France Give Latvia No Chance

04 September 2005

Latvia were unable to keep up their winning start to the EuroBasket Women as they slipped to a 67-50 defeat against France.

Anete Jekabsone put in another game-high scoring performance with 15 points for Latvia but not even that could prevent what ultimately proved to be a comfortable victory for the French.

Audrey Sauret Gillespie led an evenly-balanced offensive effort from France with 12 points while Catherine Melain also played a key role, grabbing 10 rebounds, making seven assists and three steals, as France celebrated their second win in the tournament.

Gunta Basko was in impressive form for Latvia with 11 points and 13 rebounds, but her team were always playing catch-up after France raced seven points ahead in the opening quarter, which they won 19-14.

France confirmed their dominance by winning the second period 21-8 to enjoy a half-time lead of 40-22.

Latvia responded in the third quarter with Bourges star Jekabsone, who also registered four assists and four steals, helping them claw back some of the deficit to trail by 10 points going into the final period.

However, France kept their noses in front and even managed to stretch their lead as they secured their second successive win following their opening-game defeat to the Czech Republic.

They next face Poland on Tuesday while Latvia, who also have a 2-1 record, must take on Greece.

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