EuroBasket Women's qualifying: Eilidh Simpson stars as GB beat Poland

By Rob DugdaleBBC Sport
Eilidh Simpson
Eilidh Simpson scored 18 points on a rare start in Walbrzych

Great Britain's women made an assured start to their EuroBasket 2021 qualifying campaign with a 75-63 win against Poland in Walbrzych.

Eilidh Simpson hit 18 points to lead GB's scoring and Karlie Samuelson and Temi Fagbenle added 16 and 15 respectively.

Missing on-court leader Jo Leedham-Warner with a calf injury, GB always looked the more complete unit.

GB's next qualifier comes on Sunday when they play Belarus in Manchester.

Simpson, whose performance was described as "amazing" by coach Chem Buceta, had not expected start Thursday's game.

"It's a great honour - it is for any player - but I'm just happy to be part of the team, whether I play one minute or 30 minutes," she told BBC Sport."I was lucky my shots were falling tonight too."

Buceta said: "She did a great job in defence and offence. She's a very intelligent player and she has the skills.

"Jo is not here and of course we would prefer to have her play in the team, but without her we are still able to play as a team - the teamwork is still functioning."

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