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Group:  C | 30.08.2008, 20:00h
Group:  C | 30.08.2008, 20:00h
75-50
24 - 1619 - 1422 - 710 - 13
24 - 1619 - 1422 - 710 - 13
Venue: Villeneuve d' Ascq (FRA) |
Spectators: 1500 |
Referees: Robert Hickman (ENG), Ilona Kucerova (CZE)

GAME REPORT


France Ease Past Croatia, Have Finals In Sight

France rolled to a 75-50 triumph over Croatia in Villeneuve d' Ascq on Saturday night for their fifth successive win to effectively book a place in next year's EuroBasket Women in Riga.

Les Bleues now top Group C ahead of Hungary (3-2) and Slovakia (2-3).

Celine Dumerc, the feisty point guard of Bourges in the EuroLeague Women, had 11 points, seven assists and five rebounds for France, who led 24-16 by the end of the first quarter and stretched that to 43-30 by half-time.

Pierre Vincent's team delivered the knockout punch in the third quarter, outscoring the Croatians 22-7 before cruising to a big win.

France had not been quite so impressive in the first meeting between the sides, winning that encounter by just four points in Croatia.

Marta Cakic scored 12points for Croatia, who are now 1-4 in Group C.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes France vs. Croatia

Emmanuel Hermouet, France player:

"We've followed the game plan perfectly. And we feel pretty good about that. However, there are still some games to win and we feel much more confident now."

Pierre Vincent, France Coach :

"It is without a doubt the most outstanding game that we've played so far. All the players have responded really well tonight. The variation between the inside and the outside game was done in a very efficient way. That gave us more possibilities to win the game. Now, the game in Slovakia is going to be tough as well, but we want to get another victory."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

57.4%

31/54
FG
M/A

32.7%

18/55

56.8%

25/44
FG2P
M/A

41.9%

18/43

60.0%

6/10
FG3P
M/A

0.0%

0/12

63.6%

7/11
FT
M/A

77.8%

14/18

39

10/29
RT
RO/RD

21

8/13

16

AS

6

22

TO

16

11

ST

10

2

BS

0

20

PF

13

75

Pts

50

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