Fiba Europe Championship Women – Malta 80 Azerbaijan 70Friday, July 13, 2012, 0:48
The women national team completed the first round games with the 3rd victory from 3 matches against Azerbaijan 80-70. Ashleigh Vella produced another great performance with a double double with 17 points and 14 rebounds.
The game had a balanced start with Malta leading 9-5 in the fourth minute. Azerbaijan leveled the score 16-16 in the 8th minute howeverMalta concluded the quarter with a 10-2 run for a 26-18 score.Malta continued to increase the lead in the second quarter and a trey by Rebecca Brincat Thoresen opened a 14 point lead 36-22.
There were points on each side before a short 5-0 run byMalta for a score of 49-32 at halftime.Malta kept an advantage of 12 points in the first 2 minutes of the third quarter 49-37. After another 6-0 break by Malta, Azerbaijan replied with a three pointer from Deniskina however the Maltese ladies were still 20 points ahead close to the end of the period 63-43.
The session ended with the same gap withMalta ahead 67-47.Azerbaijan improved their game in the last quarter although they were never close enough to turn the score. They managed to end the game with a 9-2 run however Coppa’s girls obtained their third victory 80-70.
Malta won Group A with 3 victories from 3 games and will now face Austria in the semi-final who lost the direct encounter in Group B againstMacedonia 41-39. Rebecca Brincat Thoresen was the leading scorer forMalta again with 22 points and Josephine Grima had 14. Tomorrow is the rest day of the competition.