EUROBASKET WOMEN QUALIFIERS
|Martyna Koc and Poland did their part to keep their chances alive with a win over Switzerland |
Poland kept their faint hopes of reaching next year's EuroBasket Women alive with a 64-51 triumph over Switzerland.
Agnieszka Majewska and Martyna Koc each scored 11 points for the Poles, who won for the sixth time in eight Group B games.
If Serbia beat Estonia on Saturday, though, that will leave three teams with the same record: Serbia, Montenegro and Poland.
Montenegro have the best goal average among the sides and Serbia the second-best, giving them and not Poland to two spots for next year's Final Round from Group B.
Against Switzerland, Poland gave themselves a perfect launch pad for victory by scoring the game's first seven points.
The Swiss pulled to within 18-16 early in the second quarter and then 20-19, but a Magdalena Losi three-ball put Poland on their way.
She followed with a lay-up for a 25-19 advantage and Poland kept their noses in front the rest of the way.
Karen Twehues finished with 20 points for Switzerland.
Marielle Giroud, a 24-year-old forward, also had a strong outing for the Swiss with 16 points and 15 rebounds.
She ended the Qualification Round averaging 12.9 points and 8.9 boards.
Switzerland won two of their eight games.