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Group:  D | 08.06.2014, 17:00h
Group:  D | 08.06.2014, 17:00h
83-49
21 - 1621 - 1325 - 816 - 12
21 - 1621 - 1325 - 816 - 12
Venue: Helsinki (FIN) |
Spectators: 330 |
Referees: Tomasz Trawicki (POL), Andris Aunkrogers (LAT), Torkild Rodsand (NOR)

GAME REPORT


Iagupova, Ukraine Fly Past Finland

11. Alina Iagupova (Ukraine)
Alina Iagupova was flying high against Finland

A sparkling 22 points from Alina Iagupova handed Ukraine a winning start in the EuroBasket Women 2nd Qualifying Round as they overwhelmed Finland with a powerful 83-49 success.

The former FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the Year showed her qualities with an excellent display, as did Valeriya Berezhynska who provided an excellent compliment to her team-mate.

The center fired 12 points from five of six floor shooting, as well as adding six boards and four assists as Ukraine highlighted their pedigree and potential to top Group D.

Finland had competed well during the first quarter, taking a 16-15 lead and were still within touching distance at 21-16 after the opening ten minutes.

However as the game unfolded, the gap between the teams grew ever more vast.

The third quarter was particularly damaging for Finland as Ukraine became rampant, outscoring their opponents 25-8 during the period to build on their 13 point lead at half-time.

While Finland rallied in the last quarter and got back up off the canvas, it was too late to make any impression, with Ukraine on fire from downtown.

Iagupova had the hot-hand and made a perfect three of three from outside.

Veteran Taru Tuukkanen had 11 points and five rebounds for the losing team who were stone cold from the perimeter.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: Ukraine vs. Finland

Anton Mirolybov, Finland Head Coach
"Ukraine was ready to play and our performance was just poor. Ukraine moved the ball well and found their shooters from the perimeter. We have been active on driving to the basket in the preparation games. However, today we were soft and got most of our free throws in the first quarter."

Vadim Czeczuro, Ukraine Head Coach
"It was a difficult situation for us to play our games abroad. We knew that Finland is dangerous team and difficult for us to play against. We had our difficulties in the first half but in the second we moved the ball well and were able to find good shots."

Alina Iagupova, Ukraine
"We played well together today. If anyone made a mistake, we helped each other. Tuesday is a totally new game, we just have to keep playing the way we did and hope the result is the same."

Dionne Pounds, Finland
"We didn't play well. Ukraine was really physical and we weren't able to answer that. With 30 turnovers you can't beat anyone at this level. We can do better and on Tuesday you will definitely see a totally different basketball team."

 

 

 

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

50.0%

32/64
FG
M/A

33.3%

17/51

47.2%

25/53
FG2P
M/A

39.5%

17/43

63.6%

7/11
FG3P
M/A

0.0%

0/8

85.7%

12/14
FT
M/A

83.3%

15/18

36

13/23
RT
RO/RD

31

11/20

18

AS

10

17

TO

27

15

ST

10

2

BS

2

18

PF

12

83

Pts

49

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