EuroBasket Women 2011
|In spite of their defeat in the opening game, Romy Bär and the rest of the German team are still riding the wave of their AQT winning streak, while hosts Poland come from an shock loss at the hands of Montenegro|
Germany won the Additional Qualifying Tournament to reach the EuroBasket Women and then played well for most of their opening game against Spain before losing 79-69.
Their confidence should be high going into Sunday's game against Poland, who were not just beaten but thrashed by EuroBasket rookies Montenegro 70-53 in their Group C encounter.
Germany, taking on a Spanish side that is fifth in the FIBA World Rankings, never backed down and even pulled to within four points midway through the fourth quarter.
Romy Bar was among several Germans to excel with 14 points and six rebounds.
There were really no positives to draw from Poland's performance against Montenegro, especially with Ewelina Kobryn completely out of sync and fouling out early in the fourth quarter after scoring just six points on two-of-11 shooting from the floor.
"It was a frustrating opening day," said Kobryn. "But we have to forget about it and concentrate on the game against Germany. Nothing worked for us against Montenegro but we have shown in the past that we can play well and win. Let´s hope we can do that tomorrow and give a better image."
Head-to-Head: 16th September 2006, EuroBasket Women Division A: Poland 65 - Germany 56.
Last Time Out: Germany lost to Spain on Saturday and Montenegro beat Poland.
Key Match-Up: Poland's Kobryn cut a frustrated figure after her team's opening defeat and Germany centers Lisa Koop, Katharina Kuhn and Petra Glaser will try to keep her out of rhythm.
Key Stat: Poland centers Kobryn and Aleksandra Chomac were a combined two of 12 (six points) against Montenegro and Germany's three centers Lisa Koop, Katharina Kuhn and Petra Glaser combined to score 18 points on nine-of-14 shooting from the floor against Spain.
X-Factor: If Poland have anything going for them after their opening day setback, it's home support and they'll need it to drive them forward against a determined Germany.
Sounding Off: Germany coach Bastian Wernthaler: "It´s always extremely difficult to play against the host nation. But I have a fighting team that is not playing for results but playing to improve, gain experience and we will see where that takes us. It´s an advantage that we already have a rhythm having played in the (Additional) Qualifying Round but on the other hand, we have already played many games so the players are more tired."
Also In Group C: Spain vs Montenegro
A rematch will take place will Spain square off against Montenegro in a Group C battle of unbeatens on Sunday.
Spain defeated Montenegro in the Victory Cup just over a week ago in Turkey - the last warm-up event for both sides before the EuroBasket.
Montenegro were missing key players in that game, however, like point guard Jelena Skerovic.
She is now back and played an instrumental role for Montenegro in their victory over Poland.
Spain are favorites but Montenegro coach Miodrag Baletic said: "We respect everybody but we also respect ourselves. We didn't come here to lose."