Turning Point: Poland cut the deficit 48-45 midway through the fourth quarter before Latvia´s Kristine Karklina and Gunta Basko buried consecutive three-pointers for a 54-48 lead with less than five minutes to go.
Game Heroes: Latvia captain Gunta Basko led all scorers with 19 points on six-for-11 (55%) shooting while team-mate Zane Tamane contributed with three points, pulled down 13 of her team´s 39 rebounds, came up with three steals and blocked two shots.
Stats Don't Lie: Latvia out-rebounded Poland 39-38. Latvia were one-for-five (20%) from three-point range at half-time and finished five-for-13 (38%) while Poland were six-for-24 (25%) shooting from behind the arc. Latvia got 15 points off Poland´s 14 turnovers.
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Polish basketball dreams of another EuroBasket Women championship as the host nation faded a little more on Wednesday with Latvia the latest side to defeat them.
Winners when they staged the event in 1999, Poland lost for the third time in four games as they crashed to a 62-53 defeat to the Latvians.
Trailing by as many as eight points in the first half, the Latvians showed for the third time in this tournament they know now to play from behind in Katowice's Spodek Arena.
If Elina Babkina was Latvia's star in the overtime upset of France on Sunday when she scored 26 points, on Wednesday it was Latvia captain Gunta Basko and Kristine Karklina to spark the Baltic side.
Basko connected on three of her five shots from long range and had 19 points and Karklina provided steel off the bench at the playmaker position and finished with five points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
With Poland behind 48-45 and with 5:43 remaining, the pair hit them with back-to-back three-point daggers.
Latvia ran the shot-clock down and fed Karklina in the left corner, where she released her shot in front of the Polish bench just in time and took the Latvia lead to 51-45.
On their next trip down the floor, Basko uncorked a three from the right wing and drilled it to take the lead to 54-45.
Poland, who shot just 29% (19 of 65) from the floor, never threatened again.
They finished just seven of 37 from the floor in the second half.
At half-time, Poland had a 33-29 advantage but when play resumed, Latvia took command.
Ieva Kublina buried a three-ball and Babkina and Basko hit shots for a 36-33 lead to force Poland coach Dariusz Maciejewski to call a timeout.
Ewelina Kobryn scored with a jumper in the lane, but Kublina made a lay-up and Basko followed with one of her three-pointers.
Poland's defense kept them in the game, forcing Latvia to turn the ball over 18 times.
But they didn't capitalize off the miscues the way the Latvians did.
George Dikeoulakos' team finished with 15 points off turnovers and Poland scored just five.
Latvia got another battling performance from Zane Tamane, the tournament's leading rebounder.
She had a game-high 13 rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots to go with her three points.
Tamane attempted just three shots.