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Group:  E | 07.06.2014, 19:00h
Group:  E | 07.06.2014, 19:00h
65-51
10 - 1022 - 1316 - 1117 - 17
10 - 1022 - 1316 - 1117 - 17
Venue: Moscow (RUS) |
Spectators: 675 |
Referees: Jasmina Juras (SRB), Karolina Andersson (FIN), Özlem Yalman (TUR)

GAME REPORT


Stylish Russia Seize Initiative In Group E

5. Evgenia Belyakova (Russia)
Evgenia Belyakova carried her good form from the test games into Russia's first game of the 2nd Qualification Round

Russia raised the EuroBasket Women 2015 2nd Qualification Round curtain in style by posting an assured 65-51 victory against Sweden to hand a competitive debut win to new head coach Anatoliy Myshkin.

The play-caller looked on with satisfaction as his steam shrugged off the loss of the absent Natalia Vieru and Natalia Zhedik to immediately gain the upper-hand in the three-team, Group E.

After a slow start to the contest which had witnessed Sweden making the early running, the hosts got their noses in front before posting a devastating run which gave them the platform for eventual victory.

Sparked by some terrific play from Irina Sokolovskaya and the impressive Evgenia Belyakova, Russia racked up 14 unanswered points to grab the initiative.

Having fallen 27-14 behind, Swedish coach Lars Johansson had called a time-out and it stopped the rot as Binta Drammeh, who played in the Russian Premier League last season, hit a triple to get her side rolling again.

However, Sokolovsyaka then hit another three-pointer to make it 32-18 and while Sweden started the second half brightly to trim the arrears to just five points, Russia clicked up a gear once more.

Tatiana Abrikosova clinched a steal and jump-shot to restore the 14-point advantage and that was the margin heading into the final period.

Sweden tried to recover, but it wasn't to be as Russia eased over the finishing line.

Belyakova had 14 points and a fabulous nine assists, while Marina Karpunina returned to national team duties for the first time in five years and also delivered 14 points.

Frida Eldebrink and Ashley Key combined for 28 points in defeat.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: Russia vs. Sweden

Anatoly Myshkin, Russia Head Coach

"I am very glad. I would like to thank all basketball amateurs and the team for this game. The struggle was tough. No matter how many points we scored. In case you win by 30 points you should realise that this result comes down to teamwork. The first quarter of the game was rather nervous. We just could not shoot. Our rival succeeded in shooting. Nothing extraordinary happened. We played good defence. Some could say that we did not score enought points, some will say that we worked hard on defence. It depends on personal opinion."

Marina Karpunina, Russia
"Frankly speaking before the game I did not feel good. Even after lunch I could not sleep because I was nervous. I think that we all were nervous in the beginning of the game but than we managed to lift up our heads. After the first half I was ready to play my game. The girls made good assists and the only thing I needed to do was to put the ball in the basket."

Lars Johanson, Sweden Head Coach
"The Russian team was a really tough rival. In the first half of the game our team showed good results but our defence was broken by Evgeniia Belyakova. There was struggle in shooting, another problem of our team was the temp of the game which was higher than we are used to playing. The Russian team did a good job. I think Russia is the favourite of our group at the moment. We had a terrific experience here."

Elin Eldebrink, Sweden
"I think we still have a good chance to qualify for Eurobasket 2015 and we go home in good spirits. The Russian team and the way they play have much in common with the manner they played last year. In total the main players of the team are the same like last year. The players of the Russian team are tall and it is not an easy thing to play against them. Today the Russian team showed a good game. Russian players made lots of good shoots and they had a high percentage of baskets."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

42.1%

24/57
FG
M/A

31.7%

20/63

51.7%

15/29
FG2P
M/A

35.7%

15/42

32.1%

9/28
FG3P
M/A

23.8%

5/21

72.7%

8/11
FT
M/A

85.7%

6/7

35

6/29
RT
RO/RD

39

12/27

16

AS

12

13

TO

17

11

ST

2

1

BS

1

12

PF

15

65

Pts

51

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