Great Britain’s women lost 67-56 against the Czech Republic in Prague on Tuesday but not before giving the hosts, ranked fourth in the world, a scare.
Down by about 10 points for long stretches of the game, GB went on an 11-3 run midway through the third quarter to cut the deficit to 45-42.
The Czechs responded with a 9-0 run to take the lead back up to 54-42 and although GB would get no closer than 8 points the rest of the way, they will be able to take a lot of positives from this game.
Jo Leedham led all scorers with 13 points, while Rose Anderson impressed with 10 points and 4 rebounds in 13 minutes of court time.
Guard Natalie Stafford believes GB have a chance to win Wednesday’s re-match.
“Very happy with today’s performance against the Czech Republic,” said Stafford. “We gave them a run for their money and got things going defensively.
“I think if we had just made some shots, it would have been a different story and much closer game.”
“We’re looking forward to the game tomorrow,” she added. “We’ve realised we can hang with them and give them a run for their money, so it will be a much better performance tomorrow.”
Great Britain will seek to get that win against the Czech Republic when the two sides meet again in Prague on Wednesday, tip-off 5pm (BST).
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