|10 June 2013|
EUROBASKET WOMEN 2013
Reigning EuroBasket Women champions Russia will have to defend their title without Epiphanny Prince, whilst Lithuania have had to replace the injured Greta Sniokaite.
|Epiphanny Prince will miss out on the EuroBasket Women due to an ankle injury|
WOE FOR PRINCE AND RUSSIA
Russia have been left with a backcourt crisis, after the naturalised Epiphanny Prince was ruled out of competing at the tournament with an ankle injury sustained on debut.
It had been hoped she would be able to recover from the sprain which occurred at the end of last week in a preparation game against China.
But, the highly rated guard, who was destined to be a primary scorer for the Russians, has remained in Chicago where tests revealed she would be out of action for around two to three weeks.
Tatiana Abrikosova, of Dynamo Moscow has been drafted into the camp of the Russian World University Games team, although the 24-year-old guard has never yet represented her country at the senior level.
REPRIEVE FOR PIKCIUTE
Lithuanian head coach Algirdas Paulauskas has had to make a U-turn in respect of Lina Pikciute, whom he originally left out of his 12-player roster for the tournament.
After Greta Sniokaite sustained a shoulder injury in a recent game against Japan, the play-caller had to hand a second chance to Pikciute - even though it isn't a straight exchange in terms of position.
To add more concern, Lithuania sustained another loss in their latest preparation game, crashing 73-66 to China. Kamile Nacickaite led the team with 16 points, while Gintare Petronyte added 14.
Japan made it an Asian win-double as they edged out Sweden 54-52, as the Scandinavians' offence stuttered, with only Elin Eldebrink and Louice Halvarsson making it into double digits.
CROATIA COAST AGAIN
Croatia made it two wins in two days against Hungary after forward Matea Vrdoljak fired an impressive 17 points and 12 rebounds to propel her team to an 85-69 success. Iva Ciglar contributed 16 points, whilst Tijana Krivacevic led Hungary with 20 points.
FRANCE EXCEL, TURKEY LEFT WINLESS
Turkey finished the Tournoi EuroEssonne in France winless, after being edged out 51-46 by Canada as they struggled to find any kind of offensive rhythm. In fact no Turkish player could rack up a double-figure score, with Quanitra Hollingsworth leading the way with a paltry nine points.
France showed why they are favourites to win EuroBasket Women 2013 by producing an excellent display against Spain to ride out with a 67-56 victory and win the friendly tournament.
Emilie Gomis top-scored with 12 points and backcourt partners Edwige Lawson-Wade and Celine Dumerc added 20 between them.