Righteous Britain secured now not lower than a play-off for a spot within the closing eight of EuroBasket Females by beating Ukraine Sixty eight-fifty four in their closing community game in Riga.
Temi Fagbenle turned into once over again high scorer, with 22 facets, whereas Karlie Samuelson and Johannah Leedham added 10 every.
GB survived a third-quarter trip when Ukraine took a handy guide a rough lead nonetheless recovered to place the fourth quarter 24-9.
They’ll discover in a while Sunday within the event that they’ve performed first or second in Neighborhood A when Spain and Latvia play.
Group-mate Chantelle At hand paid tribute to Fagbenle for her efficiency, announcing: “Improbable – she is massive for us. Groups are continuously going to be ready for her and she continuously makes unparalleled reads. She will get banged about in there nonetheless she tranquil goes to work at any time when.”
The forward, who performs for Minnesota Lynx within the WNBA, carried on where she left off against Spain within the closing game, taking 10 first-quarter facets along with her internal abilities, whereas At hand added two threes as GB settled into a predominant-quarter advantage.
They reached double figures when Samuelson splashed a three in a 7-Zero bustle, with GB’s cause being helped by Ukraine missing all 18 of the three-level shots they took within the 1/2.
But Ukraine’s finest player, Alina Iagupova, hit two of them within the Zero.33 quarter to bring her team of workers support to internal a level and GB came upon themselves below rigidity, losing the lead on the closing play of the interval.
Fagbenle’s six facets in a row and threes from Samuelson and Rachael Vanderwal restored the double-digit advantage on a 19-2 GB bustle that assured them now not lower than a play-off game on Monday.
At hand added: “We made a pair of errors and Ukraine accurate purchased momentum they assuredly they capitalised on that. But we levelled our heads and acquired support into the game over again.”