Ninth Time Lucky For Belarus

25 August 2013


6. Viyaleta Kiuliak (Belarus)
Viyaleta Kiuliak finally had reason to smile, leading Belarus to their first win with 26 points

Belarus ended their eight-game losing streak to avoid last spot at the U18 European Championship Women by registering a first victory on the very last day of the competition, with a 73-69 success against England.

With the English absolute stone cold with an eye-watering 0-of-15 from three-point range, Belarus were able to keep pace and for the most part, they were the team on the front foot.

In stark contrast to the perimeter woes of England, Viyaleta Kiuliak had the hot-hand from downtown and fired a perfect five-of-five from the arc, en-route to a game-winning contribution of 26 points.

But, it was not only the potent scoring power of Kiuliak to admire, since she also added eight rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Her display was also complimented by an excellent line from Hanna Brych who came up with 15 points on six-for-eight floor shooting.

Belarus opened with a 24-14 first quarter and never lost their advantage, although England did get to within a point at 65-64 with two minutes left on the game clock.

The defeat was tough on Freya Szmidt, who produced one of her best displays in an England vest with 16 points, 10 rebounds and four steals.


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