Lithuania Stun Poland

09.09.2005

Lithuania staged a dramatic comeback in the fourth quarter to stun Poland 67-58 and reach the semi-finals of the EuroBasket Women in Turkey.

The Poles, who won the additional qualifying tournament to reach this event, finished fourth in their group to reach the last eight and looked to be heading for an upset of Lithuania.

Trailing 55-47 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Baltic nation limited Poland to just three points the rest of the way and hit back to win.

Rima Valentiene (Lithuania)
Rima Valentiene
Veteran Rima Valentiene paced Lithuania with 16 points while Sandra Valuzyte had 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

The defeat for Poland came despite a sensational effort from guard Agnieszka Bibrzycka, who had a game high of 30 points and also pulled down seven rebounds - she made five of 10 shots from three point range.

Poland's only points of the final quarter were provided by Bibrzycka's three pointer 12 seconds after the re-start.

Her team went ice cold the rest of the way.

Lithuania took the lead with  four minutes and 44 seconds remaining on a lay up from Iveta Marcauskaite.

That basket took the 1.96m center to 14 points for the game. Lithuania led for the rest of the way.

Not only are the Lithuanians now within touching distance of a medal at the EuroBasket Women.

But they have also qualified for FIBA World Championship for Women 2006 in Brazil.


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