France advanced to the quarter-finals of the 2007 EuroBasket Women with a hard-fought 68-60 victory over Serbia in the final game of the qualifying round.
Sandrine Gruda scored 16 points and Emilie Gomis added 14 points off the bench for the French, who finished 3-2 for third place in Group F, setting up a final eight showdown with Latvia.
The closing game of the qualifying round will decide the last ticket to the quarter-finals, as it should.
France is in a much better position.
Italy proved 48 hours is a long time in basketball by bouncing back from a heavy defeat to Spain and trouncing Serbia 64-43 in Ortona.
Playing with a sense of urgency from the opening tip, the Azzurre defense harassed the Serbian guards who had torn apart Russia on Saturday while Kathrin Ress led a terrific effort inside.
Italy go into their clash against Serbia knowing victory is a must to maintain hopes of playing in the quarterfinals at the EuroBasket Women.
The Azzurre, after beating just Greece in their Group C campaign, carried no wins into the qualifying round and their defeat to Spain on Saturday has left them 0-3 in Group F and needing help from others to advance.
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