EuroBasket Women 2011
From Russia with love
The Russians put aside any hope that Great Britain might have had for EuroBasket Women quarter-final qualification by beating the Czech Republic (69-55).
Earlier in the day Turkey beat Great Britain (64-57) with 18 points and 7 rebounds coming from Nevriye Yilm.
A 10-0 run by Turkey between the second and third quarter put them in the driving seat (37-27).
Great Britain did not give in and chipped away at the deficit. With two minutes left to play they trailed by 2 points (53-55).
Turkey were deadly during crunch time from the free-throw line hitting 6-from-6 to seal the victory.
Natalie Stafford led the British attack with 18 points while former Aix-en-Provence and Villeneuve d'Ascq player Julie Page finished with a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Great Britain had a chance of qualifying for the quarter-final but they needed the Czech Republic to beat Russia.
Russia's form has been patchy in this competition but they started well (10-2) and never looked back.
They finished the opening quarter leading (16-9). By half time they had established a double-digit lead (38-22).
The Czech Republic just had one of those days when the ball failed to drop and Russia went into the final quarter with a 20-point cushion (51-31).
Elena Danilochkina led the Russian attack with 16 points while captain Svetlana Abrosimova and Maria Stepanova scored 13 and 10 points each.
Michaela Zrustova was the only player in double digits for the Czech Republic with 11 points.
Lithuania beat Belarus (68-50) with Sandra Linkeviciene top scoring for the winning team with 15 points and top rebounding with 11.
Game five results:
Great Britain 57-64 Turkey
Russia 69-55 Czech Republic
Lithuania 68-50 Belarus
Belarus, Russia and Turkey are still in competition for the two remaining places in the quarter-final.
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Date created: 25 June 2011