EUROBASKET WOMEN QUALIFIERS
|Aliaksandra Tarasava dropped 12 points on Ukraine as Belarus secured an appearance at the Final Round in 2013 in France|
Belarus sealed a spot in next year's EuroBasket Women with a 68-60 victory over visiting Ukraine.
The triumph also sealed first place in Group A for Rimantas Grigas' team, which bounced back from a 60-58 setback to Israel.
Anastasiya Verameyenka, the dominant player in the Belarus side, had 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Playing at home, Belarus never trailed and led by as many as 18 points early in the second half.
Ukraine didn't cave in, though, but fought back and pulled to within 49-41 12 seconds into the fourth quarter after a lay-up by Oleksandra Kurasova.
The hosts put paid to the rally, though, with Aliaksandra Tarasava hitting two free-throws sparking a 7-0 run that left the home side on top, 56-41.
Ukraine (4-3) reduced the deficit to just eight points by game's end.
Ukraine will now go into their home game against Hungary looking for a win to clinch second place and advance to the Final Round.
Hungary (5-2) have a better record after a 73-66 home triumph over Israel on Wednesday, however, if Vadim Czeczuro's Ukraine win, they will advance since it prevailed in the first meeting in Sopron.