EUROPEAN ROUND UP
|The naming of Braslav Turic as the head coach of the Croatian senior womens team comes as a surprise to many|
There has been an unexpected changing of the guard at the helm of the Croatian national team with Braslav Turic given the task of leading Croatia in the EuroBasket Women 2015 2nd Qualification Round.
TURIC TAKES OVER CROATIAN TEAM
Turic had been expected to be an assistant to Vladimir Ivankovic next month, but he will now jump into the hot-seat after his predecessor vacated the position for personal reasons, without having taken charge for a single game.
It has certainly been a dramatic week or so for Turic, having led Medvescak to their shock and historic Croatian Championship title and now being tasked with seeing off Bulgaria and Israel in Group F.
Last summer the play-caller held the reins of the national team on home soil at the U18 European Championship Women in Vukovar and Vinkovci.
LITHUANIA BOUNCE BACK AGAINST UKRAINE
Having lost their opening clash against Ukraine, there was joy for Lithuania as they extracted revenge in another hard fought match-up to sneak a 75-73 victory.
Marina Solopova proved to be the standout player for the winning team by providing 18 points, although Alina Iagupova was again influential for Ukraine with 24 points and seven rebounds.
GREAT BRITAIN COMPLETE THE ITALIAN JOB
| Temitope Fagbenle starred for Great Britain in back-to-back wins over Italy|
There was a winning start for Great Britain head coach Peter Buckle after his team claimed consecutive wins against Italy in a friendly double-header at the weekend.
Having presided over a 59-51 success on Saturday night, the Brits grabbed their second success against their hosts inside the space of 24 hours after Temi Fagbenle starred in a 60-48 success.
The forward fired a game-high 20 points and was the only player to reach double-digits in the contest.
"Each and every one of us has a real connection on court," revealed Fagbenle.
"No one would have expected that this early, especially from girls who haven't played together at all.
"It is a real surprise to see just how well we have gelled, but it's a credit to the coaching staff and everyone involved," she added.
Giorgia Sottana and Raffaella Masciadri shared 18 points in defeat.