Latvia Too Strong For Germany

03 September 2005

Latvia picked up their second successive EuroBasket Women victory in Bursa on Saturday, putting together a strong fourth quarter to outlast Germany 77-67.

Germany, who lost their opening contest against Greece on Friday, made the game a contest, but Latvia proved to be too strong down the stretch.

Ieva Kublina (Latvia)
Ieva Kublina
Latvia guard Anete Jekabsone was the architect of her side's opening day win against Poland, and she was once again her team's best player, racking up 25 points and 8 rebounds.

The key period for the Latvians was the opening 7 minutes of the fourth quarter.

Germany, who were within 3 points (54-51) after 30 minutes, refused to go down quietly, until Latvia strung together a 14-4 run to put the game out of reach.

Jekabsonse got some valuable help from Ieva Kublina in that key stretch.

The 193 cm center displayed her considerable defensive talents in her 31 minutes on court, grabbing 10 rebounds and blocking 5 shots, including 3 in a row on one German possession.

However, it was Kublina's offensive contribution which proved to be the difference and she scored 10 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter.

Latvia opened the final period with a steal and fast break bucket from Gunta Basko to spark their winning effort. When Kublina capped the run with a three-pointer at the 37 minute mark, Germany trailed 68-55 and there was no way back into the game.

Germany, who were led by Linda Froelich's 25 points, will be looking to open their account with a win on Sunday against Poland.

Latvia, having beaten Germany and Poland, will be looking to make a mark on Sunday as they take on favourites France.

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