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LAST EIGHT LINE-UP FIXED IN FRANCE

Posted in: Europe by . June 24, 2013 / 22:18

ebw13 Tur_SWE_006Sweden and Italy completed the quarter-final line-up at EuroBasket Women on Monday as the second round came to a close.

Frida Eldebrink and Elisabeth Egnell had 17 points each as Sweden, who had led by as much as 16 in the second quarter, fought off a late fightback from Slovakia to secure their first last eight spot for 25 years with a 75-72 victory.

Earlier, Italy had stayed alive a late 13-4 run which took them into next phase with a 66-60 victory over Montenegro.

Spain claimed top spot in Group E by seeing off Turkey in the battle of two unbeaten sides with designs on a medal in France.

Sancho Lyttle had 18 points and 13 rebounds with the Spanish embarking on a huge 15-0 run which took them as much as 16 ahead in the second period. And although the Turks rallied to within four, a 15-4 run took Las Rojas to a 61-48 victory.

The results mean Spain beat out Turkey to first place in Group E, one of only two teams with perfect six wins out of six so far in France. Italy are third and Sweden fourth, with Montenegro and Slovakia bidding farewell to the tournament.

In the quarter-finals, which take place at the Pevele Arena in Orchies, Wednesday’s two games see Czech Republic meet Spain and Serbia taking on Italy.

And then on Thursday, Belarus face Turkey and then the hosts France will meet Sweden.

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