Division B Round-Up: Surprising Games Set Qualifying Round

05 July 2009

Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia progressed to the Qualifying Round as the only unbeaten teams in Division B.

Slovenia broke open a close game in the third quarter as they went on a 15-0 run en route to a 65-52 triumph over Finland.

Slovenia power forward Tjasa Gortnar led her team with 17 points and hauled in 17 rebounds.

"We had a poor start," said Slovenia's Nika Baric, who finished with 21 points and six assists.

"From the third quarter onwards, our defense became efficient, and it was the key to our win.

"Personally, I had a good game and I think that from now everything can happen.

"We can win every game, but we might also lose them."

Despite the loss, Finland joins Slovenia in the next round.

Denmark needed overtime to beat the Netherlands 77-73 and capture their first win in the tournament.

8. Ida Krogh (Denmark)
Ida Krogh helped her team advance with 24 points

The Netherlands led 35-26 at half-time but the Danes hit back after the break and had the chance to win at the end of regulation.

With Denmark leading 60-58 with 24 seconds remaining, Anne Pedersen missed two free throws and the Dutch rebounded before Marlou de Kleijn made the crucial basket to take the game to overtime.

Denmark connected on three attempts from long range to seal the win.

Denmark's Ida Krough had a game-high 24 points as her team sealed a spot in the next stage.

Hosts Israel bounced back from Friday's defeat to the Netherlands by beating Germany 73-64.

Israel trailed by five points at the half-way mark but stepped up their defense and outscored the Germans 39-25 in the second half.

Avigiel Cohen again led Israel with 21 points.

In a game of unbeatens, Bosnia and Herzegovina edged Greece 73-66 to finish first in Group D.

Tamara Kapor and Matea Tavic scored 24 and 20 points respectively to inspire the Balkans to their third consecutive triumph.

Croatia beat Norway 66-44 to clinch the third spot in Group D.

6. Filipa Bernardeco (Portugal)
Filipa Bernardeco was the top scorer for Portugal with 14 points

Croatia's forward Anja Skara scored 20 points and grabbed 11 boards to lead her team to the next round.

Portugal got their second win in a row as they beat Switzerland 67-24 in a one-side contest.

The Swiss mustered just eight points in the second half and committed a whopping 42 turnovers.

In the only game of Group A, Hungary thrashed winlesss England 75-53.

Hungary led 42-28 at the break and never looked back.

Norway, Netherlands and Switzerland have not qualified and will have to play Classification Games.

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