Lithuania Rout Slovenia To Top Group C

04.07.2012

EUROBASKET WOMEN QUALIFIERS

13. Sandra Linkeviciene (Lithuania)
Lithuania's Sandra Linkeviciene led all scorers with 18 points and, quite impressively for a guard, corralled nine rebounds

Gintare Petronyte and Sandra Linkeviciene combined to power Lithuania past Slovenia, 65-46.

The hosts took sweet revenge for their loss earlier in the campaign and help their team take outright control of EuroBasket Women Qualification Round Group C.

With both these teams and a third contender -the Slovak Republic - sitting with only one loss to their name heading into this clash, the outcome could prove to be a hugely influential one for coach Algirdas Paulauskas and his players.

Slovenia lost Teja Oblak during the game to a nasty looking injury and that's potentially a significant blow since they have already been rocked by the loss of both Eva Komplet and Tjasa Gortnar.

Consequently, their run of bad luck is now severely testing their depth after this second loss in three games, something which now means a nervous finale to the campaign.

Having beaten Lithuania 79-68 at home, there was hope the visitors could perhaps complete a double over their rival, but a shocking 23-8 third quarter and the loss of Oblak destroyed their chances.

As did a couple of excellent performances by Petronyte and Linkevicine, with the former recording a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds while the latter led all scorers with 18 points and added nine boards.


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