Deja Vu, France Top Russia Again For Gold

France held on against never-say-die Russia to win the gold medal at the EuroBasket Women on Saturday night in Latvia.

After the disappointment of an eighth-place finish in 2007, Pierre Vincent's team capped a remarkable comeback to the top of Europe with a 57-53 win over Russia in the championship game.

Gruda, Dumerc Highlight All-Tournament Team

The 2009 EuroBasket Women champions Sandrine Gruda and Celine Dumerc of France headed the All-Tournament Team in Riga along with Most Valuable Player winner Evanthia Maltsi of Greece.

Gruda led the champions France in scoring (15.4 ppg) and rebounding (7.7 rpg) while shooting 50 percent from the field.

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France And Russia Go For Gold

France have returned to the title game of the EuroBasket Women for the first time since their gold-medal winning year of 2001.

They beat Russia in the title game that year, 73-68.

Russia Rule Spain Again

Maria Stepanova and defending champions Russia beat Spain in a big game once again on Friday to claim a spot in the final of the EuroBasket Women.

In a rematch of the title game two years ago in Italy, the Russians rolled to a 77-61 victory with Stepanova, the 2008 FIBA Europe Women's Player of the Year, scoring 19 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.

Old Rivals Meet Again19.06.2009
Latvia Fall Just Short18.06.2009
Record-Setting Riga18.06.2009
Latvia, Russia For Last Ticket To Semis18.06.2009
France Top Russia, Win Group F16.06.2009
Battle Of Unbeatens15.06.2009
Russia Find Way Past Italy14.06.2009
Italy Face Russian Giants13.06.2009
Unspectacular Russia Roll Over Belarus12.06.2009
Belarus Search For Self Against Russia12.06.2009





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