Ticket To Ride

02.10.2007

By David Hein

In a winners-take-all showdown, Lithuania face off with Turkey with a spot in the quarter-finals for the victors.

The 1997 title-holders Lithuania are looking to return to the final eight for the seventh time

Sandra Valuzyte (Lithuania)
Lithuania could use a big game from Sandra Valuzyte.
in the last eight competitions.

Turkey, like Lithuania at 1-3, would make their second straight quarter-finals showing after never making it there in their previous five EuroBasket Women competitions.
 
Last Time Out: Lithuania lost 75-67 against the Czech Republic while Turkey remained alive for the quarter-finals with a 76-63 victory over Germany.

Key Match-Up: Yasemin Horasan vs Agne Ciudariene- With the status of Turkey star Nevriye Yilmaz's sore back still in doubt, Horasan again will be Cem Akdag's main option in the low post.

X-Factor: Sandra Valuzyte- The scrappy Lithuanian guard showed her grit and determination against the Czech Republic with seven steals but struggled offensively, hitting just 2-of-11 of her shots. The Lithuanians will likely need her offensive output to knock off Turkey.

Key Stat: 24% - That is what Lithuania are shooting from three-point range in their past two losses to Latvia and Czech Republic.

Sounding Off: Lithuania coach Algirdas Paulauskas: “This will be a very important game for both teams. So look for it to be very tight and the key will be the rebounding.”


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