EUROBASKET WOMEN QUALIFIERS
|20-year-old Alina Iagupova sparked Ukraine with 17 points.|
Ukraine pulled away down the stretch to secure a 55-42 victory over winless Portugal in Group A of the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round.
The teams were tied 31-31 at the midway point of the third quarter but from there Ukraine pulled away, with a 7-0 spurt highlighted by a Alina Iagupova three-pointer putting them in control before the start of the final quarter.
They then outscored Portugal 17-9 over the last 10 minutes to wrap up their third win of the group stage.
Ukraine had led for most of the game, having been up 25-17, with 2:06 left in the second quarter, but Portugal rallied, with three-pointers from Carla Freitas and Ana Oliveira cutting the gap to two, 27-25 before Oliveira's jump-shot tied it at 27-27 with 7:41 to go in the third quarter.
The 20-year-old Iagupova led Ukraine with 17 points while Lyubov Alyoshkina added 12.
No Portugal players managed to make it into double figures, with Oliveira, Freitas and Sara Filipe each tied on eight.