Basketball: Great Britain’s women overpower Bosnians
Great Britain’s women continued their run of form by comfortably beating Bosnia and Herzegovina 98-58 in their first home game at Sheffield.
This victory was their second in three days, helping them to continue their battle to avoid relegation to Division B.
The team must finish in the top two of the table in this relegation round allowing them to play in Division A for the 2010 qualifying tournament and with the chance of playing at the London 2012 Olympics.
Rosalee Mason, 2007 England Basketball women’s player of the year, led the British team with 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Kristy Lavin and Kim Butler both added similar amounts to the teams tally.
Head coach, Mark Clark, said, “You have to be pleased with two wins. Lisa Hutchinson had a nice game in front of her home crowd and Harriett Yea did a great job at the three point line. Plus you can’t underestimate how Kristy [Lavin] has come back. That’s probably the biggest pleasure we have, as we weren’t sure how she would come back from injury.”
Kirsty Lavin was equally pleased with the teams’ performance. She said, “Two summers ago we would have been happy to have won by 30 but now we have moved on from then and it’s not just about the score. Bosnia were never a factor for us as the focus has always been about our own performance.”
Great Britain’s next game will be against Romania at the Nottingham Wildcats Arena on Saturday 10th January at 7pm.
For more information: www.basketballgb.com
Kim Blythe, Sportsister
The Women’s Sport Magazine