Balanced Lithuania Thrash Netherlands



11. Gintare Petronyte (Lithuania)
Gintare Petronyte dominated under the basket for Lithuania with 14 points and 13 rebounds and five blocks

The Netherlands hung around for the first 12 minutes of their EuroBasket Women 2013 Qualification Round opener at Lithuania on Wednesday but the Baltic side then pulled away for an 88-47 victory.

On top just 17-14 at the end of the first quarter after Dutch power forward Leonie Kooij hit a three-pointer at the buzzer, the Lithuanians took a firm grip on the encounter soon after.

Veteran guard Sandra Linkeviciene began the second frame with a three-point play after being fouled on a jump shot by Anouk Biesters.

Marina Solopova followed with a shot from the arc and Lithuania were on their way to a resounding victory.

With the visitors trying to remain within striking distance and trailing 29-19, Algirdas Paulauskas' side effectively knocked them out with an 11-0 run.

Gabriele Gutkauskaite sparked the decisive spurt with a three-pointer and Linkeviciene followed with a basket.

Giedre Paugaite, a 21-year-old center, then poured in four straight points for a 38-19 lead before Kristina Vengryte capped the run with a jumper.

Seven Lithuania players reached double figures in points in the contest, led by Gintare Petronyte's 14.

The big center also had 13 rebounds and five blocks - both game highs.

Lithuania, who shot 54.7% (29 of 53) from the field, also did well at the free-throw line.

They hit 25 of 30 attempts at the stripe while the Dutch were only six of nine.

Kooij scored a game-high 15 points in defeat.


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