Czech Mate!
Evanthia Maltsi poured in 26 points as Greece qualified for the World Championship for the first time in history by coming back from an 11-point deficit to beat Italy 60-56 and take fifth place at the 2009 EuroBasket Women.

Pelagia Papamichail had 15 points and eight rebounds and Dimitra Kalentzou added 12 points, five rebounds and seven assists for the Greeks, who qualified for the 2010 Worlds in the Czech Republic as well as the 2011 EuroBasket Women in Poland.
Greece, Italy Battle For Spot In Worlds
Proud basketball nations Italy and Greece square off in the 2009 EuroBasket Women fifth place game with the winner booking their spot at next summer's FIBA World Championship.

The victor also clinches a berth at the 2011 EuroBasket in Poland - a big step for both teams as well.
While both Greece and Italy came in with this double qualification for 2010 and 2011 as the main goal, neither really expected to be playing in Saturday's second game.



NoNamePos. HeightBirth datePlace of birth
 4Mariangela Cirone PG 1.70 07.02.1976 Polla (ITA)  
 5Maria Franchini SF 1.81 27.11.1979 Parma (ITA)  
 6Chiara Pastore PG 1.71 04.08.1986 Napoli (ITA)  
 7Roberta Meneghel 1.82 03.05.1977 Cantù (ITA)  
 8Simona Ballardini GF 1.83 24.03.1981 Faenza (ITA)  
 9Francesca Modica SG 1.80 23.09.1981 Forli (ITA)  
10Laura Macchi PF 1.90 24.05.1979 Varese (ITA)  
11Kathrin Ress 1.94 26.06.1985 Bolzano (ITA)  
12Raffaella Masciadri SF 1.86 30.09.1980 Como (ITA)  
13Manuela Zanon PF 1.85 12.01.1980 Cantú (ITA)  
14Adriana Grasso 1.89 12.06.1974 Naples (ITA)  
15Marte Alexander 1.90 01.03.1976 Inglewood (USA)  


Head Coach: Giampiero Ticchi
Assistant Coach: Renato Nani

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On June 17, the technology came to the aid of the officials once again, when it was consulted to determine the validity of a basket in the Quarter-Final clash between Spain and Italy.

Italy Overcome 22-Point Deficit, Top Latvia

Italy fought back from a 22-point deficit late in the first half to knock off 2009 EuroBasket Women hosts Latvia 68-66 in overtime and book their spot in the fifth place game.

Laura Macchi and Rafaella Masciadri combined for 38 points to lead the way for Giampiero Ticchi's team, which will face off against Greece for fifth place for a spot in the 2010 FIBA World Championship Women and the 2011 EuroBasket Women.

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Russia Find Way Past Italy14.06.2009
Italy Face Russian Giants13.06.2009
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Turkey Down Italy’s Long-Range Bombers12.06.2009
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PTSL. Macchi16.0
RTL. Macchi5.6
ASL. Macchi2.0
STS. Ballardini1.8
BSL. Macchi0.4


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07.06.2009vs FRA[L] 61-76
08.06.2009vs ISR[W] 75-64
09.06.2009vs BLR[W] 67-58
12.06.2009vs TUR[L] 59-64
14.06.2009vs RUS[L] 59-67
16.06.2009vs LTU[W] 72-58
17.06.2009vs ESP[L] 42-61
19.06.2009vs LAT[W] 68-66
20.06.2009vs GRE[L] 56-60



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