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Group:  B | 16.06.2012, 17:30h
Group:  B | 16.06.2012, 17:30h
67-82
13 - 2724 - 1819 - 2311 - 14
13 - 2724 - 1819 - 2311 - 14
Venue: Fribourg (SUI) |
Spectators: 250 |
Referees: Matej Spendl (SLO), Michel Glod (LUX), Graham Shaw (SCO)

GAME REPORT


Montenegro Put Away Gutsy Swiss

Jelena Dubljevic and Iva Perovanovic poured in the points for Montenegro on Saturday as they won 82-67 at Switzerland.

In a Group B game of the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round, the Montenegrins stormed into a 27-13 lead by the end of the first quarter and stretched that to 44-25 with two minutes remaining in the half.

Switzerland, who won their opening game at Estonia, dug in their heels and launched a spirited comeback.

Midway through the third quarter, they closed the gap to 57-48 with a three-ball from Marielle Giroud.

With 8:13 remaining in the contest, Swiss point guard Gaelle Gür made a lay-up to reduce the deficit to 68-61.

Montenegro coach Miodrag Baletic decided to burn a timeout to stop the run.

When play resumed, the 1.89 power forward/center Milica Jovanovic launched an attempt from long range and missed, and the Swiss rebounded.

Karen Twehues then put one up from behind the arc and was off target for Switzerland, and Montenegro grabbed the rebound.

Perovanovic and Dubljevic hit jumpers to take the lead back to 72-61.

Giroud hit a couple of free-throws to reduce the arrears to nine, but Switzerland got no closer.

Dubljevic was 12 of 16 from the floor and Perovanovic 10 of 17.

Giroud led the hosts with 19 points and Twehues scored 17.

Montenegro are now 2-0 and lead the group.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Switzerland vs. Montenegro

Miodrag Baletic, Montenegro coach:
"After this second win, a new championship must start because of the injury of [Iva] Perovanovic. It's difficult for my main players to play every three days and also because our bench players are not ready yet to take more responsibilities. So I can't be happy after this game and I think our chances to be successful for the remaining games are now very small.

Milenko Tomic, Switzerland coach:
"I'm proud of my team because Montenegro is one of the important teams in Europe. Playing against such teams makes us improve our level. We had problems defending theirt two post players that's why our defensive performance was not as good as against Estonia."

Jelena Dubljevic, Montenegro player:
"Also if I did a great offense performance tonight and helped my team for this win, I'm sad because of the injury to Iva [Perovanovic]. Now competition will be very hard for us.

Karen Twehues, Switzerland player:
"I'm happy with our collective performance and proud of what we showed with my teammates. To lose by 15 against such a great team with many talented players is positive."

Accumulated statistics

37.5%

24/64
FG
M/A

54.8%

34/62

37.2%

16/43
FG2P
M/A

67.4%

29/43

38.1%

8/21
FG3P
M/A

26.3%

5/19

91.7%

11/12
FT
M/A

69.2%

9/13

24

6/18
RT
RO/RD

34

8/26

15

AS

25

12

TO

17

9

ST

8

0

BS

4

20

PF

18

67

Pts

82

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