Germany survived a terrific comeback by Bulgaria on Saturday night and won their EuroBasket Women Additional Qualifying Round clash in Hagen.
In a must-win game for both sides to maintain a realistic hope of advancing to the Final Round, Alexandra Müller had 16 points for the Germans as they prevailed 68-60.
The result has left Germany at 1-1 while Bulgaria are 0-2 in Group A.
Imre Szittya's German team, beaten soundly in Ukraine (2-0) on Wednesday, were in command late in the third quarter with a 55-41 lead but the Bulgarians and their naturalized American Noel Monik Kuin fought back and pushed the hosts until the end.
Kuin, who plays for TEO Vilnius in the EuroLeague Women, hit a three-pointer and made another basket at the start of a 12-0 that closed the gap to 55-53 with 7:07 to play in the game.
After Germany's Lisa Koop made one of two at the charity stripe, Gergana Branzova-Erdenay was fouled and had an opportunity to pull Bulgaria to within one.
But she also split two from the line to leave the Germans clinging to a 56-54 advantage.
Müller responded by hitting arguably her biggest shot of the game, a three-ball with 4:00 to go to extend the lead back to five.
Though Branzova-Erdenay made a lay-up to cut the deficit to 59-56, the visitors would end up getting no closer.
Germany found it difficult to finish off the Bulgarians, however.
Kuin made two free throws to take her points haul to a game-high 22 with 2:08 to go as Bulgaria closed the gap to 62-58, and Germany then committed a shot-clock violation.
Vera Perostiyska was off target with a lay-up for Bulgaria on their next possession and Germany rebounded before pulling away for an eight-point triumph.
Germany out-rebounded Bulgaria 45-25.
For the winners, Katja Bavendam had 10 rebounds to go with her eight points.
Also for Germany, Lisa Koop had 11 points and eight rebounds and Petra Gläser scored 12 with seven boards.
Gergana Slavcheva finished with 19 points and seven rebounds for Bulgaria.
Imre Szittya, Germany head coach:
We do not give up! We still have a chance to qualify. Today we won the game because we made the important baskets. I'm very proud of my team because my players showed great team and fighting spirit.
Alex Müller, Germany guard:
We were concentrated from the first minute, not like in the Ukraine. And our crowd did its best, too. Our big guys played well and we proved that our 26-point-loss in the Ukraine did not show our real abilities. Now we will see what is still possible in this qualification.
Nikolay Boroukov, Bulgaria head coach:
Germany played a very strong defense and with a very active offense. This was a very difficult game for us because Germany was aggressive and physically strong. Congratulations to Germany, they deserved the win.
Noel Monik Kuin, Bulgaria guard:
We played hard and tried to do a lot of things. I'm really glad about our game but we took to many bad shots. Especially when it was important Germany always found a way to score. This hurt us very badly.