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Group:  E | 11.06.2014, 19:00h
Group:  E | 11.06.2014, 19:00h
72-45
17 - 1214 - 927 - 1714 - 7
17 - 1214 - 927 - 1714 - 7
Venue: Luleå (SWE) |
Spectators: 1820 |
Referees: Marcin Kowalski (POL), Gintaras Vitkauskas (LTU), Marko Vladic (AUT)

GAME REPORT


Sweden Bounce Back Against Netherlands

14. Louice Halvarsson (Sweden)
Louice Halvarsson was dominant underneath the baskets. collecting a game-high 13 boards

Having lost their Group E opener on the road in Moscow, Sweden bounced back with a comfortable first win of the campaign after cruising past the Netherlands 72-45 in the EuroBasket Women 2015 2nd Qualification Round.

Lars Johansson and his team got rolling thanks mainly to Ashley Key, who led the way with 18 points from an eye-catching seven-of-nine shooting display.

They also benefitted from an offensive blitz during the third period, which removed any lingering doubts as to who would prevail.

As soon as Sweden scored ten of the first 12 points, the Netherlands found themselves immediately on the back foot, although they did manage to hang on to the shirt tails of their hosts and get back to within 19-17 during the second period.

However, the Dutch players hit a rough patch ahead of half-time and Sweden capitalised by easing into a handy 31-21 advantage heading to the locker rooms.

Things got worse for Meindert van Veen and his players when they returned to the court as Sweden continued in their groove.

They amassed 27 points in the third period which both doubled their lead and in reality, made the game safe ahead of time.

Former Tango Bourges forward Chatilla Van Grinsven replied with 13 points for the Netherlands.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: Sweden vs. Netherlands

Lars Johansson, Sweden Head Coach
"I'm very happy with our defence, and I think our offence took a step forward. We were looking to play 40 minutes and I think we did, we didn't lose our concentration. In this qualifying round the point differential could prove to be important so I'm pleased with the win and that we got it by 27 points."

Frida Eldebrink, Sweden
"Defensively I think we played really well. We held them to 45 points and that's pretty good. We got a win and that's what we were looking for. We can get better in offence, but today we found some rhythm. Now we'll prepare for Russia and hopefully we can go forward from here."

Meindert Van Veen, Netherlands Head Coach
"We hung in and went up 17-19, but then we had too many turnovers, lost too many rebounds and couldn't win the loose ball situations. If you lose all of those three categories against an opponent you lose games."

Tanya Bröring, Netherlands
"I agree with my coach, that's usually a smart thing to do. Sweden got it going in the third quarter, and we couldn't stop their momentum. We really tried, but couldn't get enough stops. Congratulations to Sweden."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

47.5%

29/61
FG
M/A

28.6%

16/56

55.1%

27/49
FG2P
M/A

29.5%

13/44

16.7%

2/12
FG3P
M/A

25.0%

3/12

66.7%

12/18
FT
M/A

55.6%

10/18

45

12/33
RT
RO/RD

34

10/24

9

AS

7

22

TO

24

14

ST

9

3

BS

1

18

PF

19

72

Pts

45

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