Nine nations have won their tickets for EuroBasket Women 2009 in Latvia
The EuroBasket Women 2009 qualifiers are over. The calculator was used only once in determining whether Ukraine or Hungary had the better record for third place.
In Group A:
The Ukraine had to sit at home and wait for Great Britain to win against Israel in order to qualify. Their hopes were high as Great Britain were leading (59-55) with six minutes to play.
However Great Britain were unable to hold on to the lead or stop Shay Doron (28 points) and hence lost (69-59). This defeat left the British side in last position in the group with just one victory and them playing in the relegation round. Israel have qualified for the finals in Latvia as group winners .
In the other match Lithuania held off the challenge of Germany (67-57) to finish second in the group and also qualify for EuroBasket Women 2009 while Germany have qualified for the ADR in January.
The Ukraine’s fate was decided on the results of the games in the other group matches and are in the ADR group.
In Group B:
Turkey beat Italy (80-61) and as a result knocked them out of the competition for the best third place finish. Meanwhile Poland cruised past Bosnia and Herzegovina (91-45).
Italy will now play in the ADR while Finland and Bosnia and Herzegovina with only one victory each will play in the relegation group.
In Group C:
France did not have it easy against Romania and held on to win (72-71) with Emméline Ndongue (right)finishing with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Pauline Jannault made her début for France in replacement for Pauline Krawczyk who is injured and scored 3 points.
France trailed by 13 points going into the final period. Thanks to 13 points in the last ten minutes by Ndongue France won and eliminated Romania. With only one victory for Romania there was no need for calculators to determine the fourth team to drop into the relegation group.
Hungary knew before the start of their game, that a victory against Croatia could qualify them directly for the finals of the Eurobasket Women 2009.
Hungary went into the final quarter leading (52-41). Yet they found themselves trailing with 20 seconds in regulation time. Zsofia Fegyverneky split a pair from the foul line. Eventually the game went to overtime. Hungary dominated the last five minutes and won by the 10 points (72-62) required for them to edge out Ukraine on points difference for the ninth place from the EuroBasket Women qualifiers.
In Group D:
Bulgaria held off Serbia (75-68) and saved themselves from playing in the relegation group. However Serbia still booked their tickets for Latvia after Greece crushed Belgium (79-40) with Evanthia Maltsi scoring 30 points which included 6-of-7 from beyond the arc.
The final results:
Germany 57-67 Lithuania Israel 75-69 Great Britain
Turkey 80-61 Italy Poland 91-45 Bosnia and Herzegovina
Romania 71-72 France
Croatia 62-72 Hungary
Bulgaria 75-68 Serbia Greece 79-40 Belgium
The 14 teams qualified for EuroBasket Women 2009 are:
Belarus, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Israel, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Serbia Slovak Republic, Spain and Turkey.
The six teams that will play in the additional qualification round (ADR) are:
Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia Germany, Italy and Ukraine.
The four teams that will play in the relegation round are:
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Great Britain and Romania.