EuroBasket Women 2011: Winning on the road is as common as winning at home
Winning on the road has become a common feature of this EuroBasket Women qualification series. During the last series of games with Lithuania, Israel, Turkey and Great Britain all walked away with road wins.
Montenegro had a tough night in getting past Hungary (75-73) to stay on top of Group C.
Lithuania completed the double over the Netherlands (80-67) to consolidate their position on top of Group A.
It was also a good night for Julie Page from Great Britain who led her side to victory with 20 points against Germany while Nevriye Yilmaz (left) led Turkey with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists to beat Bulgaria.
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Shay Doron (on picture, 22 points) had the last say over Gunta Basko (19 points) and Latvia as Israel pulled off a road win (71-66).
Israel did not get to play in Riga during EuroBasket Women 2009 after having been eliminated during the group phase without winning a single game.
Israel almost ran out of steam as they lost a 9-point lead in the final quarter.
Basko brought Latvia back into the game with a 4-point play that tied the match with about 70 seconds to play.
Israel picked themselves up and did the rest of the scoring from the free-throw line with the last pair going to Doron.
Serbia did not give Romania much of a chance and ended the game as a contest with a 21-5 third-quarter performance (68-33).
Jelena Maksimovic from Serbia had one of those days when it is difficult to miss. All her shots and free throws were on target in her 21 minutes on court. She finished the match with 22 points and 9 rebounds in the (87-52) victory.
Zsofia Fegyverneky scored 32 points for Hungary but it was not enough to beat Montenegro.
Ana Baletic and Jelena Skerovic's free throws during the last seconds secured the victory for the hosts.
Jelena Dubljevic led the Montenegro attack with 21 points. She explained after the game: "It was a very difficult game, but we managed a big win. We had been feeling the tension because this game was very important for us. We made a lot of mistakes. But [we won also] thanks to the fans and because of how they supported us all they time; they've been our extra player."
Montenegro need a couple more wins to secure a place in the EuroBasket Women finals.
The Bulgarians should wonder how they managed to lose a match in which they had a lead of 20 points late in the second quarter.
Turkey did not have the perfect game. They started slowly and turned the ball over 22 times.
Nevriye Yilmaz led the Turkish charge and put her side in front (49-47) with five minutes left to play.
Jaklin Zlatanova from Bulgaria and Yilmaz traded baskets before Esmeral Tuncluer put Turkey finally on the road to victory (63-60).