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Austria And Iceland Set For Final

19.07.2014
SMALL COUNTRIES WOMEN
9. Sigrid Koizar (Austria)
The consisten shooting of  Sigrid Koizar was paramount to her team returning to the final

Austria will be out to defend their European Championship for Small Countries Women crown in Saturday's final after the consistent scoring of Sigrid Koizar helped them past Malta 58-46 in Friday's semi-final in St. Pölten.

Kolzar finished with 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as Austria pulled away from Malta in the fourth quarter having led since the closing stages of the first period.

Austria maintained a two-basket lead for much of the game before outscoring Malta 14-7 in the final 10 minutes to secure their passage to the final.

"Once again we lived from our defence," said Austria coach Mike Kress.

"When we lost our momentum we got back control over the game. We hopefully will shoot better on Saturday."

Austria will meet Iceland in Saturday's finale after they overcame Scotland 85-59 in a wire-to-wire victory based on a good start.

Iceland raced out into a 22-13 edge after 10 minutes and steadily increased their advantage behind nine three-pointers to book their place in the final.

Helena Sverrisdóttir led the way for Iceland with 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists but coach Ivar Asgrimsson felt they could have made their advantage yet more comfortable.

He said: "We were rebounding and played great defence, but we did not make our shots today - hopefully on Saturday."

Azerbaijan beat Gibraltar 69-50 in Friday's other game, taking fifth place in the competition.

Azerbaijan led from the front since the opening minutes in that game - despite the 30 points of Gibraltar's Joelle Moreno - and coasted to victory by the end.

Dina Ulyanova enjoyed a big night for Azerbaijan with 30 points, 14 rebounds and five assists, although assistant coach Scott Allen Mollenhauer felt there was still room for improvement as a team.

"We didn't play as well as we oblige," he said. "But the girls have learned to play together. It was a good competition for women's basketball to go in the right direction - especially for Azerbaijan."

 

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