IWBF

28th August - 6th September

Worcester, England

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Game 9: GB Women earn second win of European Championships

The GB Women returned to court for their second game of the 2015 European Wheelchair Basketball Championships against France who, the previous day, had put up a fantastic performance against 2013 Silver Medallists Germany.

It was France who took the first points of the game with baskets from Marianne Buso and Fabienne Saint Omer-Delepine giving the team a 4-0 lead. Helen Freeman and Jordanna Bartlett then hit back for Great Britain, temporarily levelling the score on 4-4, before France pushed ahead by two again. The GB Women then raised their game to secure an 18-8 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

A fantastic second quarter saw Great Britain consolidate their earlier performances in the key: shooting their way to 45-15 lead at half time.

The third quarter saw France settle into the game – doubling their score to enter the final quarter on 31 points; the GB Women nevertheless with a 32 point lead on 63 points.

Maintaining their focus, Great Britain continued to drive forwards in the final 10 minutes of the game, working their way to a 79-37 victory.

GB Women's Head Coach Miles Thompson said: "It was an important game because - one, it gets us 2 and 0 in the tournament and, two, it gives us momentum going into a big opponents like Germany. We did what we needed to do and I’ve got to be happy about that.”

 

Top Scorers

Great Britain:

1. H. Freeman (25)*; 2. J. Hamer (11); 3.= C. Griffiths & L. Evans (8)

*double double, points and assists

France:

1. M. Buso (13); 2. F. Saint Omer-Delepine (10); 3. S. Awad (6)

 

MVP, presented by British Wheelchair Basketball: Helen Freeman (Great Britain)