Great Britain continued their winning ways in Group H of the FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2019 Qualifiers by following up last Saturday’s win against Portugal with another on their travels.
The team finished the February window in Tel Aviv with a dramatic 74-76 win over Israel, as Temi Fegbenle impressed with a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Stef Collins also went to work to accumulate 19 points and 10 boards.
With both sides trading blows in a back-and-forth game, there was very little to separate both sides at the break, with Israel edging it 39-36. The second-half followed a similar pattern with both sides going blow for blow in an enthralling battle. Newly capped Karlie Samuelson hit a huge triple late in the 3rd, but Israel rallied back to take a 59-56 lead into the final quarter.
The 4th period saw Samuelson continue her impressive form from beyond the arc as she connected from deep to tie the game at 59 a-piece. Samuelson’s triple sparked an 11-0 scoring run for GB.
In need of a response, Israel were quick to call time-out with just under 5 minutes left in the quarter. A response is exactly what they got with back-to-back scores forcing a GB time-out with the game evenly poised once more. GB’s veteran duo of Temi Fegbenle and Stef Collins showed their class down the stretch, hitting some important shots for the visitors who showed great maturity to pick up their 3rd win in Group H.
Image: Mansoor Ahmed / FIBA
Report: GB Basketball