Lithuania women’s captain Lina Brazdeikyte believes her team’s impressive victory over France was down to the spirit within the camp and is confident that will see them through their final match in Hungary on Saturday.
The Lithuanians stunned France 73-53 on Wednesday night to move top of Group A, level on points with their opponents ahead of the final round of matches this weekend.
“We played a really good game against France. Our strength was our whole team unit, we played like one player, all five for one.
||We played like one player, all five for one
“It was our best game of the qualifying campaign so far.”
Lithuania edged Italy in their opening match on September 8 before losing out to Les Bleues in France by 12 points.
Following comfortable victories over Hungary and then Italy again, Brazdeikyte and her team knew it was vital to avenge their defeat to France if they were to have a chance of topping the group and securing their place in Turkey next year.
And they did it in style, running out winners by a clear 20 points in Vilnius with Jurgita Streimikyte scoring 17 points and Sandra Valuzyte 14.
Brazdeikyte, who herself contributed 12 points against the French, is now looking ahead to the final group match against the Hungarians on Saturday.
“It will be difficult to play such a good game again,” she said.
“After such a big match to get up again and be emotionally on top will be difficult but I think we’ll do it because we need the victory.”