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Group:  E | 15.06.2014, 14:00h
Group:  E | 15.06.2014, 14:00h
60-68
13 - 1612 - 1620 - 1715 - 19
13 - 1612 - 1620 - 1715 - 19
Venue: Amsterdam (NED) |
Spectators: 900 |
Referees: Neil Wilkinson (ENG), Konstantin Simonow (GER), Nick Van den Broeck (BEL)

GAME REPORT


Kuzina Helps Russia To Precious Road Win

8. Marina Karpunina (Russia)
Marina Karpunina kept her cool in crunch time to seal the win for Russia

Russia squeezed out a precious 68-60 win on the road against the Netherlands in Group E of the EuroBasket Women 2015 2nd Qualification Round thanks to a fine 18-point contribution from Marina Kuzina.

In a tense encounter, the forward was one of the few players to find her shooting touch as she accrued 18 points before eventually fouling out with three minutes remaining.

Prior to the premature exit of Kuzina, Russia had been six points ahead but her absence down the stretch made life difficult.

The Netherlands had their nerves jangling when the impressive Marlou De Kleijn made it a one-shot game from the free-throw line with just over sixty seconds left on the clock.

However it was Marina Karpunina who ensured the visitors sealed victory by executing a couple of big plays during crunch time, firstly hitting the jump shot which effectively wrapped up the win and then nailing a triple on the buzzer as a cherry on the cake to preserve her team's perfect record.

While the hosts couldn't quite pull off a surprise, they did show plenty of guts in their efforts, bouncing back from a mauling in Sweden during their first outing and having fallen 35-25 behind in this contest shortly after the break.

De Kleijn and Natalie van den Adel both amassed 14 points for the Dutch team, while Evgenia Belyakova and Irina Osipova registered double-doubles for the winning side - the former claiming 13 points and as many boards, with Osipova adding 12 points and 11 rebounds.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: Netherlands vs. Russia

Anatoliy Myshkin, Russia Head Coach
"We want to thank everybody from the Dutch organisation. Everything was perfectly arranged. It was a tough game, we didn't play aggressively enough. This wasn't our best game, but a win is a win."

Marina Kuzina, Russia
"'The Dutch team is a good team. They played really aggressive and they showed a lot of potential. They played very well as a team."

Meindert van Veen, Netherlands Head Coach
"Today we showed some great spirit. We had good tactics for this game and our game plan worked most of the time. Russia has so much length, quality and experience, which gave them the win in the end. Overall this was a good day for women's basketball in the Netherlands."

Tanya Bröring, Netherlands
"After the defeat in and against Sweden, something needed to change. Mentality and aggression were our keywords for today. We need to continue like this and focus on the next game against Sweden."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

33.9%

21/62
FG
M/A

37.5%

24/64

33.3%

15/45
FG2P
M/A

39.6%

19/48

35.3%

6/17
FG3P
M/A

31.3%

5/16

70.6%

12/17
FT
M/A

88.2%

15/17

33

10/23
RT
RO/RD

48

15/33

9

AS

11

11

TO

15

6

ST

4

4

BS

9

20

PF

18

60

Pts

68

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