Hungary Upset Bid Falls Short In France

30 May 2009

Hungary will be an underdog team at the EuroBasket Women, with their first game in Latvia against Group B opponents Greece in eight days.

Laszlo Ratgeber's team showed for 29 minutes of their friendly against France in Evry on Friday night that they can dangerous before eventually falling 61-55.

The Hungarians, taking on a team that beat them twice in last summer's qualification campaign by a combined total of points, opened up a 36-25 advantage by half-time.

But after the break, Les Bleues increased the intensity on defense and outscored their opponents 19-5 in the frame.

They finally went in front in the final minute of the third quarter at 42-41 and took a 44-41 advantage into the last period.

With their noses in front, France held on for the six-point triumph.

Hungary's 24-year-old point guard Zsófia Fegyverneky, the team's second-leading scorer in last year's qualification campaign which saw the team finish third behind France and Slovakia in Group C, had 12 points while Bernadett Németh weighed in with nine.

France's 30-year-old forward Emmanuelle Hermouet of Toulouse had 14 points to lead all scorers.

"We were not really playing defense early in the game and this doesn't help us to have confidence in attack," Hermouet said.

"As soon as we applied more pressure, they began to lose more balls."

When it was over, Ratgeber's team had 24 turnovers to just 15 for France.

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