The second game on Day 3 saw France play to their first win of the Championships, a phenomenal performance in the key seeing the team close out a 70-30 win over Turkey.
It was a very fast start to the game, both teams defending excellently with France the first to score, breaking out to a four point lead. Indeed, France settled into a great rhythm, passing and move the ball well – putting a lot of pressure on Turkey. At the first time out – called by Turkey – France had worked their way to a 8-0 advantage. After a great team talk by the Turkey Coach, the game became a back and forth encounter with both teams creating opening and shooting opportunities. The French Team making the most of the chances, but Turkey still pushing their opponents’ defence. After a fast paced, attacking first half to the quarter, Turkey continued to come back from a slow start, putting pressure on France; but, at the end of the first quarter, France held an 18-11 advantage.
The second quarter began in the same vein as the first: France the first to score and increase their opening quarter lead. France continued to build upon their great shooting display, making the most of their chances and stretching the Turkish defence. Half way through the second quarter, Turkey started to make important shots and cut down on the French lead, looking to consolidate their defensive efforts. The accuracy of France’s shooting, however, continued to prove the difference as they continued to break down the Turkish defence and put their chances away. At the half way point, France had found a way to extend their lead to 27 points: 44-17.
The teams traded baskets in a fantastic start to the third quarter – Fabienne Saint Omer-Delepine continuing her tremendous performance in the key for France. With France moving the ball around very well, the Turkish defence was forced to work extremely hard. Maintaining the pressure, France continued to pile on the points as they stretched their lead out to 31. Turkey continued to put on a fighting performance, but just couldn’t quite capitalise on their openings. At the end of the third, France therefore led by 54-26.
In the final quarter, France once again opened the scoring and kept their high shooting accuracy percentage as they overcame a gritty performance by Turkey to close out a 70-30 victory.
1. M. Ercan (10); 2. A. Emuce (7); 3. N. Cakir (5)
1. F. Saint Omer-Delepine (30); 2. M. Buso (14); B. Belz (6) / K. Laurent (6)
*double double, points and rebounds
MVP, presented by GreatBritainFlowers: Fabienne Saint Omer-Delepine (France)