Roundup: France Dominate Italy

21 May 2013

EUROBASKET WOMEN 2013

5. Endene Miyem (France)
Endene Miyem shot six-of-nine from the field on her way to 17 points

France dominated Italy in a series of three friendlies played in three different French cities from 18-20 May.

Having failed to score more than 43 points in the first two encounters, Italy were looking for redemption ahead of the third meeting in Clermont-Ferrand.

France had different plans however and, in front of a frenetic 5,000-strong crowd, stormed out the gates to a 20-7 first-quarter lead, never looking back en-route to a 82-58 win.

Sandrine Gruda and Endene Miyem dominated inside for 19 and 17 points respectively, as head coach Pierre Vincent used his entire 12-player rotation.

Italy again found it difficult to score throughout the game, with youngster Francesca Dotto coming out as top-scorer with nine points. Veteran center Kathrin Ress added eight.

France will continue training camp before they entertain Belarus on 30 May in Chalon-sur-Saon while Italy will return to home soil and try to regroup before facing Bulgaria on 24 May.

 

SLOVAK REPUBLIC DOWN SERBIA

Serbia played their first preparation game for EuroBasket Women on Monday, eventually falling to the Slovak Republic, 68-74.

Head coach Marina Maljkovic could be satisfied with her team's performance in the first three quarters, as the Serbians held a narrow 57-55 lead heading into the final frame.

However, the Slovak Republic took a firm grip in the final 10 minutes of the game, out-scoring their opponents 19-11 to clinch victory.

Lucia Kupcikova led the charge for the Slovaks with a joint game-high 17 points, while Timea Sujova and Eva Kmetova added 13 and 12, respectively.

Tamara Radocaj was the only player to score in double figures for Serbia, finishing with 17 points.

Serbia will face Belgium on Tuesday, before concluding their training camp in Kranjska Gora with another test game against the Slovak Republic on Wednesday.


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