EuroBasket Women 2011: Montenegro remain perfect while Linda Fröhlich shines for Germnay


The second weekend of EuroBasket Women 2011 qualifiers saw the return of Linda Fröhlich for Germany. She was absent during the 2009 qualification series.

She led Germany with 15 points as they beat Romania on the road (60-56).

Sabine Niedola © FIBA EuropeIt was a good night for a number new players coming to play in France next season: Romy Bär and Sabine Niedola (left) both ended up starting off with a win for their country.

Many games were on TV and available on the internet. Yet it was not possible to watch Julie Page and Great Britain despite the presence of TV cameras. Channel four have the TV rights and will be showing some game highlights next weekend.

Montenegro won the game of the evening against Turkey (70-52) to go top of Group C.

You can read the EuroBasket Women 2011 news from all the groups by clicking on the links below or by scrolling down the page:


Group A: Croatia are back in the running

Group B: Latvia make it look easy

Group C: Montenegro take top spot

Group D: Slovak Republic and Germany win

Look back on the news from Group A and C week one action.



Croatia and Italy back in the running

Ana Lelas led Croatia to victory against Belgium (85-70) with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.

Croatia made home advantage count after edging the first quarter (23-21) to go 11 points clear during the second quarter (33-23).

Belgium reduced the deficit by the interval to 8 points but were unable to come back during the second half of the match.

Iva Sliskovic led the Croatian attack with 18 points while Sandra Mandir followed with 17 points.

Ann Wauters fired in 21 points for Belgium while Kathy Wambe provided 14 points and 5 assists.


Jenifer Nadalin was the hero for Italy with 20 points as Italy overcame the Netherlands (70-60) for their second win.

The situation in Group A at the halfway point is as follows:

Lithuania are first with 3 wins and 1 defeat while Belgium, Croatia and Italy are all tied for second place with 2 wins and 2 defeats each. The Netherlands are holding up the table with 1 win and 3 defeats.

Netherlands 60-70 Italy
Croatia 85-70 Belgium

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Latvia open in style

Latvia opened their EuroBasket Women qualification campaign with a road victory against Romania (76-47).

Gunta Basko led the Latvian attack with 11 points while Kristine Karklina added 10 points. Sabine Niedola who will be coming to play for Nantes-Rezé added 9 points.

Elina Babkina © Andrei MoiseRomania had the better start to the game and won the first quarter and led (19-13) early in the second quarter.

Latvia's wake-up call came after the former Challes-les-Eaux player Elina Babkina (left) fired in a three-pointer. Romania suddenly collapsed and by the interval Latvia led (33-24).

Latvia did not let up after the break and by the end of the third quarter were leading (53-33) and had the game won.


On Wednesday night (12 August 2010) Lira Cohen and Shay Doron scored 26 and 20 points respectively as Israel beat Serbia (93-65) in their opening game.

Romania 47-76 Latvia
Israel 93-65 Serbia

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Who can stop Montenegro

Montenegro made it four wins out of four with a (70-52) victory over Turkey.

Montenegro made the break during the second quarter that enabled them to go into the interval with a 10-point advantage (38-28).

Turkey failed to reduce the deficit during the third quarter and ran out of ideas and energy during the final quarter.

Iva Perovanovic led the Montenegro attack with 19 points. Jelena Dubljevic and Ana Baletic added 18 and 15 points apiece.

Nevriye Yilmaz was the only player from Turkey in double digits with 16 points.


Donneka Hodges © FIBA EuropeBulgaria had 20 points from Donneka Hodges (right) in the victory against Finland (88-65).

Finland are yet to win a game and lie in last place.

Turkey lead the group with 4 wins while Turkey are second with 3 wins and 1 defeat. Bulgaria are third with 2 wins and 2 defeats while Hungary just has one victory so far and are currently fourth.

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Germany and the Slovak Republic start with road wins

Romy Bär © Olesiy NaumovGermany pulled off a road win (60-56). Linda Fröhlich led the German attack with 15 points.

But it is future Challes-les-Eaux player Romy Bär (right) who won the hero awards.

Her 5 points at the end of the match secured the victory for Germany.


The Slovak Republic also won on the road as they beat Great Britain (76-67).

Slovakia opened the game with a 10-0 run that resulted in Tom Maher calling for an early time-out. Great Britain then reversed the situation and scored 14 unanswered points.

However the guests recovered to edge the first quarter. The game went back and forth during the second quarter with the hosts coming out on top to lead (36-34).

The Slovak Republic took control of the game for good with a 16-4 run to go into the final quarter leading (56-48).

Luisa Michulková scored 8 of her 19 points in the final quarter as her team-mates kept Great Britain at bay for their victory.

Jo Ledham who had a zero day from beyond the arc led the hosts with 17 points.

Julie Page who made her return to the Great Britain team and will play in Villeneuve d'Ascq next season scored 9 points.

Ukraine 56-60 Germany
Great Britain 67-76 Slovak Republic

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Olesiy Naumov
Andrei Moise
Date created: 14 August 2010


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