EuroBasket Women – day 7 (2nd Round, Group E)

Eurobasket Women is entering the penultimate games of the second phase as the quarter-final line-up becomes more clearer. Today we head back to Lille and the second lot of games from Group E.

Italy 58-47 Slovak Republic

Italy showed an aggressive streak which worked in their favour as they defeated the Slovak Republic 58-47 in the day’s opener.

Giogria Sottana continued her good reign of form as she poured in 22 points off 6/13 shooting to beat the Slovaks who now edge closer to elimination. Italy’s chances of a spot in the last eight greatly improved as they reach third place.

Tied at 20-20 at the half, Italy then held a misfiring Slovakian side to just 9 points in the third as they established a 40-29 lead after three quarters and they never looked back.

Lucia Kupcikova had 12 points and 9 rebounds for the Slovaks.

Turkey 72-51 Sweden

Turkey overcame Sweden 72-51 as they continued their march onwards and leave the well-supported Swedes on the brink of elimination.

Only leading 31-26 at the half, Turkey underlined their superiority with a game-changing 13-0 run that their brave opponents could not come back from.

Isil Alben continues to have a fantastic tournament as her 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists spearheaded Turkey to victory. Free scoring Frida Elbebrink led Sweden once again with 15 points, also.

Montenegro 50-66 Spain

A double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds from Sancho Lyttle helped Spain comfortably past Montenegro 66-50 to close out the penultimate round of games from Group E.

Lyttle also added 4 steals to her impressive statline as Spain once again looked impressive. The day was made more memorable for veteran Amaya Valdamoro, as she celebrated a record 254th appearance for the Spaniards.

Iva Perovanovic grabbed 19 points for the Montenegrins.