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Austria Open With Win Over Wales

15.07.2014
SMALL COUNTRIES WOMEN
14. Josephine Grima (Malta), 15. Maria Erlingsdóttir (Iceland)
Josephine Grima from Malta and Maria Erlingsdóttir from Iceland battling for a rebound

Hosts Austria overcame their opening day jitters to thrash Wales 82-24 in St. Pölten on Monday and make a strong start to the European Championship for Small Countries Women.

Austria, who won the last competition back in 2012, cruised to the one-sided success behind a balanced offensive performance and a 25-0 scoring run either side of half-time.

This followed a scoreless first four minutes of the game, which Austria coach Mike Kress put down to his team's anxieties, before they relaxed into their rhythm.

"The start was a little bit nervous," he said. "We did not score for more than four minutes.

"To get out and run the floor was one of our goals. It was a good team effort."

Elsewhere in Group B, Scotland beat Azerbaijan 66-56 after increasing their energy and intensity in the second half.

Rebecca Allison embodied this improvement, completing a three-point play after being fouled scoring on the fast-break late in the third quarter, sparking the 12-0 close to the period that would see Scotland take control.

Scotland coach Ben Gunn said: "After half-time we changed our defensive system a little bit and got more intensity then.

"The first game in a tournament is always tricky. It was not our best game, but it was a win."

In Group A, Iceland enjoyed a routine 85-46 success over Malta and coach Ivar Asgrimsson was pleased with his team's performance as they look to build the momentum that will carry them into the finals.

"We played very good defence and we were aggressive," said Asgrimsson.

"That gave us the win. Our goal is to win the tournament here."

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