Despite their disappointing 66-55 defeat by the Czech Republic in their first game of the second round, Great Britain face Belarus in Muillerons-le-Captif in the Vendee later today knowing that one more win could seal their place in the quarter-finals of the Eurobasket Women’s Championship in Orchies next week and two more would guarantee a better draw.
With two previous results taken into account GB are now fourth in this new group of six behind France on three wins and Belarus and the Czechs, both on two wins and one defeat. But victory over the big Belarussians, to whom they twice lost in warm-up games, would immediately pull them above their opponents into third place on the basis of the head-to-head results, with the prospect of a last group game on Sunday against Croatia who are bottom of the group.
“We’re going to have to attack – that’s our game to be up tempo and we have to push it all the time,” said No.2 point guard Rachel Vanderwal. He may need to use France-based Edinburgh Kool Kat Rose Anderson, who had only two minutes against the Czechs, more this time as England forward and former netball player Ella Clark is out with an ankle injury.