Russia are heading to the qualifying round of the EuroBasket Women in Italy unbeaten after throttling Greece 86-47 in the last game of Group C action.
Having already clinched first place in the pool, and with the Greeks unable to progress following back-to-back defeats to start the competition, the Russians made quick work of their opponents in Chieti.
When it comes to unpredictability, the Russians reign supreme.
How else can we explain the results this team achieves, or suffers, year after year in women’s basketball?
Italy won their first EuroBasket Women game since 1999 with an impressive 65-55 triumph over Greece on Tuesday in Chieti.
Bolstered by their gritty performance against Russia, which the Italians lost 60-55, the Azzurre prevailed with Kathrin Ress pouring in 16 points and corralling 12 rebounds.
EuroBasket Women hosts Italy didn’t upset Russia, but they went pretty darn close, losing 60-55 in the best game of the tournament so far.
With inspirational defense and excellent home support, the Azzurre played their hearts out and even tied the team that captured the silver medal at last year’s FIBA World Championship early in the fourth quarter.
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