EuroBasket: GB's women beaten by Lithuania in qualifier

Great Britain lost 81-61 away to Lithuania in their first defeat of the qualifiers for next year's EuroBasket.

GB's EuroBasket qualifiers

  • 8 June: beat Belgium 56-49 (H)
  • 11 June: beat Macedonia 78-53 (A)
  • 15 June: lost to Lithuania 81-61 (A)
  • 18 June: Belgium (A)
  • 22 June: Macedonia (H)
  • 25 June: Lithuania (H)

Forward Temi Fagbenle scored 16 points but couldn't stop GB slipping to defeat against the unbeaten group leaders.

The visitors led 20-11 early in the second quarter in Kedainiai but trailed by five points at half-time.

Lithuania extended their lead to 14 points in a one-sided third quarter and added 23 more points in the fourth quarter to seal an emphatic victory.

Stef Collins, one of the smallest players on the court, completed a fine double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Head Coach Peter Buckle said: "I think that, while the score suggested a blowout, it was a really hard-fought game at times - especially in the first-half which was a battle."

GB play Belgium, who beat Macedonia 94-66 in the other group game, in Antwerp on Wednesday in a game that will be vital to both sides' chances of qualifying.

After GB took the initiative in the second quarter, Lithuania responded with a 21-3 run that gave them an edge they never seemed likely to lose.

The hosts hit 22 of the first 32 points of the second half to lead 57-40 and cruised to their third successive group win.