Ukraine 59 Great Britain 54

13.08.2008

Ukraine made a winning start to their EuroBasket Women Division A campaign on Wednesday, holding off a determined fightback to beat Great Britain 59-54 in their Group A clash.

Ukraine looked to have taken control of the game after a 15-0 run at the end of the first half gave them a 33-18 lead, but entering the final quarter 52-39 down, Great Britain found a new lease of life.

Having cut the deficit to 55-46, Kimberly Butler missed a three-pointer and then a jump shot and it looked as though the chance to close the gap further may have passed.

Olena Zherzherunova (Ukraine)
Olena Zherzherunova had 13 points for Ukraine
But Megan Moody made it 55-48 and, after Olena Ogorodnikova responded for Ukraine, Johannah Leedham had the next four points to make it 57-52 with 2:02 remaining.

They could get no closer though, as Leedham missed a jumper and Nikki Luckhurst was off target from three-point range.

Rosalee Mason made a pair of free throws to cut the lead to four, 58-54, but Inna Yegorova split a pair from the charity stripe to finish the game.

Olexander Gorbunova made seven of 12 from two-point range and finished with 18 points and six rebounds to lead Ukraine, who also got 13 points from Olena Zherzherunova.

Leedham led Britain with 14 points and five rebounds.


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