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Group:  C | 11.08.2010, 17:00h
Group:  C | 11.08.2010, 17:00h
55-94
12 - 249 - 1816 - 1818 - 34
12 - 249 - 1816 - 1818 - 34
Venue: Espoo (FIN) |
Spectators: 580 |
Referees: Keith Williams (ENG), Aliaksandr Syrytsa (BLR), Daniel Berler (SWE)

GAME REPORT


Montenegro Make It Three In A Row Against Finns

Montenegro waltzed to their third straight win in the EuroBasket Women qualifiers as they dispatched Finland 94-55 in their Group C contest.

Montenegro may be enjoying their first season in Division A, but they look like seasoned veterans as they rip through their group.

This one never appeared to be in doubt as Montenegro scored the first 13 points of the game - Jelena Dubljevic scoring nine of them - and did not look back against their winless hosts.

The score was 27-12 when Milka Bjelica opened the second quarter with a three-pointer, and the gap just kept growing with Snezana Aleksic putting them 42-21 up with a pair of free throws right before half-time.

Montenegro showed absolutely no mercy, and used another 11-0 run to move 74-44 in front in the fourth quarter to finish the game in cruise control.

Dubljevic finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Ana Baletic added 16 points, Iva Perovcanovic had 15, Jelena Skerovic 13, Bjelica 11 and Aleksic 10.

Taru Tuukkanen led Finland with 14 points while Tiina Sten had 11 and Minna Sten and Dionne Pounds had 10 each.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Finland vs. Montenegro

Finland player Taru Tuukkanen:
"That was a tough game for us. None of our players quite caught a rhythm. Montenegro has five-six professionals on the team from some of the best leagues in Europe and only a couple of our players have that kind of experience. We failed on offense, we failed on some of the basics and everything just snowballed from there. We had a good conversation in the locker room after the game and we will keep working hard, try to gather ourselves and start the next game with a different attitude."

Finland coach Tommi Koskinen:
"The truth is that we are in a very difficult situation as a team. We have no solutions on offense and it affects our self confidence. We have been shooting tremendously low percentages in the last three games. If we miss close range shots and layups time after time, we give our opponents way too much help. Our team spirit is so good that no one is going to point any fingers. We have to believe that this just was an extremely bad day and that tomorrow will be better. We have a reason to be a little ashamed tonight, but tomorrow we shall transform that shame into fury and strike Bulgaria harder than ever. If we can't get our offense going, our defense must be on totally different level."

Montenegro coach Miodrag Baletic:
"We just had a difficult game against Bulgaria, and because of that we were afraid of this game. We knew the basic aspects of the Finland game very well and saw that they had difficulties in their 1-on-1 defense. I must say our scouting was extremely good. We warned our team about Finland's organized team defense and patient offense and, as the numbers show, we did a really good job."

 

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

25.0%

17/68
FG
M/A

50.0%

29/58

27.1%

13/48
FG2P
M/A

48.9%

22/45

20.0%

4/20
FG3P
M/A

53.8%

7/13

73.9%

17/23
FT
M/A

82.9%

29/35

35

15/20
RT
RO/RD

49

12/37

5

AS

14

19

TO

17

7

ST

8

2

BS

4

26

PF

21

55

Pts

94

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