Britain lost a tough encounter against Romania in the dying moments of the game in Nottingham as they went down 75-71.
Despite putting in a convincing performance in the opening quarter, which they won 19-13, Britain were unable to stop Romania’s 16-0 run in the second period, and at half-time they found themselves with a nine-point deficit. But when they returned to the court a series of Butler and Lavin baskets and a three from Stef Collins guided them to a 10-0 run and drew the scores level at 42-42.
The final quarter opened as a one-point game and it remained as close for the duration of the ten minutes. Romania were the first to lose a player when Dragusin fouled out, but GB later lost Stef Collins with 2:52 on the clock and only a slender lead of 69-67. Romania, went on to take the match much to the disappointment of the British girls.
“Obviously we are really disappointed, it goes without saying. I thought we put in a great effort to comeback in the second half but the foul outs were crucial in the end and people fouling as they did didn’t help us,” said head coach Mark Clark.
“The most important thing to remember is that we are still in control of our own destiny in this group. A win against Finland should secure our status and that’s what we will focus on from the moment we step out of this gym.”
Britain play Finland at the University of Worcester on Tuesday 13 January at 7.30pm. A win should see them maintain their Division A status, regardless of their final two games.
Danielle Sellwood, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine