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Group:  E | 09.09.2006, 17:00h
Group:  E | 09.09.2006, 17:00h
71-67
22 - 1614 - 1618 - 2317 - 12
22 - 1614 - 1618 - 2317 - 12
Venue: Riga (LAT) |
Spectators: 3000 |
Referees: Alexey Davydov (RUS), Pekka Saros (FIN), Sergey Krug (RUS)

GAME REPORT


Latvia Edge Belgium

Latvia shook off the dissapointment of an opening loss to Slovakia to beat Belgium in their second EuroBasket Women qualifier in Riga on Saturday.

The Latvians were on the wrong side of a 73-72 scoreline against Slovakia, but came out on top against Belgium in another tight contest, 71-67.

Belgium got an outstanding display from star center Ann Wauters who top scored with 27 points, but head coach Laurent Buffard will be rueing some poor shooting from his side, particularly from long range (2/12 three-pointers) and the free throw line (19/29).

Latvia controlled the game for long stretches, leading by as many as 12 points in the second quarter.

However, they were unable to completely shake off Belgian resistance.

Having trailed for most of the contest, Belgium finally took the lead on  Marjorie Carpréaux's steal and fast break lay-up at the end of the third quarter.

The teams traded leads early on the final quarter, before Latvia broke away for good.

FIBA Europe 2005 Young Women's Player of the Year Anete Jekabsone-Zogota hit a lay-up to give the Latvians a 63-61 advantage and, after a Belgian turnover, found Liene Jansone for an open jump shot, 65-61.

The small lead was all the Latvians needed and they held off Belgium in the final 3 minutes to take the win.

Jansone led Latvia with 16 points, while Jekabsone-Zogota had 15 and Gunta Basko 14.

Latvia have a week to prepare for their next game against Slovakia, while Belgium travel back home to take on the Slovaks on Wednesday.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

48.0%

24/50
FG
M/A

38.3%

23/60

54.8%

17/31
FG2P
M/A

43.8%

21/48

36.8%

7/19
FG3P
M/A

16.7%

2/12

80.0%

16/20
FT
M/A

65.5%

19/29

37

9/28
RT
RO/RD

33

14/19

16

AS

15

20

TO

12

7

ST

9

4

BS

2

23

PF

18

71

Pts

67

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