Spain Unstoppable, Turkey Condemn Ukraine

11 July 2009

Spain obliterated Germany 80-44 to reach the Qualifying Round with a 2-0 record from Group A.

Turkey also defeated Ukraine 70-59 to go to 2-1 and secure a place in the Qualifying Round. Ukraine will play to keep their Division A status.

Germany's Svenja Greunke (team-high 11 points) evened the score at 12-all on a two-plus-one with exactly 5:00 to play in the first quarter. 

Spain then said enough is enough and out-scored Germany 40-17 over the remainder of the first half.  

Although it was a team effort, Georgina Bahi and Celia Menendez came off the bench to led the way with 13 and 11 points respectively during the game-changing run.

Bahi would pace her team with 19 points to go with seven rebounds while Menendez chipped in 15 points in the contest.

Germany were simply outplayed at both ends of the court. 

Spain as a whole could not miss, hitting 63 % of their shots from the field while limiting Germany to jut 31%. 

Despite the loss Germany also move on to the next round with a 0-2 record.

12. Dürdane Gümüsay (Turkey)
Dürdane Gümüsay was outstanding for Turkey
Turkey condemn Ukraine

Turkey defeated Ukraine 70-59 to secure a place in the Qualifying Round. Dürdane Gümüsay led the way for the Turks with 25 points. 

"We feel great because making the second round was our first goal.  We started the game really bad, but in the third quarter we began playing well," she said.

"I was injured last year and couldn't play with the team, so it is great for me to be able to play now."

The small forward would not let some early missed shots undermine her confidence and was always there to take the ball one-on-one when the offense was in need of a boost.  

"After my experience with the senior team in Latvia [for EuroBasket Women 2009], I have to take on some responsibility with this team now."

Both teams came out playing hard, knowing a birth to the Qualifying Round was on the line. 

Gümüsay hit a three pointer from the wing to give Turkey the lead with over five to play in the first, but from then on her team would not score again in the quarter and a Kateryna Dorogobuzova (9 points) bank shot sent Ukraine into the second up 17-11.

Turkey found their stroke again in the second period and fought back to take the lead (23-22) on a lay-up by Gümüsay. 

From there on the teams traded blows, both squads shooting the ball well and making the lead pendulum back and forth. 

Turkey's Yaseman Saylar (6 points) crossed her defender over and finger rolled the ball over the rim to give her team a 30-29 lead.  But Ukraine responded by going on a 6-0 run capped by a tough lay-up by guard Arina Lysuk (11 points) to end the half up 35-30. 

Ukraine increased their lead to seven off two early free throws by Lysyuk, but from then on it was all Turkey.

Center Oleksandra Prystupa did her best to keep Ukraine in the game dishing out seven blocks to go with 15 points and seven boards.

After the teams traded baskets for the first minutes of the third, Aziz Akkaya's team started pressuring the ball and the aggressive move paid off. 

Ukraine got out of synch on offense while Turkey started its comeback that Gumusay capped off with one of her five three-pointers to put her team up 51-42 with over a minute to play in the third. 

Ukraine managed to scrap back to within four points (54-50), but Turkey never lost their poise and put the game out of reach by extended their lead out to 11 with over five to play.  

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