EuroBasket Women 2011
France in semi-final while Montenegro crushed by Turkey

Sandrine Gruda, Clémence Beikes and Marion Laborde celebrate at EuroBasket Women 2011 ©

The second day of EuroBasket Women Final Round concludes the quarter-final competition. France, the defending champions take on 1997 champions Lithuania.

The only team not to drop a game during the first two phases on the 2011 European Championship for Women are Montenegro who face Turkey.

The two losers from the quarter-finals, Latvia and Croatia play off in the fifth place competition.

While Croatia can still qualify for the AQT competition, Latvia are out and Montenegro drop their first match in 2011 EuroBasket Women against Turkey.

Lithuania were ahead in the first half before France regained the lead to win (66-58) and also qualify for the semi-finals. Only five French players scored and were in double figures: Celine Dumerc, Edwige Lawson-Wade, Emilie Gomis, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui and Sandrine Gruda.

You can read the stories of interest from the EuroBasket Women games by selecting the link below.

Croatia 84-75 Latvia
Montenegro 44-56 Turkey
Lithuania 58-66 France

The post match films on this page for Iva Ciglar and Nevin Kristen Nevlin have been filmed by Romain Goudenhooft and Olivier Deruwez.

Picture gallery to come later

Turkey three-point their way to semi-final

Saziye Ivegin at EuroBasket Women 2011 ©  Montenegro came into the EuroBasket Women quarter-final match as favourites but struggled to impose their style of basketballand were easily beaten by Turkey. Turkey defended hard and hit 9-of-14 from beyond the arc while neutralising the Montenegro attack.

Saziye Ivegin (right) went 4-from 5 from beyond the arc to lead all scoring with 14 points. Montenegro's first defeat in EuroBasket Women 2011 sees them playing for 5th to 8th place.

EuroBasket match report: Turkey qualify by handing Montenegro their first defeat

Turkey qualified for semi-final at EuroBasket Women 2011 ©

The round of observation lasted until the tip-off, which Iva Perovanovic won. Montenegro were quickly down the other end and Anna De Forge scored the first basket of the game.

Turkey took just over a minute to score with a corner trey by Birsel Vardarli.

The battle in the paint became more and more intense with Montenegro coming out on top (10-5) after five minutes.

However Turkey stayed in touch in the first quarter with their three-point shooting: Vardarli for the second time and Saziye Ivegin.

-Turkey playing Montenegro at EuroBasket Women 2011 ©  But Montenegro with 6 points by Perovanovic won the first quarter (16-11).

Turkey continued their charge with long distance shooting and fast breaks to draw level for the first time in the match (18-18) with 13 minutes on the game clock.

Montenegro continued to work inside the paint and regained the lead to go 6 points clear (27-21) with 90 seconds to play.

Turkey responded with their sixth three-pointer of the game by Ivegin to make it a three-point game going in the break (24-27).

Nevriye Yilmaz at EuroBasket Women 2011 ©  Turkey started to play fast aggressive basketball and with 90 seconds left to play in the quarter Nevriye Yilmaz (left) completed a fast break (38-33) that forced the Montenegro staff to used a second time-out. Yet Turkey continued to be aggressive and went in the final quarter ahead (41-38).

Jelena Skerovic opened the scoring with a trey for Montenegro but the ball still did not to drop for them despite picking up offensive rebound after offensive rebound.

Turkey just got stronger and stronger and cruised to victory.

Montenegro: Sanja Knezevic DNP, Jelena Skerovic 6 (5 assists), Anna De Forge 11, Ana Beletic DNP, Milica Jovanovic DNP, Snezana Aleksic DNP, Jelena Dubljevic 6, Milka Bjelica 2, Iva Perovanovic 9 (12 rebounds), Ana Turcinovic 10, Natasa Popovic 0, Maja Milutinovic DNP

Head Coach: Miodrag Baletic
Assistant Coach: Rade Petrovic

Turkey: Tugba Palazoglu 5, Seda Erdogan 0, Birsel Vardarli 13, Nilay Kartaltepe DNP, Nevin Kristen Nevlin 11, Gülsah Akkaya 0, Isil Alben 1, Nevriye Yilmaz 9, Naile Ivegin DNP, Yasemin Horasan 0, Saziye Ivegin 14, Bahar Caglar 2

Head Coach: Ceyhun Yildizoglu
Assistant: Ömer Petorak, Erman Okerman

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France are in the semi-final after beating Lithuania

Emméline Ndongue returns to support and celebrate with France at Eurobasket 2011 ©  Emméline Ndongue returned to Poland and was on the bench to cheer her team-mates as they booked the last EuroBasket Women 2011 semi-final ticket.

Céline Dumerc was back to her best chasing everything down while Isabell Yacoubou-Dehoui's third-quarter burst turned the match for France.

Emilie Gomis was the leading scorer while Sandrine Gruda and Edwige Lawson-Wade kept the scoreboard ticking.

Lithuania were hampered with foul problems and conceded 22 free throws. They only went to the line 7 times themselves. The loss of Sandra Linkeviciene with 5 fouls early in the final quarter did not help their cause.

In 2007 Lithuania eliminated France during the quarter-final of the EuroBasket Women competition but still did not qualify for the AQT.

They now face Montnegro with the winner having to play Croatia for fifth place.

For France the dream of defending the trophy is still on.

EuroBasket match report: France keeping hopes of defending title alive

France playing Lithuania at EuroBasket Women 2011 ©  Lithuania started the game calmly and scored the first 4 points of the game in the first minute through Sandra Linkeviciene and Egle Sulciute.

Then Céline Dumerc scored the first points of the game for France as the pace picked up.

France were quick and rough while Lithuania took things in their stride and slowly increased their lead.

Dumerc was called for an unsportsmanlike foul while scrambling for the ball as the intensity went up.

A trey by Ausra Bimbaite with two minutes to play in the first quarter gave Lithuania the first break (13-7).

Sandrine Gruda at EuroBasket Women 2011 ©
However points from Sandrine Gruda (right) and Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui reduced the deficit by the end of the first quarter (11-13).

Yacoubou tied the game for the first time with 2 points under the basket with the first points of the second quarter.

However Lithuania were back in front with a trey from Sulciute.

No matter what France did Lithuania continued to lead and restored their 6-point advantage with a trey by Marina Solopova (23-17).

But on the next attack Edwige Lawson-Wade knocked down a three-ball from the top of the arc.

Scoring became more and more difficult but both teams continued to excel in the art of three-point shooting.

With just under five minutes to play in the second quarter Lithuania still led (26-25).

Lithuania's team foul problems allowed France to stay in the game with Dumerc scoring 6-of-8 as France went in front with 39 seconds left to play.

Vaida Sipaviciute was allowed to somehow get through bodies in the paint to score the last points of the first half allowing Lithuania to go into the locker room leading (34-33).

céline Dumerc at EuroBasket Women 2011 ©  Dumerc (left) got the show on the road with an AND1 to start the second half. France stretched their advantage shortly after with a fast break finish by Emilie Gomis.

However with 6:33 left to play in the quarter the teams were back on level term (38-38) after 2 points by Agne Abromaite.

Dumerc was everywhere for France, contesting rebounds and making life difficult for all the Lithuanian players.

She also increased her assist count as France regained the lead (42-38) with 4:14 left to play in the quarter.

France stepped up in all areas of the game. Yacoubou-Dehoui refused to allow any ball to escape as she poured a total of 11 third-quarter points.

France's domination of the quarter was completed by Lawson-Wade as she timed her run to perfection to score on the buzzer (53-42).

Things became more difficult for Lithuania with Linkeviciene fouling out of the game with still eight minutes to play.

Lithuania switched to zone defense and briefly stopped the French attack while reducing their deficit (49-55).

But once again the partnership Dumerc - Yacoubou-Dehoui came to the rescue for France (59-51).

The Lithuanian coaching staff called for a time-out and then their side came storming back with scores from Milda Sauliute and Gintare Petronyte.

However a finger roll by Gruda (61-53) allowed France to breath a little.

Although Solopova fired in a three-pointer for Lithuania France did not panic and kept their cool from the free-throw line to run out winners (66-58).

Lithuania: Gabriele Gutkauskaite DNP, Milda Sauliute 2, Marina Solopova 6, Ausra Bimbaite 9, Agne Abromaite 8, Rima Valentiene 3, Mante Kvederaviciute DNP, Gintare Petronyte 7, Sandra Linkeviciene 7, Egle Sulciute 10, Vaida Sipaviciute 4

Head Coach: Algirdas Paulauskas
Assistant Coach: Linas Salkus

France: Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 13, Endéné Miyem 0, Clémence Beikes 0, Sandrine Gruda 13, Edwige Lawson-Wade 13, Céline Dumerc 13 (4 assists), Jennifer Digbeu 0, Emilie Gomis 14, Florence Lepron 0, Marion Laborde DNP, Emméline Ndongue DNP, Aurélie Bonnan DNP

Head Coach: Pierre Vincent

Assistant Coaches: Thierry Moullec, Francois Brisson, Anna Kotocova

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Croatia beat Latvia and qualify for fifth place match

Iva Ciglar at EuroBasket Women 2011 ©  This match was more a case of which team recovered best from the defeat in the quarter-final matches the previous day.

Latvia's problems started early with Gunta Basko picking up 2 quick fouls in the first and a third one early in the second quarter.

Croatia were slower out of the starting blocks. But once Iva Ciglar (left) got going with back to back three-pointers in the second quarter the match started to go away from Latvia.

Croatia finished the match with 13 three-pointers with 5 coming in the final quarter.

Ciglar finished the game with 17 points and 9 assists. However the statistics do not show the whole story.

Ciglar was the driving force that kept Croatia in the race for a possible Olympic qualification while for Latvia the dream is over as they will conclude the EuroBasket Women tournament playing for 7th place.

EuroBasket Women match report: 13 three-pointers by Croatia were too much for Latvia

The game got off to a slow start with both teams recovering their energy from the games of the previous day. Iva Sliskovic opened the scoring for Croatia with a shot from under the basket.

Ieva Kublina passing the ball ©  Croatia were not having much luck with their perimeter shooting at the start of the game while Ieva Kublina (right) hit a shot from the land of many for Latvia.

The two teams traded scores for the first five minutes with Croatia coming out on top (9-7).

Latvia then picked up their game slightly with an 8-0 run to lead (15-9). This put them in the driving seat as they edged the first quarter (20-15).

Iva Ciglar became a one-lady wrecking machine for Croatia during the second quarter as she scored 9 points and dished out 3 assists as her side overturned Latvia to go into the locker room leading (37-34).

The pace of the match picked up after the break as the two teams finished the cat and mouse game and started to attack each other.

The lead changed hands on a number of occasions. Yet Coatia held the advantage thanks to a trey from Lisa Karcic with just under four minutes to play (49-46).

Latvia used a time-out at this moment to slow things down. But moments later the Latvian bench picked up a technical foul.

Players from Croatia after beating Latvia ©  Jelena Ivezic hit the 2 free-throws for Croatia and the game was swinging more in their favour.

With 90 seconds left in the third quarter, Luca Ivankovic muscled her way to the basket to score.

The Latvian coach once again called a time-out to rally his players as they trailed (48-56).

Croatia went into the final quarter leading (61-52).

Nothing was going right for Latvia. With 8:50 to play they used their last time-out as the deficit had reached double digits (54-66).

Croatia hit five treys during the final quarter and never allowed Latvia into the game.

The contest was over with Croatia leading (76-56) with five minutes to play.

Croatia: Sandra Mandir 13, Lisa Karcic 9, Antonija Misura 1, Marta Cakic 6, Neda Lokas DNP, Mirna Mazic 3, Iva Ciglar 17 (9 assists), Ana Lelas DNP, Iva Sliskovic 14, Sena Pavetic DNP, Luca Ivankovic 2, Jelena Ivezic 19

Head Coach: Stipe Bralic
Assistant Coach: Dejan Koronsovac

Latvia: Elina Babkina 15, Sabine Niedola 7, Zane Eglite 2, Zane Tamane 16, Gunta Basko 11, Liene Jansone 9, Liene Priede 6, Aija Putnina 0, Karline Nimane 2, Kristine Karklina 4, Ieva Kublina 12 (13 rebounds), Zane Jakobsone 0

Head Coach: George Dikeoulakos
Assistant Coach: Aigars Nerips, Julian Martinez Alman

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