EuroBasket Women 2009 qualification jigsaw puzzle

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France, Poland and Turkey have already booked their tickets for the EuroBasket Women 2009 finals to be hosted by Latvia in June 2009.

However the other six places available this summer are still up for grabs. After the ninth round of games the qualification jigsaw puzzle should become clearer.

You will be able to view the group that interests you by clicking on the link below or by scrolling down the page:

EuroBasket Women 2009 qualifiers Group A: Ukraine 90-85 Israel
Great Britain 72-74 Germany

EuroBasket Women 2009 qualifiers Group B: Finland 47-78 Poland
Turkey 79-50 Bosnia & Herzegovina

EuroBasket Women 2009 qualifiers Group C: Slovak Republic 67-52 Croatia
Hungary 85-59 Romania

EuroBasket Women 2009 qualifiers Group D: Serbia 78-71 Belgium
Bulgaria 65-76 Greece

EuroBasket Women 2009 qualifiers Group A:

Germany senior Women 2008
Germany senior women 2008 - (Picture courtesy of DBB)

Great Britain, requiring a win to avoid playing in the relegation round, edged out their guests (20-19) in the first quarter. However solid shooting from the foul line by Germany 13-of-13 in the first half of the match and 24 points from Anne Breitreiner allowed Germany to go into the locker room leading (45-38).

Rosalee Mason had the task of making life difficult for Breitreiner. This was a task she did well initially as she forced her into an early turnover and a foul. Breitreiner was not to score for the rest of the game as Great Britain made up their deficit to regain the lead (48-47) after a Mason pair of free-throws.

Stefanie CollinsStefanie Collins (left) sent Great Britain into the final period with a 6-point lead after scoring the last points of the quarter from her favourite position from beyond the arc (59-53).

It did not get better for Germany as Georgia Jones opened the scoring with a three-pointer. Shortly after Germany missed their first free-throw of the evening (62-54).

Then the game changed. Germany found a new lease of life as Annika Danckert hit a shot from the land of many. Germany's calmness at the free-throw line allowed them right back into the game.

In similar circumstances to the first game Lisa Koop came up tops in the closing minutes to bring Germany to within a single point (65-66).

Megan Moody looked to have given Great Britain the final advantage as she nailed a three-pointer. But Germany were soon back and took the lead as Sarah Austmann hit a shot from downtown.

This just happened to be the winning shot (74-72) as neither side was to score during the last minute.

Liad Suez KarniUkraine’s victory (90-85) in overtime against Israel (top scorer Liad Suez Karni, in picture, with 20 points, played in Aix-en-Provence last season) means that nothing is decided in this group as Lithuania and Israel still have one match to play.

Ukraine’s campaign is over and they have to sit and wait for the final round results to know their fate.

To qualify for the finals in Latvia, Lithuania and Israel must win their last match, in case of defeat for any of the teams, the calculators have to be used to determine the final position.

At the other end of the table nothing is decided either. Great Britain need to beat Israel and hope for a German defeat in order to avoid the relegation group.

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EuroBasket Women 2009 qualifiers Group B:

Turkey, already qualified for the finals of the EuroBasket Women 2009 final, dominated the first half of the match against Bosnia and Herzegovina. 16 points came from Nevriye Yilmaz to lead (45-27) at the interval.

Turkey paced themselves to victory (79-50) with Yilmaz leading the scoring with 18 points.

Kia Ignatius and Paulina Pawlak
Kia Ignatius Finland - Paulina Pawlak Poland

Finland kept Poland scoreless for almost four minutes at the start of the match. Yet they were not able to score themselves.

Poland finally broke the deadlock. However it was the Finnish wolfs that scored the next 5 points (5-2). This was as good as it got for Finland playing at home. Poland scored 6 points to regain the lead that they did not lose for the rest of the game.

Poland led (17-10) by the end of the first period and (36-24) at the interval.

Poland controlled the pace of the game and went into the final period (57-34) with a comfortable advantage to win the match (78-47).

For Finland the qualifiers are over. Their hope to play in the ADR depends on the final results between Poland and Bosnia and Herzegovina. If Bosnia and Herzegovina win then Finland will play in the relegation round. However if Bosnia lose then a calculator will be required to work out the point average between them and Finland.

Italy need to win in their final match as they may have a chance to qualify as the third best placed team.

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EuroBasket Women 2009 qualifiers Group C:

A lively first period saw the lead change several times with neither side being able to open more than a 4- point lead. Going into the second quarter Croatia went ahead (20-18).

The two teams were then more defensive orientated. Each side only managed to score once during the first five minutes.

Petra Stampalija , playing for Croatia and well known in France, brought the two teams level (22-22). Her score was the spark needed as both sides finished with a late flourish of baskets. Lucia Lásková was ending the scoring for the first half of the match to bring the Slovak Republic back on level terms (31-31).

The Slovak Republic were playing at home. With the EuroBasket qualification on their finger tips became more focused during the second half of the match and went into the final period with a 10-point lead (55-45). Croatia were unable to rally round in the final quarter allowing their hosts to win (67-52).

Zuzana Zirková led the scoring with 19 points and was joined in double digits by Lucia Kupcikova with 17 and Anna Jurcenkova with 12 points.

For Croatia Marta Cakic and Jelena Ivezic finished in double digits with 12 and 11 points respectively.

Zsofia Fegyverneky (4)
Zsofia Fegyverneky (4) standing for the anthems

In the match between Hungary and Romania Nora Bujdosó (playing for Bourges Basket) and Anne-Marie Parau (former SJS Reims player) opened the scoring for both sides. All the same Hungary were unable to find any rhythm and trailed (21-16) by the end of the first period.

In the second quarter Hungary put together a 9-0 run to take the lead (30-24). They went into the interval with a slight advantage (35-33).

Romania put all the their energy into the game but were kept at bay as Hungary extended their advantage (49-43). Hungary then stepped on the accelerator with a 10-0 run to go into the final period with a significant advantage (64-47).

The last quarter was just a formality as Hungary won (85-59) with Zsofia Fegyverneky leading the way with 20 points. Parau led the scoring for Romania with 18 points.

The Slovak Republic join France as the second qualifier from this group while Hungary have to wait until their last match against Croatia to see if they claim the ticket as best third placed team.

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EuroBasket Women 2009 qualifiers Group D:

Evelina Guneva and Gergana Branzova-Erdeney combined for 25 points for Bulgaria during the first half of the their match against Greece. However this was not enough to stop Greece from going into the locker room leading (37-32) as they hit 5-of-9 from the land of many and 13 points from Styliani Kaltsidou.

Greece always appeared to be in control. They opened the first significant lead of the match of over 10 points (49-38) during the third period. Bulgaria refused to be intimidated and only conceded 2 points for the remaining three minutes while they scored 8 points to go into the final period trailing by 5 points (46-51).

Evanthia Maltsi hit a trey to open the scoring for Greece in the final quarter. By the time she had hit her second trey of the quarter and Greece's third (60-49) Bulgaria’s chances of coming back were reduced.

Anastasia Kostaki Greece continued to score only from beyond the arc as Anastasia Kostaki (left) added two more (69-56) with just over three minutes to play.

Bulgaria were to come storming back as they hit 7-of-7 from the foul line (63-69). As the game entered its last minute Kostaki was to see Greece through as she hit 5-of-6 from the charity stripes for her side to take the victory (76-65).

Greece hit 12-of-18 from the land of many with Dimitra Kalamazoo (11 points) scoring 3-of-3 and Kaltsidou (19 points) finishing on 4-of-6 to add to those of Maltsi and Kostaki (16 points). The other Greek player in double digits was Pelagia Papamichail with 10 points.

For Bulgaria Branzova-Erdeney led the scoring with 20 points and was joined in double digits by Guneva with 13 and Tanya Chirov with 11 points.

In the other group games Serbia held off Belgium in a pulsating match (78-71).

For Belgium Sara Leemans led the scoring with 18 points, who will be joining COB Calais. Kathy Wambe (joining Union Hainaut Basket) dished out 5 assists, made 4 steals and scored 11 points in a losing course. Marija Eric was top scorer for Serbia with 19 points. Ines Kresovic, who played for Aix-en-Provence last season, contributed 8 points and 6 rebounds.

Nothing is really decided in this group as there are many permutations based on the possible last-day results. However Greece are in the driving seat with four victories while Bulgaria are the most disadvantaged nation with only one victory.

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Previous EuroBasket Women 2009 qualifiers news

Thriller at the Prado see France through

The Slovak Republic end France's winning streak

Summary from all groups as France remain on course

France make it four out of four

News from Group C as France have a break

Thriller in Pecs for France

France made a perfect start to the EuroBasket Women 2009 qualifiers

France ready to go

France win in Geispolsheim

France sweep Germany 3-0

France win against Turkey twice

France 2008 Roster information

Return from EuroBasket women 2009 qualifiers preparation to "What's New" page

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Picture Credit:
Fiba Europe: Kia Ignatius & Paulina Pawlak
Olivier Martin: - Zsofia Fegyverneky (4) standing for the anthems.

Date: 10 September 2008

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