Road to EuroBasket 2019! Turkey 64 – 54 Belarus

Feb 11, 2018
Turkish Women's National Basketball Team won against Belarus on the third game of Group B at the 2019 European Women's Basketball Championship Qualifiers.

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Turkish Republic Minsk Ambassador Kezban Nilvana Darama, Turkish Basketball Federation CEO Ömer Onan, TBF Board Members and National Teams Director Haluk Yildirim also followed the game.

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Işıl Alben, Olcay Çakır Turgut, Bahar Çağlar, Tuğçe Canıtez and Kuanitra Holingsvorth was the starting five of Turkey. The first points of Turkey came from Işıl Alben. The game started with a low tempo and both two teams had difficulty scoring. In a short while, Turkey found rhythm, especially with Tuğçe Canıtez and Işıl Alben.

While entering the final minute of the first quarter with Tuğçe's basket, Turkey got the advantage in score with17 - 8 and caught 11 points of difference at the end of the quarter (19-8). 

At the beginning of the second period, Belarus lowered the difference to 7 points in the 13th minute (19-12). However, Cansu Köksal's three-point shot at that point changed to rhythm again for Turkey’s advantage. Turkey closed the first half of the game with the score of 32 – 24. Turkey closed the first half of the fight with 32-24.

Turkey started also strong to the third quarter, carried the difference to double digits with Işıl alben's three-point basket and Kuanitra Holingsvorth's effective play (38-24). After taking a break, Belarus got their first points with Rytsikava.

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Turkey continued to play well in the fourth quarter of the game and got 15 points advantage with 50 – 35. Belarus lowered the difference to 9 by minute 35 but Turkey did not let their rival to take control and won the game with 64 – 54.


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TURKEY (64): Işıl Alben 19, Pelin Derya Bilgiç, Bahar Çağlar 1, Olcay Çakır Turgut 9, Tuğçe Canıtez 13, Ayşe Cora, Elif Emirtekin, Melis Gülcan, İlayda Güner, Kuanitra Holingsvorth 15, Cansu Köksal 7, Esra Ural Topuz 


First Quarter: 8 -19


Second Quarter: 16-13


Third Quarter: 11-18


Fourth Quarter: 19-14