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Ballardini Leads Italy Past Romania

08.06.2011
EuroBasket Women AQT

Italy defeated Romania 76-60 in Taranto on Wednesday evening - the final night of the Additional Qualifying Tournament for both sides.

With Germany having already sealed first place in Group B and set up a two-legged Final with Group A winners Hungary, the Italians and Romania had only pride to play for.

Simona Ballardini paced the Italians with 18 points.

The Azzurre trailed 36-34 at half-time but their class told after the break when they outscored Romania 42-24 to take a 16-point win.

As hosts of Group B, the Italians had a great opportunity to claim the only spot on offer for the EuroBasket Women, which tips off in Poland in June 18.

Instead, they will have to console themselves with a 3-1 record - the same as pool winners Germany.

The Germans progressed because of their 78-57 blowout of Italy on Sunday.

Romania had some good moments the past several days but ended up with just one win in four games.

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