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 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.
Ukraine’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.
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.
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.