Senior international basketball
France woke up in the second half

France leave the Czech Republic with their senior international basketball record in tact after beating their hosts (63-52) to sweep the two-game series.

France continued from where their left off from the first game in the series with Céline Dumerc and Sandrine Gruda getting on the scoreboard for an early lead (6-3).

However this time around the Czech Republic picked up their game and with Eva Vítečková firing on all cylinders the hosts edged in front (12-7) with four minutes remaining in the first quarter.

The hosts went into the second quarter leading (19-15) and stayed in front all the way to the interval (32-27) despite 13 first-half points by Gruda.

Sandrine Gruda   ©  France picked up after the break and with early scores by Clémence Beikes and Edwige Lawson-Wade they reduced their deficit to a single point (33-34).

Both sides went through a poor shooting phase. But France went in front for good through Gruda (left) to go into the final quarter with a slim advantage (43-41).

France finally started to dominate the rebounds and with Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui having a good scoring day they stretched their lead (53-45).

For the remaining six minutes France worked on defensive systems while controlling the pace of the game on the way to victory (63-52).

The scorers for France were: France: Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 10, Nwal-Endéné Miyem 9, Clémence Beikes 6, Sandrine Gruda 20, Edwige Lawson-Wade 5, Céline Dumerc 6, Jennifer Digbeu 0, Emilie Gomis 2, Aurélie Bonnan 0, Emméline Ndongue 0, Marion Laborde 3, Florence Lepron 2

Eva Vítečková and Katerina Elhotova led the Czech Republic with 10 points each.

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Date created: 03 June 2011

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