France Takes Top Spot In Group F With Win Over Belarus

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France proved once again that they are definitely a force to reckon with in the ongoing EuroBasket Women 2013 after remaining undefeated in the tournament.
The host country held on to a huge 58-50 win over Belarus on Sunday night in Mouilleron-le-captif to take the top spot in Group F of this year’s European championship.
With the top spot in the group on the line, France and Belarus traded blows early, but a crucial development proved to be the turning point of the match.
Down by just four points in the 3:22 mark of the third period, Belarus took a blow after Yelena Leuchanka was whistled for his fourth foul, forcing coach Rimantas Gigas to sit his star. France took advantage and led by as much as 15 points with Leuchanka sitting on the bench for Belarus.
Belarus attempted to make a comeback in the final period, but the lead was simply too much to overcome as France ran away with their sixth win in as many games in front of their hometown fans.
“It is a difficult team to play because they are well organized and they have big abilities to score from inside and outside players. It is not too easy to beat this team, they have been at the top level for five or six years,” France coach Pierre Vincent said.
Sandrine Gruda racked up 18 points on 8-for-11 shooting from the field, while Isabelle Yacoubou added 12 points and four rebounds for France, who shot 48.0 percent from the field as a team.
With the loss, Belarus will fall down to third spot in Group F and will be facing the second-ranked team in Group E in the knockout quarterfinals.
Serbia, who pulled off a huge 75-59 win over Czech Republic on Sunday, will finish second, while the Czechs took the fourth and final Last Eight slot in the group. Great Britain and Croatia were sent home packing.
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