Latvia Take Baltic Derby Honours


7. Elina Babkina (Latvia)
Elina Babkina led all scorers with 18 points

Latvia emerged triumphant from their Baltic derby in Estonia after claiming a 74-56 Group C victory in the EuroBasket Women 2015 2nd Qualification Round.

The visitors made the short hop to Tallinn and came away with their second victory of the campaign, having successfully seen off Portugal in their opener.

And much like their first outing it was the work on the glass which paved the way for victory, as head coach Ainars Zvirgzdins watched his team clean up on the boards.

Although Pirgit Puu put the hosts in front 10-8 after a confident start, Latvia grasped the initiative and began to slowly exert their influence on the meeting.

Either side of the break, the Latvian players were dominant and having opened up a double-digit advantage in the second quarter, then doubled their lead after the interval.

The impressive Anete Steinberga who finished with 14 points and seven boards, put her team 55-35 ahead at the end of the third period with a powerful drive to the hoop and that ended any realistic hopes Estonia had of winning.

The home side did spark a late rescue attempt and managed to cut the deficit to single figures in the fourth quarter, but Latvia pulled away again in the closing minutes.

Elina Babkina stood out with 18 points, five assists and four steals, while Puu had 17 points for the losing side.


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