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  FIBA European Championship 2011 Women Poland daily news



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The 2011 European Women Basketball Championship, commonly called EuroBasket Women 2011, will be the 33rd regional championship held by FIBA Europe. The competition will be held in Poland from June 18 - July 3, 2011.

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July 3, 2011

Golden Russia Down Turkey In Style

russia won eurobasket women 2011 title
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It wasn't the smoothest of rides but a rampant Russia finally reached their destination to top the podium and be crowned EuroBasket Women 2011 champions. Their stuttering and unconvincing start to the tournament was little more than a distant memory as they swept aside Turkey with a classy and powerful performance to make up for missing out on top spot in the Final two years ago. The victory also ensured their remarkable sequence of podium success woven during previous years continued. Having won alternate silver and gold medals since 2001, the pattern had hinted at gold this time around and they duly delivered. Led by veteran Maria Stepanova and tournament MVP Elena Danilochkina, Russia pretty much controlled the game from start to finish as they utilised their strength in the paint and all-round depth of their roster to great effect. Turkey found it really tough going against an imperious Russian defence right from the first moments. Read more here.

France Defeat Czechs To Conquer Bronze


france wins eurobasket women 2011 bronze

Two years after claiming gold, France secured the consolation of bronze at EuroBasket Women with a 63-56 victory over the Czech Republic in Lodz. Both teams came to Poland with greater ambitions in mind. Both have the consolation of places at next year's Olympic qualification tournament. Only one, however, will take home a medal. But it took a late surge for Pierre Vincent's team to earn a souvenir for their efforts this summer. Gruda began her explosion with 8 points in the first quarter but Les Bleues trailed 20-15 as the Czechs delivered an energetic start. The forward continued her personal assault in the second to draw the French level but Eva Viteckova was matching her, score for score, and she ignited a 6-0 run which sent her side 30-24 clear at half-time. Read more here.


Danilochkina Heads All-Tournament Team

eurobasket women 2011 all tourmanet team

Russia guard Elena Danilochkina was named as the Most Valuable Player of EuroBasket Women 2011 after sparking her country to a third championship in eight years. The 25-year-old emerged as her team's most influential player in Poland, shooting over 50% from the field to lead the Russians in scoring while hitting 18 points in both the quarter and semi-finals. "Elena's young but she's a great player," praised team-mate Maria Stepanova. "Sometimes when we need it, she tells us to get going. At other times, she gets us to slow down and be patient and play smart. She's become the new leader of our team." Read more here.


July 2, 2011 - Semifinals

Majestic Russia In The Final
Elena Danilochkina travelled to the EuroBasket Women as a member of Russia's national team but there is a pretty good chance she'll leave as the nation's brightest new star. The 25-year-old shooting guard-turned playmaker tore apart the Czech Republic in the first half with another scintillating shooting display and finished with a game-high 18 points as Russia rolled to an 85-53 victory. Danilochkina didn't miss a shot from the floor before the break when she poured in 16 of her points, including four makes on shots from long range. Russia will now take on either France or Turkey in Sunday's gold medal game. The Czechs went into the game on the back of an impressive victory against Croatia but time and time again, they failed to get a player in front of Danilochkina when she had the ball beyond the arc. Read more here.

Turkey Outlast France In OT Thriller
Turkey delivered a heart-stopping performance to end the reign of defending EuroBasket Women champions France, beating the odds once again to claim a stunning 68-62 overtime win that sent them onwards to Sunday's final against Russia. Ten points clear in the second period, Ceyhyn Yildoglu's side were tested to the limit, mentally and physically. But in a dramatic OT, they hit the last seven points and then embraced on another in celebration. In their first-ever European semi-final, Turkey showed no signs of fear against the two-time winners, converting 12 points without reply in the opening quarter. Sitting 16-15 ahead at the end of the first quarter, the underdogs made their strongest run. Read more here.


July 1, 2011 - Classification Games for 5th to 8th Place

Montenegro Back To Winning Ways
The Montenegro fairytale is alive once again after a late surge against Lithuania put them within touching distance of a place at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Having frozen against Turkey during their quarter-final, they looked considerably more relaxed and more like the team that graced Katowice as they held their nerve to overturn an eight point deficit. They now find themselves just one win away from getting a shot at making it to London 2012 as they prepare to face fellow surprise package Croatia in a mouth-watering fifth place game. The game had started with both teams playing scrappy and a struggle of epic proportions unfolded as both Montenegro and Lithuania tried to make a decisive run and break the game open. Read more here.


June 30, 2011 - Quarterfinals Day 2

France Beat Lithuania, Reach The Semis
The reigning champions have spoken loud and clear: ‘Don't write us off.' France had to battle their way through injury and inconsistency to survive the group stages of EuroBasket Women but they now stand just two wins away from defending their title. But they had to fight once more to book their place in the semi-finals with a 66-58 victory over Lithuania on Thursday in Lodz. Now they will face Turkey on Friday evening for a place in the grand finale of the championships. It surely cannot be harder than this. For 40 minutes, the two teams pushed and fought each other, refusing to give up. France made its decisive move in the third quarter. Lithuania chased desperately but could not make up the lost ground. Read more here.

Turkey Stop The Montenegro Express
Turkey shut down the Montenegro scoring machine on Thursday to move within one victory of a medal at the EuroBasket Women in Poland. Previously unbeaten, Miodrag Baletic's Montenegrins led 27-24 at the break but caved in the third quarter and ultimately fell 56-44. Ceyhyn Yildizoglu's side will now meet the winner of the fourth and last Quarter-Final between Lithuania and defending champions France. Montenegro struggled against Turkey´s suffocating defense and could not stop their opponent´s superb shooting from behind the arc. Turkey were nine of 14 (64%) from three-point range, with Saziye Ivegin making four of those. Read more here.


June 30, 2011 - Classification Games for 5th to 8th Place

Croatia Bounce Back To Beat Latvia
A resilient Croatia bounced straight back from their quarter-final mauling by Czech Republic to keep their hopes of reaching the Olympic Games alive. Despite a sluggish start, they overpowered a lacklustre and jaded looking Latvia whose London 2012 dreams are now over. Ironically it was the Latvians who started with more energy in a high tempo and highly entertaining first half before fading badly during the latter stages. With eight lead changes summarising an exciting first couple of quarters, the game had looked as if it would go down to the wire. Read more here.


June 29, 2011 - Quarterfinals Day 1

Czechs Rout Croatia To Reach Semis
The Czech Republic blew away Croatia in the third quarter and claimed a 79-63 victory to reach the Semi-Finals of the EuroBasket Women. Eva Viteckova had 17 points while the interior play of the Czechs on defense in the third quarter helped Lubor Blazek's side shut down their opponents and go on a 24-0 run that finished early in the final period. The scoring rampage left the Czech Republic with a 68-40 stranglehold on the game. Petra Kulichova and Ilona Burgrova were immense inside for the Czechs, combining for 22 points and 16 rebounds. While credited with just three blocks, the duo altered even more shots. The victory has thrown the Czechs into another classic confrontation with traditional rivals Russia. Read more here.

Russia Ease Past Latvia Into Semis
Russia eased their way into the semi-finals courtesy of a stunning first-half perimeter shooting display which put Latvia to bed early. Right from the tip-off, it was Russia who looked the better team as they moved into a 17-8 lead having made two uncontested triples which set the tone for what was to follow. It could have been a lot worse for Latvia had Zane Tamane and Elina Babkina not both been perfect from the field during the first eight minutes of action as they helped their team rally with a 10-2 run. However there was no stopping Russia from three-point range in the second quarter either. They fired up another flurry of three-balls and soon had the cushion of a commanding double digit lead. Read more here.


June 29, 2011 - EuroBasket Women: Second round review

We now head to the quarter-final stage of the EuroBasket Women. And to say everything is going to plan is sadly very mistaken. Here's the outlook of the second round.

Group E:

Advanced - Czech Republic, Lithuania, Russia and Turkey.  Out - Belarus and Great Britain. As expected, the favourites, Czech Republic and Russia go through, along with Lithuania and surprise package of the last-eight Turkey.  The Czechs top the group with just one defeat, which was at the hands of Russia, who themselves qualify, but still haven't won some of the critics over with their performances. This year's tournament proving just how open and competitive it is. Russia though did comfortably beat Turkey and Belarus before nearly getting stunned by Great Britain. They just about pulled off a 62-59 victory on the final day. Lithuania go through, quietly without any fuss. Winning a thriller against Great Britain by one point then despatching Belarus to advance. They did lose their final encounter against the Czechs. Read more here.



June 27, Day 9 - Second Round

Turkey Upset Belarus, Advance
Turkey produced arguably their best performance of EuroBasket Women to book a quarter-final tie with Montenegro in Lodz on Thursday with a 65-56 victory over Belarus. The 2010 world championship semi-finalists are going home. And they will regret delivering their worst three quarters of this tournament as they dug a hole that was too deep to claw out of. To save themselves from elimination, the Turks were aggressive and refused to back down. An early 13-2 run pushed them in front and they would never trail again. Read more here.

Czechs Beat Lithuania, Clinch Top Spot
Eva Viteckova fuelled a Czech Republic fight-back against Lithuania to help her team seal top spot in Group E and set up a quarter-final clash with Croatia. In a game that was as intense as any seen in Bydgoszcz, Lithuania were hugely impressive in a slick first fifteen minutes when they played great team basketball to build a double digit lead. However Viteckova helped to turn the tide and then subsequently finished the job to ensure it was Lithuania who will face reigning champions France in Lodz. Viteckova was ably helped by Katerina Elhotova in the scoring stakes who regained her shooting touch after a rare off day last time out. Read more here.

Russia Survive Britain Scare
Russia booked their place in the quarter-finals of EuroBasket Women but they had to survive a major scare against Britain before claiming a 62-59 victory. The pre-tournament favourites rebounded from 15 points down in the second quarter but it eventually took an 8-0 run in the final two minutes to ensure they will progress from Group E. It also simplified the mathematics with the game between Belarus and Turkey now becoming a winner-takes-all tie on Monday evening. Britain ended their first-ever EuroBasket Women appearance with another determined showing and another late disappointment. Read more here.


June 26, Day 8 - Second Round

Perfect Montenegro Top Group F
Montenegro faced another opponent at the EuroBasket Women and claimed yet another scalp on Sunday with a 74-70 triumph over Latvia. In the battle for first place, Montenegro prevailed with Jelena Dubljevic scoring 20 of her game-high 24 points in the first half. Playing in the event for the first time, Montenegro have already had a tournament to remember with victories over hosts Poland, Spain, Germany, Croatia, France and now Latvia. Now Miodrag Baletic's team will try and show they can continue to win in Lodz when the knockout stages of the competition get underway. Dubljevic, who also had 11 rebounds, six assists and two steals, was terrific yet again for Montenegro. Read more here.

Epic Croatia Knock Out Spain
Croatia shot down Spain and reached the Quarter-Finals of the EuroBasket Women on Sunday in Katowice. In a do-or-die Group F battle for a spot in the last eight, Croatia upset the Eurobasket Women 2009 bronze medallists , a nation that had reached the podium in every European Championship since 2001. Just last year, Spain captured the bronze medal at the FIBA World Championship for Women. Croatia have turned a EuroBasket Women nightmare into a dream they will now not want to wake up from. Annihilated 86-40 by France in their opening game, Croatia progressed to Round 2 by virtue of their last-second win over Greece in their next Group D game and they also dug deep to beat EuroBasket Women hosts Poland in Group F on Friday. Read more here.

France Deprive Hosts Of Farewell Win
Poland threatened to spring a big upset in their last game as hosts of the EuroBasket Women but failed to execute down the stretch and lost to France. Les Bleues prevailed 58-54, getting 15 points from Emilie Gomis. While the veteran shooting guard hit five of seven shots from the field, France struggled from the floor all day and finished 21 of 56 (38%) as a team. Poland had their opportunities to get a second win in the tournament, with Germany having been the only team to fall to Dariusz Maciejewski's side. Elzbieta Mowlik had 11 points as the Poles led 15-8 at the end of the first quarter after France stormed back to lead 24-19 at the break, Poland again came to life and took a 44-39 advantage to the last quarter. Read more here.


June 25, Day 7 - Second Round

Lithuania Win Keeps Suspense High
Sandra Linkeviciene had 15 points and 11 rebounds as Lithuania delivered an emphatic late surge to defeat Belarus 68-50. The result sees Algirdas Paulaskas' side boast the only unbeaten record in the standings but has thrown up the potential for huge intrigue on the final day of second round action on Monday. Saturday's combination of results has decreed that Russia must also defeat Great Britain, who have been eliminated, to be sure of progressing to the quarter-finals. And if they secure their place in the last eight, it would then see Belarus and Turkey effectively stage a play-off to decide who will join them, Lithuania and the Czech Republic in Lodz next week. With the chance to avoid any anxiety, the Belarussians came up just short and would regret a poor second quarter and a nightmare shooting performance. Read more here.

Russia Survive Late Czech Rally
A rejuvenated and energized Russia put one foot in the quarter-finals after handing the  Czech Republic a first loss of the tournament. The static and predictable Russian offence of previous games was nowhere to be seen as they posted a much improved and up-tempo display which caught the Czechs cold and trailing in their wake right from the tip-off. Visibly more aggressive and willing to push the ball down the floor at every opportunity rather than being obsessed with a half-court game, they suddenly looked both fun to watch and a real danger for Lodz should they finish the job against Great Britain, or Belarus beat Lithuania to seal the deal for their neighbours. Read more here.

Turkey Hang On To Beat Britain
Turkey produced a determined display at the EuroBasket finals with a 64-57 win over Great Britain in Bydgoszcz on Saturday. Despite 18 points from Natalie Stafford and a spirited fightback in the fourth quarter, the 2012 Olympic Games hosts could not pull off an escape after falling behind in the second quarter. Building on their 33-37 advantage at half-time, Turkey started the second half with a 8-2 run sparked by Nevriye Yilmaz to go 41-29 ahead. However Stafford ignited an 8-0 burst which closed the deficit to 53-50 at the end of the third period and the Australian-born guard set up a tense finale when she brought GB to within 57-55 with 1:20 remaining. Read more here.


June 24, Day 6 - Second Round

Unstoppable Montenegro Beat France
They came, they saw and they continued to conquer. Montenegro claimed another scalp on Friday at the EuroBasket Women, and not just any scalp. They beat defending champions France, 73-68, to remain undefeated on their debut appearance in the tournament. France, who went down in overtime to Latvia in Group D, have now lost two of their three games in Katowice. Their superior goal differential against Croatia, a team they beat 86-40 on opening night, and their 79-55 hammering of Spain would be enough to see the French advance in a potential tie-breaker. France will be huge favorites against Poland on Sunday, anyway. Read more here.

Croatia Eliminate Poland
Croatia lived to fight another day by downing a disappointing Poland 64-56 on Friday night. In the Round 2 Group F game, captain Sandra Mandir and big center Luca Ivankovic each had 13 points to lead a balanced Croatia attack. Mandir, who beat Greece with a spinning drive in the lane at the death in their Group D encounter, also had nine rebounds. Croatia will now take on Spain on Sunday with the stakes very high. The likelihood is that the winner of the game will move on to the next round. Read more here.

Spain Back To Winning Ways
Spain hit back from their fourth-quarter horror show against France and beat Latvia on Friday. In the Round 2 game played in Katowice, Sancho Lyttle, Laia Palau and Anna Montanana provided the firepower as Spain won 66-57 against a Latvian side that had already clinched a spot in the Quarter-Final Round. The Spaniards will now be hoping that Poland do them a favor and beat Croatia because a victory for hosts in the second game of the day in Katowice would punch Spain's ticket to the next phase of the competition. Victory came at a cost for Spain, however. Already without small forward and veteran Amaya Valdemoro due to a calf injury, Marta Xargay sprained her right ankle in the second half. Read more here.


June 23, Day 5 - Second Round

Czechs Edge Hard-Fighting Turkey
The Czech Republic withstood a second half rally from Turkey to remain unbeaten at EuroBasket Women and assure themselves of a spot in the next stage with a 56-51 win. It needed a 7-0 run in the fourth quarter to break their opponents resistance and give the 2010 world championship finalists the momentum they required. Elhotova delivered another outstanding display and she was instrumental as her team used a 7-1 start to accelerate into a 26-16 advantage with 3:39 left in the second period. However Nevriye Yilmaz hit six successive points to cut the gap at half-time and then Emine Palazoglu hit back-to-back threes as Turkey levelled at 28-28 early in the third. Read more here.

Belarus Explode In Third To Deny Russia
A third quarter explosion by Belarus proved enough to deny Russia the chance to extract revenge for being dumped out of the FIBA World Championship last summer. After a titanic first-half struggle when accurate shooting was in desperately short supply and both teams cancelled each other out, Belarus came alive after the break and posted a 9-2 run which set the tone for the rest of the game. They changed the tempo completely by finding an extra gear and it brutally exposed the one-dimensional and pedestrian half-court offence of their opponents. Russia also contributed to their own downfall by losing their discipline when a deliberate and senseless off the ball foul allowed Belarus to stretch their lead to double digits. Read more here.

Lithuania Beat Britain In Thriller
Lithuania produced a stunning late comeback to edge out Great Britain 64-63 in the opening game of the second round of EuroBasket Women in Bydgsozcz. Algiridis Paulaskas' side, trailing by as much as six in the fourth quarter, delivered a 6-0 run in the closing three minutes to snatch a win that effectively sends them into the quarter-finals. It was heart-breaking for Great Britain who led for most of the game with a gritty defensive performance that caught their more experienced rivals off guard. And although Lithuania went on a 9-2 run to go ahead in the opening quarter, what followed was unexpected and dramatic. Trading leads six times in the first half, Britain went 32-30 in front at half-time and pushed 40-34 clear midway through the third.  However Sandra Linkeviciene polished off a three-point play to cap an 8-0 run which took Lithuania 42-40 ahead with 4:07 left in the third. Jo Leedham immediately hit a three-pointer in reply to start a British response. Read more here.


June 22, Day 4 - Second Round

France Demolish Spain In Fourth Quarter
Revenge is a great motivator, and France proved that on Wednesday night as they blew away Spain at the EuroBasket Women in Katowice. Driven by the agonizing memories of last year's overtime defeat to the Spaniards in the Quarter-Finals of the FIBA World Championship for Women, a French team that trailed by two in their Round 2, Group F opener going into the last quarter stormed to a 79-55 victory. France lost Emmeline Ndongue to a foot injury in the second quarter but Sandrine Gruda, Endene Miyem and Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui made sure she wasn't missed. Gruda had just two points at half-time but finished with a game-high 17 while Miyem finished with 16 and Yacoubou 10. Yacoubou, in one of her best games in a France shirt, also had eight rebounds. France out-rebounded Spain 37-22. Read more here.

It’s Basko Time For Latvia
Polish basketball dreams of another EuroBasket Women championship as the host nation faded a little more on Wednesday with Latvia the latest side to defeat them. Winners when they staged the event in 1999, Poland lost for the third time in four games as they crashed to a 62-53 defeat to the Latvians. Trailing by as many as eight points in the first half, the Latvians showed for the third time in this tournament they know now to play from behind in Katowice's Spodek Arena. If Elina Babkina was Latvia's star in the overtime upset of France on Sunday when she scored 26 points, on Wednesday it was Latvia captain Gunta Basko and Kristine Karklina to spark the Baltic side. Basko connected on three of her five shots from long range and had 19 points and Karklina provided steel off the bench at the playmaker position and finished with five points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Read more here.

Montenegro Make It Four In A Row!
Montenegro weren't at their best but still marched to another victory at the EuroBasket Women on Wednesday on the opening day of Round 2 action in Katowice. Iva Perovanovic tore apart Croatia in the early going, scoring 15 of her game-high 25 points in the first quarter, and Montenegro cruised to an 81-60 victory. Perovanovic, one of the standout performers in the competition so far, ended up with 15 rebounds. If the 1.88m center tormented Croatia in the first quarter when her team built a 24-17 lead, Jelena Dubljevic turned on the style in the second. In that frame, she poured in seven of her 16 points and also pulled down five of her 10 rebounds. Croatia were their own worst enemy because countless times Stipe Bralic's players penetrated into the lane for uncontested lay-ups but missed most of them. Read more here.


June 20, Day 3

Great Britain Advance To Round 2
Great Britain booked their place in Round 2 of EuroBasket Women with a comprehensive 74-51 victory over Israel that clinched third place in Group B. And in a game in which the loser was destined to head home, the 2012 Olympic Games hosts produced their best showing so far to advance with their first-ever win in the finals. After three lead changes in the opening exchanges, Julie Page put her side in front for good as GB took a 13-11 advantage into the second quarter. And when they immediately added another ten unanswered points, it dealt the Israelis a fatal blow. Read more here.

Slovakia Go Out With A Win
While it was ultimately too little too late, the Slovak Republic salvaged some pride and left the tournament on a high with a win against Group A winners Lithuania. The win was made even more impressive since they were again without the influential Luisa Michulkova to lead the way in the backcourt. However it was the frontcourt that stepped up as Lucia Kupcikova produced a stellar 18 point performance while fellow forward Katarina Tetemondova was a defensive kingpin with 8 rebounds and 4 steals. While Lithuania knew they couldn't take any potential win into the second round, this did not detract from the accomplishments of Slovak Republic since Coach Paulauskas and his team were clearly determined to fight back in the latter stages. Read more here.

Montenegro Remain Unbeaten
Montenegro put the finishing touches on a brilliant Group C campaign at the EuroBasket Women with a 76-64 triumph over Germany in Monday's first game at the Spodek Arena in Katowice. Miodrag Baletic's side had already clinched first place with victories over Poland and Spain so the veteran coach elected to rest his starters and give his promising youngsters most of the minutes on the court. The one Montenegro veteran that did play a lot, Milka Bjelica, had 23 points and 10 rebounds - both game highs. Germany trailed by 15 points but whittled the deficit to just three at the beginning of the fourth quarter when Anne Breitreiner buried a jumper in the lane. Read more here.


June 19, Day 2

Poland Hit Back Against Germany
The Polish national team beat Germany, 75-60, to ensure the EuroBasket Women hosts will advance from the first round. Fresh off a thrashing by Montenegro, the Poles broke open a close game midway through the third quarter and pulled away for a decisive triumph over the Germans. Poland center Ewelina Kobryn, heavily criticized after her sub-par performance on Saturday, scored 16 points and hauled in nine rebounds on Sunday. Battling Germany, the winners of the Additional Qualifying Tournament, believed they had a great shot of upsetting the Poles after their impressive effort against Spain on opening day. Read more here.

Lithuania Come Back to Defeat Russia
Lithuania slammed down a marker for the rest of the tournament after claiming a super win against a crestfallen Russia in Bydgoszcz. To focus too heavily on the woes of a Russian team that for longs spells again laboured painfully to find cohesion would take away from what was a hugely impressive display by Lithuania. Led by two stunning contributions from Egle Sulciute and Ausra Bimbaite, they turned the game on its head with some devastating outside shooting in a blistering third quarter. Then, when Russia threatened to come back during the final period, they showed real composure in down the stretch to safely see out the game and ease their way into the second round. Read more here.

Mandir Magic Saves Croatia
Croatia proved on Sunday that 24 hours is a very long time in basketball. Utterly destroyed by defending champions France in their EuroBasket Women Group D opener on Friday, Stipe Bralic's team hit back in grand style and defeated Greece 65-63 with a daring drive and basket in the closing seconds by captain Sandra Mandir. Croatia, who reeled off the game's first 12 points and led by as many as 15 in the third quarter, allowed the Greeks to come back in the fourth quarter and go in front. Anna Spyridopoulou, a former youth international who came into her own this season with Aris in the Greece domestic league and the EuroCup Women, got off the bench early in the fourth quarter and hit back-to-back three-balls to trim the deficit to 53-49. Read more here.

Belarus Clinch A Spot In Round Two
Belarus became the first Group B team to book a place in the second round of EuroBasket Women 2011 with a comprehensive, if not completely emphatic, 68-41 victory over Israel in Bydgoszcz. And the World Championship semi-finalists will now likely battle it out with the Czech Republic for top spot in the pool when they meet on Monday evening. All signs pointed towards a Belarussian cruise when two 7-0 runs in the first quarter sent the group favourites 18-9 in front, their superior size proving tough to handle. The Israelis have speed on their side and they turned to their strengths, pushing the pace with Shay Doron capping a flurry that put her side within two points midway through the second quarter. Read more here.

Vardarli, Yilmaz Lead Turkey To First Win

A determined Turkey put their disappointing opening day loss to Lithuania behind them to overpower Slovak Republic in Bydgoszcz with an impressive and vibrant performance. They showed just what a difference 24 hours can make in tournament basketball since in stark contrast to their terrible start on day one, , it was their turn to  race out of the blocks with three-successive triples helping them score the first 11 points of the game. While Slovak Republic worked hard to get themselves back into the game, Turkey always looked in control and played with a real sense of purpose at both ends of the court. Birsel Vardarli and Isil Alben both set the tone defensively and they made the most of getting easy scores off turnovers with the rest of the team also stepping up. Read more here.


June 18, Day 1

Montenegro Debut With A Bang
Montenegro destroyed Poland 70-53 on the opening night of the EuroBasket Women in Katowice's Spodek Arena. Making their first appearance in the Final Round, Miodrag Baletic's team dominated in every aspect of the contest and got contributions from a host of players. While naturalized Montenegrin Anna De Forge had 18 points to lead all scorers, Iva Perovanovic poured in 17 and hauled in eight boards. The return from injury of Jelena Skerovic, who had 11 points, also helped Montenegro to control the tempo and attack with precision in most of their half-court sets, which is why the EuroBasket Women rookies shot 22 of 44 inside the arc. Poland had no answer for Jelena Dubljevic, either. Read more here.

Russia Prevail In First Day Thriller
They may be notoriously slow starters, but Russia really did leave it late when they tipped off their Group A campaign in Bydgoszcz and eventualy snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against the Slovak Republic. With just seconds remaining, it had looked as if a shock was about to materialise but Irina Ospiova saved the day with a big defensive play at just the right time to stave off defeat. Few people had anticipated Slovak Republic pushing Russia so close but to their credit, they battled gallantly and looked the more likely winners for the majority of the game. That was little consolation for Coach Hejkova who was furious after the final buzzer and wondering how her team had let a glorious opportunity slip through their fingers. Read more here.

Belarus Beat Debutants Great Britain
Group B favourites Belarus began their EuroBasket quest with a 55-40 victory over Great Britain in Bydgoszcz. And, paced by 10 points apiece from Katsiaryna Sntysina and Anastasiya Verameyenka, there were enough signs to suggest they are primed for an extended run at this tournament. The 2011 world championship semi-finalists found themselves under unexpected pressure from the debutants in the opening period, Britain opening the scoring through Chantelle Handy and then responding to their first test by levelling at 8-8 through former WNBA Draftee Jo Leedham. However a single free throw from Marina Kress put Belarus in front for good with 2:44 left in the quarter and their top-level experience was evident as they surged away from the 2012 Olympic hosts. Read more here.

Spain Beat Germany In Group C
Both the young and old came up big for Spain on Saturday in Katowice in their 79-69 EuroBasket Women Group C victory over Germany. Alba Torrens, 21, razzled and dazzled her way to 18 points and 34-year-old veterans Elisa Aguilar and Amaya Valdemoro poured in 17 and 16, respectively, as Spain beat a very impressive and determined German side that should give plenty of problems to their next two opponents, Poland and Montenegro. Germany, who had to win the Additional Qualifying Tournament just to reach the EuroBasket and are 42nd in the FIBA World Rankings for Women - 37 below Spain - fought from start to finish. Read more here.

Lithuania Surprise Turkey 64-58

Lithuania held off a late run from Turkey to claim a victorious start to their EuroBasket challenge as they held off a battling Turkey 64-58 in the opening game of Group A in Bydgoszcz. Now Algrirdas Paulaskas will have to push his team even harder as they look ahead to their second pool game against Russia on Sunday. Turkey emerged cold. Lithuania, the 1997 champions, took full advantage, using a 7-0 run to build a 19-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. Another six unanswered points at the start of the second threatened to create an insurmountable deficit.  However Saziye Ivegin stood up and refused to let the Turks fall meekly away. Read more here.




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