Israel’s women’s team took a significant step toward a third straight
qualification for the EuroBasket tournament on Tuesday, beating Latvia 71-66 on
The blue-and-white took the lead in the first period and
maintained a slender margin throughout the encounter.
Latvia tied the
score at 66-66 with one minute to play, but the national team would score the
final five points of the night from the free-throw line to improve to 2-0 in
Group B after thrashing Serbia 93-65 in its opener last Thursday.
Doron followed up her 20 point performance against Serbia with 22 points on
Tuesday, with Liron Cohen and Liad Suez Karni adding 11 points
“This is an amazing achievement,” Israel coach Eli Rabi
“We beat a team that played in the Beijing Olympics and we are
proud and happy.
“We have a very special team and the girls have a great
We hope to finish in the top two places in the group and after
this win we feel we can even finish first.”
The top two teams in the
group, which also includes Romania, will advance to next summer’s European
Championships, with Israel to visit the Romanians in its next qualifier on