As we move closer towards the quarter-final rounds of Eurobasket Women, the picture is becoming clearer as to whom will be in the last eight.
Croatia 64-77 Serbia
Serbia continued their impressive march in the second round by eliminating Croatia with a 77-64 win in the day’s opening game.
Fuelled by facing their neighbouring country, Serbia attacked their rivals from the start and raced to a 23-12 first quarter lead, which the Croats couldn’t fully recover from, even despite the Serbs losing Ana Dabovic in the second quarter to a knee injury.
Jelena Milovanovic led the victors with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Marija Rezan led Croatia with 14 points as they bow out of the tournament.
Great Britain 61-71 Belarus
Belarus edged past Great Britain 71-61 to book their place into the quarter-finals while leaving the Brits with it all to do.
The Belarussians turned a 52-51 lead with four minutes remaining to a 61-51 advantage with a little over two minutes to go as GB were static on the defensive end, allowing Belarus open shots which they scored from.
Katsiaryna Snytsina led Belarus with 15 points, while Jo Leedham led all scorers in vain with 16. GB must beat Croatia in their last match and hope that Serbia lose to the Czech Republic to have a shot of qualification.
France 64-49 Czech Republic
France have qualified for the quarter-finals after a 64-49 win over a plucky Czech Republic side in the day’s final game.
Sandrine Gruda’s double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds was enough to see the hosts through despite some awkward moments in the final period where the Czechs cut the lead to seven, mid-way through and looked to have the French on the ropes.
Petra Kulchova led the Czechs, who have also qualified for the last eight, despite defeat with 10 points.