Women’s national team of Ukraine played a match of 2 Matchday of the qualification of Eurobasket 2021, which in Kharkov faced a Portugal.
Ukraine – Portugal 72:60 (21:9, 25:19, 9:18, 17:14)
The Ukrainian team started the match with a powerful sprint 15:3. Wards Srdjan Radulovic implemented four three-pointers during the first quarter and overall superior to her rivals in all the game components. In Portugal in the attack were in serious trouble, as demonstrated by only 9 points in a quarter with 21 the host.
In the second ten the guests were able to depart from a knock-down and added in the attack thanks to the scoring from the paint. For the first half of the Portuguese team exactly half of the 28 points the team scored exactly three-second zone. But it helped the team Ricardo Vasconcelos only cuts to keep our team. The main weapon of Ukraine were three-pointers – 8 of 13 accurate far attempts allowed our team to get 18 points advantage before the break, and the best movement of the ball and the advantage on rebounds and only emphasized the dominance of our team.
But the third 10-minute period, our girls lost the game, allowing the opponents to get back in the game. Team Radulovic conceded 18 and scored only 9 points and lost a double-digit advantage before the final quarter.
In the beginning of the fourth quarter the hosts made a mini-breakthrough, to regain a more comfortable advantage that was not released before the end of the game. The second half our team played not so confidently as the first, allowed a greater number of losses, but thanks to a strong start, kept the lead, which was not released during the whole game. The Ukrainian team won with the score 72:60, scoring the first win in the competition.
The best part of the Ukrainian national team became Alina Yagupov, who scored 29 points, had 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals, and its efficiency rating was 29 points.
With this victory Ukraine has risen to second place in group G, beating Portugal. The leader of Belgium, in which two wins after two matches.
The next match in qualifying for the European championship the national team of Ukraine will play in November 2020, when the team Radulovic, the house will face Finland. Recall that in the final part of the 9 face the winners of their groups and the top 5 teams who will take second place.