|11 July 2012|
EUROBASKET WOMEN QUALIFIERS
|Gabriele Gutkauskaite and Lithuania clinched a spot at the EuroBasket Women 2013 Final Round in France with the win over Belgium|
Gintare Petronyte signed off from this summer's EuroBasket Women 2013 Qualification Round in style and helped Lithuania beat winless Belgium.
In the last Group C game for the Baltic side, Petronyte had 19 points and 19 rebounds to fire the Lithuanians to a 61-53 victory.
Belgium came into the game riding a six-game losing streak but you wouldn't have known it by the way they traded blows with Algirdas Paulauskas' side.
The Belgians were especially good on defense, coming up with 18 steals and forcing group winners Lithuania to commit 25 turnovers.
The game was tied at 44-44 in the final minute of the third quarter before Kristina Vengryte buried a jumper for the Lithuanians.
That started a 10-1 that Vengryte capped with 6:17 to go in the last frame, leaving Lithuania with a 54-45 lead.
Anne-Sophie Strubbe gave Belgium hope when she buried a three-pointer with 3:13 to play to reduce the arrears to 54-50.
Petronyte answered with a jump shot to extend the advantage back to six and the home side pulled away for a 61-53 win.
Lithuania out-rebounded Belgium, 52-34.
Belgium have one more chance to win a game in the Qualification Round on Saturday when they host the Netherlands.
Lithuania will finish first in the group unless Slovakia, who won against the Netherlands on Wednesday, prevail at home in the last game against Slovenia.