France finished the Preliminary Round with a perfect 3-0 record after edging a determined Israel in the last minute for a 73-70 win.
It was a tale of two offenses, since neither defense could hold the other team from hitting 50% of their shots. However, the teams did differ in who generated the offensive exhibition.
France can go a perfect 3-0 in Group D and ensure themselves of a 2-0 start to the Qualifying Round if they beat a winless Israel today in Valmiera.
Yet what looks like an easy match-up for Pierre Vincent's side may prove to be a tough fight.
Italy's first ten minutes proved to be enough in the end to beat a scrappy Israeli team 75-62 in game two of Group D action.
Giampiero Ticchi's squad opened the game on fire, scoring 32 points in the first ten minutes while Israel struggled to break into double digits (10).
Israel and Italy both know that their day two match-up could very well make or break their hopes of qualifying for the next round of EuroBasket Women 2009.
Losers of their respective first games and with France and Belarus looming on day three, it is no secret that both teams see each other as their most accessible opponent in the group.
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