EUROBASKET WOMEN QUALIFIERS
|Belarus center Anastasiya Verameyenka posted a double-double in points and rebounds|
Belarus clinched their fourth consecutive win in the Qualification Round for the EuroBasket Women with a 55-51 triumph at Ukraine on Saturday.
The side coached by Rimantas Grigas remains unbeaten in Group A.
Belarus showed once again that in close contests, their big-game experience the past several years is vital.
Belarus captured a bronze at the EuroBasket Women 2007 in Italy, reached the Quarter-Finals of the Beijing Olympics and came in fourth at both EuroBasket 2009 in Latvia and the 2010 World Championship in the Czech Republic.
Anastasiya Verameyenka, one of the Belarus players on all of those sides, is now arguably their most important player and she had 13 points and 13 rebounds against Ukraine.
The 1.92m center score several of those points when the game in Yuzhne hung in the balance.
The hosts were on top 38-37 after a three-pointer 45 seconds into the fourth quarter but Verameyenka answered with a jump shot to put Belarus back in front.
After Belarus' Aliaksandra Tarasava and Ukraine's Anna Pokoiova traded three-pointers, Verameyenka struck again with a jumper to stretch the visitors' lead to 44-41.
Oleksandra Kurasova's two free-throws kept Ukraine close at 44-43, but Marina Kress and Verameyenka converted four straight opportunities at the charity stripe and Tatsiana Likhtarovich added a lay-up to take the advantage to 50-43 with 4:13 to play.
After the lead grew to nine, Ukraine got no closer than four points.
Kurasova led all scorers with 17 points.
Ukraine are now 1-2 in Group A.