain boosted the margin at 10-point mark at the interval 39:29. Spain held Sweden to just 9 points in the third term and secured a 12-point lead at the final intermission. The Scandinavian team cut the deficit to a single point late in regulation but Laura Nicholls converted a three-point play and iced the win for Spain. Astou Ndour (198-C-94, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Alba Torrens (188-F-89) delivered 10 points each for the winners. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with 12 points for Sweden.


Recap of Day 4 in Hungary and Romania - Jun 14, 2015

Group A
Romania - France 67-76
France recorded the third consecutive victory in Romania. They overcame the hosts to stay undefeated in Group A. Paoline Salagnac (176-G-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) posted 17 points to lead Les Bleues. Romania grabbed a 40:37 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 6-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. But France responded with a 22:7 rally in the fourth period to claim victory. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87, agency: Comsport) provided 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88, agency: Comsport) added 14 points in the victory. Claudia Pop (182-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Ancuta Stoenescu (174-G-80) responded with 14 points each for Romania.

Montenegro - Ukraine 84-71
Montenegro fired past Ukraine for the third consecutive victory in Group A. Angelica Robinson (197-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Georgia) came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Montenegro built a 25:21 lead after the opening quarter. They stretched the gap in the second term. Montenegro accumulated a 49:35 halftime lead. Ukraine unloaded 27 points in the third term to pull within two points. But Montenegro stiffened defensively in the final period holding Ukraine to just 9 points and cruising to the victory. Iva Perovanovic (188-C/F-83) accounted for 17 points in the win. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) responded with 33 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Ukraine. Olena Samburska (172-G-89) had 12 points in the defeat.

Group B
Greece - Turkey 50-61
Turkey outgunned Greece for 2-1 record in Group B. LaToya Sanders (191-PF-86, college: N.Carolina) provided 18 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Turkey eked out a 14:13 lead after the opening quarter. But Greece denied the deficit and spurred ahead for a 30:25 halftime lead. But Turkey stiffened defensively in the second half. They held the Hellenes to just 6 points in the third term to open a 5-point lead. Turkey dropped 20 points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Isil Alben (170-G-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) and Birsel Vardarli (175-PG-84) finished with 9 points each for Turkey. Styliani Kaltsidou (188-F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) responded with 12 points each for Greece.

Italy - Poland 66-55
Giorgia Sottana scored 17 points and Italy rolled past Poland for the initial win at the 2015 EuroBasket. Poland jumped to a 22:17 lead after the opening quarter. However the Azzurri quickly bounced back. They held Poland to 9 points in the second term and recorded a 35:31 halftime lead. Poland tied things up at 51 at the final intermission. Italy limited Poland to only 4 points in the fourth frame and raced to the victory. Raffaella Masciadri (188-F-80) produced 14 points, while Kathirin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.) added 7 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) replied with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Poland. Elzbieta Mowlik (180-F-83) had 13 points in the loss.

Group C
Russia - Latvia 62-68
Latvia registered the second straight victory at the EuroBasket. They upset Russia for 2-2 record in Group C. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-SG-83) nailed 20 points to lead the winners. Latvia earned a 22:15 lead after the opening quarter. Russia narrowed the deficit in the second frame to pull within 5 points at halftime 31:36. Russia denied the deficit in the third term. They held Latvia to 11 points in the period to ensure a one-point lead. But Latvia responded with a 21:14 run in the fourth quarter and marched to the victory. Gunta Basko-Melnbarde (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Siena) finished with 18 points, while Aija Putnina (191-F/C-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 13 points in the win. Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) responded with 16 points for Russia. Irina Osipova (196-C-81) had 11 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

United Kingdom - Serbia 54-76
Serbia rallied past Great Britain for the third consecutive victory in Group C. Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) accounted for 17 points to lead Serbia. The Balkan team accounted for a 21:12 advantage after ten minutes. Serbia registered a 36:26 halftime lead. Serbia followed with a 28-point outburst in the third quarter to gain a massive 26-point lead at the final intermission. Great Britain held Serbia to just 12 points in the fourth period but only sweetened the pill at the end. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) provided 12 points in the victory. Rachael Vanderwal (176-G-83, college: Boston U.) responded with 13 points for Great Britain.

Group D
Hungary - Spain 46-69
Alba Torrens nailed 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Spain past Hungary in Group D. Spain therefore improved at 3-0 record on top of the standings. Spain built a 21:13 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Spain accumulated a 34:26 halftime lead. Hungary cut the deficit in the third term. The hosts pulled within 3 points at the final intermission. But Spain reacted with a stunning 25:5 run in the fourth period and raced to the victory. Astou Ndour (198-C-94, agency: Josep and Nicolas) netted 13 points and collected 9 rebounds, while Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90) and Laura Nicholls (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 9 points each in the win. Katalin Honti (177-G-87) responded with 10 points for Hungary. Allie Quigley (178-G-86, college: De Paul) chipped in 8 points in the defeat.

Sweden - Lithuania 68-70
Lithuania eked out a narrow victory over Sweden and improved at 2-2 record in Group D. Santa Okockyte (175-PG-92) tallied 19 points to pace the Baltic team. Lithuania snatched a 33:29 halftime advantage. Lithuania dropped 28 points in the third term to register a comfortable 10-point lead before the fourth frame. Sweden however did not give up and got within striking distance late in regulation. But Kamile Nacickaite (181-G-89, college: Drexel) sank a pair of free throws in the dying seconds and sealed the victory for Lithuania. She finished with 15 points and 6 boards in the win. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) responded with 18 points and 11 rebounds for Sweden as they slipped at 1-2 record.


Recap of Day 3 in Hungary and Romania - Jun 13, 2015

Group A
Ukraine - Romania 78-71
Ukraine used a late rally to upset Romania and celebrate the first victory at the tournament. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) sank 33 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead teh winners. Romania posted a 24:19 lead ten minutes into the game. Ukraine cut the deficit at 4-point mark at the interval. They dropped 25 points in the third term to ensure a one-point advantage before the final stanza. Ukraine limited Romania to 15 points in the fourth quarter and iced the win. Katerina Dorogobuzova (190-F-90) contributed 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Claudia Pop (182-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) responded with 14 points for the hosts.

France - Czech Republic 85-75
France earned the second straight victory at the 2015 EuroBasket. They beat Czech Republic to stay undefeated in Group A. Sandrine Gruda was unstoppable with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Les Bleues. France erupted for 28 points in the opening quarter and gained a 11-point lead. Czech Republic however bounced back with a 28:16 run to take a narrow 45:44 halftime lead. But France were back in control after the big break. They raced to a 9-point lead at the final break and cruised to the victory at the end. Diandra Tchatchouang (186-F-91, agency: Comsport, college: Maryland) scored 12 points, while Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88, agency: Comsport) added 14 points for Les Bleues. Katerina Elhotova responded with 20 points for Czech Republic. Ilona Burgrova had 17 points in the loss.

Group B
Poland - Greece 50-59
Styliana Kaltsidou scored 13 points and Greece overcame Poland to stay perfect in Group B. Poland in the meantime fell at 0-3 record. Greece found themselves trailing by 10 points at the first intermission. But they picked up defensive aggressivness in the second period. The Hellenes held Poland to just 4 points and narrowed the gap 3-point mark. Greece followed with a strong 20:9 run in the third quarter to surge ahead. They held Poland to 12 points in the fourth stanza and sealed the victory. Artemis Spanou (188-F-93, college: Robert Morris) posted 12 points and 10 boards, while Katerina Sotiriou (186-F-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 11 points for the winning team. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) replied with 11 points for Poland.

Turkey - Belarus 52-67
Belarus clinched the third consecutive win in Group B. This time they rolled past ambitious Turkey. Leuchanka Yelena (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) posted 15 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Belarus held Turkey to just 21 points in the first half to gain a 5-point lead. Belarus dropped 25 points in the third period to take a 13-point advantage. They protected it well throughout the final quarter and raced to the victory. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) accounted for 14 points for Belarus. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) answered with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Turkey.

Group C
Latvia - United Kingdom 67-58
Anete Steinberga (190-C-90, agency: LBM Management, college: UTEP) nailed 25 points to lead Latvia past Great Britain in Szombathely today. Great Britain looked solid in the first half. They ensured a 27:26 halftime advantage. But Latvia eventually took over. The Baltic team went on a 23:11 run in the third quarter to open an 11-point lead. They protected it throughout the fourth quarter and marched to the first victory in Group C. Gunta Basko finished with 18 points, while Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-SG-83) added 12 points in the win. Temitope Fagbenle (193-F-92) responded with 22 points for Great Britain.

Serbia - Croatia 89-72
Serbia outgunned Croatia for 2-0 record in Group C. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) was pivotal for the winners with 18 points. Croatia eked out a 20:19 lead ten minutes into the encounter. But Serbia responded with a 25-point effort in the second period to take a 44:40 halftime lead. Serbia stayed on fire throughout the third quarter. They dropped 26 points to secure a 13-point cushion. They held Croatia to just 15 points in the final period and rallied to the win. Nevena Jovanovic (182-SG-90) had 10 points, while Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 9 points for Serbia. Mirna Mazic answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Croatia.

Group D
Lithuania - Hungary 72-66
Lithuania grabbed a valuable victory in Group D. The Baltic side overcame hosting Hungary for 1-2 record. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) stepped up with 28 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Lithuania used a 24:8 run in the second period to take a 39:23 halftime lead. Hungary responded with a strong push in the third term to get within 5 points at the final intermission. But Lithuania dropped 20 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory. Gabriele Gutkauskaite (175-PG-90) accounted for 9 points for Lithuania. Allie Quigley (178-G-86, college: De Paul) responded with 20 points for Hungary.

Spain - Slovakia 82-81
Spain survived a tough challenge from Slovak Republic en route to the second victory at EuroBasket. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) scored 20 points including several key free throws late in regulation to topscore for Spain. Slovak Republic jumped toa 20:14 lead after the opening quarter. Spain managed to deny the deficit and surge ahead for a narrow 58:57 lead at the final break. Slovak Republic regained the advantage late in regulation but Alba Torrens and Astou Ndour (198-C-94, agency: Josep and Nicolas) stepped up for Spain when it mattered the most and sealed the victory. Anna Cruz (173-PG-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) accounted for 14 points in the win. Kristi Toliver (170-PG-87, college: Maryland) replied with 22 points for Slovak Republic.


Recap of Day 2 in Hungary and Romania - Jun 12, 2015

Group A
Romania - Montenegro 61-79
Montenegro recorded the second straight victory at the EuroBasket. They upset hosting Romania to stay on top of Group A. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) posted 19 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds for the winners. Montenegro used a furious 25:4 rally in the second term to take a 51:22 halftime lead. Romania cut the deficit in the second half but could not avoid a heavy defeat. Milica Jovanovic (189-F/C-89) accounted for 11 points for the winners. Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Drexel) responded with 18 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds for Romania. Florina Pascalau (193-PF-82) tossed in 12 points in the loss.

Czech Republic - Ukraine 80-79
Czech Republic eked out a narrow victory over Ukraine to improve at 1-1 record in Group A. Alena Hanusova (190-C-91) and Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) posted 23 points each to pace the winners. Ukraine fell at 0-2 record after the defeat. Czech Republic built a 31:17 lead after ten minutes of action. Ukraine narrowed the deficit at 7-point mark before the fourth quarter. They dropped 24 points in the final period but came up short of victory at the end. Veronika Bortelova (172-G-78) had 12 points and 10 assists for the winners. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) responded with game-high 32 points for Ukraine.

Group B
Belarus - Poland 65-49
Belarus stayed on the winning track at EuroBasket. They rallied past Poland to improve at 2-0 record on top of Group B. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) accounted for 13 points for the winners. Belarus got to a confident start. They grabbed a 23:18 lead at the first break. Belarus boosted the margin at 34:24 at the interval. Belarus kept Poland at distance throughout the third term. They stretched the margin at 19-point mark and raced to the victory. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-G/F-88) dropped 10 points for the winners. Justyna Cegielska (188-F-85) responded with 13 points for Poland. Katarzyna Krezel (184-F/G-85, agency: Promotex, college: UTEP) had 10 points in the defeat.

Greece - Italy 51-46
Greece held off Italy for the opening victory in Group B. Katerina Sotiriou (186-F-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) accounted for 13 points to lead the Hellenes. Italy rallied to an 18:9 lead after the opening quarter. But Greece stopped the rot and limited Italy to just 4 points in the second period. Greece built a 25:22 halftime lead. The Azzurri responded with a 15:6 run in the third term to regain the advantage but not for long. Greece finished the game on a 20:9 run and sealed the victory. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Styliani Kaltsidou (188-F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) accounted for 9 points each for the winners. Kathirin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.) replied with 13 points and 11 rebounds for Italy. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93, agency: LBM Management) had 10 points in the loss.

Group C
United Kingdom - Russia 40-71
Russia eased to the second victory in Szombathely. They coasted past Great Britain to stay perfect in Group B. Maria Vadeeva (190-C-98) chipped in 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Russia led from start to finish in this one. They established a 25:13 advantage at the first break. Russia extended the gap at 38:22 halftime advantage. Russia kept Great Britain at bay in the second and breezed to the victory. Epiphanny Prince and Irina Osipova (196-C-81) posted 10 points each for Russia. Azania Stewart (195-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Florida) replied with 10 points for Great Britain.

Croatia - Latvia 67-63
Croatia knocked down Latvia to open win count at the EuroBasket. Iva Sliskovic (190-C-84, college: S.Carolina) posted 15 points and 6 rebounds in the victory. Croatia piled up a 36:29 halftime advantage. Latvia narrowed the distance in the third term. The Baltic team got within 5 points at the final break. Latvia sank 20 points in the fourth quarter but had to surrender at the end. Mirna Mazic (188-F-85, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Richmond) produced 13 points and 8 rebounds for Croatia. Anete Steinberga (190-C-90, agency: LBM Management, college: UTEP) responded with 24 points and 8 rebounds for Latvia.

Group D
Hungary - Sweden 63-72
Sweden captured the starting victory in Group D. They shocked hosting Hungary in Sopron for 1-1 record. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) was unstoppable with 28 points for the Scandinavian team. Hungary registered a 39:27 halftime advantage. Sweden narrowed the distance in the third term. They pulled within 5 points at the final intermission. Sweden went on a strong 26:12 surge in the fourth period and sealed the victory. Ashley Key (177-G-85, college: N.Carolina St.) provided 9 points, while Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 7 points for the winners. Allie Quigley and Dora Horti (193-C-87, agency: 1x1 Sports) responded with 14 points each for Hungary.

Slovakia - Lithuania 85-79
Kristi Toliver (170-PG-87, college: Maryland) had another stellar performance with 23 points and 6 assists to propel Slovak Republic past Lithuania in Sopron. Slovak Republic gained 2-0 lead on top of Group D following the victory. Slovak Republic built a 45:35 halftime lead. Lithuania fired 30 points in the third quarter to take a 3-point advantage before the fourth quarter. But Slovak Republic reacted with a 23:14 surge in the final stanza to ice the victory. Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) delivered 17 points for Slovak Republic. Kamile Nacickaite (181-G-89, college: Drexel) responded with 22 points for Lithuania. Egle Siksniute (198-F/C-91) had 12 points in the loss.


Turkey stuns Poland - Jun 11, 2015

Turkey overcame a stellar performance of Polish center Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) (24 points 7 rebounds) and took advantage of mediocre freethrowshooting of their opponents to take the win in their tournament opener.

Poland used effective shooting in the first part of the game to get a 17-11 advantage after ten minutes. They extended their lead to 33-26 at the break only to see momentum shift dramatically in the second part of the game. Turkey paced by center Lara Sanders (16 points 7 rebounds) grabbed the lead at the end of the third stanza to take control of the game. Poland almost got back in the driver seat, tying the game at 51-51 but Turkey scored six of the final nine points of the game to hold on for the win.

Leading scorers:
Poland: Ewelina Kobryn 24 points 7 rebounds.
Turkey: Lara Sanders 16 points 7 rebounds


Serbia shakes of brave Latvians - Jun 11, 2015

Serbia took control of a tight game at 31-33 and never looked back cruising to a 60-76 victory. Latvian center Anete Steinberga (190-C-90, agency: LBM Management, college: UTEP) grabbed a tournament record five fouls before the first quart was over to foul out.

It was a first quarter that showed a tight and level game. Serbia took a small lead and paced by Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) they brought that lead to the break at 37-39. It was a small lead and Latvia managed to grab it for a while at 43-41. The next score however was 43-52 in Serbia's adventage. The 11-0 run Serbia made proved to be the nail on the coffin for Latvia. Latvia saw young forward Kitija Laksa (182-SG-96) grab 7 points in nearly 18 minutes while Kristine Vitola had 9 points to go with 16 boards in thirty strong minutes.

Leading scorers:
Latvia: Aneta Jekabsone 11 points; Kristine Vitola (193-C-91, college: UTEP) 9 points 16 rebounds:
Serbia: Sonja Petrovic 19 points; Jelena Milovanovic 15 points; Danielle Page 10 points



Sweden suffers fourth quarter defeat versus Slovak Republic - Jun 11, 2015

Slovak veteran Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) had 26 points 6 rebounds and 4 dimes in a strong win that set back Swedish hopes for their opener. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 19 points and 7 rebounds for the losing side.

Sweden was off to a decent start. While Zurkova was the only one constantly finding the hole for Slovak Republic the Swedish squad saw Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Elisabeth Egnell (186-F-87, college: Boston Coll.)
As Sweden boasted a 40-30 lead at the halftime mark they seemed to be in control, but the second half proved otherwise. Slovak Republic grabbed momentum and at the start of the final stanza the game could go either way. As Sweden seemed to manage the best start of the final quarter they grasped for a lead but didn't manage to hold on to it. In the final minutes it was once again Slovak leading scorer Zirkova who clinched the win.

Leading scorers:
Sweden: Louice Halvarsson 19 punten 7 rebounds; Frida Eldebrink 17 punten 7 rebounds; Elisabeth Egnell 14 punten.
Slovak Republic: Zirkova 26 punten 6 rebounds 4 assists.



Russia makes presence felt in routing of Croatia - Jun 11, 2015

Russia did not hide their ambitions for this years edition of Eurobasket Women in the opener versus Croatia. Using a tight suffocating defense in the third quarter after already enjoying a double digit lead they took a commanding 83-62 victory.

Russia may be in the tournament without stellar young pointguard Ksenia 'Rubio' Levchenko, but they made no effort to hide their ambition for this years event: Erase the erroneous campagin of 2013 where they left the tournament after failing to make a decent impression. In ten minutes the Russian team grabbed a 22-13 lead, bringing it to a 42-32 mark at halfway. Suffocating defense on the far from mediocre Croatian team had them extend their lead to 65-39 after thirty minutes. The message sent was clear: Don't rule us out yet.
The Croatian team had to wait another five minutes to even have a feel of competing in the game as the Russian team let go off the driverseat in the final five minutes where the Croatians made a little 14-4 run to close the game. Youngstar Maria Vadeeva had 7 points and 5 boards for the winners.

Leading Scorers
Russia : Epihanny Prince 16 pnt 5 assists. Natalia Vieru 14 pnt. Marina Kuzina 13 pnt; Irina Osipova 4 pnt 10 rebs 6 assists.
Croatia : Iva Ciglar 17; Iva Sliskovic 12;



France make solid opening statement in routing of Ukraine - Jun 11, 2015

France features to be one of the main contenders for Eurobasket Women 2015's crown and they backed up that status in a 55-79 routing of Ukraine behind a monstrous performance of SSandrine Gruda (193-C-87, agency: Comsport) who totalled 18 points to go with 15 rebounds.

The Bleuettes allowed to Ukrainian team, paced by ALina Iagupova , to be in the game for a little more than ten minutes at the start of the game, then accelerated to get a 33-35 curshion at the half, only to put the game away in the second half with a devastating 22-44 score bridging the third and fourth quarter.

Topscorers:
Ukraine: Iagupova 19 pnt 4 rebs;
France: Gruda 18 pnt 15 rebs; Salagnac 15 pnt; Yacoubou 10;



Defensive first half clinic gets Spain clear win - Jun 11, 2015

Spain put on an impressive defensive clinic in the first half to cruise to a 58-72 victory over Lithuania in a commanding win to open their tournament. All Lithuanian players were kept in single digit scoring.

That very feat, as well as the impressive perfromances of Astou Ndour (198-C-94, agency: Josep and Nicolas) (only 20 years old!) who exploded for 22 points and 12 rebounds , and Alba Torrens who chipped in with 18 points 7 rebounds and 6 assists got the Lithuanians in a hole they were not able to get out of. It was not a horrific game for the Lithuanians who proved after the break they can play with the best, so hope for Rio 2016 is not gone yet.
The Lithuanians themselves limitid Spain to 28 first half points to keep a hiint of an exciting game in the harts of their fans. After being down 21-41 they managed to get a little closer, but never really made an impression to have a shot at the win.

Leading scorers:
Lithuania: Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) 9 pnt 7 rebs; Kamile Nacickaite (181-G-89, college: Drexel) 8 pnt 7 rebs; Linkeviciene 8 pnt 4 rebs;
Spain: Astou Ndour 22 pnt 12 rebs; Torrens 18 pnt 7 rebs 6 assists; Cruz 13 pnt.






by Dhruv
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