Poland Rally To Top Lithuania

11.07.2011

U20 Women Group E

15. Malgorzata Misiuk (Poland)
Malgorzata Misiuk was huge for Poland, taking her team on her back, scoring 20 points and hauling in 11 rebounds
Poland stormed back in the final quarter to beat Lithuania 67-60 in the qualifying round at the U20 European Championship Women.

Lithuania had led almost the entire game, and looked comfortable with a 47-32 edge midway through the third quarter.

But back-to-back baskets from Magdalena Zietara started a 12-0 Poland run that continued into the fourth quarter and shrunk the gap to just three, 47-44.

They would pull ahead, 56-55, on a three-pointer from Monika Jasnowska with 3:53 to go, and the belief seemed to drain out of Lithuania as Malgorzata Misiuk drained a pair of baskets to extend the advantage to 62-57 with 2:17 left.

They still had a chance after Laura Svaryte's score on a fast-break made it 63-59 with 1:11 to go, but after Agnieszka Sniezek split a pair of free throws, Jasnowska drained another three to make it 67-59 with just nine seconds left.

Misiuk finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds while Jasnowska had 14 after making four-of-seven from three-point range.

Gintare Mazionyte led Lithuania with 14 points while Santa Okockyte had 13 and Inesa Visgaudite 12.

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