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EuroBasket Women 2015 field set

The Eurobasket Women’s qualifying round is over with 11 nations booking their respective places for next year’s event to take place in Hungary and Romania.

The group winners and five of the best second placed sides advanced with the games against the teams that finished bottom wiped out.

From Group A, Slovak Republic advanced along with runners up Poland as they saw off challenges from an improving Slovenia side and minnows Luxembourg. The Slovaks were particularly impressive in their 71-55 win over the Poles in the final round of matches.

Lithuania and Great Britain qualified from a tough Group B that featured Belgium and FYR of of Macedonia, who previously competed in tournaments for the small countries. They finished bottom with a 0-6 record.

Great Britain’s qualification was made sweeter knowing that they have done this without any funding from UK Sport, as they failed to meet the targets of a top six finish at Eurobasket Women in 2013.

In Group C, Latvia and Italy came through with the latter beating group winners Latvia in Ragusa to seal their spot. Portugal and Estonia failed to make an significant impact.

Montenegro and Ukraine were comfortable in Group D, finishing first and second respectively ahead of Finland and Germany. Ukraine can take great pride in qualification as they played their home games away from their home country due to the political conflict between themselves and Russia.

Group E saw Russia, who are not used to going through the qualification rounds finish top of a three-team pool with Sweden ending it in second. Netherlands finished bottom with a 0-4 record.

Group F saw Croatia advance undefeated as the lone team. Bulgaria finished second but were unable to match the records of the other five runners-up and they missed out.

Greece advanced via the first qualification rounds with Spain, France, Turkey, Serbia, Belarus and Czech Republic automatically through.

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