Lithuania Inch Towards Turkey

23 September 2004

Lithuania's women moved  a step closer to the European Championships with victory over previously unbeaten Group A leaders France in Vilnius.

Jurgita Streimikyte top-scored for the hosts with 17 points to help the Lithuanians to a 73-53 triumph and put them top of the group ahead of Les Bleues on points scored and allowed.

The team finishing in second still has a good chance of qualifying for Turkey as the two second-placed teams with the best record will also progress.

Lithuania travel to Hungary this weekend while the French visit Italy in the final round of group matches.

The bottom two sides did battle in Wednesday's other Group A match, with Hungary leapfrogging Italy thanks to an 82-67 victory.

Anna Vajda played a major role in Hungary's first win
Anna Vajda led the way for the Hungarians with 27 points and 12 rebounds.

In Group B, Latvia moved to within a point of leaders Slovakia by inflicting a first defeat on their visitors - 90-77 - in Riga.

Ieva Kublina contributed 29 points for the home team and Gunta Basko 28 while Slavka Frniakova managed 31 points for the Slovakians but still finished on the losing side.

Ukraine remain bottom of Group B despite edging Croatia 93-88 in Kiev. Olena Fen'ko put 26 points on the board for the hosts and added 13 rebounds.

Romania lead the way in Group C after a 71-60 win over Belgium, Monica Brosovszky top-scoring with 20 points.

The second-placed Germans are two points behind but still have two matches left to play

Poland moved level on points with Serbia & Montenegro at the top of Group D ahead of Saturday's final round of matches.

The Poles enjoyed a 75-67 win in Bulgaria, with Agnieszka Bibrzycka scoring a game-high 24 points for the visitors.

Serbia & Montenegro, who still lead the group on points scored and allowed, went down 80-71 at home to Finland, for whom Taru Tuukkanen contributed 26 points and Auli Nyman 24.

The group winners will be determined on Saturday, when Serbia & Montenegro host Bulgaria and Poland travel to Finland.

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