Hungary earned an important win to remain in the battle for a top two finish by narrowly defeating Belarus at home. It was a physical affair that might have cost Belorussians the services of Marina Kress for some time. She went down with an ankle injury in an awkward situation at the start of second half and never returned to the floor. It didn’t help Belorussians that they lost two starters (Verameyenka, Likhtarovich) in the fourth quarter to fouling out. For Hungary the most important game will be in Ukraine in the final round. Until then both teams should remain near each other in the standings.
Portugal gave fits to Israel last week. Today it was no walk in the park for Ukraine who just couldn’t shake off the hosts until the fourth quarter. Despite their effort Portugal have been eliminated with that loss. With 17 points against Portugal, youngster Alina Iagupova has become the Ukrainian top scorer, surpassing Olexandra Kurasova.
|Hungary – Belarus 62-59
Hungary: Horti 15, Quigley 14, Honti 12
Belarus: Troina 20, Tarasava 15, Verameyenka 12
|Portugal – Ukraine 42-55
Portugal: Oliveira 8, Filipe 8, Freitas 8
Ukraine: Iagupova 17, Alyoshkina 12, Pokoiova 9, Zherzherunova 9
Switzerland earned what will likely be their last win of the tournament by again defeating Estonia. Karen Twehues scored 25 points, Marielle Giroud had 23 points and 10 rebounds. That loss eliminated Estonia, Switzerland themselves will get eliminated if they lose on Wednesday at Montenegro.
In a meaningful Group B match-up Serbia delivered the first loss to Montenegro. They had the chance to tie the tiebreaker of points scored for and against against Montenegro, but Marina Mandic made just one of two freethrows at the end of regulation. This loss mostly hurt the Poles, who are now in a much closer battle for the two places than they would have liked.
|Switzerland – Estonia 68-63
Switzerland: Twehues 25, Giroud 23 (10 reb), Kershaw 12
Estonia: Teppo 18, Anderson 16, Jallai 10
|Serbia – Montenegro 72-56
Serbia: M.Dabovic 22, Radocaj 16, Mandic 10
Montenegro: Perovanovic 14, Aleksic 11, Jovanovic 11, Skerovic 9
It’s now a three team battle in group C for the top two spots after Belgium and Netherlands have been eliminated following Saturday’s action. Belgium were eliminated after a loss on the road at Slovenia where Teja Oblak with 19 points led 4 Slovenian players in double digits. Belgians, who before the tournament theoretically had good chances of vying for a top two spot, have been very underwhelming in the absence of Anke de Mondt and Evelien Callens.
Netherlands have been eliminated after a loss at home to Lithuania. While they can theoretically get to 4 wins, they would lose out to Lithuania if they end up tied with them or Slovak Republic if they end up in a three way tie with Slovaks and Slovenians. With 19 rebounds against Netherlands, Gintare Petronyte is trying to challenge Taru Tuukkanen for the top rebounder’s honor in the competition.
Lithuania against Slovenia will be a key match on Wednesday for both teams.
|Slovenia – Belgium 75-56
Slovenia: Oblak 19, Pirsic 15, Baric 11, Erkic 11
Belgium: Van Malderen 16, Meesseman 14, Mayombo 7
|Netherlands – Lithuania 42-63
Netherlands: Broring 9, Beld 6, Kooij 6, Halman 6, Klein 6
Lithuania: Petronyte 17 (19 reb), Sniokaite 12, Linkeviciene 11
Sweden avenged their first round loss to Romania at home. They now also have the tiebreaker against Romania, though it doesn’t look like will be needed. Main opponents for Swedes will be the Germans. That’s of course if they don’t defeat Spain, otherwise they would be practically in. Frida Eldebrink proves to be a huge factor for Sweden – she scored 32 points against Romania, raising her competition overage to 23.6 points, the highest among everyone.
Spain meanwhile, again not requiring a supernatural performance by anyone, destroyed any dreams Bulgaria still had of qualifying by eliminating them from contention. Anna Cruz had 16 points in the win, with 3 other Spaniards also finishing in double digits. Spain are still two wins away from mathematically securing a place in EuroBasket Women 2013.
|Sweden – Romania 93-78
Sweden: F.Eldebrink 32, Yderstrom 15, E.Eldebrink 12, Andersson 10
Romania: Marginean 23, Stoenescu 14, Pavel 11
|Bulgaria – Spain 51-79
Bulgaria: Bachvarova 11, Perostiyska 11, Zlatanova 9
Spain: Cruz 16, Aguilar 13, Palau 11, Lima 10
Finland eliminated Luxembourg with a 47 win on the road. They now prepare for a pivotal game against Greece on Wednesday.
Having started 3-0, Latvians dropped their second consecutive game. A loss to Greece in a week could mean the end to their campaign, if Greece wins out and Italy defeats Finland. The hosts led throughout the whole game, with the game being tied just once (7-7). Despite that Latvia still had a chance to tie the game at the end of regulation but Ieva Krastina’s threepointer was off the mark and Italy prevailed.
|Luxembourg – Finland 45-92
Luxembourg: Hetting 12, Schmit 9, Bausch 6
Finland: Tuukkanen 25 (18 reb), Sten 18, Lehtoranta 11, Korpivaara 9
|Italy – Latvia 60-57
Italy: Sottana 18, Cinili 10, Masciadri 10
Finland: Steinberga 16, Karklina 12, Krastina 9
*e means the teams are eliminated for EuroBasket Women 2013 contention