Ireland Gain Revenge With Win Over Portugal

29 August 2006

Following their loss to Portugal over the weekend, Ireland rebounded to defeat the Portuguese 60-51 yesterday evening in Dublin.

Ireland trailed for most of the evening and were down 45-39 in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter.

But Ireland responded, outscoring Portugal 13-2 to take a 52-47 lead midway though the fourth.

Two baskets from Gilda Correia gave Portugal some hope and broke the Irish momentum.

But Ireland hit back and free-throws from Kate Maher eventually secured a nine-point win for the home side.

Suzanne Maguire led Ireland with 14 points, while Maher tallied 13.

Portugal's Correia had a game-high 25.

Ireland begin their EuroBasket qualifying schedule on September 9th in Norway.

Portugal's will open by hosting Luxembourg, also on the 9th.



26.09.2006 - By Julio Chitunda, PA Sport
10.09.2006 - By Julio Chitunda, PA Sport

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