Romania Beat Turnover-Prone Brits In Nottingham

10.01.2009

Romania won a 75-71 thriller at Great Britain on Saturday evening for their third successive victory in the EuroBasket Women Relegation Round.

In a clash of unbeatens in Nottingham, England, Britain led 69-64 with 3:04 remaining but Romania dug deep, with a Paula Ciocan three-point play closing the gap to just two.

Following two missed jump shots by the hosts, Alexandra Uiuiu tied the contest at 69-69 with a lay-up 2:08 from the end.

Great Britain turned the ball over and then fouled Maria Pascalau, who made two free throws for a 71-69 Romania advantage.

After Pascalau made two more from the stripe for a 73-69 lead, Meagan Hoffman answered with a lay-up for Britain.

Romania missed on their next trip down the floor and Britain rebounded but with 17 seconds to go, Pascalau stole the ball from Kristy Lavin and Uiuiu made another lay-up for the Romanians.

Svetlana Dragusin poured in a team-high 22 points for Romania while Kimberly Butler scored 25 and grabbed nine rebounds for the Brits.

Rosalee Mason added 23 for Britain, who will now be looking over their shoulders at Finland after their narrow escape at Bosnia and Herzegovina to improve to 1-2.

Great Britain out-rebounded Romania 41-31 but turned the ball over 29 times in the game to just 18 for the visitors.


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