Italy76-58

25-21, 13-12, 18-13, 20-12

Finland

 

Date: 27.06.2012, 21:00hGroup:  EVenue:   Latina (ITA) Spectators: 1000
Referees:  Fernando Rocha (POR), Tomislav Hordov (CRO), David Romano (ISR)
TEAM LEADERS
Italy Finland
Giorgia Sottana (15)PtsTaru Tuukkanen (18)
Nnena Wabara (7), Raffaella Masciadri (7)RebTaru Tuukkanen (10)
Giorgia Sottana (6)ASEmmi Leino (2)
Nnena Wabara (5)STLaura Wilson (1), Heta Korpivaara (1)
Lavinia Santucci (2)BSTiina Sten (1)

GAME REPORT

27.06.2012
Italy Leave It Late Against Finland

Italy saw off a spirited performance by Finland to clinch their third win in Group E of the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round.

The Azzurre trailed only briefly at the start of the game yet struggled to press home the advantage over the Finns until the fourth quarter when they outscored the visitors, 20-12.

They ultimately prevailed, 76-58.

The Italians' 23-year-old point guard Giorgia Sottana had 15 points and shooting guard Benedetta Bagnara 14 in the win.

Italy went in front to stay in the first quarter.

Behind 3-2, Nnena Wabara sparked an 11-2 run with a lay-up.

Finland stayed within striking distance for much of the encounter because of their veteran Taru Tuukkanen, one of the best players in the Qualification Round so far.

She had 18 points and 10 rebounds.

The Finns also earned numerous trips to the free-throw line, making 18 of 23.

Italy were an efficient 28 of 52 inside the arc.

The Italians did a good job of pressuring the Finns, causing them to turn the ball over 22 times while committing just 10 turnovers themselves.

COACH QUOTES

28.06.2012
Quotes Italy vs. Finland

Anton Mirolybov, Finland coach:
"Italy is a very good team, they won in Greece some days ago. They played with great aggressiveness and intensity. Our low percentages  made the difference in the end, although we played a good first half."

Taru Tuukkanen, Finland:
"We played well in the first half of the game but worse in the second and Italy took the lead. Italy is a young team but with a lot of quality. Italy played with determination and aggressiveness. They have a good chance of qualifying to EuroBasket Women 2013."

Roberto Ricchini, Italy coach:
"It is a very important victory. the final result might be decisive if [qualification] comes down to the goal averages. We showed that we are a team with character. Finland stayed close, but we never lowered our levels of intensity. We are already thinking about Latvia, which I think is the strongest team in the group."

Benedetta Bagnara, Italy:
"We started well, then we had some difficulty until halftime. In the second half we managed to stop Tukkannen with Wabara's defense and we got a great advantage. Now we are turning our attention to the game against Latvia; we want to win and qualify."

Top performers

Italy Finland

Giorgia Sottana

 

Taru Tuukkanen

15Pts18
2Reb10
6AS1
1ST0
1BS0

Accumulated statistics

Italy Finland
32/67FG M/A18/48
28/52 (53.8%) FG2P M/A14/36 (38.9%)
4/15 (26.7%) FG3P M/A4/12 (33.3%)
8/11 (72.7%) FT M/A18/23 (78.3%)
32 (10-22) Reb (O-D) 34 (9-25)
14AS5
10TO22
12ST2
4BS1
20PF16
76Pts58

PHOTO GALLERY

ITALY
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPF+/-Pts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTotCD
5Fassina, M. DNP
6Cinili, S. 242/366.72/366.70/00.00/00.013411100024
*7Sottana, G. 245/1241.74/944.41/333.34/4100.02026311241615
8Gatti, G. 203/475.03/475.00/00.01/250.010131200367
*9Zanoni, I. 163/837.53/742.90/10.01/1100.0112000022117
*10Santucci, L. 153/3100.03/3100.00/00.00/00.0134001240206
11Masciadri, R. 236/1540.06/1060.00/50.00/00.0077111040612
*14Wabara, N. 334/944.44/944.40/00.00/10.0437115122178
15Fabbri, V. 10/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000000010-30
*31Crippa, M. 181/250.01/250.00/00.01/250.0022021021113
33Bagnara, B. 215/862.52/2100.03/650.01/1100.0000210033714
34Gorini, G. 60/30.00/30.00/00.00/00.0000000001-30
TEAM/COACH03300
TOTAL32/ 6747.828/ 5253.84/ 1526.78/1172.71022321410124201676
FINLAND
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPF+/-Pts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTotCD
4Bedretdin, M. DNP
*5Tuukkanen, T. 346/1346.26/1346.20/00.06/785.72810140035-1318
*6Kesänen, V. 261/616.70/40.01/250.00/00.0134030030-113
7Mäkitalo, A. DNP
8Leino, E. 121/1100.01/1100.00/00.00/00.0000230021-52
*9Wilson, L. 322/825.02/633.30/20.04/850.0123011025-258
10Iiskola, E. 170/10.00/10.00/00.02/2100.0000000001-82
*11Korpivaara, H. 222/366.72/2100.00/10.04/4100.0145081035-118
*13Sten, T. 293/837.52/728.61/1100.00/00.0123120121-157
14Pounds, D. 133/742.91/250.02/540.02/2100.0022110002-110
21Lehtoranta, L. 140/10.00/00.00/10.00/00.0000000010-10
22Holopainen, A. DNP
TEAM/COACH34700
TOTAL18/ 4837.514/ 3638.94/ 1233.318/2378.39253452221162058
Legend
MinMinutes playedTotTotal reboundsBSBlocked shots
M/AMade/AttemptsASAssistsPtsPoints
%Shooting percentagePFPersonal fouls*Starters
OOffensive reboundsTOTurnoversDNPDid Not Play
DDefensive reboundsSTStealsFGField Goals
+/-Team's net points while on courtCCommitted foulsDDrawn fouls

GALLERY

TOP PERFORMERS

Italy Finland

Giorgia Sottana

 

Taru Tuukkanen

15Pts18
2Reb10
6AS1
1ST0
1BS0
24Min34

TEAM STATS

Italy Finland
32/67FG M/A18/48
28/52 (53.8%) FG2P M/A14/36 (38.9%)
4/15 (26.7%) FG3P M/A4/12 (33.3%)
8/11 (72.7%) FT M/A18/23 (78.3%)
32 (10-22) Reb (O-D) 34 (9-25)
14AS5
10TO22
12ST2
4BS1
20PF16
76Pts58
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