Who's Next? France Thrash Czech Republic

07.07.2009

Rampant France dominated inside and thrashed the Czech Republic 78-48 in Tuesday's Group F encounter.

The French out-rebounded the Czechs 37-10 in the first half alone and cruised to a 41-20 lead by half-time.

9. Allison Vernerey (France)
Allison Vernerey led a very balanced France team with 11 points

The Czechs reduced the deficit to 50-30 with four minutes to go in the third quarter, however, Les Bleues scored the next eight points of the game to crush any hopes of a comeback.

France went into the final quarter leading 60-32.

They ended up out-rebounding the Czechs 60-27 in the contest.

"They are just too strong," said the Czech Republic's Karolina Elhotova.

"They play very aggressive defense and are physically strong.

"We tried but we couldn't stop them in the first half."

Allison Vernerey, Adja Konteh and Eleonore Grossemy had 11 points apiece for Les Bleues.

The Czechs had a nightmare afternoon shooting the ball.

They finished 12 of 46 (26.1%) inside the arc while France were 26 of 51 (51%).

If France coach Jerome Fournier was looking for an area that needs to improve before the business end of the tournament, he will know his team had better shoot better at the free-throw line.

They made just 14 of their 25 (56%) attempts from the charity stripe.

Martina Cepelkova led the Czechs with nine points.


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