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Croatia Take Final Game Against Group B Winners Italy

19 January 2009

Croatia put paid to Italy's unbeaten record in the EuroBasket Women Additional Qualifying Round with a 75-64 victory in Crikvenica on Monday evening.

The result lifted the Croatians to second place in Group B, but the triumph didn't prevent the Azzurre (3-1) from progressing to this year's Final Round in Latvia.

Ana Lelas had 19 points to lead the Croatians with Jelena Ivezic contributing 15.

Simona Ballardini finished with 17 points and six rebounds for Italy, who will return to the Final Round after hosting the event in 2007.

Croatia won for the second time to finish 2-2.

They also get the bad taste out of their mouths from the first meeting when the Italians destroyed them 83-50 on January 10.

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