GBW Chantelle Handy 568

Great Britain’s women suffered a 64-50 loss to Belarus on Monday to drop to 0-2 from their trip to Lithuania.

It came after GB suffered a 49-43 defeat to Belarus on Sunday in their opening friendly of the summer, despite a late 14-3 run, with veteran pair Roz Mason and Steph Gandy each scoring ten points in what was Damian Jennings first game as head coach.

In the second leg, Chantelle Handy scored a team-high 12.

“The scoreboard does not quite paint the true picture of progress made after our 5 days of training together,” said Jennings. “I managed to see 14 players contribute over both games, and there really is a wonderful togetherness to this group”

GB are still without Jo Leedham, due to WNBA training camp, as well as Erin McGarrachan and Temi Fagbenle, due to university exams, as they build towards next month’s EuroBasket Women in France.

“What I like about the new players who have come in is that there isn’t a huge margin between them and the seniors, there is a complementary style of basketball in terms of the way they are training,” said Jennings of his first week of preparations.

“Once we get into game situations in practice that is when you can see the senior players’ game experience coming through. I have no doubt that once we have test games under our belt and we get closer to EuroBasket that’s when the senior group will shine through.”

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