The match for fifth place of EuroBasket Women 2011 is the big match of the day with a place in the 2012 FIBA Olympic qualifying tournament for either Croatia or Montenegro.
In the game match for 7th place Lithuania led from start to finish to beat Latvia (75-56).
Ausra Bimbaite and Egle Sulciute scored 15 points each while Sandra Linkeviciene and Rima Valentiene added 13 and 12 points each.
For Gunta Basko, in what will be her last major tournament for Latvia, she shared the top score honours with Elina Babkina and Kristine Karklina with 10 points each.
Latvian coach George Dikeoulakos has also stepped down as national coach.
Croatia's three-point shooting was enough to win against Montenegro and grab the last European AQT spotfor the 2012 Olympic games as the fifth place winner of this EuroBasket Women campaign.
Jelena Ivezic with 21 points was the top scorer of the match. Three of her team-mates from Croatia were also in double digits with Iva Ciglar, Marta Cakic and Iva Sliskovic with 19, 12 and 11 points respectively. Whereas for Montenegro only Anna de Forge and Jelena Dubljevic had reached double digits.
You can read the stories of interest from the EuroBasket Women games by selecting the link below and watch two interviews by Romain Goudenhooft and Olivier Deruwez on behalf of womensbasketball-in-france.com with Vaida Sipaviciute and Gunta Basko who both played in France during their career.
Croatia 73-59 Montenegro
Latvia scored just 18 points in the first 20 minutes. But then they fired in 18 points during the first seven minutes of the third quarter. However they were unable to maintain the momentum and had to settle for 8th place.
Lithuania may have been without Marina Solopova who was hurt in the game against Montenegro but still had more fire power: three three-pointers in the first five minutes set them on their way as they never looked back and ended their EuroBasket Women 2011 competition with a victory.
EuroBasket Women game report: Lithuania's experience opened up the gap
Lithuania started the 7th place EuroBasket Women match scoring from the land of many with Ausra Bimbaite, Sandra Linkeviciene and Rima Valentiene as they rushed out to an (11-4) lead with four minutes played.
Latvia stopped the three-point shooting from Lithuania but then allowed Lithuania free trips to the charity stripes. They conceded the first quarter (12-20).
The second quarter started slowly. The Latvian coach gave some of his bench players an extended run on the court.
The result was that during the first five minute just 6 points were scored with Lithuania maintaining the advantage (24-14).
Lithuania controlled the pace of the game all the way to the interval while increasing their advantage (34-18).
Latvia were more aggressive at the start of the third quarter. Despite conceding a three-ball by Milda Sauliute for Lithuania it was Latvia in charge.
Gunta Basko with back to back scores and Zane Tamane sounded the revolt.
The Lithuania coach decided to call a time-out which more or less stopped Latvia in their tracks as his team regained the upper hand once more. They got their double digit advantage back (44-33).
Latvia used a time-out and once again the pendulum swung in the reverse direction. Liene Jansone fired in a trey from her favourite position at the 45-degree angle from the basket which was quickly followed by back to back scores from Basko.
Lithuania had no option but to bring out the big guns as the game took off. A shot from down-town by Valentiene restored the double-digit advantage and resulted in another Latvia time-out (38-49).
Jansone once again fired in a three-ball, this time from the top of the arc for the last score of the quarter (41-49).
Lithuania had too much experience and did not give Latvia a chance during the final ten minutes and cruised to victory (75-56).
Latvia: Elina Babkina 10, Sabine Niedola 4, Zane Eglite 0, Zane Tamane 6, Gunta Basko 10, Liene Jansone 6, Liene Priede 0, Aija Putnina 2, Karline Nimane 0, Kristine Karklina 10, Ieva Kublina 6, Zane Jakobsone 2
Head Coach: George Dikeoulakos
Assistant Coach: Aigars Nerips, Julian Martinez Alman
Lithuania: Gabriele Gutkauskaite 1, Milda Sauliute 7, Marina Solopova DNP, Ausra Bimbaite 15, Agne Abromaite 6, Rima Valentiene 12, Mante Kvederaviciute DNP, Gintare Petronyte 6, Sandra Linkeviciene 13, Egle Sulciute 15, Vaida Sipaviciute 0
Head Coach: Algirdas Paulauskas
Assistant Coach: Linas Salkus
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03 July 2011: France win Bronze
02 July 2011: Croatia are fifth
01 July 2011: Russia and Turkey have qualified for the final
30 June 2011: France will meet Turkey in second semi-final
29 June 2011: Russia and the Czech Republic qualify for semi-final
27 June 2011: Belarus sent packing by Turkey
26 June 2011: Spain have to pack their bags and go home
26 June 2011: Miodrag Baletic from Montenegro is impressed
25 June 2011: Great Britain cannot qualify for quarter-final
24 June 2011: Montenegro down France, while Poland are eliminated
24 June 2011: Coaches delight and Coaches woes
23 June 2011: Lithuania and the Czech Republic made to sweat but qualify
22 June 2011: Montenegro and Latvia qualify while France thump Spain
20 June 2011: Great Britain send Israel home
20 June 2011: Greece joins Germany on the bus home
19 June 2011: Five teams advance already in Bydgoszcz
19 June 2011: France and Spain fall while Montenegro qualify in Katowice
18 June 2011: France crush Croatia while Montenegro write history