GB WOMEN BEAT ISRAEL

Great Britain’s women produced their best outing of the summer to date by stunning Israel 85-75 in overtime in a friendly in Tel Aviv, just 24 hours after losing to the same team.

WNBA Draft pick Jo Leedham had 18 points in her first extended outing since an injury kept her out of a run of five consecutive defeats as Tom Maher’s side continue their build-up to this month’s Eurobasket qualifiers. But, with Julie Page adding 17, the visitors had to battle to prevail after blowing a 16-point cushion in regulation.

After the disappointment of fading in the final period on Tuesday, GB rushed into the 28-14 first quarter lead and were still 38-30 ahead going into the locker room at halftime.

A 19-11 third period looked to have put Tom Maher’s team comfortably in control as they led 57-41 going into the fourth period, but they were outscored 30-14 to send the teams into overtime with a game tied at 71.

From there on, though, it was all GB as they outscored the hosts 14-4 to take the win and leave coach Maher delighted with the performance:

“It was a really pleasing victory in overtime especially considering we had such a good lead at three quarter time which we blew to go to overtime.

“The players composed themselves magnificently in the extra period and they found all the answers.”

GB wrap up the series on Thursday in what will be their final game before EuroBasket qualifying starts at the NIA on Saturday August 14 when they face Slovak Republic.

The third, and final, game of the series is in Tel Aviv on Thursday.

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