EUROBASKET WOMEN QUALIFIERS
|Aliaksandra Tarasava scored 10 points as Belarus cruised to yet another victory. |
Belarus are looking very good bets to make it back to the EuroBasket Women after clinching a third win in as many Qualification Round games on Wednesday at the expense of Israel.
The Group A contest was about as tight as it could be for the first 33 minutes with Belarus on top, 56-54.
The hosts then reeled off seven unanswered points and ended up claiming a 69-61 victory.
Anastasiya Verameyenka can do a lot of things to help her teams win games and one of them is shoot from long range.
She started the decisive run with a three-pointer and Nataliya Trafimava and Aliaksandra Tarasava followed with baskets to make it 63-54.
Israel got no closer than six points the rest of the way.
Verameyenka was outstanding from behind the arc, nailing five of seven attempts.
As a team, Belarus hit nine of 18 shots from long range.
Veteran small forward Zhanna Haradzetskaya was two of three from behind the three-point line.
Veterans Liron Cohen and Shay Doron led Israel with 17 and 16 points, respectively.
In a sloppy encounter, Belarus had 21 turnovers and Israel 19.
The Israelis are now 1-1, having opened their campaign with a 15-point home triumph over Ukraine.