Estonia Make Statement In Opener

07 June 2013
10. Merike Anderson (Estonia)
Merike Anderson narrowly missed out on a tirple-double for Estonia

Estonia have made a statement to complete day one action of the EuroBasket Women 2015 1st Qualification Round, blowing past hosts Luxembourg 79-53.

Running out to a 24-7 lead by the end of the opening quarter, the Estonians never looked like being challenged by the Group A hosts as five players went on to finish in double figures.

With only 19 field goals hitting the mark, it was always going to be a long day at the office for Luxembourg as Estonia took ownership of the paint whilst also only giving up eight shots from the charity stripe.

Veteran shooting guard Merike Anderson was the most impressive of all the Estonians recording a +/- of +30, narrowly missing out on a triple double, finishing with 10 points, nine rebounds, nine assists and four steals.

Mirjam Nikolai was playing a key role in Estonia's back court, leading scoring with 15 points along with six assists. Topping off the backcourt dominance was Pirgit Püü who had 14 points. Up front Viive-Kai Rebane also made 14 whilst Laina Mesila-Kaarmann ended with 10.

21-year-old Magaly Meynadier was the pick of the hosts, finishing with 13 points on five-for-nine shooting.

On Saturday Luxembourg look to resurrect their campaign against a Greek side who were lucky to escape with a win on Friday, whilst Estonia seek to put one foot firmly in the next round when they take on the Netherlands.


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