Not a good EuroBasket Women 2009 qualification evening for ladies in the LFB

LFB players ended on the losing side in the EuroBasket Women 2009 additional qualification round ties on day 3 of the series with defeats for Croatia and Bulgaria.

Italy women looking too the future for EuroBasket Women 2009  ©  FIBA Europe

Italy crushed Croatia (83-50) and are now clear favourites from Group A to qualify for the final in Latvia.

However it was Croatia that got off to a better start with Ana Lelas currently playing for Bourges Basket to hit a shot from down-town (5-2).

Italy then went on a 16-point run and despite conceding 9 points they led (21-14) by the end of the first period.

Italy went into the locker room leading (40-31) and despite losing Laura Macchi midway through the third period for 5 fouls they went into the final period with a comfortable advantage (56-41).

Croatia put up little resistance in the final period and allowed Italy to blow them away.

Lelas, the only player from the LFB, in this game scored 8 points for Croatia.

Eurobasket Women 2009 Box Score

Germany held off a late charge by Bulgaria to win (68-60) to keep their bid alive for qualification for EuroBasket 2009.

They went into the final period with an 11-point head start (55-44) which was reduced to 3 points after six minutes of this quarter (59-56).

The last four minutes of the game was played out on the free-throw line with the German players holding their nerve to win the match by 8 points.

The only player currently in the LFB in this game was the Bulgarian Ekaterina Dimitrova. She only played eight minutes and did not score.

Eurobasket Women 2009 Box Score

Romania require one more victory to stay in Division A

Romania beat Great Britain (75-71) to record their third victory on the road.

Great Britain dominated the first 24 minutes and led (24-17). Romania then went on to score 16 unanswered points to lead (33-24) at the half-way mark.

In an action packed third period Great Britain made up their deficit to lead by a single point (49-48) going into the final period.

In a tense error-prone last quarter Great Britain led (69-64) with just over three minutes to play.

However foul problems that resulted in the elimination of Stefanie Collins and Rosalee Mason and turnovers at bad times finally cost Great Britain as they went on to lose the match.

Mason who is playing in the second division in France with Colomiers managed 23 points for Great Britain but was beaten by Kim Butler who scored 25 points.

For Romania Svetlana Dragusin scored 22 points and was joined in double digits by Simina Mandache and Maria Pascalau with 17 and 16 points each.

Eurobasket Women 2009 Box Score

In the other relegation match Bosnia and Herzegovina lost at home (75-81) to Finland.

EuroBasket Women ADR results from 10 January 2009

Germany 68-60 Bulgaria

Italy 83-50 Croatia

Great Britain 71-75 Romania

Bosnia and Herzegovina 75-81 Finland

EuroBasket Women Additional Qualification Round 2 (ADR)

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FIBA Europe

Date created: 11 January 2009

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