France Routs Czech Republic, Belarus Books EuroBasket Women 2013 Last Eight Spot

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France solidified their grip on the top spot in Group F after staying undefeated with a 64-49 win over Czech Republic in the second round of the EuroBasket Women 2013 in Mouilleron-le-captif in France.

The host squad took control of the pace of the game right from the opening period. Czech Republic threatened to come back in the final period as they pulled within seven points, but France leaned on the superb play of Sandrine Gruda to hold on to their fifth win in as many games.

Gruda toyed with the frontcourt defense of the Czechs as she finished with a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Isabelle Yacoubou also had a superb night with 14 points and 10 rebounds for France, who took advantage of their size, pulling down 17 offensive rebounds and a total of 51 boards.

“We are so strong inside that we give so many balls inside, they don't need more. We just need to balance and when you have the chance you have to shoot. If I was on the court I would shoot all the time, but I am not,” France coach Pierre Vincent said.

Meanwhile, Belarus formally booked a spot in the Last Eight of this year’s European Championship after posting a hard-earned 71-61 win over Great Britain.

The two teams went toe-to-toe for the first three quarters and Great Britain were actually ahead by three points heading into the final period. However, Belarus caught fire and outscored the Brits, 28-15, in the final ten minutes to escape with the huge win.

Yelena Leuchanka led the balance attack of Belarus with 11 points and 13 rebounds, while Anastasiya Verameyenka finished with 12 points and nine rebounds. Katsiaryna Snytsina led Belarus in scoring with 15 points, while Tatsiana Likhtarovich and Aliaksandra Tarasava added 14 and 11 points, respectively.

Belarus and France will collide on Sunday wherein the winner will take the top spot in Group F heading into the knockout phase of the tournament.

EuroBasket Women 2013 Day Six Results (June 21, 2013)

  • Croatia 64 – 77 Serbia
  • Great Britain 61 – 71 Belarus
  • France 64 – 49 Czech Republic
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