Poland Complete Sweep Over Italy


Poland completed a two-game sweep of Italy in Group B with a 76-69 win over the Azzurre in Bologna on Saturday.

Behind 36-34 at half-time, the Polish blew out the Italians in the third quarter 26-8 as they improved to 4-1 in qualifying games for next year's EuroBasket Women in Riga, Latvia.

Italy dropped to 2-3.

All was going according to plan for Italy early on.

A Kathrin Ress  jump shot with 1:31 to go in the first half left the Italians with a 36-30 lead but Poland scored the last two baskets of the second quarter to trail by just two.

Midway through the third quarter with the game tied at 44-44, Poland reeled off 16 consecutive points to take complete command.

Italy did outscore them  25-16 over the final 10 minutes but they had left themselves with too much work to do and crashed to a seven-point setback.

Agnieszka Bibrzycka had 18 points for Poland while Italy were led by Simona Ballardini's 13.



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