Sunday, 18 July 2010

Great Britain women bounce back to beat Portuguese

Great Britain's women rallied from 22 down to beat Portugal 72-50 in a friendly in Guildford.

The home side shot poorly in the first half at 27% despite good performances from forward Azania Stewart who hit 9 points coming off the bench. Portugal rallied to take the lead at the end of the first quarter with a Romahlo 3 pointer.
A second quarter saw GB trail by 7 points before the team responded with a run that took them to a one point lead at half time.

Coach Tom Maher clearly gave the team some inspiring words in the locker room at half time as they came out and started the second half with a renewed and determined approach. A good team effort saw them take the lead by 10 points at the end of the 3rd quarter.

The team continued to consolidate their 10 point advantage in the 4th quarter and finished the game 22 points ahead.

Head Coach Tom Maher said of the game:
"We had a ragged first half but focus and execution were significantly better in second half. Our goal is to put two of those of halves together tomorrow. Two players who gave a good account of themselves tonight were Julie Page and Natalie Stafford."

Top scorers from GB were Julie Page with 18, Natalie Stafford with 13 and Azania Stewart with 11. Portugal's Romalho scored 11 with Reis taking 9.


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