STAFFORD BLAST SECURES GB BOOST

Great Britain’s women grabbed a thrilling 75-73 overtime win over Slovakia on Wednesday night in their final warm-up game ahead of the EuroBasket finals.

Nat Stafford hit a game-high 23 points for GB who now travel to Poland ahead of their European opener against Belarus on Saturday.

It was a welcome boost for Tom Maher’s side as they broke a three-game losing streak, holding their nerve to come from behind in the fourth to level before prevailing in OT.

Down 49-46 at half-time, the hosts surged in the third period. However with Kim Butler providing a defensive block and Rose Anderson bringing energy off the bench, Britain hit back to level at 65-65 at the end of regulation and won out to avenge last week’s loss to the Slovaks in Riga.

“It was a great defensive effort and we’re definitely going to get better from here,” said GB performance chief Chris Spice.

Chantelle Handy and Kim Butler added 10 points apiece.

Pic: wooller.com

 

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