Third-Quarter Burst Propels Lithuanians Past Brits


Lithuania broke open a close game in the third quarter on their way to a 76-68 win over Great Britain in Group A of EuroBasket Women qualifying on Saturday.

Sandra Valuzyte had 24 points and four rebounds to lead the Baltic giants, who are now in first place at 5-2 over idle Israel (5-1).

The game was knotted at 42-42 early in the third quarter when two Valuzyte free throws started a 13-0 run for the Lithuanians.

They ended up outscoring the Britons 20-6 in the frame for a 60-46 advantage and stayed comfortably on top the rest of the way.

Kimberley Butler finished with 18 points and 10 boards to lead Great Britain, who slumped to 1-6.

The Brits take on Germany in midweek while Ukraine face Israel.

Lithuania, who did a lot of their damage at the free throw line against Britain by making 24 of 30 (80%), will not play again until next weekend against Germany.

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