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Group:  B | 07.01.2009, 20:00h
Group:  B | 07.01.2009, 20:00h
69-81
20 - 2223 - 2513 - 2013 - 14
20 - 2223 - 2513 - 2013 - 14
Venue: Liege (BEL) |
Spectators: 170 |
Referees: Chantal Julien (FRA), Ivo Dolinek (CZE), Moritz Reiter (GER)

GAME REPORT


Ballardini, Italy Knock Off Belgians

Italy won at Belgium 81-69 on Wednesdsay night in the Azzurre's opening game of the EuroBasket Women Additional Qualifying Round.

Umana Reyer Venezia's Simona Ballardini poured in 17 points, which included a two of five effort from three-ball range, pulled down nine rebounds and handed out seven assists for the Italians.

Kathrin Ress and Laura Macchi each contributed 12 points.

Italy held a slender 47-43 lead at half-time but pressed home the advantage in the third quarter when they outscored the Belgians 20-13 to go in front at 67-56.

They ended up winning by 12.

Italy were 29 of 57 (50.9)% inside the arc compared to Belgium's 18 of 33 (54.5%).

Both Italy and Croatia are 1-0 in Group B while the Belgians are 0-2.

Only the winners of Group A and Group B advance to the Final Round of the EuroBasket Women.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

52.0%

26/50
FG
M/A

49.2%

32/65

54.5%

18/33
FG2P
M/A

50.9%

29/57

47.1%

8/17
FG3P
M/A

37.5%

3/8

64.3%

9/14
FT
M/A

77.8%

14/18

27

7/20
RT
RO/RD

31

13/18

12

AS

13

18

TO

11

4

ST

9

2

BS

2

21

PF

17

69

Pts

81

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