|20 June 2012|
EUROBASKET WOMEN QUALIFIERS
|Eshaya Murphy led a balanced Montenegro attack with 12 points. |
If Montenegro have a hangover from their disappointment at the EuroBasket Women one year ago when they came up just short of a place in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament with a sixth-place finish, they're not showing it this summer.
Miodrag Baletic's side followed up EuroBasket Women 2013 Qualification Round wins over Serbia and Switzerland with a 59-50 Group B victory over Poland on Wednesday.
The game was knotted at 8-8 when Iva Perovanovic scored and drew a foul on the play for Montenegro.
The center went to the line and sank the free-throw for the three-point play.
Eshaya Murphy followed with two free-throws and Jana Dubljevic a jumper as the hosts opened up a 15-8 advantage.
The lead grew to 13 in the first half before Montenegro went to the changing rooms in front, 33-21.
Montenegro stayed in command with two Snezana Aleksic free-throws stretching the advantage to 50-34 at the end of the third quarter and Dubljevic then pushed the lead to 52-34 with another jumper.
Poland continued to battle, though, which bodes well for their chances of making it to the EuroBasket in France.
A basket by Agnieszka Majewska cut the deficit to nine with 1:02 to go but that proved to be the final points of the game.
Montenegro had a balanced scoring attack with Murphy's 12 points a team high.
Jelena Skerovic, Aleksic and Dubljevic weighed in with 11 apiece.
Poland struggled from long range, making one of 14 attempts.
Agnieszka Skobel had 16 points to lead the Poles, who are 1-1.