France To Face Turkey In EuroBasket Women 2013 Semifinals

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Host country France and Turkey will collide in the other semifinals pairing of the EuroBasket Women 2013 after downing their respective opponents on Thursday night in Orchies.

France leaned on the heroics of savvy point guard Celine Dumerc to escape with a gut-wrenching 87-83 win over Sweden in their quarterfinals showdown inside the jam-packed arena in French city Orchies.

Sweden were on the verge of pulling off another huge upset as they were on top 77-74 with almost two minutes left in the match, but the unthinkable happened.

Dumerc carried the French squad on her shoulder as she racked up three three-pointers to turn the table around into their favor, while Edwidge Lawson-Wade sealed the win with four free-throws down the stretch.

“I think Dumerc was eventually the decisive factor. She is a world class player and they have so many – I take my hat off to her,” said Sweden coach Lars Johansson after the game.

Dumerc finished with 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the field, while Lawson-Wade finished with 14 points and six assists. Gaelle Skrela also had a productive night with 13 points and four assists, while Isabelle Yacoubou added 11 points.

With the win, France arranged a highly-anticipated semi-final duel with Turkey, who cruised to the semifinals with a 55-41 win over Belarus in the first game of the day.

“Now we have to continue, and against Turkey it will be also very close game. They are stronger inside than two years ago, but both teams are on the same 'wave', we started having success at the same time and we know each other very well,” said France head coach Pierre Vincent after the game.

Spain and Serbia will meet in the first semifinals match on Friday night, which will be followed by the Turkey-France collision at the Pevele Arena in Orchies.

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