|08 July 2011|
U20 Women Group D
|Renee Busch was outstanding for Great Britain, finishing with 20 points on 4/6 three pointers|
Great Britain made a statement as they recorded their first victory at the U20 European Championship Women by knocking off last year's bronze medallists Latvia 71-64.
Looking for their first win since winning promotion last year, Britain rallied from a double-digit first quarter deficit to dominate most of the game.
Things did not look promising for Britain early on as Latvia, powered by the explosive Kristine Vitola, pulled out to a commanding lead.
Vitola had 12 points and eight rebounds in the first quarter alone as Latvia took a 24-11 lead early on.
But Britain turned the tide with an outstanding second stanza. Vitola went scoreless in the period, while Erin McGarrachan came to the fore with eight points and Temi Fagbenle made her presence felt inside.
A 14-2 run, capped by two baskets from McGarrachan, gave Britain a 34-31 lead and the were up by five at the break.
Britain's new-found intensity did not drop in the second half and their lead bulged to 12, 49-37, on a three-pointer from Renee Busch.
Latvia kept battling, getting back to within single figures on a Vitola lay-up with 6:49 to go that made it 60-52.
The gap shrunk to seven before another GB run, capped by Kristie Sheils jump-shot, made it 67-56 with 2:58 to go, and Britain hung on.
Renee Busch led Britain with 20 points, having made four of six from three-point range while adding eight assists, while Katrin Chiemeka had scored eight of her 11 points in the first quarter.
Vitola led Latvia with 25 points while Sabine Niedola had 11.