EUROBASKET WOMEN 2015
|Shay Doron led Israel with 19 points and seven assists|
By defeating Germany 68-57 on Friday afternoon, Israel made history by winning the first-ever EuroBasket Women 2015 First Qualification Round game.
Liron Cohen started the action for Israel, nailing a three as the tournament hosts raced out to a 15-5 lead.
But a Svenja Brunckhorst fast break two-pointer spurred Germany into action as they went on a 12-0 run to be leading by two, 17-15 at the end of the first quarter.
The end of the quarter could not have come sooner for the Israelis who regained their composure and turned the two-point deficit at the end of 10 minutes into a two-point lead at the break (30-28).
Following the half Israel eased away from their German counterparts to be leading by as much as 14 in the third quarter.
Baskets to Judith Schmidt and 17-year-old Ama Degbeon at the end of the third period gave Germans hope, however the nine-point margin proved too big to breach in the final frame.
A regular on the European women's circuit, Shay Doron, led scoring with 19 points to go with seven assists. Katia Lavitsky and Jennifer Fleischer each had 12 whilst Cohen chipped in with 11.
The best of the Germans were Anne Breitreiner and Katharina Fikiel, both finishing with nine points.
On Saturday Israel play F.Y.R. of Macedonia whilst Germany take on Portugal.