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Group:  B | 06.09.2008, 18:00h
Group:  B | 06.09.2008, 18:00h
76-42
23 - 619 - 1021 - 1613 - 10
23 - 619 - 1021 - 1613 - 10
Venue: Yüregir/Adana (TUR) |
Spectators: 1200 |
Referees: Gil Oved (ISR), Maria Argirou (GRE)

GAME REPORT


Defense Rules As Turkey Overwhelm Finland

Turkey destroyed Finland 76-42 on Saturday to join Poland at the top of EuroBasket Women qualifying Group B.

The Turks, who are level with Poland at 5-1, took a 23-6 stranglehold on the game by the end of the first quarter with a solid defensive effort.

By half-time, the game was all but over with Turkey leading the visiting Finns 42-16.

Ceyhun Yıldızoğlu's team held Finland to 12 of 41 (29.3%) shooting inside the arc, compared to 41.4% (24 of 58) themselves.

Turkey also forced the Finns to turn the ball over 21 times.

"They played an intense and fast game," said Finland coach Domingo Diaz.

"It's impossible to play like the Turkey team. I think Turkey is the best team in our group and they have played the best defense in the group."

Yıldızoğlu agreed that his team's ability to pressure Finland when they had the ball had been decisive.

"Tonight our defense was very tough, our toughest to date," he said.

"I think everybody did their best for me. We have two more games in the group and we will do everything we can to win them."

Naile Ivegin had 10 points and eight rebounds for Turkey, while Tiina Sten finished with nine and four for Finland.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Turkey vs. Finland

Ceyhun Yıldızoğlu, Turkey coach:

"Tonight our defense was very tough, our toughest to date. I didn't make a big player rotation because some of our players had a problem. I think everybody did their best for me. We have two more games in the group and we will do everything we can to win them."

Tuğba Palazoğlu, Turkey player:

"We didn't make a mistake as in our previous game against Finland. We played very tough defense in the Finland game but we did better tonight."

Domingo Diaz, Finland coach:

"Congratulations to Turkey team because they played very well tonigt. They played an intense and fast game. It's impossible to play like the Turkey team. I think Turkey is the best team in our group and they playe the best defense in the group. We wanted to make a good practise for the Poland game tonight but Turkey didn't allow us to play our game."

Niina Laaksonen, Finland player:

"Turkey were stronger then us. We have to be ready for the next game and we have to play better than tonight to win against Poland."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

42.5%

31/73
FG
M/A

25.9%

15/58

41.4%

24/58
FG2P
M/A

29.3%

12/41

46.7%

7/15
FG3P
M/A

17.6%

3/17

63.6%

7/11
FT
M/A

75.0%

9/12

49

17/32
RT
RO/RD

34

9/25

20

AS

10

17

TO

21

13

ST

12

2

BS

1

11

PF

17

76

Pts

42

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